Daily Kabbalah Definition
Definitions in the daily Kabbalah lesson guide a precise, spiritual approach to terms, & disqualify materialized corporeal definitions
Repentance from Fear and Repentance from Love
What are the meanings of the concepts repentance from fear and repentance from love?
Repentance from Fear and repentance from love are the two sides of the correction.
"Repentance from fear" is called thus since I am still working against my ego, and above it am building the degree of my relations to others. I am still in the control of the ego all the time, and am working in order to stop it, to end it. Even though it grew and although pleasures are exposed in it, in any case I am above it and thus determine my relation to others. This is to say that my relation to others is determined in how much ego, which I am working above, I am able to vacate for others. Thus it is called, "repentance from fear," where the desire to receive is still burning within, working, igniting me, and I am in fear, in anxiety, as if objecting, and on this I build the relation. This is the level of faith, repentance from fear.
Contrary to this is "repentance from love," where there is no objection to my ego, to my fears and how not to fall within my desires. Here we are already talking about acquiring deficiency for others. Also here the work is above the desire to receive, but the desire to receive is already of another type. It is for others. Therefore, it is called "repentance from love."
- from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/07/10 (minutes 32-36)