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Why The Jews Are Not Left Alone

Laitman_043Question: When we didn’t have a nation and we were weak, they tried to annihilate us. Now, we have a strong nation, and they never leave us alone. Why?

Answer: We won’t be left alone as long as we haven’t we carried out our mission in relation to the world. This was said at the time of our formation.

Many years ago in ancient Babylon, Abraham gathered a group of people who wanted to rise above their egoistic nature, which led to disintegration of Babylon, resistance, and the confusion of languages.

Abraham united them around a simple idea. All of us are egoists and reject each other. But contrary to the ego, inherent in nature lies the force that can be extracted from it that can counterbalance our egoism. Then balance will appear between egoism and altruism, between hatred and love, as it is written, “Love covers all transgressions” (Proverbs 10:12). This is what we must achieve.

With our foundation from Abraham, we lived in this state for 1,500 years until the destruction of the Second Temple, which happened 2,000 years ago. From then on, we were in exile from the state of unity, friendship, love, and mutual assistance.

After the destruction of the Second Temple, we fell from the level of love to the level of unfounded hatred toward each other, and we have been on that level to this very day.

While in this state, we cannot give the method of unification to humanity, which is so needed in our integral world that has become like a “small village.” So, we—the bearers of this method—are hated by the world. The peoples of the world instinctively feel that we are to blame for all of their suffering. They turn toward us with this hatred.

We must understand our mission: to return from spiritual exile, begin to unite, and transform into being one man with one heart, being responsible for each other. Then, we will show the world the example that they are waiting for! Only then will they be able to begin to unite behind us, and the world will come to calm.

This is the meaning of our existence. And the meaning of anti-Semitism is that it obligates us to carry out our work! Until we do that, anti-Semitism in the world will only increase.
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From the Webinar 5/8/16

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 28/2/16

laitman_564Question: Is there a spiritual concept of compromise?

Answer: It is not present in spirituality, but there is in a person. A person is constantly under the influence of his “animal,” which agrees and convinces him that he has to compromise. We have to try to restrict our compromises.

Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to obscene language? Does it harm the corporeal body in any way?

Answer: Nothing is harmful! If it expresses our internal essence, there is nothing wrong with it.

Question: Does the concept of emptiness exist in Kabbalah?

Answer: Emptiness is an empty desire. The lack of a filling in a desire is called emptiness.

Question: Can learning Hebrew help a person get closer to the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes, partly, because all the Kabbalistic terminology stems from Hebrew or Aramaic.

Question: For whom is it easier to become a Kabbalist, a scientist or an ordinary person?

Answer: I think it is easier for an ordinary person who doesn’t stand out in any way, when there is nothing special about him except for one thing: the question of whether there is meaning to life or not, and if not, then life is a waste of time, is burning in him. This person doesn’t have the energy to end his life, but there is nothing to live for either, and that’s what he feels all the time. If this is what a person feels and this question doesn’t let him be, his place is here.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/28/16

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Spiritual Money Is Equivalent To Truth

laitman_569_01Question: Is the spiritual source of money connected to the concept of truth?

Answer: Yes. Spiritual money, the Masach (screen) is equivalent to truth because it is the characteristic of bestowal and love, the characteristic of connection with others. The more spiritual wealth a person has, the more just he is because he is in a greater connection with the Creator, which means that he is closer to the truth.

Money is a Masach and the compensation is not the Masach but the bestowal that we realize with its help for the sake of the Creator and for one another.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/27/16

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The Correction Of The World—Only From The Land Of Israel

laitman_283_01Question: You have been speaking in a rigid far-right tone lately, supporting treating the Arabs in Israel with a firm hand. Isn’t this the opposite of what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us about how to attain a general connection of love of others? Isn’t everyone supposed to part of the “others”?

Answer: I admit that my remarks sound quite tough. It is because this is how my yearning for the correction of the world guides me. The Jews are those who can correct the world by being a nation in the Land of Israel.

There is no other way of bringing the method of correction into our world in a nice way. The other path is a devastating nuclear war accompanied by environmental disasters. So I am in favor of acting in every possible way in order to have the Jews understand what their mission is and for them to fulfill it for the sake of the whole world. It is clear, of course, that I do not agree with those who want to nullify the existence of the State of Israel.
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Why Do We Suffer? Part 1

Laitman_182_02Question: Suffering is an integral part of our lives, no matter how much we try to live well. What is suffering, and why do we suffer?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah considers everything, starting from the bases of creation, of which there are two in nature.

First is the Light, the force of love, bestowal, and unity that is called the upper force, the Creator (Boreh), which means “come and see” (Bo-re), because we must reveal it. This force created the creature, the desire to enjoy, the lack of fulfillment.

The Upper Light develops a desire and forms it as a need for all sorts of fulfillments. All creatures, including ourselves, are various desires. Human desires can be divided into six types: food, sex, family, money, honor, and knowledge. Each person feels a natural need for all of these fulfillments, but in different proportions.

If a person lacks these fulfillments, he feels suffering, emptiness, and even pain. Sometimes, this suffering is so strong that it becomes unbearable.

