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Terrorist Attacks In France: An Attempt On Its Foundations

laitman_432The recent terrorist attacks in France clearly highlight the problem that has engulfed the whole world, but it is particularly acute in Europe. I have been talking about it for many years. However, while it affected only the Jews, Europe neglected it. Attacks on Jews seem to be “justifiable.”

On the other hand, when it comes to the very foundations of society, the principles of the French Republic, then everyone feels effected. That’s why millions of people “woke up” and went to the streets.

Indeed, freedom originated in France during the Revolution: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of choice. All these are attributes of a free person, the foundations of French society, which it is very proud of.

Although, freedom, like any phenomenon in the world, can be twofold: for joy and trouble. For example, it has meant that the proportion of the Muslim population in the country, according to some estimates is close to 10% or has already exceeded it.

At the same time, the Muslim sector is becoming increasingly radicalized and involves native French people in its environment. Some of them convert to Islam and even have links to terrorist organizations, and some go to the Middle East to fight for ISIS.

Therefore, it is natural that the attack on the newspaper seriously hurt people. At the heart of every Frenchman is his freedom of speech, which, by definition, has a higher value and laid the foundation of existence. As a result, this blow went to the heart of France, in the most sensitive way, a very important point for the people.

Of course, some will defend freedom of speech, while others will call for restrictions that will prevent ridiculing of certain values. Nevertheless, the country is shocked not only by numerous victims, but also by the attack on its foundations.
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From 25th Program “Like the Bundle of Reeds” 1/11/15

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The Creator’s Typewriter

laitman_546_02Continuting the post The World That Does Not Have A Place

The entire matter—the still, vegetative, animate nature, and people—want to enjoy. Consciously or unconsciously, everyone wants only one thing: to feel good every moment. This is everyone’s natural desire.

Question: Now I strive to feel good. How is this related to letters?

Answer: The letters descend into your material, the desire to receive, and print their impressions on it. The letters come to us at every moment. Like the keys of a typewriter, they keep on hitting your material, the desire to enjoy, and you are constantly receiving various impressions, desires, and thoughts from this. Everyone is like this.

Question: But how does the letter hit me? On where?

Answer: We are now in a television studio; the crew works around us, and other events take place behind the walls. The letters print all this on the material—still, vegetative, animate, and human—so that everything exists and develops in a certain direction.

We are all activated with the help of the one who somehow from above hits the keys of his typewriter, printing the text, and according to this text we act. It’s like the code in a computer program.

Question: Does this code activate me?

Answer: Yes. It defines what you want, what you will think, what you will decide, what you will do, and what will be. Everything comes inside this code. Everything! Therefore, everyone wants to know the letters, but they do not know what they are.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/21/14

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How Do We Stop Being Concerned About Inconsequential Things?

laitman_232_02Question: Yesterday evening when I had got ready to go to sleep, my 12 year-old daughter still hadn’t come home. My wife and I were unable to reach her by telephone and I, knowing about the criminal situation in our city from the newspapers, could not sleep.

The next day, she let us know that her battery had died. How can I stop being concerned about inconsequential things and overcome my hypersensitivity?

Answer: All of us understand that you are justified. Actually, since a person knows what can happen, he should be concerned and not think, “Whatever will be, will be.” However, there is a way to influence your overprotectiveness. This is through the power of the environment.

For example, we are sitting in a circle and are discussing your situation, among other things, certainly without any disrespect, without dismissing your concerns, for this could push you away. Suppose that one of the women says, “I would go to sleep.”

Later, a man adds, “Nothing will happen. Leave the statistics alone. They inflate them on purpose. I don’t want to hear anything about it. I would go to sleep relaxed. All of my neighbors would do that.”

In other words, we instill you with our behavior, for when you are gripped by panic, you become more sensitive, you absorb more, and we can influence you more strongly than an ordinary person. That is,  you will change more rapidly because you absorb what is going on outside of you more quickly.

Whether you want it or not, you will be influenced greatly by us, and suddenly, you will become more relaxed than everyone else, and then your wife will ask you why you didn’t tell her that your daughter didn’t answer your telephone calls, and you will suddenly say to her, “I didn’t think about it. I went to sleep.”

It only seems to you that this is impossible. The environment can do everything! It is ready to bring us up from every black hole to the Light, to a wonderful, good and comfortable life. Everything depends on us, on how we organize this environment.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/21/12

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Regarding Practical Use Of The Higher Power

laitman_214The wisdom of Kabbalah is a most practical method. In our world there is no other means for influencing our fate, our lives, and the forces of nature that manage all of this.

