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On The Threshold Of A Third Intifada – Part 4 “Salvation Is In Our Hands”

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is the separation of the Jewish people connected to today’s intifada?

Answer: Unity is found at the foundation of the Jewish people; so we can exist only in unity. And if we don’t, then an intifada and other misfortunes begin.

It was written in the Babylonian Talmud two thousand years ago, “Calamities don’t come into the world except for the sake of Israel” (Yebamot 63a).

And today this is becoming much more current. The world wasn’t round then; a closed integral system that connects everyone together had not yet been revealed.

These connections have been revealed in our time, and it has become clear that all of us depend upon each other: all peoples, all nations. So we must find the solution to correct this connection so that it won’t be forced, imposed forcefully upon us through nature, from which it is impossible to escape, and so it will be desirable and good.

Imagine people who strongly hate each other are put into a single room and the door locked. This is exactly the way human society looks today. Today we exist on the surface of a small planet that has become very crowded for us and we hate each other, but we have nowhere to run away to.

Comment: In the same way two peoples have been closed together in Israel!

Answer: But it is only the people of Israel who have a choice; no one else in the world has a solution to correct this situation. It is as if they pushed us into a jail cell with twenty criminals who immediately began to plan how to lynch us, cut us to pieces, hang us, or just beat us from morning to evening.

What does a person who finds himself in a situation like this do? He goes crazy from fear because he has nowhere to hide. This is our situation, and gradually we are getting closer to really feeling this way.

Comment: Today people are afraid to go out into the street, children are afraid to go to school on the bus.

Answer: Nature will organize problems like this for us so that we really will not know what to do. It will even be impossible to just sit at home without going out into the street. It will even be impossible to hide at home. It will be impossible to find a quiet place.

If we, the people of Israel, are the element that is able to change its influence on the entire system, we can not run away from our mission, like the prophet Jonah. We are obliged to implement it, i.e., we must bring the whole world to the right and good unity. We are to blame for the world being as bad as it is.

In the Midrash it is written that the salvation of the people of Israel will not come as long as the Jewish people haven’t completely united.
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From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 10/11/15

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The Correction Of Korach And His Congregation

laitman_602_01The Torah, “Numbers,” 16:18 – 16:19: And they took every man his fire-pan, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.

And Korah assembled all the congregation against them unto the door of the tent of meeting; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

“And the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation” refers to a spiritual ascent. When a person raises MAN (prayer) and wants to be fully connected with the attribute of love and bestowal only, it is called offering incense, which symbolizes the ascent of our desires upward.

The attributes of Korach and Moses and the 250 desires that accompany them ascend upward in MAN to the next level.

This next level is the Creator with respect to the previous level of the created being. In it it is revealed whether Moses or Korach was right. The choice is made by the help of the Upper Light, the upper attribute that is revealed on that level.

Moses, Korach, and all the 250 people of his congregation totally nullify themselves, which means that all these attributes are incorporated in the next level where the solution to the problem—which of these two attributes is closer to the current level is found—and how one can ascend to it.

Then the attribute of Din (judgment) is revealed, which kills Korach and his congregation. This is their correction! All the other attributes quietly disperse to their places and then continue to advance.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/20/15

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A Person’s Purpose

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to discover and know our purpose?

Answer: Anyone can learn his destiny through the higher program of nature that governs our world.

When the person learns and explores this program, he gradually begins to feel his spiritual uniqueness: what his personal task is in the present incarnation, the fate of his previous one, his inner characteristics, nature, motivations, and drives, why he was created this way and developed under the influence of the environment precisely in a manner like this and not another.

And then he understands how to be integrated in this system and manage it. He explores everything through his inner personal characteristics. That is the way he enters into the “control center” with his desires and intentions.

Question: For example, I have a desire to enjoy food.

Answer: That is physical life. We are talking about what is found above it. Everything that is found in the framework of our lives—food, sex, family, wealth, power, and knowledge—is relevant to our world.

And there are motives and desires that are directed above physical substance: attaining the meaning of life, the meaning of existence, the upper world, Ein Sof (Infinity), and not merely entering into the higher management system, but also controlling it, seeing its eternal flow.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/15

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Breaking The Deadlock

laitman_424_01Question: About twenty years ago, I came to you to make a short film plot about the wisdom of Kabbalah. I wasn’t thinking about anything that was connected to the meaning of life. I didn’t have a thought that I would stay with you.

I came; I saw that there was nothing to film. There were no red strings. There was no holy water. There was no Star of David. You came, you sat down, you began to speak, and from the fourth sentence, I had the feeling I was—at home.

But I know that everything was different for you: the desire to understand the meaning of life burned in you. How does this happen to a person?

Answer: It depends. Each has his own story.

