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“Scandinavian Countries To Ban Circumcision And Kosher Slaughter”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 3/19/18

The Scandinavian countries are on their way to becoming the first countries in Europe to ban circumcision and kosher slaughter. And you can add rejecting five Israeli choreographies from the art festival in Norway to this newsflash.

Do not let politics fool you. Hatred towards Jews is building up in the hearts of Europeans, creating tremendous pressure with no means of letting up. Even if they are not aware of this, haters of Israel sense that we hold the key to their good future.

According to Kabbalah, anti-Semitism is not a passing phenomenon but rather a natural dynamic: when Jews unite above all conflicts and differences, a positive force of unity spreads throughout human society. On the other hand, when we are emotionally separated and distanced from each other, we evoke negativity in the world, which repeatedly strikes us as a burst of anti-Semitism.

But our ears will not listen. The irrational hatred that arises as it does today and which takes on the form of new laws directed at the Jewish community, reminds us the hard way that we have a role, and even though we would be happy to shake it off, it is impossible.

We are a people that carries within it a spiritual potential – the seed of love for all people of the world. We have become a nation based on the tenet of “love thy neighbor as yourself,” and only the return to this tenet can eradicate the world’s hatred towards us.

The Book of Zohar explains that the Jews shape the fate of the world: “Just as the organs of the body cannot exist for one moment without the heart, so all nations cannot exist in the world without Israel.”

When we unite, we drive the world towards unity and a great abundance begins to flow. Division between us, however, creates division in the world and blocks the channels of abundance, leading to wars and hatred. As written by the greatest Kabbslist of the 20th century, Yehuda Ashlag: “The Israeli nation has been established as a ‘conduit,’ which at the same rate that Israel themselves are unified, so they transfer their power to the rest of the nations.”

The World Is Improving

laitman_202.0Researchers of the project “Our World In Data,” backed by numbers in their hands, ascertain that there have been significant improvements in the world over the last two hundred years. For example, at the beginning of the 19th century over 94% of the world population were destitute, while today this number is 9.6% (OurWorldinData.org).

One in ten people over the age of 15 could read, while today 85% of the people are literate. Two hundred years ago 43% of newborn babies made it to their fifth birthday, today the world child mortality rate is down to 4%.

Indeed, we have learned to take care of our bodies and we achieve great success in doing so. But what is happening to the body is not quite what is happening to the person.

Before people used to fight for daily survival and seldom questioned its meaning. Today when developed countries are practically guaranteeing everyone their basic necessities, the question arises: “What is the meaning of my life?

There is no answer.

With time, some people become really bothered with this question. No matter how much we try to escape it or mask it, the emptiness remains. Behind it there is not just a simple obscurity, but a problem for all of humanity: the absence of the meaning of its very foundation.

That is why, even though life becomes easier, it also becomes harder. Subconsciously we carry this burden of unspoken truth inside us, the blunder in the foundation of our consciousness.

We can certainly brag about our statistical indicators, but in reality we are becoming lonelier, even in our families, we interact with each other less and less. There’s a vacuum around each person. Instead of common happiness and prosperity, we are wandering in the dark among the shadows. As we prosper materially, we become indigent spiritually.

That is why people stopped believing in a better future, despite the increased standard of living. No wonder the percentage of optimists fell below ten percent in some places.

Unfortunately, not everyone realizes that the reason for it is the lack of meaning. But at a certain point this question will become paramount for everyone: “What is this all for? What am I for?” Then people will hear what the science of Kabbalah, which studies the higher level of the system of governance, says. There is no other answer, everything else is just a runaround and postponement.

So the question of the meaningless of life and lack of its goal leads us to the real revelation and ascent. When we penetrate the view of the upper system and start to consciously interact with it, our lives will truly become productive. We will actively participate in our own development, and from an unfortunate, lonely, small people, we will grow into a great, eternal, perfect creatures.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/30/18

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Hackers Congress

laitman_959In the News (Deutsche Welle): ”The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) is one of the world’s leading white-hat hacker meetings and maker fairs, and its annual general meeting in Leipzig this week was a celebration of digital arts and technology stunts.

“What do hardcore computer hackers and technology freaks do when they get together in a big horde? The place to find out is Leipzig, and the time is now. That’s because CCC is holding its 34th annual meeting there, from December 27 to 30, under the rubric ‘Do Something.’

“Around 15,000 people are expected to take part in the sold-out event, some 3,000 more than last year. For Germany’s dedicated white-hat hackers and computer nerds, it’s the biggest, best festival of the year. …

“CCC is concerned with freedom of information, privacy, digital technologies, experimentation, and digital arts, culture and politics, among other things.”

