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My Thoughts On Twitter, 3/10/17

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“The most egoistic actions beget the nations Ammon and Moab, from which arise the Kingdom of Judea and King Moshiach.” The Zohar, Vaera.

It’s remarkable how nature’s perfect governance gets warped by our egoistic behavior and yields the opposite, horrible result! EGOIST

Kabbalah explains the system of creation, the world’s program of development and governing forces. The goal (& our destiny) is perfection.

Anti-Semites (Haman) are the Creator’s messengers (angels) — they force the Jews to unite, correct the world and raise it to the Creator.

“Only a global government can save humanity.” Stephen Hawking. Correct! Because it must be united by definition.

Young American Jews! Anti-Semites won’t let you live in peace until you unite above your differences and eradicate its root. @CAMERAonCAMPUS

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Michael Laitman: A Farewell to US Politics
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From Twitter, 3/10/17

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Jewish Business News: “Why Jews Are The Key To The Unity Trump Called For In His Congress Speech”

In my regular column in Jewish Business News, my new article: “Why Jews Are The Key To The Unity Trump Called For In His Congress Speech

Jews are once again at the center of events, and it is no coincidence. They hold the key to the unity and stability of American society.

As Trump mentioned in the opening of his address to congress, from East to West coast America, Jews are troubled and distressed by bomb threats and vandalism in Jewish cemeteries. Strangely, no one knows who is behind this wave of incidents, and yet too easily fingers are pointed at Trump and his administration as the root cause, expecting them to provide the solutions as well.

First, we should open our eyes and recognize that anti-Semitism been on the rise worldwide for a number of years now, well before the recent elections. What’s more, it has been pervasive on both the right and the left.

American campuses have become breeding grounds for anti-Semitic sentiments. A 2014 study on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses by the Louis D. Brandies Center in Connecticut provided a quantitative measure of the degree of anti-Semitism found on campuses and affiliated institutions, and also gathered qualitative impressions from Jewish students such as this: “The divestment campaign and other anti-Israel campaigns are intertwined with rampant anti-Semitism.” In 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reported 90 anti-Semitic incidents on US campuses, twice as many as the year before.

In liberal democracies such as Sweden and France, Jews have been living in fear, facing death chants and hate crimes. Labor and Democratic parties across the Western World have exhibited alarming levels of anti-Semitism. So, painting the rise of Right Wing political parties as the cause of anti-Semitism is simply groundless.

The US elections certainly brought to light many of the societal ills in America, from the lingering degradation of America’s industry and Rust Belt cities, to its deep socio-economic inequalities and social polarization, as well as the anti-Semitic currents that have been brewing in America for years.

In fact, anti-Semitism has been around for millennia, transcending politics, religions, and cultures.

Jews Are Dangerously Divided

In such a climate of fear and threat, what worries me most is the growing division amongst Jews themselves. Liberal Jews and Conservative Jews have become so alienated from one another that each side feels the other behaves against the interests of the Jewish people and against their core values. Ironically, the greatest of Jewish values is unity above differences, as famously stated in the greatest law of Torah, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”.

The inability of Jews to rise above their differences of opinion shows how distanced we have become from our true heritage. This must quickly be amended, not only because it is our true goal as a people, but because it now puts us in grave danger. We may have different political opinions, but we are all Jews, and for anti-Semites, that is enough.

Instead of allowing politics to divide us, as they do so well, Jews must come together. This is not only a mechanism for fending off threats in the natural world, historically, it has proven to safeguard our people. It is written in the book Maor VaShemesh that “the prime defense against calamity is love and unity. When there are love, unity, and friendship within Israel, no calamity can come upon them.”

What Jews Have that America Desperately Needs

While safeguarding Jewish communities is good enough reason to come together, there is an even deeper reason that Jewish unity must now be our first priority. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that it is the historical purpose of Jews to demonstrate unity and to model corrected societal relations for others. It is no coincidence that famous anti-Semites such as Henry Ford knew this as well. In his book, The International Jew—The World’s Foremost Problem, he wrote that “Modern reformers, who are constructing model social systems, would do well to look into the social system under which the early Jews were organized.”

Although long forgotten, Jews once lived under principles of true equality and mutual concern. We became a nation at the foot of Mount Sinai only when each person present accepted the condition of being “as one man with one heart.” In the centuries that followed, Jews practiced the method that allowed them to rise above their differences to create increased social cohesion and unprecedented human development. It was only after the destruction of the Temple, in the long exile that followed, that this unity was forgotten.

