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The Attributes That Remind About The Spiritual Correction

Laitman_043Torah, Deuteronomy 11:20: And you shall inscribe them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates….

A person must realize all the commandments not only within himself, but on every possible external manifestation of his egoism. The doorposts and the gates are the restrictions that exist around our external desires. The fact is that desires come from inside out and are graded as following: the house, the yard, the fence around them, and then the field and the desert.

All this is inside a person; this is how he is created. He must also create such attributes, such symbols externally, in order to be aware of them. Therefore, there is a custom to kiss the mezuzah, but only in order to remind a person about his internal states that must be corrected.

The problem is that we don’t use them. It would be good if we explained that all of these are just signs that remind the people that they must correct their hearts. However, since we don’t teach them this, people are satisfied with performing the commandments mechanically and consider themselves righteous because of it. People don’t want to learn and listen to what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells them.

It is necessary to teach them both at the same time and not to replace one with another! This is the problem.

Torah, Deuteronomy 11:21: In order that your days may increase and the days of your children, on the land which the Lord swore to your forefathers to give them, as the days of heaven above the earth.

“In order that your days may increase” is a constant elevation on the 125 degrees to the world of infinity (Ein Sof), so that a person will possess “this land,” meaning all of the immense desire within him. He must reveal, develop, and correct it and exist in it on a completely different level.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/15/16

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Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 11:18: …and bind them for a sign upon your hand…

The left hand is receiving and right hand giving. The hand that Tefillin is worn on is the weak left hand in order to tame egoism. It symbolizes the correction that a person should have on his upper spiritual degree.

This is a very high level in the world of Atzilut – Arich Anpin. There are Tefillin Jacob, Tefillin Rachel, Tefillin Leah, and Tefillin Israel.

Torah, Deuteronomy 11:18: …and they shall be for ornaments between your eyes…

Eyes are the quality of the level of Hochma in the head part of the world of Atzilut, meaning they are very high corrections. To reach such states we must do serious work on ourselves.

But there are also support programs that help implement a common program. It is like recording a new program on our desires. After all, nothing was created in the universe apart from desire. And the Upper Light gradually, like a laser, records the new program on our previous program without canceling the previous one.

In other words, all our egoism remains and just begins to work according to the different program. Therefore Tefillin, Tallit, and all other attributes symbolize the spiritual connections that we must restore between us over our shattered desire.

Question: Do these material attributes help us?

Answer: Unfortunately they just distract us. The fact is that by realizing commandments on the material level, a person thinks that he does everything required. However, it is good if along with performing physical actions that explanations are given: why, what for, and what is behind them, so they remind a person about his inner abilities of implementing the correction.

And it is bad if he thinks that by tying the Tefillin boxes he already fulfills the commandments.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/15/16

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What The Laws Of The Torah Say

Laitman_137Question: Why is simply learning about the practical laws from the book, Shulchan Aruch not enough for fulfilling the Torah and Mitzvot (commandments)?

Answer: Because not only to perform them, but even to receive the Torah, we must be “as one person with one heart.” How can we say today that we are fulfilling the laws of the Torah?! We first must yearn to attain the conditions for their implementation or at least yearn for unification. And then we will find out that all the laws of the Torah speak about how to attain unity.

Receiving the Torah is only the beginning of its fulfillment. After having received it, egoism begins to be revealed more and more and we must increase the unity between us. That is how our common heart grows until it will include everyone within it.
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“You Shall Not Steal”

laitman_546_01Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 05:17: And you shall not steal…

Be vigilant not to wish to receive for yourself those fulfillments and pleasures that are revealed in the quality of bestowal. This is called stealing.

It is forbidden to transfer anything from the “household” of the Creator to our egoistic desires.

It doesn’t matter that all the pleasure immediately evaporates. Nonetheless it is stealing.

On the other hand, if the Torah says that this is forbidden, it means that this is impossible and you won’t be able to use anything for your own sake, e.g., to steal or to commit adultery. In the spiritual world you won’t be permitted to do so, because the law is above you there.

Therefore, the Torah gives us instructions how to accurately adjust ourselves to fulfill spiritual laws.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/16/16

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New Life #700 – The Sabbath Customs

New Life #700 – The Sabbath Customs
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

Man belongs to the animal world and the difference between him and animals is the desire to know what he is living for. Abraham taught that the question about the meaning of life leads a person to the revelation of the upper force. To discover the upper world, we have to correct the evil inclination in us, our ego.

The Sabbath candles symbolize the Light that comes unto us as a result of the corrections we perform during the six weekdays.