As we enter into the new age and receive all the means to manage our lives into our hands, we suddenly see that nothing is found under our control and in our hands, and we don’t know what will happen with us from today until tomorrow. This is the recognition of evil through which all of humanity must pass.

However, the wisdom of Kabbalah gives us connection, contact with the one force that works in reality. We can awaken it, summon it onto us and, with its help, reach the desired changes if our plans are integrated with the program of this upper force.

We need to develop in order to reach such mutual integration in the work, connection of the creatures with the Creator, and adhesion of our desires with the desire of the upper force, with the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light), and so the question can be asked: How can we activate this upper force?

This is the only thing that must be done in the wisdom of Kabbalah and, generally, in reality. Otherwise, we continue to live dutifully carrying out the orders of the higher power and playing on the face of this earth like children in a sandbox, hitting each other and pouring sand on each other.

However, if we truly want to advance, it is possible only if we ourselves attract the Light that Reforms, and then it will begin to develop us. However, if we don’t attract it, then it will reveal how much we are suffering and have no control over our development.

The more that we develop technologically, we have less and less control over our fate, our situation. That is how we gradually reach an understanding that the wisdom of Kabbalah is speaking only about practical actions, and this work is very simple: to influence that Light. In addition, influencing it is possible only if we attain a form similar to it, meaning that we unite.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/8/15, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Formation Of The People Of The Book

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe First Encounter with the Creator

Question: When talking about the identity of the people of Israel, about its unique specificity, it is impossible to ignore the Tanakh. Its legacy is at the heart of the people and largely determines our essence. The importance of this heritage is clear to almost everyone, but the reasons, the mechanisms of this phenomenon, are unclear, which generates many opinions and concepts.

The Tanakh writes about the exclusivity of the Jewish people. The book “Exodus,” 19:3 – 19:6, tells about the events at Mount Sinai, and cites the Creator’s words addressed to Moshe: So shall you say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel, “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and [how] I bore you on eagles’ wings, and I brought you to Me.

And now, if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of princes and a holy nation.” These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Israel.

The idea that the Creator chose the people of Israel was originally based on this verse.

Is this true? Can we consider the Tanakh as real evidence? Or is it just an historical narrative? And maybe it is a legal code, which singled us out from other peoples?

Answer: It all began with Abraham who revealed the upper force, nature, the source and its program of development and purpose. Most importantly, he saw the role of people living in the world and their place in the overall action. In particular, this applies to those people who consciously join the process to realize it and thus reveal the Creator.

In this way, the essence of what is happening, the meaning of God and the purpose of creation, which explains why we exist and what we become in the end—all this was revealed by Abraham, and this is what he taught to those who joined him.

However, his revelation was only the beginning. As the wisdom of Kabbalah explains, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob represent the initial stage, the first three Sefirot (GAR), the beginning of development, and the beginning of humanity’s acquaintance with the Creator. This encounter occurred in the group that Abraham created in Babylon and which left it for the land of Canaan.

The Protracted Session

Then there was the Egyptian exile, exiting Egypt to come to Mount Sinai and the Sinai desert, where for forty years, we studied spirituality, the upper force, understanding who and what controls us, for what purpose creation exists, what ultimately we had to do, what we had to become, what what we had to achieve, etc.

All this is really described in the Tanakh. The only question is who is able to understand its words? After all, this book was written by people who possessed spiritual attainment and saw the program that operates beyond the picture of our world.

In the same way, while watching TV, we understand that its picture is created by special tools, showing us information that comes from the external source, from a server or, let’s say, a video camera filming a live soccer match. It is clear that the action takes place on the screen, which just projects an image for us.

Similar phenomena are discovered by a person who begins to reveal the true pictures of this world. It turns out that behind it, there is the idea of creation and the upper force, which projects this picture within us. It does not need a screen to display this picture; rather, it shows its own movie from inside, but it seems to us that this happens outside. In this way, the picture of the external world, the universe, appears before us and we seemingly are in this huge cinema.

The upper force shows us its session in order to raise and develop us in a special way by which we will reveal it. Being together in this movie, we react to and participate in it. Thus we are pushed, compelled, and urged to discover why and for what this is happening. We learn from our actions and see a lot of causal factors and facets in the plot, but forget that the upper force shows it to us.

Thus, the connection with the original root is lost, and the movie becomes a reality. Joy, fear, and other internal responses take us away from the proper understanding of what is happening.

Not Just Spectators

We have been in this state for a long time. Having discovered this, Abraham used his fame and brought people from all over Babylon, outlined and explained to them, and taught them how to participate in the movie correctly.