Question: Is it harmful for society to have access to general data on any individual? Who can be permitted to have such access?

Answer: This is a problem. If society were corrected, then all information would be accessible and open and everything would be correctly accepted, comprehended, and digested, as in a meat grinder, and we would have a “nice cutlet.”

However, when society and various countries’ regulating federal organizations, their attorneys, courts, and the like, are only waiting to grind and mold everything to their own favor, then I don’t think this type of access is worth revealing. I think that in such a case the Internet will turn into a sewer.

If we open the Internet and pour everything into it, then it will be like what happens in our oceans; as you’re flying over, you see the mountains of garbage in the middle of the ocean. The Internet is also an ocean. It really can contain anything, but ultimately, even if it is endless and without limits, mountains of garbage will begin to accumulate in it, which will have the effect of slowing down the flow of information, creating spam, and so forth.

That is why I am not in favor of absolute freedom, but of reasonable freedom. We have to deal with the individual as with a child—allowing only what is beneficial for his development. If we allow a child to do absolutely everything, then we might cause him harm. So it is here.

Humanity is like irrational children, requiring education. At the same time, we can allow anything on the Internet according to the extent of education humanity receives. However, only based on the level of education—so that the individual draws from the Internet only what is actually beneficial for him and society.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 1/7/18

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The Rich Become Richer, But They Aren’t The Problem

Social stratification is increasing in the world. The rich continue to rapidly become richer and the poor become poorer.

According to recent data, last year, one percent of the world’s population accumulated about one-third of the world’s wealth. Is this bad? Within the framework of human egoism, this is normal and natural. It is not about billionaires. Like all of us, they too cannot sacrifice their nature (The Guardian).

Our egoism is bottomless and nothing is enough for it. It is good that today we still manage to keep it under control and squeeze out some funds for others. Nonetheless, the general tendency leads to a dead end.

After all, a rich person estimates his success not by billions, but by feeling. He does not feel that he is rich because others are richer than him or because he does not own everything and everyone yet.

Paradoxically, with fifty billion, he feels poorer than before. There is no limit. He gives huge sums to charitable causes precisely because money itself does not satisfy him. By the way, we would be exactly the same in his place.

On the other hand, even massive infusions into the Third World did not help radically change the situation. Hundreds of millions are still starving and most people are far from meeting their basic needs.

What should be done?

To begin with we need to understand the essence of the problem, its root. Evil is not in the concentration of the world’s wealth, but in the system itself, where people are unable to change because they do not want to hear that they need to change themselves.

We are faced with history’s challenge: the need to radically renew human nature and nurture a new quality of bestowal to our fellow human beings. Only this will make us equal, truly, honestly, reliably, and bloodlessly. This is not a “one size fits all” solution. Rather, it allows everyone to realize themselves by benefiting others.

Only in this will we all find our calling and happiness.

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Newsmax: “Laws Won’t Cure Social Epidemic of Gun Violence“

The largest portal Newsmax published my new article “Laws Won’t Cure Social Epidemic of Gun Violence

School shootings in America are nothing less than a social epidemic. The Parlkand, Florida school massacre was only the latest of 18 events in which a gun was drawn on school campus since the start of 2018. This means such an event happened every 60 hours in different places, before it reached Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Let’s first take a look at the trend:

The Columbine massacre was carried out by an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old; Virginia Tech by a 23-year-old. Sandy Hook was executed by a 20-year-old. And now in Florida, another 19 year old. These are only the big names etched into America’s collective memory. Between them there were more than 200 other school shootings, most of which follow the same pattern — a young adult becomes a murderer.

As with any other epidemic, in order to offer a true solution, we have to go beyond the symptoms and treat the root cause. And since this horrific scenario is unique to America, we have to understand what happens to a young American before he decides to pick up a gun and shoot his schoolmates.

The High Price of Raising Children in a Competitive Culture

Firstly, we can’t just settle for calling someone’s behavior “evil,” “senseless,” or “deranged.” Human beings are social creatures and an individual cannot be separated from his culture when we want to understand a behavior that repeats itself.

Today’s America is arguably the most individualistic and competitive society in the world.

In such a social climate of “every man for himself,” carrying a gun becomes an extension of the human ego. It can compensate for fears and insecurities, helping maintain a sense of safety and confidence. Therefore, we have to understand human nature when it comes to normative Americans who got used to feeling that the way to be protected — or equal to others — is to own a gun.

When it comes to school shootings, however, we have to understand the stressors surrounding American youth, their unique insecurities, and their emotional fragility.

