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Jerusalem: A Symbol Of Unity

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureJerusalem, in the spiritual sense, is a point of connection between the souls and the upper system. The actual city is completely unique and holds a special status in Israel because it is the location of the Temple Mount, where the Temple once stood—the symbol of connection between this world and the upper world.

Jerusalem is a symbol of unification. It is known that unification is what makes the people of Israel special and chosen. Without it, our nation would not have attained the degree of Bina, bestowal (symbolized by the number 40, forty years of wandering in the desert) and the land of Israel, which means “straight to the Creator” (Israel, Yashar-El).

All of this was possible through the work they performed as they went through ascents and descents, overcoming all kinds of obstacles along the path. When we work on unifying against egoism, we attain a desire aimed at the Creator, which is generally called “the land of Israel.” Then we arrive at a special, “perfect city” (Yira Shlema), called Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).

There is a mountain (Har) inside it, meaning special doubts (Irurim) through which we obtain a vessel to receive for the sake of bestowal. This is the First Temple, followed by the vessel of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, the Second Temple.

All of these states are attained only out of unity. This is not talking about stones or a geographical location but about Jerusalem “in the heart.” That is, it is talking about how to build relationships that are called “perfect trepidation,” “the perfect city” (Yira Shlema), meaning the place of unification between us and the upper force, the Creator.

Everything is expressed through unification. That is, unification is the land of Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount. If there is no unification, then none of these exist either. Thus, are we really in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem today?

Speaking frankly, we are not. For now, these are merely potential notions, intended to direct us toward attaining their essence, meaning the correct unity. Then we will find that we are in the land of Israel, in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount.

Baal HaSulam explains that we have received the land of Israel for a time, as an opportunity to realize our unity and attain redemption, meaning the revelation of the upper force. Redemption is freedom from our egoism for every person individually and all of us together. Therefore, our primary work is to unite against egoism. Then we will reveal Jerusalem in our heart, along with all the other, more internal qualities that become revealed inside it.

Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi said (Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Hagiga): “The built Jerusalem is similar to a city that is united into one, a city that makes all of Israel friends.”

This means that when we attain a spiritual state called Jerusalem, we become a united nation of Israel, as one man. This is what Jerusalem symbolizes, its essence. No other place or nation has this approach. This is because everything becomes revealed in the nation of Israel only through unification, and without it, there is no nation of Israel, nor land of Israel, nor Jerusalem.
From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/17, Selected Excerpts for Jerusalem Day

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Epilogue To The Holocaust Memorial Day, Part 7

400The book Siah Yitzhak, Part 2, Collection 1: The essence of creation and choice, and correction, and damage in the world—all this depends on Israel.

This is indeed so because Israel includes two forces of nature: the desire to enjoy and the spark of light. And that is why only they can reach contact with the light and extend the light to the other nations.

Israel are those in whom the sparks of light appeared in Ancient Babylon and those in whom these sparks become apparent only now. The spark can awaken in anyone, in the representative of any nation, as it was once with the Babylonians, and he or she will join this process too.

All the nations of the world depend on Israel, and they have to help the Jews in order to not just hate them for no reason, but so they push them toward correction. As the prophet Isaiah said, the nations of the world will bring the sons of Israel on their shoulders to build the Temple. In this way, the nations of the world force Israel to begin correction, showing that this is what they expect from them.

Imagine the UN suddenly decided to issue sanctions against Israel for not starting correction, that is, the people of Israel do not unite according to the wisdom of Kabbalah and the Torah, do not teach it to others, and do not show an example. If we were united, we would be treated well, and if not, we would be pressured until we have no choice but to make corrections. How would such an attitude help us?

Why is it not happening? Because all the nations are still unaware of the method of Kabbalah, including the people of Israel. That is why no one, except Kabbalists, understands what is happening. The world must know what the law of development means, what we should do, and in what order the process of correction is accomplished.

This process begins with the head, with Kabbalists, then passes on to all Jews, and then to the whole world. Everyone who can do it, joins this work; there is a place for everyone. Our time requires the world to move forward to correction; otherwise, we will find ourselves in a much harder situation than 70 to 80 years ago at the time of the Holocaust.