The bottom line is that in every moment, we should try to reveal the intentions of the projectionist. And His intentions are crystal clear! He wants to raise us so that we understand His purpose and desire, understand the process that lies before us, and agree with Him that in the end our whole being is designed to become adhered to Him. This identification with the Creator is possible only on the condition that we become like Him. And this can be learned from watching his movie.

Abraham taught that to the Babylonians who followed him, and over the years they revealed to themselves, not only the world that he described, but also the course of development.

They tried to be included in the movie, in the unfolding action. Before them, they saw the still, vegetative, and animate natures and people who were friends from the group of Abraham, which later became the nation of Israel. They also saw distant people from other tribes and nations. And everyone tried to be part of the picture, as if it really were a movie, projected by the upper force.

In this way, every one of them related to what was happening outside and within himself. After all and in every instance, internal events make us look differently at what we see outside.

According to the explanations of Abraham, his followers wanted to develop the attitude that the Creator expected from them inn themselves. Abraham taught them how to relate to everything correctly, with the same thought, the same intention, that the projectionist, the upper force, had.

The Language of the Creator

They began to understand that this is the language of the upper force. The whole of nature is the language of the Creator that the Creator uses to communicate with human beings.

As a result, they began to reveal the separate elements that  compose nature, and to understand how the Creator creates it to affect us. They found that the world is created by good and bad forces, the light and darkness. Abraham explained this to them, and they revealed that within themselves. It turned out that the light and darkness are a good or a bad attitude.

Hence it became clear that the good force of bestowal, entirely related to the Creator, has 22 forms, called letters, and five additional forms. The followers of Abraham studied these forms and began to apply them. Moreover, the Aramaic language that was used in Babylon in speaking and writing was similar to this one, so in essence, this was their natural root, and they switched from Aramaic to Hebrew.

The Aramaic letters were also very much like Hebrew, only now they understood their true, correct form, the shape of vessels and desires, as well as the rules of grammar and the laws of bestowal, which were sequential, adjacent, etc. Abraham’s disciples revealed the precise laws of bestowal from the top down and from the bottom up, and thus this language was given to them.

In general, it is about revelation. People learned from the picture the upper force presented and understood how, what for, and why the upper force showed it to them. In other words, they learned the language of the Creator, finding internal meaning and the purpose of its influence in everything.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 1/4/15

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Avoid Improper Contacts

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:17: And a man who takes his sister, whether his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter, and he sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgraceful act, and they shall be cut off before the eyes of the members of their people; he uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his sin.

Question: What does it mean to see the nakedness of one’s mother and sister?

Answer: It means that no Light of Hassadim is without clothing, and it cannot in any way communicate with her. In spiritual world communications, i.e., contacts between all the desires and intentions, must pass through the Light of Hassadim through the property of bestowal.

If he takes these garments off, this is the action of reception. Nudity is allowed only between a husband and a wife because they are one body and one desire. Even between them there are limitations.

There are many conditions that limit the use of a desire because you cannot come into contact with the upper Light with all of the desire until complete correction.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:18: And a man who lies with a woman who has a flow, and he uncovers her nakedness he has bared her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from the midst of their people.

Comment: We are talking about a ban upon a contact that may not result in the birth of a new degree.

You cannot enter into an intimate relationship with a woman during her monthly bleeding. In our world menstruation prevents full intercourse leading to pregnancy. Since in this case the birth of a new degree is eliminated, it is forbidden to make the contact with a woman.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:19: And you shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or your father’s sister, for he would be baring his close relative; they shall bear their sin.

Comment: There can be no next of kin of the father and mother while being in contact with the highest degree. You are shorted only for your father and your mother, or for others, starting with the second line of kinship. And as far as the cousins are considered to be your consanguineous bond, neither can you enter into a contact with them.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book”

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The Roots Of Anti-Semitism, Part 2

Dr. Michael LaitmanAbraham’s group that existed in Babylon became a nation, even though it is actually not a nation. All other nations were established as a result of an historical process because they lived on the same land and married between themselves. But Abraham’s group existed only on the foundation of an ideological principle.

Also, many people from other nations joined them later and became Kabbalists and sages in the nation of Israel. They joined the Jewish nation and studied the system that enables one to understand and come into harmony within ourselves, with nature, and to develop an equivalence of form with nature.

Nevertheless, the more it contrasts with all of humanity, the more the hatred toward the nation of Israel grows. This is not from the exclusiveness of a certain nation, such as was the case with the Romans or Greeks, but it derives from the nature of the desire to receive that can’t stand the desire to bestow. This is because bestowal is opposite to reception; these are two opposing forces.

