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The Jewish Calendar

laitman_628_2Religions, ideas, regulations about holidays, the creation of calendar, etc.all this comes from the people of Israel that once left Babylon.

The Jewish calendar that has been in existence nearly 6,000 years never fails because it is based on the rotation of the sun, moon, and earth. Therefore, the date of any holiday can be defined thousands of years in advance.

It is a very complex calendar because every fourth year is a leap year, every seventh year a Shmita (Sabbatical year), every 49th or 50th year a Yovel (Jubilee), and so on. Its calculations are tied both to the sun and to the moon. Its calculations are tied both to the sun and to the moon.

The Christian calendar is based solely on the rotation of the sun, the Islamic on the rotation of the moon, so their dates are different. The Jewish calendar, however, is based on the middle line,between the moon and the sun, and therefore is unchanged.

There is a highly precise calendar compiled as far back as the 4th century BC for the next 2,000 years of exile. It indicates the angular degrees, minutes, and seconds. It can currently be found on the Internet.

The need for such a calendar was based on the fact that Jews needed to know when to bless a month, a Sabbath, and so on. Therefore, they unerringly determined which day of the week would come, suppose, in 273 years, four months, and a certain number of days, the duration of day and night, the hours of sunrise and sunset, and so on.

They had a precise knowledge of the mechanics of the entire firmament. It is very interesting. When I first saw the book describing this calendar, I was amazed. It presents a variety of astronomical charts compiled 24 centuries ago.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/12/16

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New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy

New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

The wealthy are respected everywhere in the world and they have direct access to government officials. The wealthy have a very strong desire to swallow and control everything; otherwise, they wouldn’t be wealthy. Every person exploits others as much as possible; this is human nature, even that of the ordinary citizen.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy,” 11/5/15

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Good Relationships, Where To Start?

laitman_284_02Question from Facebook: Why do you think that all problems can be solved by uniting? The Knesset directs the state [Israel]. We should start with it.

Answer: There is no point talking to governments and leaders who only think about how to occupy a warm seat, hold on to it, and rise as high as possible, which is the absolute opposite of what we are calling for, the goal a person should advance toward.

It is better if we engage in spiritual matters and leave them to their businesses.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/30/17

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Blessings For Great Victory Day!

laitman_539Dear Friends,

The great holiday of May 9 is a special date for us. This is the day of the great victory over the most evil forces in the history of humanity. The same forces that wanted to enslave the world tried to accommodate their religion to the policies that were introduced by them. A terrible darkness enveloped Europe and didn’t let any one of the peoples live.

We must not forget it. We must celebrate the day of victory every year. It is not important if it is celebrated in different nations at different times as the date of freedom for every nation from slavery. May 9 is a big holiday for us. We hope that we understand what the evil forces celebrate in our world, how the people of Israel exactly can limit and isolate them from humanity and make a happy, secure, and safe future. This depends only on us. So for us May 9 is not just the day of the end of a great and terrible war, but also a reminder that it is up to us to prevent future wars. And this is in our power, the wisdom of Kabbalah makes this possible for us. It is only up to us to learn the method and to realize it in life.

I wish for all of you a good mood, success and happiness! Together with this, don’t forget that today we are facing the same problems that also existed many years ago and it is up to us to solve them quickly. All this begins from tomorrow but for today, I bless everyone on the great May 9 holiday!
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New Life #662 – Extremism Or Mutual Complementation

New Life #662 – Extremism Or Mutual Complementation
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Instead of arguments between the left and the right wings, we need to learn where nature is leading us. The solution must include everyone. We connect above our personal views, and the more they differ, the more intense and more qualitative the connection between them is.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #662 –Extremism Or Mutual Complementation,” 12/17/15

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New Life #661 – Stability Versus Revolution

New Life #661 – Stability Versus Revolution
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We are living in a world of opposites: Liberals versus conservatives, innovation versus stability. If we don’t know what to do, it is better not to do anything.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #661 – Stability Versus Revolution,” 12/15/17

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New Life #659 – Unity Between Right And Left

New Life #659 – Unity Between Right And Left
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

The need to define ourselves as members of the right or left wings of the political map is part of our development as human beings. There is a constant struggle all over the world between the right and the left parties. We must not destroy either side; we must find a way to combine and connect the two without letting either side control the other.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #659 – Unity Between Right And Left,” 12/15/15

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New Life #657 – The Split Between Right And Left

New Life #657 – The Split Between Right And Left
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

There are two forces in nature: reception and giving. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the method for balance between these two forces. Essentially, there are two general rules: “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) and “What is hateful to you, do not do to your friend” (Shabbat 31a).
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From KabTV’s “New Life #657 – The Split Between Right And Left,” 12/8/15

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The Day Of Good Deeds

laitman_547_04Question: The day of the unity of the Jews is celebrated in Israel and it is called the Day of Good Deeds. How do you relate to it?