It is known that the Jews did not notice the threat then and did not take the opportunity to change their destiny and leave Europe. At first they even supported Hitler’s coming to power. And today, they support Obama and protest against Donald Trump, although it is obvious which of the two is against the state of Israel and who is “for” it.

These are the signals of the approaching Holocaust. Therefore, it is more important for us not to think about what happened, but to look forward and think about what we need to do so that it does not happen again. Only if all Jews unite can we save ourselves. We should cry not about the Holocaust, but about the fact that we are so stiff-necked that we cannot listen to Kabbalists’ warnings and prevent the new Holocaust.

And it will certainly come, if we do not trigger forces of mercy against forces of justice; that is, if we do not oppose hatred by unity. Now hatred and separation between Jews is stronger than in any other nation. If American Jews, both the supporters of Donald Trump and his opponents, would unite, they would come to correction.

So by the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day, everyone has to come out with one heavy thought and one concern of the heart: How can I prevent the Holocaust of my people and the world? This can be done only through connection between us, by becoming one person with one heart in mutual bestowal, so that love will cover all crimes. We have to care only that love rises above all obstacles. And then the power of unity will “spill” from the people of Israel to the whole world.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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Boycott Of Israel At Eurovision 2017

400In the News (Jerusalem Post): “The small, but vocal group [BDS] aired their grievances in a Facebook group called ‘Eurovision boycott of Israel – ZERO points to the song of Israeli Apartheid.’

“’We are a group of Israeli citizens. This week Europeans (and also Australians) will get a chance to tell Israel what we think of the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians, and to express solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. In the Eurovision Song Contest, we should give Zero Points to the Song of Israeli Apartheid!’ demands the group on its Facebook page.”

My Comment: This movement exists in every Jew against his own Judaism. The Jew hates himself and believes that if he joins others, he will justify himself and will receive protection from them. This operates in him subconsciously, because the whole egoistic nature of our world is opposed to being a true Jew. Jew (from the root “Yichud” – unity) symbolizes unity. The people of Israel were founded by a group of people who decided to unite and live in peace and friendship without any difference between them, in equality. In fact, this was a true communistic society.

With the destruction of the First and Second Temples, this changed. Love was exchanged for mutual hatred, revulsion, and rejection. All of this is fully revealed in the BDS organization.

Question: Do you think that Jews are most active in BDS?

Answer: Yes, of course. All of the great anti-Semites were Jews, beginning with Torquemada and even Titus in ancient Rome, and so it has been throughout all of history. If we dig into history a bit, then all the most active anti-Semitic ideologues were Jews.

In them speaks the greatest hatred to unity, to the reconstruction of people, to that group of people that would show an example to all the world as it should be to unite and reach the mutual love of all people. They do not know that they are serving as the carriers of hatred in our world so that through the hatred, people will understand the necessity of transforming it into love. That is how the higher management operates.

Question: Do you think that a great accumulation of hatred will ultimately awaken and summon an attraction toward love?

Answer: Yes. That is what happens in general. The “bending” must go through the branching point, and then it will be understood how to act in practice. One always gives rise to the opposite of itself.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/11/17

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Epilogue To The Holocaust Memorial Day, Part 6

laitman_220Baal-HaSulam, “The Last Generation”: The world erroneously considers Nazism solely a product of Germany, whereas it is a consequence of democracy and socialism that were left without religion, morality, and the world justice.

If this is true, then all nations are equal in this, and there is no hope that with the victory of the allies the Nazis will become extinct because tomorrow the Anglo-Saxons, for example, will take up Nazism because they live in the world of democrats and Nazis.

Evolution must lead the egoistic desire through various states and forms and bring it to the state in which Nazism will naturally emerge in every developed nation. After all, every developed nation begins to feel that it should now move toward spirituality.

Suppose a nation does not know what the spiritual world is because there is no spark in it that could explain what spirituality is. But it feels as if it is suffocating from its material development and there is no exit from the crisis.

And then this nation will subconsciously feel that it is connected with Israel, with Jews, and depends on them. But this feeling will develop into hatred because the nations of the world receive no explanations, no correct nurturing, and no direction or guidance as to how to move forward and overcome the crisis.

