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“The Answer to Terrorism – Strengthening the Foundations of the Nation” Published On Ynet

Published recently in my column on Ynet, “The Answer to Terrorism—Strengthening the Foundations of the Nation.”

In these difficult and pressing times of “daily attacks” there is only one answer to those thirsty for blood who rise up to annihilate us—strengthening the foundations of our nation.

Even a talented screenwriter would have difficulty writing a more complicated scene. Within a radius of a few hundred kilometers, a collection of the most extreme terrorist organizations of humanity has gathered, and they surround us from every direction. The terrorist attacks are turning into a daily routine, and with them difficult scenes. Bloodthirsty murderers try to injure, stab, and ruthlessly eliminate everything in their path. It is impossible for us to reconcile ourselves to this situation.

We can only stand against this wild, frenzied hatred and extremism if we can revitalize our nation’s roots—unity. Only our unity will make our country, again, a safe home. If we miss the opportunity to come together and stand as one against those who hate us, the ring around us will ignite and we will lose the ability to be a free people in our land. This is exactly what our enemies wish.

Despite the severity of the sights, and in the worse case events, we experience daily, we continue to fence ourselves off from each other, each confined to his own world, and each party crouches in its corner and continues to advance only the narrow interests of its constituents.

With the danger that is lurking in every corner, we must take advantage of the benefit of a broad process that would lead the nation to unity, above all separation.

Harmony in a Single Body

Interactions in a nation are similar to the interrelationships between the various organs in the human body. Harmony exists within the human body: the brain is responsible for thinking, the eyes for seeing, the legs for carrying us, and so on. The nation is also made up of leaders, advisors, managers, and workers who must operate in complete harmony as a necessary condition for maintaining normal life.

The weakening of the nation is the result of impaired relationships between its “organs.” Our sages said, “Jerusalem was only destroyed because of unfounded hatred” (Yoma 9b). Hatred and division are an illness that weakens the body of the nation, disintegrating it from within, like a deadly disease, which is the result of a lack of harmony between the organs.

Unity in a Nutshell

The only way to reinvigorate into the Israeli nation these days is to create a sense of connection, a mutual bond and Arvut (mutual guarantee) between us. We must pull ourselves together and understand that the personal happiness of each one of us depends on the happiness of the entire nation. And personal weakness also depends on the weakness of the nation; so strengthening the network of social connections between us and cultivating our social capital will give us strength, and in a period of crisis like this, they are in our psyche.

During the years of exile, we lost the feeling of natural nationalism. The threads of love that bound us atrophied and detached from our hearts. Unlike every other nation in the world, the nationalistic feeling that still remained in us stems from the common suffering we experienced and still experience. The wars, hardships, and disasters are what consolidate us—we are brothers only in a time of trouble.

Unity whose source is in common external suffering is not true unity; it is “unity in a time of emergency” and it doesn’t have the power to build a nation that will be strong even in routine times. We are like a collection of nuts with hard shells put together into a single sack. Within the sack each one is closed within his shell. The sack creates an artificial unity between the nuts and doesn’t consolidate them into a single body. When the sack disappears, the unity disappears.

Strengthening the National Muscles

There is only one way to stop the horrific wave of terror and ensure our future as a strong nation—to start a nationwide social and educational process aimed at uniting people. We need to once again revive those national muscles that have been inactive in us for these two thousand years.

Social capital is our strength. Unity is the basic condition for the rebuilding of the people of Israel in the land of Israel. Without unity, we cannot ensure the welfare and future of the State of Israel. Without it we are like a building without a solid foundation, which is threatened to collapse with any vibration.

Our concern for the revival of the Israeli nation must have priority over every other concern. Only an educational process whose goal is to instill unity among the people of Israel will lead to success, prosperity, and security. We can no longer turn a blind eye our eye. Our unity is the foundation of the building; it is the only thing that will determine the stature of the State of Israel and the attainments that we will achieve.

This article was written according to the newspaper, The Nation published by Baal HaSulam, Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag, June 5, 1940.
Published on Ynet 11/04/15

Upon Whom Does The Whole World Depend?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In the Arab nations there were a number of revolutions that occurred with the help of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Even now, the same thing is happening with us. In other words, our enemies are using the same achievements of the modern world without declaring war on us. Do we need to conduct a cultural war such as this with them?

Answer: You can do anything you want. But nothing will help! Only if there is really a life and death threat, is it necessary to defend yourself without considering anything else. But simultaneously, it is up to you to move the people towards internal unity.

