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New Life #837 – The Process Of Spiritual Conversion

New Life #837 – The Process Of Spiritual Conversion
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The process of spiritual conversion begins when a person begins to identify an inclination toward adhesion with the Creator within himself, when questions about the essence of life arise within him. That is how Abraham began his search and development process.

From a good relationship with others, a person begins to feel the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #837 – Jewish Culture: The Process Of Spiritual Conversion,” 3/9/17

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The Annihilation Of Aleppo

laitman_286In the News (Huffington Post): ”If ever there was a conflict in desperate need of intervention by the United Nations, Syria today is it. …

“The five-year civil war has already claimed nearly 500,000 lives and driven over 11 million from their homes, leading to a horrific humanitarian disaster across the region. The Assad regime has used chemical weapons on its own people, and its forces have flagrantly violated the recent cease-fire. With the escalation of Syrian and Russian air strikes on civilians in Aleppo, and a potential ground invasion by regime forces, the region is descending deeper into chaos. And due to Russia’s involvement in the Syrian crisis, diplomatic relations between the world’s two nuclear superpowers ― the U.S. and Russia ― have dangerously deteriorated.”

Question: Is there a way to stop this?

Answer: What can be done when the UN itself is not lifting a finger and neither are Europe or the United States? Nobody is doing anything.

Everyone is watching calmly, adding fuel to the fire and supplying weapons to all sides instead of signing a memorandum that would prohibit the supplying of weapons. The city has become rubble reminiscent of the last days of Pompeii.

Question: In the future will there be empathy between one person and another?

Answer: There won’t be and especially not between the Shiites and the Sunnis. Moreover, these are battles between Arabs and Arabs. Imagine what would happen if this were not about Shiites and Sunnis, but Arabs and Jews? The Arabs, with such weight, would conquer Israel. After that, nothing would remain to be done.

Question: Do you think that the world would remain silent in this case?

Answer: The world would help everyone except the Jews. We saw this during the Second World War. So we need to understand that what is happening in Syria and in the world is also the fault of the Jews. Because we are not bringing the method for the unification of people to the world, they cannot unite.

It is up to us, the people of Israel, to understand it depends on us to calm the world, its rise to a good, correct, and properly united state. Only we have the method of unity for all the nations of the world, and it is up to us to take this upon ourselves, understanding that we are responsible for the present situation and that we must invite humanity to follow the method for unification.

As soon as we begin to apply it to ourselves, the world will immediately feel calm, will turn in our direction, and will be amazed: “What are the Jews doing that it is suddenly calmer and better for us?”

As they now blame the Jews for all of their problems, they will suddenly begin to say: “What did the Jews do so that now there is peace?” As soon as we begin to do good, the nations of the world will immediately turn their faces toward us and begin to help us.

Question: On Facebook they call you a science fiction and fantasy storyteller. People consider it unrealistic for changes to happen in the world or that the Jewish people will change. They write: “It would be good if it were to happen that way, but is it possible?”

Answer: If it doesn’t happen, then we will “devour” each other and watch depictions of lawlessness. This is still happening outside of our borders, but this is only up to a certain point.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/16

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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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We Do Not Recognize BDS In Israel

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In the News (Times of Israel): “Israel’s ambassador to France called on local cities to ban events tied to the pro-Palestinian Israel Apartheid Week, scheduled to begin Monday.

“Aliza Ben-Nun wrote to mayors of nine cities across France asking them to cancel events organized by the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

“Ben-Nun said that the events are likely to cause disturbances, incitement to hatred and violence towards Israel and the Jewish community. She also wrote that the boycott is prohibited under French law. …

“Israel Apartheid week events are scheduled for Paris, Rennes, Toulouse, Montpellier, Lyon, Saint Étienne, Lille, Marseille and Grenoble as part of a world-wide initiative in more than 200 cities and universities that critics say seeks to deligitimize the State of Israel.

“According to its French website, the events in France will mark 100 years of colonization by Israel and 100 years of popular struggle for justice by Palestinians, counting from the Balfour Declaration of 1917.”

My Comment: What this means is that they are apparently saying that: “The nation of Israel doesn’t exist, we don’t recognize it, we don’t recognize this nation, let’s make it so that they will not exist once and for all.”

Even though the French have been severely harmed by the actions of Muslim terrorists lately, still their hatred toward the terrorists is less than their hatred toward Jews. They exchange one hatred for another, meaning that they blame the Jews for everything.