But basically, if you remember your childhood, we all wondered about the meaning of life: “What are people living for? What happens with them after death?”—and so on.

Little children often ask this question. But then it fades, especially when hormonal development begins overwhelming everything. After some time, the question about the meaning of life sometimes begins to appear from time to time.

But in our world, the higher management does not expect we will be caught in such matters. So it pushes us through suffering and lack of meaning in life.

We are at an impasses that was determined deliberately by the higher management of our world. If we open books of Kabbalah that were written even 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, it is written that the world will come to its dead end at the end of the 20th century or the beginning of the 21st century. Our time specifically must become the entry for attaining the upper world for all of humanity.

Question: Does this mean that you think this dead end is good?

Answer: What else would obligate a person to invest effort and rise above himself? Only a dead end. Otherwise, we will remain on the same beastly level of development. But this is not the plan of nature.

We can survive in the current state for another few decades, but there is absolutely no need for this because these would be years of intense suffering, turmoil, anxiety, worry, and feelings of worthlessness, and death will seem like salvation.

If we do not make this breakthrough, the world will undergo enormous sufferings. After all, they are intended to push us to the next higher level. And if we don’t make this breakthrough, then suffering will do it for us.

Question: What good are explanations if the world still goes on its way?

Answer: No, this is not so. A program of creation exists that becomes materialized in life. Our entire evolution is described in the books of Kabbalah, beginning from the inception of the Earth billions of years ago to the present day.

Long before Darwin and other scientists and philosophers, the Kabbalists wrote that the world is evolving according to a particular program. Now, this program has arrived at the end of its physical realization.

In fact, we have chosen everything that we needed to do, so science, culture, family, and everything that a person is involved with in our world has reached a dead end. It is specifically this impasse that must push us upward.

Question: If everything was planned from the start, why should one make an effort?

Answer: It is so that we would advance forward by ourselves and rapidly attain the goal of creation through attaining wisdom, not out of necessity like beasts running away from suffering that drives them from behind. So then our ascent to the next level will be desirable and joyful.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/15

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The Transition Of Society To A New Quality

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (worldcrisis.ru): “Changing the phases of development in the chain, “Archaic Tradition, Modern, Postmodern” means the transition of society to a new quality. It occurs when a new phase ripens in the depths of the old one. That is, the story is an ongoing process, just from time to time, we note that the world has a fundamentally different.

“You should also be aware that there is a change in the phase of development in the world simultaneously. Some countries – ahead of others are drawn to them. Because the lagging have only three choices: become slaves to the leaders, somehow keep up with the leaders to preserve a certain independence, throw a challenge to the leader on the basis of an alternative model of the future.

“In each country different people and social groups ‘enter’ a new phase at different times. Someone is still in the old system cost, while others – mentally. The recognition of the changes lags behind the changes. …

“Currently there is a transition from the industrial phase to the next. It is called ‘post-industrial.’ But some argue that the post-industrial phase, has already passed, and moved to another. And they bring dozens of different names for it. You could say that it is – a question of terminology. …

“The term ‘industrialization’ does not imply ambiguity. That is – most people move from rural to urban areas for mass industrial production. Regardless of whether you personally like the results of this production or not.

“What do we see today? Developed countries have destroyed their industry, and transferred production to poor countries, industrialization is not yet past. In the backward agrarian countries are unspent resources for modernization. These are people who are willing to work for pennies in the city only for the opportunity to not live in a traditional village, with its hellish work. …

“The West led the production in poor countries, leaving behind control through financial and technological superiority

“In the transition from industrialism to post-industrialism many in manufacturing will simply will not be needed. And many others require renovation. Then we have to release people from outdated industries and retrain them for a new part of the economy, and some will have to adapt to a different type of existence. The automated economy needs a few highly qualified specialists. The rest will be unemployed.

“In this scheme, financial capitalism is not working. As has been explained many times by Mikhail Khazin. You can not control the people with money, when some people work, while others receive benefits free of charge. As a consequence, there is no need to build consumer and release huge amounts of unnecessary goods. …

“This post-industrialism will come when financial capitalism is eliminated. When it collapses. Then power over people will be on the senses:  things with  cultural, religious, and  ideological significance. There will be a key factor in the change of domination – it will mean a real transition to a new phase of development. …

“Soon after the financial collapse, moderation and temperance in all things, as regards consumption will become the mainstream propaganda. People will consume only what they really need.”

My Comment: Everything fits the Kabbalistic model of the future society, with the exception of the social structure and control; there will be a society of people who are mutually connected through good relationships and the commitment to continuously improve the connections between them. In this way, they will discover the upper world between them under the leadership and guidance of the Kabbalistic method.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.21.15

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 8 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 193

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Mutual Guarantee” 

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