Any developed nation and country inevitably begins to feel hatred and resentment toward Israel, since nowadays everybody will begin to feel the desire to ascend to a new level of humanity. Jews will not help if they provide all kinds of material assistance to the world.

This will not diminish anti-Semitism in any way because the need that unfolds from the depths of nature is absolutely unequivocal: a person must rise to the stage of the attainment of the upper force. All of mankind has come to the stage when it has to ascend, and it is even late in doing so. Therefore, Baal HaSulam says that we have no choice: we need to realize our correction as soon as possible and show this method to all nations.

Even the threat of nuclear war and self-destruction does not help the world to come to its senses. If a person does not have a clear and understandable method of correction, no example to follow, he will not be frightened by atomic bombs. All of humanity needs a set way, a clear direction where to go, by what means, and to which goal.

All this is the responsibility of the people of Israel to the nations of the world; this is what is called “to be a light unto nations.” Otherwise, hatred will increase and the account with us will be closed in a very radical, cruel, and simple way.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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Jerusalem Day

laitman_961Fifty years have passed since the liberation of Jerusalem. Why is the city still “in chains” then?

Even 50 years after the liberation of Jerusalem, it is still, as it has always been, the center of the world. There is tension between Israel and Turkey since Erdogan’s call to Muslims to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque in masses in order to support the Palestinians’ struggle and not allow Jerusalem to become the capital of the Jewish state.

The suggestion of American president Donald Trump to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem might undermine the already shaky sense of security even more. The city that is holy to the three religions and in whose heart the Wailing Wall is located was and still is a disputed territory.

There are those who consider the victory won in the Six Days War as the final phase of the return home of the nation of Israel, and there are those who see it as the beginning of the political tragedy of the State of Israel.

Still, at the moment of truth, we were all deeply moved and our eyes filled with tears as everyone felt a great relief when we received proof that we can indeed protect ourselves, which has always been doubtful until that war.

It is only when we feel a threat from the outside that we become a bit closer to each other; we forget all our differences and look for shelter that can unite us, like a herd of sheep escaping from a wolf. But this is not how a nation is formed. This is not how a dream is revived from ashes; this is not how the chosen people should behave.

Nothing is solved by a wave of a magic wand. Our practical experience proves that no political decisions, no life under constant pressure can be the remedy for the nation of Israel.

The unbearable situation we live in today, under endless pressures from within and from beyond the borders of our state, including the growing anti-Semitism, puts us facing the fact that the solution is somewhere else. It isn’t in external actions while society is deeply divided, but first of all in the correction of the relations between us.

We will not be able to establish a healthy system of mutual relations with any nation or state unless we first heal the mutual connections between us. This is the law of nature that operates on the nations of Israel; “Love thy friend as thyself” is the first law. Only after we fulfill it will we be able to reach peace with all our external enemies.

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Epilogue To The Holocaust Memorial Day, Part 5

laitman_431_05Question: Why did such a tragic event of unprecedented scale, which caused the death of six million people, happen in Germany of all places? How could this happen?

Answer: It happened because we had evolved to a state where we had to rebuild ourselves from the shattering to correct ourselves and all of humanity. But we were not doing this, and as a result, individual outbursts of hatred concentrated in such a severe global blow.

If a small fuse blows out and I do not change it, then a big system will burn out. If I don’t fix it, the entire network burns out. And I wonder how can this be? A small fuse broke, and suddenly everything burnt down?

Question: If the Holocaust were a legitimate result of development according to the laws of nature, then why did it end, even though the people of Israel did not begin to implement Baal HaSulam’s method?

Answer: We had to intervene in the work of the laws of nature and make up for it with our own work. We did not do it, so the Holocaust erupted. This stage realized itself in this form and expired.

We did not fulfill the correction that needed to be fulfilled in the 30’s and 40’s. Baal HaSulam called all the Jews of Poland to go to Israel, but they did not listen to him. They stayed where they were and all died.

The correction that was supposed to be made was not carried out voluntarily in a good way, and therefore, was realized as the Holocaust by Gevurot (judgment) instead of Hassadim (mercy).That was the end of the stage, and now we are at another stage, which is in the process of development.

