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The Weakness Of A Strong Army

laitman_570Question: The security of Jews in Israel and throughout the world is often tied to a strong Israeli army. Can we expect the Israeli Defense Forces to not abandon the Jews throughout the world and can the Jews sleep in peace and quiet?

Answer: I believe that only people who are “hiding their heads in the sand” can think like that. I served and then worked in the Israeli army for four years and I assure you that something like that cannot be. Just as completely hermetic borders don’t exist, so an army that protects completely doesn’t exist. As far as we are concerned, if we don’t carry out our mission, the situation will become such that we will not be able to stand against any threat that is facing us.

We will need an army as long as we haven’t taken hold of our mission and haven’t begun to realize it. By refusing to carry it out, we lose the right to remain on this land, to protect ourselves, and to exist not only as a nation and as a people, but also throughout the world as Jews.
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From the Webinar 5/8/16

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A Man Or A Beast

Laitman_712_03Question: You keep saying that a person who doesn’t ask the question of “who am I and what am I living for?” is on the animal level and when this question awakens in him it is a sign that he develops to the human level.

If the Creator is whole and perfect and has created only perfection, the beast to serve man, and man to serve the Creator, why are we called the animal level?

Answer: When we are managed by pleasure or sufferings, we are on the animate level of our development. When the desire grows in people, a yearning to discover the meaning of life appears. This is an egoistic desire, which is higher than the instinctive beastly desire according to which a person only wants to manage in this world in the best possible way.

The desire to attain and to know the meaning of life on the other hand, leads a person to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, and he begins to develop himself by his efforts to resemble the Creator. To the extent that he resembles Him he is called man, Adam, stemming from the Hebrew word “Domeh,” to resemble the Creator, while in his natural desires he remains a beast until he corrects everyone so that they resemble the Creator, the attribute of love and bestowal unto everyone!
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It All Begins And Ends With Israel

Laitman_001_02Question: Everything begins and ends with Israel, how is it possible to explain this?

Answer: It is very simple. If not for the Jewish idea that unity is derived from the foundation of the world itself, which was discovered by the Kabbalists, then the world would exist only in the states of the still, vegetative, and animate because a human being in our world is basically a beast and no more.

He has nothing that raises him above this level. Apparently by improving everything, he is just destroying the world he lives in. So he has no advantage or preference over the beasts.

But specifically through connection and unification with others, he can rise and attain the anti-egoistic characteristic of bestowal, which balances his ego. Through a shared life and mutual connections between the two opposing characteristics, he can attain a higher nature, creating a system of mutual balance, mutual cooperation, a system of exchange, as between any two different parts, plus and minus, electron and positron.

As of today there exists only one negative characteristic in the world. The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for a person to discover and also insert the positive characteristic into it. If we begin to place them one against the other, then a system will appear between us through which, as if through a magnifying glass, we will see the exit to the upper world. In this way we attain the possibility of managing all of creation.

Incidentally, it is specifically for this that the anti-Semites blame us, that the Jews run the world. Unfortunately they haven’t run it, even though they could have attained this state.
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From the Webinar 5/8/16

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Peace Is But A Dream

 Question: How can we stop envying those who live much better lives but refuse to listen to the wisdom of Kabbalah or about spiritual work?

Answer: I can’t imagine living a peaceful life. I am already about 70 years old, I am retired, but why calm down…?! What then? If someone is about to die, there is nothing to be done about it, but what if you want to live more, what then? Should you forget about the meaning of life, not develop, not attain anything, not grow as a human being? A person should have a certain degree of self-respect. Am I a human being or a beast?

Question: Does this mean that life for you is a continuous search?

Answer: I think this that is not only for me. A person needs a good environment that will lead him to that, support him and agree with him. Then life will be interesting and pleasant and he will really do something meaningful in life.

Question: It seems that you are not going to be a fishing enthusiast who fishes all night until dawn.

Answer: I once tried to join a friend who really loved fishing and we went out fishing a couple of times, but I couldn’t find anything that filled me in that.

Question: Is it possible to combine activities?

Answer: You can combine anything. The question is whether a person finds peace in it. I didn’t. I really love music, good cunning comedy films, and good jokes. I love to learn new things. I have visited many places all over the world and found it interesting, although on the other hand, this world is like a point that disappears on the background of the wisdom of Kabbalah. The main thing is that a person has a goal that leads him forward and he grows. A person should do that since we will have to fulfill the plan of creation in any case.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/13/16

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“We have been taught Abraham’s religion since his time by sages from the West Indies. The Chinese people are very educated thanks to the great wisdom they received about Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.”
W.Ch. White. Chinese Jews. 1966, Univ. of Toronto Press. P. 146, 138.
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Why People Hate Israel

Laitman_043Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 02:25: Today I will begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you upon the nations that are under the entire heaven, who will hear reports of you and shake and be in trepidation because of you.

Egoism is afraid of the connection with the Creator, like a snake is afraid of a human, but out of fear it attacks him and by this causes its own death. It can hide but prefers to attack. And in this we can sense the help of the Creator because the fact that the nations of the world hate Israel shows their weakness and a recognition of their impotence. You can destroy and oppress the people of Israel, do whatever you want with them, but it is impossible to kill such a quality of nature as the connection with the Creator.