The ego of the other nations, which is the desire to enjoy, hates the desire to bestow, which is the additional force that exists in the nation of Israel. This hatred is hidden within nature’s foundation, so therefore it is impossible to prevent or defeat it. It is only possible to quiet it for a while, but not more than that.

Therefore, as humanity grew and developed, likewise this hatred thrived and grew more and more.  Although the nation of Israel lived in modesty, the rest of the world chased corporeal success by building big houses and palaces, becoming rich, and dividing themselves into the masters and the poor. Wealth and civilization developed, Rome, ancient Greece and the Middle East were thriving. And the Jews lived very simply because the main thing for them was to be connected between them. They did not have an urge to build palaces or own slaves.

The Mishna and the Talmud show that they lived according to very strange laws that did not exist in any other nation at that time. They lived according to laws of mutual help that connected everyone together. This was the main thing for them.

This approach and the extreme differences were completely opposite to the customs of the other nations. But the main thing is that this hatred is rooted in nature, and so it remains to this day.

It is interesting that according to social surveys, the state with the highest level of anti-Semitism is South Korea, although it is so distant from Israel; I don’t think a single Jew has lived there. This country is not connected at all to Israel. The people themselves don’t understand why, but they feel an inner aversion that flows from the depth of nature.

The inner reason for anti-Semitism has to be clarified instead of paying attention to the exterior reasons. But in truth, the reason lies deep inside, beyond money and politics. There is an inner force that was revealed to the Jewish nation and not to the rest of the nations. Therefore, the nations of the world accuse the Jews of exploiting others, although in reality, the Jews give the world more than all the rest of the nations. It is enough to see how many Nobel prizes are given to Jews, and the number of famous doctors and Hollywood stars that are Jewish.

All of it is because two forces of nature exist in Jews: the desire to receive, the ego, and the desire to bestow, altruism. Jews can manufacture and build things that others can’t because only one egoistic force exists in their foundation. Therefore, Jews always were, are, and will be the most successful among all the other nations.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 11/25/14

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Choose Discovery Of The Creator And Concern For Humanity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does belonging to the chosen people, besides the heavy obligations, give the Jews any advantages, benefits or dispensations? What is good about being the chosen people?

Answer: We simply cannot refuse or reject our mission, neither those who belong to the Jewish people today, nor the twelve tribes that were lost 2,500 years ago. We cannot hide from our task; we must carry it out.

Being chosen or not does not depend upon us. We only need to look for where it is possible to add our own participation. Thanks to that, we will come to a good and peaceful life that all of us understand and appreciate. This is not in the sense that we will be higher than others, rather they will aspire to the same goal and will be included in the same process.

We will not succeed by fleeing, as we must carry out our role in any case. We must realize our mission, and nothing will help us, neither hiding nor death.

Question: In other words, being chosen indicates the discovery of the program of development of life, and acting accordingly makes it possible to achieve success in everything? How will daily life be different for a person who discovers the program of development?

Answer: A person such as this will understand where he is, how to connect with people correctly, and how to build an even greater and stable basis for even greater discovery of the higher power.

He is constantly advancing towards the disclosure of the upper force within himself and this will fill him with higher knowledge and feelings. All of his desires and thoughts will be directed only towards this.

Even today, we unconsciously yearn and aspire only to discover the upper force. It seems to us that we supposedly want only food, sex, family, well-being, money, respect, and knowledge, but in fact, through all of this, we are seeking the unique taste of the upper force.

And now, thanks to this, we are alive and sense the taste of the Creator in all of this. Everything, every object, that brings us pleasure contains a microscopic discovery of the Creator. If we want to feel this discovery fully so that it will fill all of our desires and thoughts and reveal the entire future perspective to us, we must prepare ourselves by correctly connecting with the environment.

Question: Throughout the generations in the history of the Jewish people, there were many sages who sought and investigated the upper force. This was the lot of the greatest minds of the generation, the elite. But is it possible that now every person on the face of the earth will be able to attain the Creator, all seven billion people?

Answer: First, the seven million Jews in Israel must discover the Creator and show everyone that they have this power. All people will feel this. At the very moment that the people of Israel begin to advance toward discovery of the Creator, all of humanity will freeze in suspenseful anticipation, understanding that after the Jews attain this, it will pass to all of the people.

Question: So who are these chosen people?

Answer: The chosen people are a people who choose the discovery of the Creator and care of all of humanity for the goal of revealing, the upper force, the general power of nature. to all people. This is our obligation, and then everyone will truly be happy, rising above the concept of time, motion, and space, entering into another dimension.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/28/14

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