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Mystical Forty-two Journeys
The Jewish mystics teach that each one of us travels 42 journeys in our lives.
There were forty-two journeys in all. The Israelites distorted the nature of these places through their deeds. Had they not distorted these places, each one would have revealed its hidden light.
Making the Unification
The Kabbalah of following through on promises.
When a person thinks about performing a mitzvah, he has no fear of the accusation of the kelipot, for they have no attachment to thought. However, when he verbalizes his intention to do a mitzvah, there are spiritual Accusing Forces to hinder him, for the kelipot draw sustenance from the place of speech.
42 Journeys of the Soul
The Messianic age will elevate the entire universe, including all the spiritual realms.
The 42 specific encampments in the desert served to spiritually lift the forces of holiness out of the reach, so to speak, of the forces of evil, by elevating the spiritual hierarchy back up to its origins within the 42 components in the "womb" of bina, where evil has no hold.
Vows and Dwelling Places
We must prepare ourselves for lives of sanctity
"If a person will make a vow to G-d"

These words can also be interpreted to mean "to create a dwelling place". Every Jew has a soul which is descended from the source of all Holiness and is intrinsically G-dly and he must prepare a dwelling place for this G-dly soul in the upper worlds.
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