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2,000 Years Before The Creation Of The World

The further away we drew from the Torah throughout our history, the closer it got to us.

How Did the Torah Become a Book?

“And when He desired and thought of creating the world and it was revealed in a desire before Him, He would look at the Torah and create the world.” (The Book of Zohar, “Toledot“)

Just think about it, the world did not even exist but the Torah already did. He did not look at a book when he created the world. It wasn’t the book that was given to the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai.

The Torah is a comprehensive development program, a complete guide to creation. This is the matrix we are all part of. It is impossible to overcome it or to run from it. But once, at a certain moment of growing up that was predetermined by it, we will know about it. We will not simply receive information, but we will be conscious of where we are and what is happening to us.

It is the same with a small child who after the first “unconscious” years begins to understand that he is living in a vast world and this world requires his participation. In the evolution of man, there comes a time when the matrix awakens him from his infantile oblivion. He says goodbye to his crib and the nursery, opens the door, and leaves his home.

At that moment, everything changes: the world acquires volume, sound, colors, and meaning. It turns out that life is a path that has an eternal goal, and we can advance toward consciously, through our free choice, together. Then it isn’t only the matrix that impacts us, but we too impact the matrix.

Thus, we become acquainted with the general plan and with the force that operates us. A couple of thousand years ago humanity reached this level. People who called themselves Kabbalists discovered the only system of reality and began to study its laws, to connect to it, and to describe it.

Thus, they attained the Torah, wrote books that reflected its attributes and laws and most importantly—the direction it shows us. They saw the general picture and understood the general process, just as we understand the general phases of the development of a baby.

“Before the world was created, the Torah had preceded the world by two-thousand years.” (The Book of Zohar, “Truma“)

At the peak of the attainment of the plan, a whole nation lived by being conscious of its laws in a reality that was much broader than ours. But one day everything disappeared. It fell from its height, and with it the hopes for the whole world collapsed. Then the Torah became merely a book, which tells us how we should live on Earth, a special holy book. But we have already forgotten the structure of creation, the method of ascending above ourselves, the tool for attaining unity in the world.

The door was closed and we returned to the nursery where we have been living until this very day.

The Disruption of High Frequencies

There are 54 Parashot (sections) in the Torah, 613 commandments, 79,976 words, 304,805 letters. It is read in synagogues during the year according to the weekly Parasha. It includes the history of the Jewish nation, of its leaders, starting from the forefathers until Moses, the Tower of Babel, the land that the Creator had shown Abraham, the wandering in the desert, the slavery in Egypt, Mt. Sinai that shook in flames and smoke…

If we read the Torah this way, if we understand it this way, the main part is missing and it is a wrapping without a filling. Read this way, it is detached from the roots, projected in print on our ordinary consciousness, and is fixed under the title “Holy Scriptures.”

This is how it is transmitted through the egoistic perception of the world and ceases to be the plan of our development. It is not moving; it isn’t attractive; it doesn’t develop us; it doesn’t reveal new worlds, and does not give us the power to reveal them, but actually calms us and puts us to sleep. For some, it may be a tradition; for others, it is a collection of absolute laws of our corporeal existence. In the past it united the nation, but now it divides it, breaks us apart, and puts people on two sides of the fence.

No, this isn’t the Torah, it isn’t the force that changes a person that pulls us out of our primitive ego that is limited to our corporeal life. In the past it called us upward, and now it has become a means of pressure on people, compelling, demanding, and limiting them. People study it by heart, verify it by different historical findings, and undermine its ideological basis. Religions grow around it, mysticism and cynics gather around it, philosophers quote it, and scientists study it trying to decipher its code.

It has turned into the best seller of all times and of all nations long ago. Those whom the Torah calls “homeowners” wave it because they don’t want to step over the threshold and leave their “home” for something greater.

“Small, limited people come along indifferently filling us with different drugs and mainly keep the drug of life out of our sight…in order to suffocate the Creator’s voice calling us from the depths of the soul and filling all the worlds: demand Me and live.” (Rav Kook).

