Sometimes one may fall from his level on his own, because God knows that you need this. At other times this fall may be caused by the environment. The “descent”, however, is for the sake of an “ascent,” i.e., to reach a higher level. 1 Thus it is written, “He will guide us al muth (lit., to death).” (Psalms 48:15) 2 It is also written, “And Abram descended to Egypt” (Genesis 12:10) and “Abram ascended from Egypt” (Genesis 13:1): 3 Abram signifies the soul (Zohar I:122b), and Egypt signifies the kelipot (“husks;” forces of evil) 4