Answer: If we overcome ourselves in order to show off only one day a year, as if we are doing good to others, it will not lead to anything good and can even make things worse.

We must understand and realize how egoistic we are and to what degree we have to change ourselves. This is the reason there is a method of correction, of re-educating ourselves. I am ready to offer it and to show everyone the ancient method that that we have had since the days of Abraham.

I truly hope that the Jews will listen to it, that they will unite and will be a role model for the whole world, and thus, the whole world will become peaceful.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/27/17

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Never Again!

Laitman_130I was born in 1946 and grew up in the shadow of that ruthless war that took the lives of millions of people in a terrible tragedy called the Holocaust of the Jewish people. The Holocaust has impacted me personally. Although my parents were lucky to survive, two-thirds of my relatives were killed in the death camps.

For this reason, the Holocaust is not some distant memory for me, but a painful reminder of what might also happen to us. The question, “How can we prevent another Holocaust?” is not an idle question for me. I ask this question with all the pain and the responsibility that I feel.

I feel how an ocean of hatred is drowning us. The signs of the impending disaster have never been so evident. All international reports regarding the unprecedented growth of anti-Semitism are clear warning signs.

On the International Holocaust Memorial Day, a question was asked on BBC as to whether it isn’t time to stop talking about the Holocaust. A scientific convention is going to be held in England about Israel’s legitimate right to exist, and an agreement has been signed with Iran regarding its nuclear plan, which is more proof that we cannot count on our “allies.”

All this is a cause of great concern regarding our future.

We can still prevent another Holocaust, but it is not enough to mourn the past in order to do that. Tears should give way to critical analysis of our current situation and a search for other means to correct it.

Why? Because we are living in a closed system of emotionless forces. The law, according to which this system operates, is homeostasis, which means the harmonious balance of all the elements in the system.

Therefore, if we act in accordance with this law, which means that we aspire to establish good and harmonious relations, we feel good, but if we are divided, this system forcefully rebalances us with it. Sometimes such a correction involves terrible suffering.

I know how hard it is for Holocaust survivors and members of their families to read these lines, but the truth has to be told. The Holocaust happened because the nation of Israel did not act according to the law of unity. Why us? Because we have a special responsibility to fulfill this law ever since the days of Abraham.

Abraham, the founder of our nation, discovered that everything is managed by the law of unity. When the people of ancient Babylon were divided because the ego grew, Abraham began to teach the Babylonians the method of unity.

The few that followed him were called the nation of Israel. The implementation of this law is the reason our nation exists. The only justification for our existence as a nation is to convey this law within us and to all the other nations of the world.

In the beginning of the last century, we received a chance to get back to the land of Israel, not in order to build a home for all the Jews in it, but in order to reacquire the unity that we have lost. Unfortunately, we did not do it then. Most of the Jews of Europe preferred to remain in their local communities or to assimilate.

The reaction of the upper system to that was the Holocaust that started at the beginning of the 1920’s. Long before the world was flooded and suffocated by blood, Kabbalists felt that a great tragedy was approaching and called the Jews of Europe to return to their land and to unite, but they did not listen to the Kabbalists.

Instead of uniting into one nation of our own freewill, we got closer to each other due to the terrible suffering during the Holocaust. After that we received our statehood.

The real mandate for the existence of our country is not the UN declaration, but our mission. According to Kabbalists, the state we received was given to us only in order to fulfill the law of unity. And this is exactly what the world demands of us.

Subconsciously, the people of the world want us to attain unity between us and to convey the method of Abraham to them. We have refused to do that so far and thus invoke anti-Semitism. It is actually this refusal that could be the cause for the next Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Independence Day have to become days of fulfilling our mission, days of recalculating and reassessing the existence of our nation. On these days, we should gather around thousands of roundtables all over Israel and the world and understand how we must attain true independence, independence from our egoism, and learn how we can ascend from unfounded hate to brotherly love.

This is the only way we can ensure our future and the future of our children and to confidently say, never again!
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