Moreover, they intentionally try not to pay attention to the problems with the terrorists, with the Muslims, but only see the Jews: “Why don’t they let the Muslims live as they want?” In the opinion of the French, the Jews must be thrown into the sea, the entire area must be cleansed, and then they will live comfortably and well. This is even though in other Muslim nations we don’t see any example of a good life, but specifically the French think like this.

Question: So, what is to be done with BDS? After all, this movement is becoming stronger.

Answer: It is necessary to see its purpose: It helps us Zionists to become stronger. I believe that negative pressure on the Jews, on Israel, on the people of Israel, on their existence, is useful.

Until we correct ourselves, we require very serious pressure and a push. This is necessary for us. If we are not pressured, we cannot live together with each other because since the days of ancient Babylon we have been representatives of the 70 nations of the world.

Who joined Abraham? It was representatives of all kinds of tribes that lived in ancient Babylon. Therefore, each one of the Jews belongs to a different tribe, a different people, from among those that existed then.

Those who had a point in the heart answered the call of Abraham, and therefore they organized a group; they gathered together all the points in the heart and began to be called Yehudim”(Jews), from the word “Yichud” (union), and Israel, Yashar-El, meaning straight to the Creator. But in fact, biologically they were absolutely different.

Question: So, what is to be expected in the future?

Answer: The future depends on us! But as long as we haven’t reached the right future, as long as people haven’t heard what the wisdom of Kabbalah says about the necessity of connection and unity above all contradictions, as Abraham did, the BDS organization is necessary.

Therefore, I am in favor of this pressure, and it comes from above, from the Creator, because “there is none else beside Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35). I hope that the pressure will continue until the people of Israel will wake up and understand that it is up to us to unite, and only in a manner like this can we bring ourselves and the whole world to balance, perfection and unity.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/8/17

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All Roads Lead To “The House Of Abraham”

laitman_937Starting with the first man Adam and onward through twenty generations until Abraham revealed the shattering, all this time humanity was seeking connection with the upper force and with the purpose of creation.

It took twenty generations to come from the point of shattering that was manifested in the first man to the true revelation of the upper force that Abraham accomplished.

Abraham discovered the correct method of work that allowed him to reveal the Creator and also to realize himself by becoming similar to the upper force and adhering to it.

Question: At what point does Abram, an ordinary person, become the forefather Abraham?

Answer: The moment when he begins to attain the program of creation, he turns into the foundation from which starts the new stage of development in a person.

A person was looking for the purpose of creation and of his life and found some deceptive values, which is called, “he was creating idols and selling them.” He sought in what form it is possible to advance, for what it is worth living. However, then he breaks all his fantasies, one idol after another, because he understands that they are incorrect and for them it’s not worth living.

He moves on until he finds the correct, final method and form of advancement. That is, he already has an understanding of his foundations—a good inclination and an evil inclination. He knows how to connect them in the middle line and to bring them to correction, to adhesion with the Creator by uniting, bestowing for the sake of bestowal, and later receiving for the sake of bestowal.

When he finds these foundations for his spiritual work, this means that he revealed Abraham, the father of the nation (Av HaAm) in himself. From this moment onward, he begins to build a new spiritual form in himself.

Abraham is a symbol of spiritual work, a force that is capable of leading some of the desires out of Nimrod’s power, out of egoism. All other Babylonians remain in Babylon, and later we will have to correct all these desires. Today, like in the time of Abraham, humanity must break all the false idols that it created for itself, reduce their value to dust, and then build a new correct form from them.

The world is gradually moving toward this correction. The whole history of humanity unfolded only for the sake of final correction. It seems to people that the events occurred by chance, but this isn’t so. The informational genes, Reshimot, have unwound this way from the first man Adam and on.

The same processes are happening inside every person, inside the people of Israel, who are “the house of Abraham” in relation to the whole world and in the entire world in general. It’s like nesting dolls that nest inside each other. The main thing is that there is one upper force that brings good.

The evil that rises against it also comes from the same source and is created to teach us to distinguish between good and evil, between light and darkness. When we will be able to connect these two opposite forms, then precisely between them we discover ourselves and contact with the Creator.

The middle line connects the Creator above with the man below. And the other two lines, right and left, are required only in order to build the middle line, which is the connection between us and the upper force.

