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Be Prepared For The 9th Of Av

laitman_293Question: The 9th of Av is a tragic day in Jewish history when the Temple was destroyed, when the Temple Mount was destroyed, and when the Jews were expelled from England, France, and Spain. The first ghetto was founded on the 9th of Av. And it was on the 9th of Av that the Jews were taken from the  Warsaw Ghetto to be killed.

Answer: This is a critical date. Today, the greatest egoism is being revealed–meaning the negative attribute in human beings that is opposite to the natural, positive force, which we call nature or the Creator. It is the positive attribute that we must expose and reveal.

A person armed with knowledge sees in advance what is allowed and what is forbidden, where he can step and where he shouldn’t. And so he goes through the same situations with ease that a person who has no information is immersed in.

Although he must spend a lot of time studying and developing himself in learning how to sense danger, it is worthwhile because eventually he advances in a normal way. He understands that he must resist his ego, and he knows how to fight it. He knows that it is necessary to study systematically about himself in a group with others what we learn from the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Thus, we overcome all of the problems that must be revealed within us in a predetermined order because if they are not revealed, they are in concealment and it is impossible to correct them.

If we prepare ourselves properly for these problems in advance, they are revealed to us to the degree that we want and at a pace that we are able to correct them. However, if we are not prepared for them, they occur in the form of disasters like the Holocaust, expulsion, pogroms, and other problems.

This is how it always happens, so the wisdom of Kabbalah warns us and tells us that we must advance consciously, increasingly more strongly connected to each other. In fact, we are not connected at all, and we are growing further apart and increasingly more divided every day.

There are big circles in Israel that are dividing the nation and setting an example of opposing others. They operate only for their own sake, not for the sake of the state or the people. Unfortunately, all of this is leading us to another disaster, and we are approaching unpleasant events, while according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we in spite of our separation, the immense egoism that always resides in us and constantly grows, we must unite, in spite of everything and above it all, as it is written, “Love covers all transgressions.” It will not correct them but cover them.

We don’t need to pay attention to the fact that we have this negative motives toward each other. It is only natural as the most developed nation, but in spite of all that, we must get closer to each other.

There is a method to get closer, which the wisdom of Kabbalah precisely explains, and we must implement it.

Question: Is the preparation for a possible fall on the 9th of Av is that the moment the fall comes it can be immediately covered by love?

Answer: Yes, a week after the 9th of Av is the day of love because according to the plan of the creation, after all of the problems, we reach unity and love.

It is basically in our hands, and I hope that people who are far from the wisdom of Kabbalah, including those who oppose it, still will understand that the method of unity is in this wisdom. We must take it upon ourselves to realize it and show it to the entire world. This is the only way that the world will reach peace and tranquility.

Let’s hope that we will build in our hearts, between us, in our good unity, what we call the Third Temple and reveal the Creator in it, the force of love between us.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/10/16

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Facebook “Omitted” Israel From The Olympics

laitman_566_02Comment: The social network Facebook has been accused of bias toward Israel following its placement—not in alphabetical order but after Zimbawe and with the country’s flag missing—on a special page dedicated to the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio Dei Janeiro. The flag was added after the Olympic Committee of Israel complained to Facebook. It seems that Israel is getting a negative attitude from all sides.

Answer: This is not a negative attitude but hatred and it will continue until we recognize our obligation to the world, “to be a Light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). It means that we must be an example for the world of the ability to unite.

The people of Israel are the most egoistic and therefore the most separated and scattered. But the method of unification exists only with us and the world is subconsciously waiting for it. For the meantime, the United States supports us, but the Jews in the United States are becoming more and more distant from Israel and soon the American government will be able to put pressure on us according to what it wants.

When that happens, we will not be able to remain here anymore, as Baal HaSulam writes, if there will be anywhere for us to go at all. So let’s not go back to the times of the “destruction of the Temple.”
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An Ideal Relationship

laitman_232_08Question: What should an ideal relationship between a man and a woman look?

Answer: An ideal relationship between a man and a woman, just like between two men or two women, is a spiritual partnership in which the two sides have equal rights, when they complement each other and create a common vessel (Kli).
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/6/16

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The Purpose Determines Everything

laitman_571_06Question: I live in a country that I don’t like and I love a person who doesn’t want me. What should I do?

Answer: I think you need to go above all this. I can’t imagine what it means to love or not to love. First compare and test it in relation to the purpose of life and then maybe you will determine what it is that you don’t like, or what you like, and that what you prefer today will disappoint you tomorrow and maybe you will even hate it. Begin to distance yourself from it. Thus you need to make a renewed evaluation of the values. After all, it isn’t important where a person lives. I didn’t think I would ever live like I live today. The goal needs to determine everything.

And the purpose is the revelation of the Creator to a person in this world. We don’t have any need for anything else! And then you will be completely happy and will attain eternity, infinity, and completeness, here and now. It won’t matter to you what country you live in, what job you have, with what partner in life you live with, etc. You will understand why the Creator put you in this framework, and all in all, everything will work out in your life.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16

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Questions About Work In The Group – 2

laitman_938_07Question: How do I deal with my complaints about my friend? Should I sit down with him and discuss what I don’t like, or should I keep it to myself and try to convince myself mentally that he is better?

Answer: Discuss it in the group because the Creator is giving this to you for a greater connection for His revelation in the group.

Question: Does working on the connection mean to want to feel the desires of the friends as mine? If yes, then which desires of the friends are we are talking about: all of the desires of the friends or only the desires of the friends for the Creator?

Answer: It is only the desires of the friends for the Creator.

Question: Can we say that the indication of the appearance of ten Sefirot is happiness from the unity in the group?
Answer: This is one of the accompanying sensations.
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New Life #326 – Violence In Society, Part 1

New Life #326 –  Violence In Society, Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Basically, human nature is exploiting others for one’s own benefit, and is the cause for the increasing violence in society. How can we treat the problem at its root and stop it?

In ancient times when people felt like one family, there was no violence. The ego was very small. The ego grew, desires grew, and struggles for power and dominance began, exploiting others for my benefit.

In a system of cultural egoistic relationships, there is always violence, even if it is quiet and hidden. The definition of what is considered to be violence depends on changing social norms on the level of social morality.

Humans are the cruelest creatures in nature, taking everything from the environment, they ready to destroy it for their benefit. Even if a person seems to have a quiet nature, he can be more violent than anyone else.
There are whole towns of backward layers without education and social care. This leads to the perpetuation of violence.

It is impossible to contend with violence through increasing oppression and punishment. The treatment of the root is the correction of the ego.

The media inflames everything and therefore increases the violence and other negative phenomena—a social norm.

Violence is derived from the fact that human nature is evil and egoistic, and the environment even increases it. Violence will increase if the root is not treated, and human nature is not given a corrective treatment.

We cannot judge previous generations and say that they were more violent than we are. We are crueler. The method for correcting the individual and society has been revealed today, so it should be possible to treat the root of violence.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #326 – Violence In Society, Part 1,” 3/25/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.16.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 23

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Handmaid that Is Heir to Her Mistress,” “A Slave and A Handmaid”

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