Today we again have the opportunity that Baal HaSulam spoke about; we can build the corrected society and set an example to the world on the land of Israel, in the State of Israel. After all, who is “Israel”? It is the people who must serve as an example to all of humanity, because the people of Israel consists of two parts: the desires of the nations of the world and the spark.

Of all the ancient Babylonians, that is, of all humanity, Abraham chose only those who had sparks of light inside, and gathered them into a group. Therefore, in every Jew there is a part that relates to the nations of the world, and a spark. This means that the people of Israel originally consisted of representatives of all the nations of the world.

Inside Israel there are all the 70 nations. That is, now it represents a mini-humanity, which includes representatives of all nations and a spark. If we bring all these sparks together, we can advance toward the Creator. If we give up on these sparks, they hide inside the 70 nations of the world, which are inside Israel, and the Jews become as egoistic as everybody else and even worse.

After all, the sparks awaken even more egoistic desires inside us than in the nations of the world. This is exactly what is happening now. But we have an opportunity to use the sparks and bring correction to the world.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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Israel And The Nations Of The World

laitman_749_01Torah, Deuteronomy 23:05: Because they did not greet you with bread and water on the way, when you left Egypt, and because he [the people of Moab] hired Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim against you, to curse you.

The Ammonites and the Moabites could not join the exit from Egypt, which is to rise above the ego, because the people of Israel are those who are trying to get out of egoism. And those who cannot do it are called “other nations.”

Therefore, the seven nations live in the Land of Israel only because they nurture themselves through their roots from the Israelis, but they cannot be corrected. They cannot even cling to correction in any way. These are the desires in a person that do not allow him to make an effort to correct himself in any way, and they have to be killed.

If the seven nations cannot follow the path of correction, then what is left for them? What is left is to destroy Israel, its intention, its movement, and the goal of all humanity’s correction, and then they will feel good.

Basically, all the nations of the world aspire to this, because, in one way or another, they belong to those properties that need to be corrected with the help of a small group of people called “the people of Israel,” who once came out of Babylon.

The rest of Babylon could not go after them—they did not feel a need for it. That is why they can only be corrected with the help of that small group that can rise above themselves. And while the people of Israel go through a long way of rising above, the rest of Babylon lives its own life and develops.

But still, there is a contradiction between the people of Israel and the rest of the world because ideological contradictions on the level of our world are huge. Those who rise above have their own method of conceiving the world, a feeling of inner control of the world, and connection with the power that governs the universe.
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Epilogue To The Holocaust Memorial Day, Part 4

laitman_527_09Baal HaSulam, The Nation: The Holocaust was the result of the poison of hatred that afflicted the nations of the world, which led to the horrific death of millions of our brethren. We cannot delude ourselves by believing that we are speaking here about some transient and passing event.

The most progressive nations calmly barred their doors to us without feeling the least sympathy or pity. Without expecting miracles, it becomes apparent that our existence, individually and as a nation, balances on the scales of life and death.

And help will come only if we find the necessary instrument that will be able to tilt the scales in our favor…If we miss the chance and do not stand all as one, then the events we are facing will take on dangerous proportions, because they will unfold according to the will of our enemies who plan on wiping us off the face of the earth.

Obviously this was not a temporary phenomenon, but it exists within our shared nature. Humanity must reach union with the Creator, and the part that is called upon to demonstrate this method of correction is called Israel (Yashar-El, straight to the Creator).

This group of people received the method of correction and actualized it among themselves during the time of the First Temple. After 2,000 years of exile, Israel has spread throughout all humanity and now must once again establish its corrected state and draw all the nations of the world after it.

Let’s not fool ourselves by believing that the Holocaust was a momentary mistake that cannot be repeated. It can recur in a much worse form, not be the way it was in the past when it was contained within a particular European country, even if it had the support of all other developed nations, but with the complete support of all humanity, without exception. It can be seen even now, whenever there is a vote in the UN against Israel, 200 nations unanimously support the resolution.

And even though it is not without reason that the nation of Israel is called “stiff-necked” who refuses to understand what is happening to it, nevertheless, we have evidence today of such acts of anti-Semitism that make the time prior to the Holocaust seem much calmer. And, as usual, we are trying to shut our eyes and not notice what is happening until the last moment or even after it.