Each person must find Abraham within himself, meaning the foundation for spiritual work that allows him to reveal the Creator and adhere to Him. This is the purpose of creation. And also, it is necessary to bring the whole world, all of humanity, to such a connection into one whole, so that this force, this idea, will unite everyone together.
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From the Lesson “Preparation for Pesach” 3/28/17

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We Will Take Everyone With Us

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion from Facebook: You say that we, the people of Israel, must attain the Creator by uniting together. Is this not egoistic? Wouldn’t it be more worthwhile to pray for the nations of the world?

Answer: You are absolutely right. But for the rest of the peoples to be corrected, we must correct ourselves to the level of the Creator first. Then, to that degree, we can attract and bring the nations of the world closer to the Creator.

The way through which we have already passed is latent in our spiritual genes. So today we must return to it again to attract everyone else after us.

We will not leave anyone in this world behind; we will take everyone with us to the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/8/17

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Pressuring The Jews

400Question from Facebook: The Jewish youth in America are the major supporters of Bernie Sanders and democracy. They have their own definition of the concept of unity, and you will never be able to impact their world of imaginary socialism, of liberal-democratic lies.

As you are an intelligent person, why don’t you understand that very often the Arabs are closer to unity than those who are so-called Jews?

Answer: I don’t disagree with that. The problem is that it is actually the Jews who should unite. If they would unite, they would establish good relations between people in the world and bring nations closer to each other so that peace and tranquility and nice behavior will prevail all over the world.

Question: The person who is asking the question emphasizes that those who support Sanders are not Jews.

Answer: The way I see it, a Jew is a person who has a bud of spirituality in him from which the soul can develop the attribute of love and bestowal. He is a descendent of the people who Abraham gathered around him and called Israel (Yashar El), aimed straight at the Creator.

We cannot get rid of this. No matter what we do, we will be obliged to bring the Jews to do it in a good way, the way I try to do it, and not in a different way, God forbid. No matter how it happens, they will still reach the understanding that they must unite and set an example to all of humanity, which means to be Light unto the nations of the world so that the entire world will be able to unite.

Question: Do you believe that it is possible to reach the American Jews?

Answer: There is no other way. It is like a baby in the family. Is there anything you can do about it? Can you give him up, abandon him, and not take care of him? You must take care of him!

I believe that it is possible to reach them. When I began to teach twenty years ago, I had ten students, and today, I have a couple of million students and, in addition to those who listen and read, there are many more.

So, there is progress. If I don’t manage to do it, my students and their students will complete the mission, but things will expand because we have no other choice. The point is that nature itself will force us to do so. This is the reason that I do what I must and don’t ask any questions about anything else.

Question: Don’t you think that American Jews’ ears become even deafer when they feel that they are pressured by you?

Answer: I am not pressuring them. I simply explain to them the reason for anti-Semitism and how they can get rid of it.

Perhaps the Jews who are supporting Sanders are still young and don’t really feel it today, but when they have kids of their own who will not be able to go to school because of anti-Semitism and all the more so to university, they will think about what they must do and will think that perhaps it is a good idea to listen to what the wisdom of Kabbalah says about unity.

Question: American Jews are divided into camps today: those who support Trump and those who oppose him.

Answer: If these two camps united, the entire world would unite! What would I do about the world now? I would pressure the Jews so that they must unite! This is the best thing the world can do for the Jews and for the entire world, too!

Question: You have always said that that the Jews in Israel are in the center of the process, but now you are speaking about the American Jews.

Answer: The hatred is there. It is very evident among the American Jews. I hope they will come to their senses by themselves, or otherwise, it will be under great pressure. I am not losing hope of reaching better times in a good way or at least of preventing war.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is not inevitable that there would be two more world wars, but I hope that by bringing hearts closer, as we are doing, we will prevent that.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/17

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Education Determines A Person’s Fate

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion from Facebook: You keep saying that education is the answer to all the problems both of the individual and the world. But people have been saying that for decades, and despite the many organizations that engage in education, life goes on according to its own laws.

Answer: Life goes on according to the laws of egoism. And we must act so that it will flow according to the laws of altruism: love, bestowal, and unity. No one does this and no one can.

The only one who succeeded in this 3,500 years ago was Abraham when he called all those who wanted to overcome the universal social humanitarian crisis that broke out in Babylon. He founded a group of people who joined him and clung to him, and he called it Israel or the Jewish nation.

Abraham became the first father of the new system of education of unity. This group has existed since then for 3,500 years, and cannot be divided or disappear! It stands against all the other nations of the world, the same Babylonians who spread and settled all over the world, and everyone feels that there is something special about them.

