We are the image and likeness of the Creator, and our existence must reflect His ways, attributes and deeds. Our Sages explain that the six years of servitude correspond to the six days of Creation. In this time we create goodness and abundance in the material world in order to achieve the ultimate awareness of God in the seventh day, the Shabbat.
We must understand Hebrew slavery or servitude within the people of Israel as a social and educational mechanism to guarantee the permanent Covenant with the Creator. Our Sages teach that the intention of both the Written and the Oral Torah is to forge in every Jew (regardless of his/her social, economical or educational condition) the highest possible knowledge and awareness of the Creator. This includes their individual and collective attachment to His Love, His ways and attributes.
In these laws or decrees compensation is the primordial expression of care and protection demanded from any form of transgression caused by a person to another. Any form of retaliation or vengeance is completely forbidden because these are precisely the opposites of what compensation means. In the same vein, lending money without interest to a fellow Jew must also be understood beyond the material aspect of it.
Lending money must be equalize to manifest brotherly love for those who have depleted their own self-love, self-esteem and self-appreciation. As we have indicated, living in the darkness of material fantasies and illusions is the most typical way to deplete Love in our lives. Love is what sustains all our spiritual and physical endeavors, including ego’s materialistic and potentially destructive desires.
Love is the main “capital” that God entrusts us because His Love is what He gives us to sustain life in the material world. Hence we have to care for this capital and expand it by investing it in Love’s ways and attributes: good deeds, enhancing tasks, positive works, uplifting thoughts, speech and actions for our individual and collective well being. This is the capital that we have to lend free of “strings attached”, because it is about renewing Love in our fellow’s heart and Soul.
Love is also returned as Love from the receiver to the giver as the dynamic process the Creator conceived for us. Thus we have to return to Him what belongs to Him: Love with which He created us. In this context it is about being and manifesting Love’s attributes for our own sake and for the sake of our fellow humans who are in need under the darkness of their materialistic illusions.
In this process we must not sale our consciousness to the idolatry of ego’s fantasies and illusions. Instead we must live in Love’s ways and attributes as the dynamic revitalizing forces they are.
This is also reminded earlier.
Divine glory is described here as a devouring fire, because with God’s Love we are empowered to “devour” and shatter the illusions of the material world. This empowerment is achieved through the awareness of God, and we know that Moses represents such awareness. This allows him to “go up” and be in permanent connection with God.
Allegorically, we have to ascend to the top of the mountain as our individual highest level of consciousness in order to be able to “see” and “know” what God’s Love is. Then we allow His fire to transform every aspect, level and dimension of our existence in order to fulfill our collective destiny: to create a place in the material world for our Creator to dwell among us.