If we lose this chance, it will be impossible to save ourselves from harm, just as it happened during the Holocaust when there was nowhere to run. And today, after this whole tragedy, we are still repeating the same mistake as if nothing had happened.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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laitman_255Baal HaSulam, article “The Writings of the Last Generation”: It is a fact that Israel is hated by all the nations, whether for religious, racial, capitalist, communist, or for cosmopolitan reasons, etc. It is so because the hatred precedes all reasons, but each merely resolves its loathing according to its own psychology.

This hatred is natural because the body is not getting what it needs from the head. Instinctively, subconsciously, it feels its dependence on the head. This is so because we all exist within nature, within one desire, and under the influence of common forces. And when the head does not provide the body with all that it requires, then the body blames it for all its misfortunes.

Nothing can be done about this, only correction is required. If desire is born within the body, then the head is obligated to take care of it. And we are not speaking here about the simple fulfillment of material desires of the body; this will not help. The nations of the world will never be fulfilled in this way, and we have seen this throughout the entire span of our history.

Humanity creates more and more fulfillment for itself, but our desire only grows: one who received $100, wants $200, and when he receives $200, wants $400. It is the desire to receive that must be corrected, not the actual fulfillment.

When the desire is corrected, it will begin to be fulfilled by bestowal. This is the only way it is possible to be fulfilled. In other words, it is the duty of the head to provide the body with correction. The body lacks the strength to reach bestowal because there are only desires in it.

When the body receives the strength for bestowal from the head, it will be able to fulfill itself through bestowal.
When the body is fulfilled, its negative relationship with the head will cease; in other words, the attitude of the nations of the world toward Israel. But this is only under the condition that Israel takes care of the nations of the world and demonstrates the appropriate methodology for correction to them, which they can then participate in.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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laitman_293Question: As humanity develops, why does hatred and anti-Semitism increasingly grow?

Answer: As we develop, the shattering in the system of the common soul is increasingly revealed, the broken parts appear, and they must be corrected in the order from the easiest to the increasingly complex.

The order of correction is such that due to more simple corrections we can proceed to complex ones. This is seen throughout the history of human development.

Question: And to achieve correction, why was it necessary to divide into two parts: Israel and the nations of the world?

Answer: It is in this order that the desires are ascertained. This is the law of nature; Kabbalists only explain it to us, like any natural phenomenon. At the beginning of creation, there was only one common desire filled with light.

But at a certain stage of development, the shattering occurred: first in the external system, and then within the first man Adam, and this is called his fall, when he was unable to receive Light for the sake of bestowal.

One desire, created by the Creator, broke and divided into many parts. But there were sparks of Light left, the fragments of the anti-egoistic screen that exitsted before. These sparks of Reflected Light exist in each individual desire.

The common desire to enjoy was divided into levels, called Sefirot, according to how each layer manifested itself in relation to the Light, with different forces of adhesion and similarity. And when the screen shattered, in other words, when the strength of resistance to egoism broke, the upper Light disappeared from the desire as they ceased to be similar in properties. But in each desire, a spark remained, a tiny backlight.

In more subtle deficiencies, sparks are manifested and begin to be felt in the first place, and so there were people who felt these sparks in Ancient Babylon with the first crisis of mankind. Of these, the group that Abraham called Israel (Yashar-El, straight to the Creator) was assembled.

And all the other Babylonians did not yet feel these sparks and, therefore, did not seek correction. They did not understand Abraham’s method, which was the method of such unification that love covers all crimes. It is impossible to understand how it is possible to combine crimes and love, two opposites, when there are not two opposing forces in man: the desire to enjoy and the spark of Light.

Therefore, the Babylonians could not perceive the technique of Abraham and remained with their own. From all this, Babylon, the part that belongs to the nations of the world, was formed. And those who felt a spark in them understood Abraham’s method and the goal to which he led humanity. It was close to them, so they followed him.

Since then, the world divided into two parts, and the lower part, which refers to the body, the nations of the world, depends on the upper part, the head, Israel. And this relation remains until the very end of creation, after which all merge into one whole. But in the meantime, in the period of correction, there is a big difference between these two parts: one of them defining, and the second, receives the already ready.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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