When the great holiday of the giving of the Torah arrives, we once again reject it, which leaves us with the book again. Even if it is special, even if it is holy, it is a book and not the great tissue of the creation into which we are woven, whether we like it or not, a book, not a huge world, and not a majestic system that surrounds us because for us it was created.

We reject it. Why? Because it lives in bestowal and teaches us the same thing.

Poison at the Tip of the Blade

“The major principle of attaining the Torah is unity, as one man in one heart.” (“Maor Va’Shemesh“)

At Mt. Sinai we were given a common approach to the general system and we were allowed to consciously come in contact with it, to study it, to explore it, and to be incorporated in it in our mind and feelings. The access code is love of others, the software interface is a relationship with others that is based on bestowal. The Torah is meant to reveal the conglomerate of the forces that operate on us, impact us, and enable us to be mutually and effectively connected with them. Thus, we use the Torah—we leave the nursery, grow up, and mature.

The transformation does not take place in our fantasies, not in the next world, but here and now, in ascending above the ego, and this is the reason that it is so easy for a person to check himself and whether he receives the Torah as a pain killer or as an excuse. The criterion is simple: we use the Torah just as we treat each other, either as a medicine or a poison.

Judging by the current situation, we find ourselves at an impasse, divided, crushed, quarreling, and accepting all that as inevitable. It isn’t the positive force of the Torah that accompanies us on the way to our goal, but the negativity of our own essence, which we are used to, but which is just as destructive,

In the meantime, the world is growing in its diapers and reaches situations in which it will not be able to manage without a wise teacher. It is only in theory that a person is able to soberly assess the situation and come to the right conclusion. In practice, our desires are much stronger than us, and even on the verge of an abyss, we will continue to carry on with our childish acts. This is our nature.

The sages use the clear and bitter metaphor of seeing the angel of death with a drop of poison at the tip of the blade of his sword and the “obedient” man opens up his mouth and swallows it. It is because we cannot do things otherwise. Even our wise nation has fallen into this trap of the ego, and it seems that once again it is ready to head toward the “slaughter” judging by the conflicts in Israel and among the Jews abroad. For them, Israel is becoming a useless liability from which they will be happy to cut themselves off once and for all.

This outcome is inevitable unless we accept the Torah, unless we become responsible for each other despite the mountain of doubts and hatred that is looming over us. This is where our free choice is, since the Torah, unlike the angel of death, works only if we want it, if we need it, not only in words, but in deeds, if we regard it as a medicine for our divisiveness, as the wisdom of bestowal and of the right mutual cooperation with the general system.

Hurry Up to Love

We are all different and we see the world differently. This is quite normal. The Torah doesn’t require anyone to give up his principles and beliefs. It does not need artificial socialist compromises. It raises us to the level in which only the hearts and the connection between them remain. Then everything merges together.

“Hurry to love, for the hour has come.” (Rabbi Elazar Azikri)

No one is right or to blame. We all find ourselves before our mountain of hatred, at some point, facing the need to make a common decision. Its essence is the birth of man, the birth of a new society, of a new attitude to life and to each other. When we yearn for that, the system will help us, guide us, and answer our questions. But if we don’t, it will make us face the facts that are presented to us at the tip of the blade of a sword.

Therefore, if the question is whether to receive the Torah or not, we will receive it. The next question is whether we hasten love.
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Why Do We Hate?

laitman_293Question from Facebook: If we, the Jews, are chosen, then why do we hate each other so much?

Answer: Because we are chosen to be the first to correct our egoism. In order to push us to correction, this egoism evokes mutual hatred in us. This is called “the stiff-necked people.”

As for the rest of humanity, they do not have unfounded hatred for each other.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman”

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America Attacks Syria—Details About The Decision

laitman_273_01Comment: After Syria used chemical weapons that led to great casualties, America decided to attack Syria.

A photo of the cabinet that reached this decision appeared in Facebook. The Jews who make up half of the cabinet of ministers were tagged with the Star of David on the photo. They were the ones who forced Trump to attack Syria.

My Response: I think, on the contrary, it is detrimental for Israel. What’s the point, that they bombed a couple of old planes? If they would hit the weapons coming to Hezbollah, then it’s another matter, but for now, there’s no sense in it for Israel.