As Jews dispersed the world over, they contributed to the social, economic and cultural development of every society they entered. However, this development was not led by the unifying principles able to balance and harmonize these societies, and as gaps and divisions between people worsened, blame and hatred always appeared and the Jews were pushed out.

Today, as anti-Semitism is growing once more, Jews must finally provide the model of societal cohesion that only they can. Our ancient calling has become so pressing and relevant that ignoring it will have hazardous consequences.

The current wave of threats towards Jews is not about Trump—it’s about imperative change that needs to happen, change that Jews must initiate and play a determining role in. We must see that our true Jewish power, both to protect our communities and to contribute to the world, lies in our ability to unite above all differences, and that this wisdom is deeply ingrained in our heritage.

Jews must be the ones to, in Trump’s words, help to “build bridges of cooperation and trust—not drive the wedge of disunity and division.”
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My Thoughts On Twitter, 3/9/17

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Anti-Semitism is on the rise everywhere. Can we make it go away?
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The key to controlling our destiny is hidden inside this happy holiday.
Happy Purim! Full clip: https://youtu.be/eO3cRSRYCUk

American Jews! Do you want to eradicate anti-Semitism? Leave your differences behind and unite! Anti-Semitism will immediately disappear.

5 Things You Did Not Know About Purim

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To the degree that Jews hate their essence of “uniting above all differences,” they inspire anti-Semites to rise up against them.

Man is a small world, comprising all of the world’s qualities. To see the world a certain way, organize your internal world accordingly.

Perhaps their shared love for their children will help unite the Jews supporting and opposing Trump to fight anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism

It is nature’s law that anti-Semites will force Jewish Dems and Reps to unite in the face of common destruction as an example to the world.

Comment: Why Loretta Lynch Is Inciting People To Lynch

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Purim Esther called for the unity of the Jews, i.e., those who aspire to bestow. But this is enough to redeem everyone.

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From Twitter, 3/9/17

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What Is Spiritual Attainment?

Laitman_001_01Question: What is spiritual attainment?

Answer: And what is corporeal attainment? A small child, for example, sees only a tiny fraction of the world that he can perceive and process in his brain, which is an emotional, visual, and mental instrument.

We are the same, and we may see much more than we perceive. There are whole worlds that surround us, but we don’t feel them because we don’t have their models within. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us that we have a great and wonderful opportunity to begin to feel the real world that surrounds us.

Many interesting scientific articles have been published recently about this saying we live in a matrix, that our universe is one of the components in a system of universes, etc.

Here the wisdom of Kabbalah comes in, telling a person that he can attain, discover, see, and feel all that and live in it. And so, a person can enter this space and remain in it forever. What does a person have in this world? It will slowly fades away from our feelings, like fog dissipates, and through it we begin to see fields, trees, and houses more clearly, and this world disappears like a haze.

This is what a person who begins to attain the upper world feels because the feelings of the new world become increasingly more powerful than the feelings of our world, and our world gradually becomes less important and its impact gradually becomes minor, and then even less important for me, until it disappears completely.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/20/16

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“If I Am Not For Myself, Who Is For Me?”

Laitman_632_1Question from Facebook: What is the meaning of “If I am not for myself, who is for me”? This contradicts what you always say: “There is none else besides Him.”

Answer: If we think about this, it is indeed true that if I am not for myself, who will help me. A person needs to care for himself to the degree that he has to in order to exist and to function normally.

And all the rest, for the sake of others. But it is only after I provide myself with the basic necessities because “if there is no flour, there is no Torah.”

Question: Where does the most important principle “there is none else besides Him” fit in this equation?

Answer: According to this principle, we should act as follows: I have to think only about myself to the degree that I take care of my basic necessities and not more than that, and I should give everything else (above the basic necessities) to others because this is what the upper leadership obliges me to do.

After all, there is none else besides Him besides the upper governance, which we are subordinate to and should fulfill all its conditions in order to properly exist.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/1/17

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The Jerusalem Post: “The Road From Liberalism To Tyranny”

In my regular column in The Jerusalem Post, my new article: “The Road From Liberalism To Tyranny

Neoliberalism does not serve the interests of the whole of American society.

The bottom line is this: beneath a guise of free speech, America has become a fascist country, where only one view is permitted.

Last Thursday, Jonathan Martin wrote in The New York Times that “the blueprint has already been chosen for the [Democratic Party] – by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President [Donald] Trump.” Couple this with the media’s slew of warped or made-up stories purporting to prove the president’s incompetence, and the army of agitators that Obama’s Organizing for Action has dispatched throughout the US to sabotage townhall meetings, it seems that the president is fighting on multiple fronts.