Then everyone will gradually begin to change their opinion about you, because through connection and unity, you will be connected with the whole world. Then you will channel completely new forces of good, mutual connection, and unity to the whole world, which the world needs so much. And without the power of connection and unity, it will move toward war.

Everyone understands and knows this, but they cannot do anything because other than the people of Israel, nobody has freedom of choice. So the whole world condemns the Jews. The peoples of the world subconsciously feel that they depend on us. And it is not just that they blame us for all the troubles, it is an internal feeling of dependence. For example, if I feel that I depend on a particular person, I am afraid of him, hate him, he doesn’t leave my mind, and I don’t know what to do with this connection. This is precisely what the nations of the world feel about us. This is a fact.

Question: So this means that they are afraid of us?

Answer:  They are frightened, meaning they feel that they cannot annihilate us. If they could, they would wipe us off the face of the Earth. They have tried, but it didn’t work. But this is not the idea; rather, it is a feeling of powerlessness before Israel that everyone feels subconsciously. I have travelled throughout the world, given interviews and lectures at dozens of universities, major newspapers, in the mass media, and I have conversed with scientists, politicians, and sociologists. This is what people feel.

Question: Does this mean that the people of Israel and the nation itself cannot be destroyed?

Answer: The people no, the nation yes. We could quietly be expelled from here. In the meantime, a bilateral world still supposedly exists, but we have no need of anyone. If there were no higher management through which we need to unite on this land, we  already wouldn’t be here.

Nevertheless, from day to day I see how the people of Israel are becoming more and more consolidated internally, more sensitive, and understand that nothing will save them except for the connection and unity between us. They are becoming more prepared to understand, perceive, and hear this idea, and our organization is becoming increasingly capable of explaining this and giving an example.
From KabTV’s “Confrontation. How it works in reality” 10/28/15

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The Quantization Of The Spiritual World

laitman_571_04Question: Our world is quantum. Is quantization an inherent feature of the spiritual world?

Answer: The spiritual world is totally quantum; everything is divided into five levels: zero, one, two, three, four. The count begins from zero, not from one.

All 125 levels are precisely graduated into ten parts, and each one into ten parts, these are divided into another ten and so on. Absolutely, quantization is a characteristic of the upper world.

The difference between all the parts is only that the quantities become qualities, no more than this. If I carry out ten transformations on myself, then I move to the next level and carry out the next ten transformations there, and so on.

At the foundation of everything lies a micro-particle of desire (energy) and against it a micro-particle of Light. That is, everything is composed of two elements that are opposites, complementing and mutually balancing each other. There is nothing more than this, a small quantum of desire with a small quantum of Light.

Comment: This is very similar to the situation of the elementary particles of the material world. For many scientists, the big secret is why only two large families of particles like these exist.

One family is called Fermions, to which the electrons and quarks belong; they are the egoistic particles from which we are composed. They are egoistic in the sense of their collective behavior; each of them grasps its particular position and nothing can enter there.

But there are also other particles called Bosons; for example, particles of light, photons, which connect the Fermions into a single whole. That is, the atoms or molecules we are composed of don’t break apart because they are altruistic particles.

And nobody understands why only two families exist, because from the point of view of physics and mathematics, there could also be other particles, which could behave differently. But in nature there are specifically these two types: one completely egoistic and the other completely altruistic. It is amazing!

Answer: From the wisdom of Kabbalah, I don’t see how there could be anything else. Certainly there are temporary states, but they are the result of the two main forces: Ohr Hassadim in contrast to the Ohr Hochma.

I think that ultimately we could find some kind of bridge between the wisdom of Kabbalah and the rest of the sciences, and possibilities will appear for discovering a completely different world. But this is possible only after a person understands that everything that he perceives today requires the expansion of his consciousness.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah and Science” 10/7/15

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Aaron’s Light

Laitman_509The Torah, “Numbers,” Chapter 17:12 – 17:13: Aaron took [it], just as Moses had said, and he ran into the midst of the assembly, and behold, the plague had begun among the people. He placed the incense on it and atoned for the people. He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague ceased.

Question: What does “Aaron stood between the dead and the living” mean?

Answer: It’s the line to which Aaron transmits the Light of Bina onto the people. In this way Aaron protects those who are inside its Light; others are not protected. With this boundary, he does not give them the opportunity to get closer to the Light.

What does “the plague ceased” mean? Where the Light of Aaron is present, the Light of Hochma dressed in the Light of Hassadim also dwells; this condition allows people to gradually transition to unity.

