The portion of Mishpatim deals with slaves and slavery; the kabbalists teach, however, that this is not talking about people who are physically enslaved. Rather, on the most basic level, being enslaved means caring what people think about us and doing things not because they are coming from our true essence, but because society, friends, family, and so forth, want or desire us to behave in that way. It may also mean we’re really doing things just to be liked, accepted, appreciated, or thought of as a good, sharing, spiritual person, even though they do have a positive side to them.
It’s important we understand this, because if we don’t know the disease, we can never gain the cure. Spiritually, the kabbalists teach there are two forces in this world. There is what we call the Light of the Creator, what Rav Ashlag refers to as ma’arechet hakedusha, the system of holiness; that is the... read more