Why the war? Trump is not part of the ruling elite that has governed and exploited America for decades, and for whom Obama and Clinton were executors, covering up their actions behind a bogus humanistic agenda of caring for immigrants.

After World War II, numerous countries in the West adopted liberalism as a “vaccine” against fascism and Nazism. But a society cannot remain vital unless different views clash within it and in the process become polished and refined. When all the parties understand that diversity of views creates vitality, they strengthen their society and increase its ability to cope with changes.

Our own Jewish tradition encourages diversity and debate as means to enhance social cohesion. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook wrote that “The great rule about the war of views, when each view comes to contradict another, is that we need not contradict it, but rather build above it, and thereby ascend” (Letters of the Raiah). Likewise, Martin Buber wrote in Nation and World: “It is not neutrality that we need, but rather cohesion, cohesion of mutual responsibility. We are not required to blur the boundaries among the factions, circles, and parties, but rather share a recognition of the common reality and to share the test of mutual responsibility.”

The problem is that today’s American society denies the legitimacy of “other parties,” as Buber put it. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Liberal MP Sir John Dalberg-Acton. Instead of creating a vibrant arena of views that invigorate one another, liberals have stifled anyone who disagreed with them. If Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is forced to apologize for stating his mildly conservative views for fear of putting his business at risk, this is no longer liberalism and certainly not pluralism. This is tyranny.

“The inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21) is not merely a verse in the Bible. It is really who we all are. This is why rulers need watchful media to monitor them, and why the media needs to be kept genuinely free and pluralistic.

Yet, this is not the situation in America. Neoliberalism has been the ruling agenda in the US for decades. It does not serve the interests of the whole of American society, but rather caters to the interests of the small elite group of magnates who control the American economy, the media, and thereby the government. They determine what is reported and what is not, who is defamed and who is glorified. By controlling the media, they have dominated public discourse and avoided criticism. This is ingenious, but deadly to society.

For this reason, I regard Trump’s victory as a sign that the American society is still alive and kicking. It gives me hope that it will also be able to go through the necessary sobering up without bloodshed and without dragging the world into another war. Had Clinton been elected, there is little doubt that a world war would have erupted. Now, at least there is a chance for peace and the correction of society.

But to correct society, all parties will need to learn from the Jewish tradition – that “love covers all crimes” (Proverbs 10:12). Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on the Zohar, wrote in his essay “The Freedom”: “Contradictions and oppositeness between people should remain forever, to forever secure the progress of the free society.” Liberals would do well to listen to their own “co-religionist” Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times who wrote, “We progressives could take a brief break from attacking the other side and more broadly incorporate values that we supposedly cherish – like diversity – in our own dominions.”

For America’s sake and for the sake of the world, I pray that this great nation wakes up and understands the value of diversity, the benefit of honing views through open debate, and the powerful cohesion attained when that debate yields solutions that contribute to the vitality of the whole of society.
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CNN’s Lies About Israel

Laitman_421_01In the News (The Jerusalem Post): “Following Wednesday night’s terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona market that left four people dead and 16 wounded CNN inspired outrage with its headline when it put the word ‘terrorists’ in quotations on its Facebook page.

“Additionally, the news agency failed to mention terrorism even once in the article reporting the ordeal. …

“CNN swiftly removed the tweet and issued an apology via Twitter on Thursday evening, calling their use of quotation marks around the word terrorist in their news headline ‘a mistake.’

“‘The attacks were, without question, terrorist attacks,’ the news agency said in a press release.”

(The Jerusalem Post): “CNN has updated a graphic it featured this week listing some of the deadliest terror attacks that occurred throughout the month of Ramadan to include reference to the July 8  [sic] shooting attack in Tel Aviv.

“An advocacy group for Israel, Stand With Us, pointed out the update on its social media, claiming that ‘criticism’ led to the change. …

“But the graphic does not include reference to several other attacks that have occurred within Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl in her bedroom and the murder of a father in front of his wife and kids.”

Comment: CNN constantly lies about Israel. For example, they constructed a map of terrorist activities that occurred during the last Ramadan fast and updated it to include the June 8th attack in the Sarona district in Tel Aviv, but didn’t mention anything about what happened in Yehudah and Shomron, where a 13-year-old girl and later a Rabbi were murdered. CNN did not consider these acts of terrorism.