All we have to do is to start teaching this method to the entire world because the world already understands that there is no other choice and that the main thing is unity since, otherwise, people will destroy each other.

Question: Are you referring to the entire Jewish nation when you speak about a group that knows this method?

Answer: No, all the Jews have lost this method, except for Kabbalists who have been leading and implementing it from one generation to the next based on their own experience. If they lead this education system and supervise it, humanity will reach its good end. It will reach complete unity.

Question: Do you believe that people will listen to that?

Answer: If they don’t, there will be several serious wars that will involve such sufferings that they will have to listen. But the wise foresee these sufferings from afar and does not enter them.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/17

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Passover Is Birthday Of The Nation

laitman_749_01Question: Where does the tradition of having a special meal on the first night of Passover (Seder) come from and what does it mean?

Answer: The Passover meal is a beautiful tradition that symbolizes the greatest landmark in the history of the people of Israel, the birth of the nation. Everything that was before it we can call a state of an embryo.

This can be compared to the drop of semen that gets into the womb, into a correct and safe place, where it begins to develop. During nine month of pregnancy, it undergoes various stages of growth until suddenly it begins to feel not very comfortable.

The same place that was so safe, good, and that protected the embryo that was developing from the drop of semen suddenly becomes threatening, pressing, wishing to push it out of itself, rebelling against it.

The same thing happened to the people of Israel in Egypt. At first, when the Jews descended to Egypt, everything was fine and wonderful, the so-called seven years of satiation. However, then their condition began to deteriorate quickly; the tension and threat began to grow rapidly. And they didn’t know where and how to run away from it.

This is how an embryo feels in the uterus before birth, and this is how the Jews felt in the Egyptian exile according to what the Torah says. Today, we feel the same way in the modern world, when nature becomes so hostile and threatening to us. Humanity has been developing all the time, but nowadays we feel for the first time that we’ve reached a dead end and have nowhere to develop.

Nature as if begins to clench us in a ring. We are locked on this Earth with poisoned ecology and can’t find a place for ourselves. These processes are very similar: the development of an embryo, the history of the development of the people of Israel, and the evolution of the whole world.

Many secular people who don’t celebrate any Jewish holidays, nevertheless celebrate Passover Seder because it unites us within each familyand as a people. Together we celebrate the birthday of our nation.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/12/16

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Texas: Anti-Semitism

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: America is experiencing a new wave of anti-Semitism. In one of the schools in Texas, pamphlets with anti-Semitic content were being distributed. Notably, the school principal was silent, didn’t show his attitude toward this, didn’t condemn it. This is what it has come to!

Answer: The school principal sees that everyone either approves or sympathizes with this and feels that all Zionists (Jews) are an undesirable foreign element that stands against society.

Question: As a Jew, I look at a swastika, and do you know what I feel?

Answer: You feel horror because you come from a place where this symbol is associated with extermination, danger, death, hatred, and torture. But for them, apparently, these associations do not yet exist, as we see that they do not run from it. They think that the rest are just mistaken and don’t understand that the Jews are good.

Question: Where are all the Jews who split up into two different camps: Trump supporters, Clinton supporters, et al. with respect to this?

Answer: They are the ones that gave rise to anti-Semitism! As soon as hostilities among the Jewish people arise, anti-Semites appear and begin to put pressure on them. And all in order to unite them! If the Jews only listened and understood that they need to unite…

Even before the WWII Baal HaSulam urged unification! They did not listen to him and walked into the Holocaust. Had they listened, the Holocaust would not have happened.

The same thing is taking place today: If the Jews that side with Sanders and the Jews that side with Trump listen and begin to unite, then anti-Semitism will immediately vanish! It works by a simple principle: The more united the Jews, the less anti-Semitism; the more they fall out of their unity and hate each other, the more anti-Semitism rises. This is how it works in history.

There exists a law: Separation between the Jews elicits anti-Semitism, unification of the Jews removes anti-Semitism. We went through this recently, during the holiday of Purim.

Haman says, “Jews must be destroyed.” Why? Because they are scattered all over the entire country and are not uniting among themselves.

Then Esther and Mordechai started to call the Jews to unite. And as soon as they started to unite, it was possible to hang Haman, end anti-Semitism, and furthermore, rise to the head of society with a clear direction toward general, world-wide unification. This is exactly what is demanded of us today.

Everything depends on us. We are the only ones who have the freedom to choose: either to unite or to war.
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From KabTV’s “News With Michael Laitman’, 3/13/17

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