If the nations of the world would have succeeded in this, they would have immediately disappeared themselves. What would enliven them if the thin tube through which they receive a livening force would disappear?

The only connection between the nations of the world with the livening force called the Creator is the nation of Israel. That’s why it is called “Isra-El – straight to the Creator.”

The nations of the world can’t block their oxygen; it contradicts the program of creation and the structure of the enormous system. Therefore, they perform these spasmodic actions, they oppress, crush, and destroy Jews, then they release them, and again begin to oppress and destroy and then release them again. However, in this generation we need to stop this process.

It is known that after the Second World War all the nations recognized, approved, and encouraged the creation of the State of Israel. But after some time, everybody began to feel that at this stage Israel is a hindrance, it doesn’t bring he necessary good to the world that humanity needs so much, and the world is entering a crisis. Naturally they now look at Israel as the apparent source of this crisis.

All the nations don’t have any way to influence Israel other than demand from it, and in our world this demand is revealed as hatred and a desire to destroy Israel. And even among Jewish people, to the extent that a person is detached from his root, there is the same tendency as well, i.e., to destroy Israel.

We see it in American, European, and Russian Jews. To them, especially to American Jews, it seems that the fact that they don’t have any connection with Israel is their salvation. They don’t identify themselves with the idea that should manifest itself in the world. The natural reaction of self-defense arises in them, “I know nothing, I have nothing to do with it, and leave me alone.”

They don’t understand that nobody will escape it. It is written in the Torah, “I shall find you on the edge of the earth.” This is a universal law from which there is no escape and so we need to look at the world soberly and strive to fulfill our mission.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/3/16

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Each Nation Has Its Mission

laitman_749_01Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 02:26 – 02:28: So I sent messengers from the desert of Kedemoth to Sihon, king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, “Allow me to pass through your land: I will go along by the highway, I will turn neither to the right nor to the left.” You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat; and give to me water for money, that I may drink; I will only pass through by my feet.”

Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 02:30: But Sihon, king of Heshbon, did not wish to let us pass by him, for the Lord your God caused his spirit to be hardened and his heart to be obstinate, in order that He would give him into your hand, as this day.

Israel doesn’t want to get involved in the war, in a clear correction of Malchut with the help of Bina, but the Creator is forcing them to do so.

In fact, we see this in our world too when we want to avoid various problems, collisions, and encumbrances in life, but it doesn’t work, and it won’t work until we begin to follow the instructions of the Torah strictly.

The complete correction of egoism to love and bestowal is required, meaning the maximum movement in connection with each other where all degrees of the ladder of spiritual ascent are revealed gradually until the complete unification of all nations—in other words, all parts of universal egoism into one single unit. Then, the system will be filled with Light.

Question: Despite the fact that the people of Israel said, “I will go along by the highway” and that they would pay, King Sihon wouldn’t agree to let them pass.

Answer: He wouldn’t agree purposely because egoism (the nations of the world) clearly performs its function because it was programmed by the Creator this way, and the people of Israel are the only part of the common egoism in creation that have freedom of choice. In this case they are inclined to use it in order to escape, and here they are taught that they will be punished twice for escaping because they are obliged to conquer egoism and in much worse conditions.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/3/16

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New Life #732 – The Two Tablets Of The Testimony

New Life #732 – The Two Tables Of The Testimony
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

The “Tablets of the Testimony” are the basis for the connection between the created being and the Creator. There are two phases in the development of the created being: the first is instinctive and the second is conscious.

Summary

The goal of the conscious phase is for the created being to resemble the Creator. The created being equalizes his form to the Creator’s by a special developing program—the Torah. The essence of this program is written on the “Tablets of the Testimony.” The program operates by the Light, which is the attribute of bestowal that controls all of reality and has developed the desire to receive in 10 levels.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains the Ten Commandments, which have nothing to do with our life in this world. It is about the correction of the ten Sefirot, ten conditions, according to which the desire to receive acquires the Creator’s form of love and bestowal. The expression of love is giving. These ten conditions are also explained by the wisdom of Kabbalah as 125 levels. Beyond that the Tablets of the Testimony became the foundation of human morality, even in communist Russia. Without the Ten Commandments humanity would have remained absolutely barbaric. They have developed the human race.

The real Ten Commandments are revealed in the second phase of the development of the created being, in the conscious part, and are about forms of bestowal that a person has to adopt on the advanced levels of the ego. When a person first begins to correct the desire to receive from egoism to bestowal he doesn’t know what the Ten Commandments are, the ten Sefirot. The word “Sefira” stems from the word “sapphire” as it illuminates when the desire to receive becomes a desire to bestow. Today “thou shalt not steal” doesn’t even exist. There is no other way to correct a person except by drawing the Light that Reforms.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #732 – The Two Tables Of The Testimony,” 6/9/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.16.16

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 57 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Mutual Guarantee,” Item 23

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