We have to resemble the upper force and become loving and giving according to the plan of creation. Abraham discovered that there is a special force in nature that can help us accomplish this mission, which is the force of the Light, the force of love and giving. Therefore we light two candles, which symbolize the two kinds of Light: the Light of correction of the different parts of the ego and the Light of filling.

When we light the Sabbath candles we should think about getting closer to the love of others. When the egoistic desire is corrected, it is called a soul and it operates with the intention of love and bestowal like the Creator.

Why is it the woman who lights the candles, why do we cover the eyes, and why do we bless? These customs stem from spiritual roots that symbolize the corrections we have to perform. The wine symbolizes the Light of Hochma and the bread symbolizes the Light of Hassadim.

When we sing the song “Welcome the Angels of Peace,” we sing about the forces that correct the desire to receive into bestowal. These correcting forces turn a person into a loving person who bestows unto others and then he discovers the upper world. “Oneg Shabbat” (the pleasure of Sabbath) symbolizes the great Light that a person who has corrected his ego in the spiritual state called the “Sabbath.”
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From KabTV’s “New Life #700 – The Sabbath Customs,” 3/8/16

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New Life #699 – Sabbath The Day Of Rest

New Life #699 – Sabbath The Day Of Rest
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

There are days and nights in nature; there are months and years, but there is no week in nature. In fact the nation of Israel added the idea of a week. Starting from the first man who discovered the upper force until the last man who will discover it 6,000 years later, this is the time that symbolizes the six weekdays. The seventh millennium symbolizes the corrected state in correspondence to which the Sabbath is a world to come. The essence of the correction is the transition from egoism to love thy friends as thyself through the Light that Reforms.

Since the destruction of the Second Temple, only the external form of the Sabbath customs are left and nothing more. The spiritual Sabbath is the Sabbath of the end of correction, when we are all as one man in one heart, adhered to the Creator. If we don’t engage in the correction of the ego, we have nothing more than a psychological impression of the Sabbath. But a person who corrects himself discovers systems of six correcting forces and the state of Sabbath at the end, which means a cycle. We don’t work on the Sabbath because we have completed our correction in this spiritual state. Other nations copied the structure of the week from us and set their own day of rest.

The weekdays symbolize our engagement with the ego that is divided into six parts that we have to correct, while the Sabbath symbolizes the corrected state and this is where the customs associated with it stem from. But the actual customs don’t correct the ego. All the Jewish customs are corporeal branches that imply what the spiritual root of correcting the evil inclination into love is.

The first man (Adam HaRishon) discovered the upper force for the first time 5,776 years ago, although there were many generations before him.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #699 – Sabbath The Day Of Rest,” 3/8/16

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Dispelling Myths About Kabbalah, Part 5

laitman_627_2Commandments And Traditions

Question: Does Kabbalah obligate one to follow the Jewish rituals?

Answer: When one studies the wisdom of Kabbalah, even being the most secular person who has never followed any traditions, he begins to feel that all of these rituals are given with the purpose of reminding about the connection with the upper force. Therefore, some people begin to follow these traditions, although there is no obligation.

Question: For example, what is the meaning of blessings for bread and for wine in the beginning of the first Shabbat meal?

Answer: It is impossible to explain these actions without the wisdom of Kabbalah. Only Kabbalah explains what the seventh day of the week, Shabbat, means. It corresponds to the seventh millennium, that is, the end of correction.

We hope that we will come to a state when the entire world will be corrected and will continue its existence in the absolute general love for the other in greater degree than for himself. Then, the upper force will be revealed between us in the corrected connection and will dwell between everyone.

Without the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is impossible to understand what the Torah is talking about.

Question: Why do we add salt to the bread during the blessing at the beginning of the Shabbat meal?

Answer: It is very simple to understand for someone who studies Kabbalah. However, it is impossible to explain it without using the Kabbalistic terms. Bread symbolizes the Light of Mercy, Hassadim, Bina, whereas salt is Malchut. This way, a connection appears between Bina and Malchut, as it is written, “You shall offer salt on all your sacrifices,” as a sign of the union.

One must study this. It is impossible to explain it in a few words. If you want to understand the inner meaning of any tradition, it is possible only through the wisdom of Kabbalah. All traditions, laws, and commandments in Judaism come from Kabbalah and exist only because of this wisdom. It explains their true meaning and fills them with the inner sense.
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From the Radio Program on 103FM, 2/28/16

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Why Don’t We Eat Chametz (Leavened Food) On Passover

laitman_961Question: Why don’t we eat Chametz on Pesach (Passover)?

