Daily Kabbalah Definition
Definitions in the daily Kabbalah lesson guide a precise, spiritual approach to terms, & disqualify materialized corporeal definitions
A Jew Who Arrives at the Gate of Tears
Who is called a "Jew" and what is called "the Gate of Tears"?
A "Jew" is one who yearns for unity, to unite with the Creator. One attains the connection with the Creator through the connection between the created beings, from within the Kli (vessel) which is corrected by mutual connection between friends who yearn for adhesion.
When a person begins to think about the friends, then he also begins to measure if he has this urgency to be a "Jew," to be in unity with the Creator, or not. He examines if he has the urgency to be in connection with the friends. It is certainly not a corporeal connection, but a spiritual connection. It is to the extent that he annuls himself towards them and accepts them as great ones of the generation.
If he sees that he wants this very much but is not able, then this is called that he arrives at "the Gate of Tears." From here onwards, there is no thought of how to arrive at connection and adhesion with the Creator without his previously fulfilling the first condition, i.e., that he will arrive at connection with the friends. So it turns out that he is already standing across "the Gate of Tears" and he now needs only to try to find the gate, so that he'll have tears, that he'll have urgency.
- from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/28/10 (minutes 13-20)