Food, sex, and family are desires of our body, natural instincts that are inherent to all animals. Money, honor, and knowledge—that is, the desire for power, fame, position in society and in science—are purely human desires.

The source of suffering is the lack of fulfillment of these desires. When the Light doesn’t fill the desire, it begins to suffer. Suffering can be big or small, lengthy or instantaneous, general or personal, and so forth.

The wisdom of Kabbalah states that it has a method to get rid of suffering. Not by chance is it called the wisdom of Kabbalah, which means the wisdom of receiving because it teaches how to fulfill all desires.

On the one hand, this is a very popular topic, but on the other hand, this wisdom is hidden. If people knew that there is a method that enables us to fulfill our desires and become completely happy by getting rid of suffering, from the smallest to the largest, global, and universal ones, then, it might seem what could be better than this?

Indeed, there is nothing better. If we used the wisdom of Kabbalah, then we would be able to fulfill all of our desires, all the created material of creation, and feel in it only pleasure and eternal fulfillment that is called eternal life. Suffering would disappear from the world and we would be completely happy.

Conversely, all other ways and attempts to avoid suffering and fulfill ourselves will end in an imminent collapse.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/23/16

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Who Believes In Freedom Of Choice?

laitman_546_03In the News (Society for Personality and Social Psychology): “Diminishing a person’s belief in free will leads to them feeling less like their true selves, according to recent research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. In a pair of studies, researchers from Texas A&M University manipulated people’s beliefs in free will to see how this would affect the subjects’ sense of authenticity, their sense of self. …

“‘Whether you agree that we have free will or that we are overpowered by social influence or other forms of determinism, the belief in free will has truly important consequences,’ says lead author Elizabeth Seto, a Graduate Student at the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University. …

“‘Our findings suggest that part of being who you are is experiencing a sense of agency and feeling like you are in control over the actions and outcomes in your life,’ says Seto. ‘If people are able to experience these feelings, they can become closer to their true or core self.’”

Answer: Psychology is not a science. It is based upon experiments in limited conditions.

First, there is no person who can accept and live with the knowledge that are managed. If we could reach a state like this, it would be good.

Question: Does this mean that psychologists cannot convince a person that they are controlled?

Answer: Certainly not. They can’t even start.

You can tell a person that all kinds of external and internal forces govern him and in fact not his. And he is not the one who chooses what to do because a few seconds before making an alleged decision, the information has already been formed and shaped in his brain and he only expresses the prepared result.

Science has already proven this is so. But a person cannot agree with the fact that he does not make decisions on his own because it is against his egoistic nature.This negates his identity, his “I,” his freedom of choice.

He can agree intellectually, but in another second he will forget it anyway. His nature erases this data from him automatically and he begins to live again as usual,  as if everything were up to him.

Comment: Psychologists say that attempts to reduce a person’s faith in freedom of choice increases aggression and gives rise to deception.

Response: Theoretically yes, but in fact, if speaking about a normal, sane, and balanced person, he cannot act according to this belief and respond negatively.

Question: Does this mean that a person always feels that he is free?

Answer: Yes. When teaching “The Freedom” (written by Baal HaSulam about freedom of will), we see that even when one hears that he is managed, he agrees, “Yes, yes, yes,” and continues on his way; he doesn’t even ask how to become free. It doesn’t concern him because he needs to feel confident in himself.

So I should feel within myself that there is a higher power that controls me through all kinds of systems, circumstances, and events, both external and internal, in everything that I do.

I have to feel it, not just hear it from someone. That is when I will feel I am bound hand and foot; no matter what I did, it all came from somewhere but not from me. I begin to strive to this “somewhere.” Where is the source of my behavior, the source of my future, my fate?—so at least I will know how this is works in nature.

No matter how much we talk about this, we cannot convince a person. It requires much work for him to discover his lack of freedom. But when he does discover this, simultaneously he will begin to feel who it is that manages and controls him. This is a revelation of the Creator.

Psychologists, as usual, are immersed in their speculations. And this, of course, will not lead to anything.

We need to show man that he is not free, but along with this he must be given the opportunity to find free will. When he sees the big picture and begins to realize it correctly within a particular small society, he will begin to understand where to move.

Therefore, the correct message is: freedom of choice exists, but only in choosing the appropriate society.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/26/16

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Where Is It Profitable To Invest Money?

laitman_283_01Question: Currently where is it most profitable to invest money?

Answer: That would be in education and information. This has always been most correct and safest.

The one thing that we lack in this world is truly educated and intelligent people, not necessarily professionals, but educated people who understand what the purpose of life is, what the meaning of life is and how to live it; this is not in vain.

If a person has the opportunity to acquire education and information of this kind, and this can be acquired only through his own effort, then it is worthwhile for him to invest in it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/27/16

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New Life #517 – Kabbalah Conventions, Part 1

New Life #517 – Kabbalah Conventions, Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

What is the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah La’Am Convention and in what way is it different from other spiritual conventions?

How is it related to the process humanity is undergoing, and what should a person who comes to the convention expect?
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From KabTV’s “New Life #517 –  Kabbalah Conventions, Part 1,” 2/8/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.19.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention,” Lesson 3

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