Those who are below this level do not retain the internal light, the Light of Hassadim, in which the Light of Hochma dresses, and that’s why they clearly see that they don’t have the right to even come in contact with what is happening with Aaron. Thus, “the plague ceases” since these desires do not participate in the general movement.

They stop aspiring upward because Aaron stands between “the dead and the living,” i.e., draws the border (Parsa) between them. Corrupt desires understand that they cannot connect with the Creator. They are dead for connection.

This is how a Partzuf’s border is drawn in the place of the Tabur, the place where the common soul splits in two parts: the one capable of connecting with the Creator (the part where He manifests Himself through) and the other part that the Light is unable to enter.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/15

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Soul And Mind

laitman_250Question: Abraham defined our reality as a combination of three factors: world, year, and soul, which in contemporary language means “space, time, and consciousness.” Is consciousness the same as the soul?

Answer: World, year, and soul (Olam, Shana, and Nefesh) are the three parameters in which humans exist. We cannot imagine ourselves without any of them.

The world is everything we perceive around us; that’s why it constantly changes. Because the world is changing, we feel the dynamics of its changes as “year” (time). The organ we perceive the world with is the soul.

However, all of this is subjective. In knowledge there is nothing objective, so science is completely subjective. If someone declares that something exists, nobody can argue with it. Anyone is allowed to act as they wish to the degree of their beliefs. It applies solely to the process of cognition of an earthly, corporeal person within the boundaries, properties, and tools that one has.

Comment: Abraham knew about the connection between space, time, and consciousness. Today, quantum physicists just started approaching this. In other words, Abraham knew things that humanity discovered only through the millennia.

Answer: Since the time of Abraham until today, humanity continued widening its five egoistic sensors. Since then, neither the world nor the time has changed.

Now we are on the verge of transitioning to the next level so material science has come to its final stage.

Kabbalists relates to these issues totally differently. They developed their super-cognition in order to change their perception of reality and attain the level at which they could rise above themselves.

”Rising above oneself” means going beyond one’s nature and egoism. It can be done by relocating, exiting oneself and merging with the others.

Kabbalah teaches us how to develop qualities that are beyond our animal body. If we succeed, our perception of reality will be totally different and won’t be subject to material laws.

Then we will form a different approach to the perception and study of the universe built on our ability to go outside ourselves and continue rising. That’s why “the world, year, and soul” will be replaced for us by three other components that belong to a different, higher level.

Soul and mind are equivalent. Soul is the inner perceiving part of a human being, one’s “I.” It allows us to control, differentiate between, and operate what we perceive. This is very important.

I think we get closer to this level. The fact is that there is a connection between this earthly level of cognition and the one that is higher than our material plane. It is called the link between the root and the branch. Therefore, we are able to draw parallels between all that we perceive at our level and the next, upper level and vice versa.

All the advanced science of the 20th century didn’t find a complete logical explanation of many phenomena, leaving them unsolved and unclear.  We will find the answers to all these questions only transitioning to the next, higher level.

I don’t know how it is possible to connect time, space, and perception on our material plane. These three notions are not compatible. Their mutual dependence remains unclear to us.

From the point of view of Kabbalah, consciousness in our world is all possible sensations in our egoistic desire. They are closed within us, so the whole world is inside our egoistic perception.

Comment: That is the conclusion drawn by physicists experimenting with the double slit. They actually understood that it is the observer’s cognition that defines the result of any experiment.

Answer: Physics, psychiatry, psychology, and every other material science will eventually agree that the world exists only in our mind, and only there do we exist.

But then we will need to take the next step: to expand human consciousness and manage it. This will give us the ability to control the universe, because all of it is in our minds.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah and Science” 10/7/15

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How Can We Change The Situation In Israel Not To Be A Burden On The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: If we don’t provide humanity with the key to happiness, no one will help us. Even America which has always helped us will not protect us now

Answer: If it isn’t in the American interest to stand against Russia, Europe or any other country. We will become useless and meaningless for them and they will not take us into account, even for a second.

The American Jews will not say a word in our favor either. The Americans understand perfectly that this place on the planet is important only from a political point of view, as opposition to other structures in the world.  

If this opposition doesn’t exist, Israel will disappear, and not take its rightful place in the world becoming its ideological center, which the world needs so desperately. Today the world doesn’t need us; we are merely a tool of resistance between the different systems in the world. American military representatives in Israel candidly say that this is the only reason they need us, while in every other sense, we are simply a burden on them.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.09.15

Preparation for the Lesson 

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 14

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Congress”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 33

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Lesson on the Topic: “Selections from the Source on the Topic of Connection Between Internality and Externality in the Torah to Israel’s Redemption”

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