Researchers conclude that Israel, during the period of state formation, was constantly explaining its morally correct behavior to the world, and now we have stopped doing this. They think that it is time to understand that this is the wrong approach and we should start explaining our rectitude.

According to them, something will change as a result.

My Comment: Without a doubt everything would change if our government understood that it is imperative to publicize our rightness in order to educate humanity. I relate to publicity as part of our educational work that we must conduct with humanity, to be a “Light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). We must show this to them, not so CNN will have a good opinion about us, but so the world will know why the Jewish people were created and exist in the world, how humanity must interact with us and we with them, and how the Jews must understand their task and their mission.

Question: Does this mean that you don’t agree when they say that if we were to explain our justification something would change?

Answer: What kind of justification do we have? We have no justification. Was anybody living here when we arrived 100 years ago at the end of the 19th century? People lived here settled throughout the territory. We cannot claim that we didn’t expel them. They left and moved to Jordan and other places. Whether they want to come back or not makes no difference. We came to their place.

And since then, there has been a problem. It is true that there are those who have inflated the problem artificially, but the problem existed and it has not been solved to this day. How can it be solved? This can only be through educational work and an explanation of why we have the right to settle here, why we have the right to live together with our “cousins”—the Arabs?

If there were peace and security here, we would be happy to live with them. Our religions are similar in their basis, their roots are close, we have one “father.” Therefore, we must take into account that they were here. In this respect, I don’t belong to the right wing camp that says, “This is ours alone!”

We need to convince everyone that this is our territory. This will happen when we show and prove that this is the program of development of the world and that our presence here is imperative for all of humanity and not for us personally because it is specifically from here that we can show everyone in what manner we must create a new world!

Only then will the whole world, including those who have been living here, understand everything and help us instead of trying to annihilate us.

This is the real propaganda when you bring everything to a very serious basis! The main thing is that Jews must be allowed to live here because without them, the world will not be able to reach its proper state. Jews must live here for the sake of the world, for the sake of the Creator, for the sake of implementing the program of creation into life.

And then everything will be changed. If we prove our right to live here like that, then everyone will agree with us.

And if we just say we need to live somewhere… What, all of a sudden we are coming back after two thousand years?! Imagine how many claims against each other have accumulated and how much has happened in the world during this time—what a shuffle, a great migration of peoples. Take out the maps from the archives and see what it is!

Therefore, so the problem of redrawing the world map does not erupt, we need to get rid of all borders. But this must be through bringing people close to each other, not as was done in the European community by force with the stroke of a pen.

I don’t see another way out, from both the point of view of human development and the need for humanity becoming closer to each other. There is no other way out besides education! If we remove the internal boundaries, then the external borders will be eliminated by themselves. This can be achieved only through proper education.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/21/16

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New Life #309 – The Development Of Earth And Humanity

New Life #309 – The Development of Earth and Humanity
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Nature, which exists in balance and harmony, requires that we build a system of forces within ourselves that is similar to it. How can we see it and when will we begin to create connection in our relationships?

Life on Earth evolved from matter in which there is a program that operates all the parts

Religion says that the program is run from above; science says it is found in the matter itself. Be that as it may, nothing is accidental. The software exists in nature and promotes the development of the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking. Probably the person that we see today, will develop into something more advanced. From the evolving Earth, we learn that advancement is a combination of expansion and contraction, balance.

As it seems, our future form will be one global humanity. The connection between all human beings is a connection that will connect us above all the rejection and separation into truly one body.

Also in human relationships, we experience distancing and getting closer at all levels and in all areas. It is important that there be a balance between two opposing forces, that is, they both operate toward one effective direction. Distancing – coming closer, attraction – rejection, reception – bestowal: balance is needed between the forces.

In human society, the operating force is reception. We must balance it with the force of bestowal to build a system between us.

Even now I am willing to give you something if I get something out of it, but that isn’t the force of bestowal. That is actually receiving.

The world is becoming one small village, we are all interdependent. We must bring balance between us all.

The difference between an animal that wants to be number one in the herd and a person who wants to dominate others is that the human desire to control is unlimited, lacking all restraint, and thus is destructive to the world. It is good to aspire to be king of the world, just as long as it does not come at the expense of everyone else, but for the benefit of everyone.

In a balanced human condition, we get the best from everyone and give all that we can. A touch of eternity, when you reach this level of communication, then we have built a system called Adam (Man) between us.

This is eternal awareness.
From KabTV’s “New Life #309 – The Development of Earth and Humanity,” 3/2/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.10.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 1, Article 11

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Shamati #137, “Zelophehad Was Gathering Wood”

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