We welcomed the supposedly decisive steps, and we cannot but welcome them.

Question: The photo with the six-pointed-star reminded me of how the Jews’ homes were once marked. This is quite an anti-Semitic action. Nobody talks about who was making decision—good people or bad—all that is said is that they are Jews. How do you feel about the fact that a person wants to say: all decisions, one way or another, are made by Jews?

Answer: He is absolutely right. The Jews turn everything in the world, but they are wrong.

I’m constantly talking about this. Jews must be corrected, and then all the affairs in the world will revolve according to the extent of their correction, and the world will become better. But all the same, it will be a reflection of how the Jews act, and first of all—among themselves. The more they are apart from each other, the worse for the world. The closer they are to each other, the better for the world.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/13/17

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Shavuot

laitman_740_03Shavuot is the holiday of the giving of the Torah. But what is the Torah? What, in fact, were we given at Mt. Sinai?

The Torah is not a chronicle of the events of the past; on the contrary, it describes the moment when our future is being decided. The Torah is the instruction on how to become mutual guarantors for each other. By accepting it, we lived together on our land. By rejecting it, we were dispersed among the nations.

Shavuot, like all Jewish holidays, carries a call to action. It is full of light and whiteness, but it is not easy. In fact, we are slowly but surely being pressed against the mountain. The mountain of our own hatred.

And if we suddenly realize how our egoism is tearing us to pieces, if trying to unite into something complete, we face an insurmountable internal schism, that’s when we need help, we need the Torah.

“And Israel camped against the mountain.” Not some refugees from ancient Egypt who camped in the desert. Everyone, no matter where they live, what people they belong to, whatever faith they confess, stand at the foot. There is one nationality: a man. And the heart is one for all.
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The Battle For Independence From Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe need to understand what independence means for Israel because it is radically different from what independence is considered to be on other levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and even among other nations of the world.

Ultimately, all of humanity must reach independence in the understanding of Israel because this group is carrying out the program of correction for the entire world, as if in the preliminary stage, as if in a laboratory.

Therefore, achieving independence for this group should be viewed as the future state of independence for the entire world. And today it is especially felt how much the world needs this. In order to understand what independence means, first we need to experience what it means to be a slave of our own desire for pleasure.

Little by little, people are becoming aware that our egoistic nature holds us in bondage and mercilessly uses us, preventing us from living or dying.

As pitiful battered creatures, we spend our entire lives simply trying to avoid suffering. Small joys are considered a happy life. That is why we need to understand that independence is primarily independence from our nature, our egoism.

This type of independence has levels. Instead of being under the control of egoism, we need to get under the control of a new power because it is impossible to be without any animating force with which we can control our lives. But we must choose this force ourselves, preferring it over all other possibilities.

So independence has a very broad and exalted meaning, including within itself all of reality. After all, independence is inherent only to the Creator, and if we really want to achieve independence, then we need to rise to His condition, His level, His nature.

This kind of independence is not simple to reach. After all, for this we need to not only cross over into the nature of bestowal, but also build it above our own egoistic nature.

That’s why, if we want to receive our independence, we must be ready for a ceaseless battle with our egoism until the very end of correction. We can only establish our independence in opposition to egoism because one stands opposite the other: independence against slavery.

No matter what state a person experiences, it must be felt as if one is exiting Egypt or standing before the exit. We need to approach this very seriously because if we want to grow spiritually, there will be serious battles ahead of us against the forces of separation, as our egoism is revealed.

These forces will constantly rise and wedge between us in various ways, attempting to create conflict between us. And over all these phenomena, we will need to unite.

Primarily, we need to understand that the only thing preventing our independence is slavery. This is why without first entering Egypt, it is impossible to attain freedom. This dilemma stands before the nation of Israel who will need to demonstrate to all humanity the example of attaining independence, unity, and correction. And after it, all nations will achieve the same.

Therefore, we are not celebrating Independence Day yet, but rather the opportunity to attain it!
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From the Lesson: “Independence Day,” 4/25/17

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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