Answer: Because Chametz symbolizes the connection between flour and water. Flour symbolizes the attribute of the egoistic desire and water symbolizes the attribute of the altruistic desire.

Therefore, on Passover we are at final stage of the domination of the ego and we begin to feel that egoism controls us in everything since we lack the attribute of Hassadim, the attribute of Hesed, the attribute of the water, which is what the Matzah symbolizes.

Matzah is the connection between flour and water. They are mixed for a very precise period of time, for 18 minutes, so that the flour will not begin to rise. If they are mixed too long, we have to constantly knead the dough without stopping…

This process symbolizes our work with egoism, the process in which we have to keep working with it, giving it new forms over and over again, moving to altruism. And then it is possible.

But in principle, it is impossible to work with the Chametz for more than 18 minutes, which means that the connection has to be minimal, just as it appears in our egoism. What is altruism? That we want to show good intentions toward someone so the ego will benefit from it? The Matzah symbolizes the lack of water, the lack of Hassadim, the lack of Hesed, in our egoistic attitude, and so it is called the “bread of poverty,” which means the poverty of a wide heart, in the openness between people.

It is customary to eat Matzah on Passover eve because it is on this night that we reveal to what extent we don’t have the attribute of love and bestowal among us, the attribute of Bina, or the attribute of Hesed. We are ready for anything as long as we can exit this egoistic state, and so we eat Matzah on the night of our liberation from egoism.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/13/16

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Desire Number Thirty Five

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the correction of the 613 desires and does it refer to the 613 Mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah? Can you explain what corrected desire number 35 refers to, the one about preparing the special oil for anointing the great priest and the king?

Answer: The great priest and the king are not human beings but a special spiritual level. When you ascend to this level, the structure of a king or a great priest will be formed in you and you will be able to perform an action called drawing of the Light of Hochma.

The Light of Hochma is the oil and the Light of Hassadim is the water. By using the oil (the Light of Hochma), you can make a special “solution,” i.e., a special system for correction, elevation, and proximity in order to ascend to the level of the king or the great priest. These are all our internal attributes that we have to arrange and to correct.

Thus, any Mitzva is the correction of our internal desires, but on different levels. Man is a small world and everything exists inside him. This means that only I exist and you are all inside me, in my consciousness, in my feeling. It seems to me that you are external to me, but in fact you are inside me.

Question: What does it mean to find the priest inside me?

Answer: A priest is a desire on the level of Keter, the highest desire in a person that works in absolute bestowal without any egoistic impurities. But a person must prepare himself for this. One of the acts of preparation is Mitzvah number 35. When a person ascends the spiritual levels, regardless of whether he was born a Jew or not, a Cohen or a Levi, he has to undergo all these levels and attributes.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/24/16

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New Life #697 – Laws Of Niddah And Purity

New Life #697 – Laws Of Niddah And Purity
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We move from one phase to the next when correcting our ego and this is the reason that there is also a special cycle in nature. In this cycle there is the moon, the sun, and the earth, which are branches stemming from spiritual roots, from upper forces.

Once we were one soul and then we were shattered to pieces. Our correction is to connect with love. Every egoistic desire to receive that has not been corrected yet is called a woman, and a corrected desire is called a man, stemming from the Hebrew word to overcome. Different customs in our world are merely a replica of the spiritual states that we have to undergo in the correction of the ego.

Every monthly cycle symbolizes new egoistic desires that come up and demand their correction to bestowal. We count seven clean days after the monthly period, and then the desires are ready to couple with the Upper Light. In spirituality the blood during the monthly period symbolizes the revelation of the Dinim (judgments), which are difficult egoistic desires.

The impure blood and bathing in the Mikva symbolize the receiving of the Light of Hassadim after which it is possible to receive the Light of Hochma, the semen. A man’s soul that has developed from the semen develops in the womb and its nature is a desire to receive. One can receive only if he becomes a conductor, like a pipe, for others. If the Light identifies that a person is clogged, it doesn’t go through him.

The correction is to open one’s self with love. The corrected desire that opened itself for the Light to flow unto others is called a corrected woman in the coupling. Everyone is considered a woman first, and thanks to overcoming the ego, they become men. The seven clean days symbolize the corrected Lights, which are the forces to bestow and to love. The groom the bride is intended to couple with is the general force of love that fills all of reality. At the end, all the cycles and corrections reach the great coupling of the end of correction.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #697 – Laws Of Niddah And Purity,” 3/1/16

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