New Life #620 – Selichot

New Life #620 – Holidays and Festivals: Selichot
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

What are the laws of nature that are represented by the Selichot (Atonements) of the month of Elul? How is it possible to discover these laws and what forces will be revealed among our people if we begin to try connect among us?

Summary

What are the laws of nature that are represented by the Selichot (Atonements) of the month of Elul? How is it possible to discover these laws and what forces will be revealed among our people if we begin to try connect among us?

The Selichot indicate the process that we must go through a process of transcending our egoistic nature. This is not a matter of asking for forgiveness from someone. What assures that in the next moment I will behave better?

It is impossible to understand what the Selichot are through looking at the popular practices, but only in the truth that is latent in them. The Israeli customs point to the hidden laws of nature. The customs provide a preparation, until we approach the truth, to the revelation of the concealed laws of nature. There are several layers in nature, laws of nature, they are the inner layer pointed to by the customs of Israel. To discover them, one must become familiar with the general formula of the system of nature we live in.

The law of Selichot says that we must examine our nature well; it is entirely egoistic. These days we can recognize the highest level to which we must climb, the “Speaking level.” On this level all of us are connected in complete harmony. But our present nature is its opposite!

Elul = “Ani Ledodi VeDodi Li” (“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” – Song of Songs 6:3). If I need help to love others, the upper force will come to help me.

That he should ask for forgiveness, is to not take advantage of this opportunity we had to connect. How does the mechanism of this amendment?

We should ask for forgiveness for not taking advantage of the opportunity we had to connect. That for which it is worthwhile to ask forgiveness is not having used the opportunity that we had to connect. How do we activate this mechanism of correction? Kabbalah deals with this method of connection.

Israel has a great obligation toward the world; we must lead everyone toward connection and love. The work of connecting between one another leads to the upper force that is revealed in the connections between us. It is specifically through division and hatred that we can advance toward connection, “…as far as light excelleth darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13).
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From KabTV’s “New Life #620 – Holidays and Festivals: Selichot,” 9/1/16

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