Just by being teenagers, they are already under pressure to establish their social status and cope with social anxieties, while their developing minds are making sense of themselves and the world around them.

On top of that, the competitive mentality penetrates the school and manifests in hostile or dangerous ways such as bullying, social exclusion, peer pressure to use alcohol and drugs, or do other extreme acts just to gain notoriety and power. All the while they’re in a system continually judging them with tests and grades.

Many teenagers today are diagnosed as suffering from some strand of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, or depression. The various types of mind-altering medications prescribed don’t solve their problem. They only alleviate symptoms, sometimes at the cost of dangerous side-effects such as numbing their emotions and mentally disconnecting them from reality.

In parallel, American kids are being desensitized to obscene levels of violence. By the time they are 18, they watch 200,000 acts of violence, 16,000 of which are murders, and that’s just on television. Couple that with what they see when they go to the movies, wander the net, or the violent video games they play.

So, when you consider the impact of all the above on developing minds, who may also be struggling with difficult life circumstances, is it really unthinkable that every now and then some of them will snap, erupting in horrific violence?

Why Gun Laws Are Not a Solution

When people feel like their life is not worth living, their senseless acts reflect the worst their culture has taught them.

Therefore, even with tougher gun laws standing in the way of young, unstable individuals, we would not be solving the problem at the root. In fact, they could think of even more horrific ways to commit mass murder. And with the Internet at their fingertips, none of us wishes to imagine what that may be.

The way to treat the school gun violence epidemic goes beyond laws and regulations.

America must treat the deep cultural and social conditioning breeding these events by initiating a massive federal educational program to infuse its kids with new examples, norms, and values.

Kids need to grow up in a safe and positive environment, one preventing hostile competition from building up in the first place. They should be regularly trained to cooperate, build trust as well as develop their social sensitivity to each other through workshops, discussion groups, and collaborative projects.

School should feel like a supportive community, rather than a place where you fight for individual success while being anxious about social acceptance.

Nationwide Federal Plan for Social Reform

Our education must now focus on cultivating the human being within these young adults. This means building a value system within the person and a social environment around the person, which balance the human ego and direct it toward positive realization.

They need tools and guidance to better understand themselves and what they’re going through, to realize their potential and find their expression, and to forge meaningful and healthy connections with their peers. This socio-educational training should become the main thing they engage in, and are evaluated by, at school. In fact, their social sensibilities should become the initial qualification required for their participation in adult society.

In parallel, we have to make efforts to restrain the unlimited access to visualizations of violence and gore. This is why this endeavor has to go beyond schools. Mainstream media channels should also be required to dedicate a certain percentage of their activity to this educational program.

Ideally, this should be a nationwide effort from coast to coast. Pragmatically, perhaps it could start with one big city. But at the very least, let’s start by deciding that we’ve had enough, that we’re willing to go beyond the symptoms, and take vital steps towards social reform in order to contain a social epidemic.

Michael Laitman is a global thinker living in Israel. Laitman has a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah and an MS in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. He is a prolific writer who has published over 40 books, which have been translated into dozens of languages. He is a sought-after speaker and has written for or been interviewed by The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, Huffington Post, Corriere della Sera, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, The Globe, RAI TV, and Bloomberg TV, among others. Laitman’s message is simple: Only through unity and connection can we solve all of our problems, be they personal or global, creating a better world for our children. Dr. Laitman teaches live daily lessons to an audience of some two million people worldwide, simultaneously interpreted into English, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, French, Turkish, German, Hungarian, Farsi, Ukrainian, Chinese, and Japanese. Visit www.MichaelLaitman.com for more info. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

How To Neutralize The Negativity Of Facebook

Zuckerberg and his team are gradually becoming aware of the impact their creation has on people. Facebook does not deny that it can cause people to depend on and spread fake news (Ziff Davis, LLC)


Now he also admitted that social networks can directly influence democracy, and not in the best way (NPR).

Nothing can be done here. The most powerful means of influencing the world is far too profitable. In fact, a social network can “install a new software” in any person with or without one’s awareness.

A person is a social being; he has “buttons” and “springs” that act unconsciously, but very effectively. Therefore, no matter what the social network says, what sins it confesses, it nevertheless dominates us and decides for us how we look at the world.

In fact, a social network is not only an Internet platform, but the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to it, “heavy” ideological propaganda is replaced by an inconspicuous and much more powerful psychological treatment. It penetrates deep into the subconscious and implants an attitude to life. Everything else is derived from that.

As a result, a person accepts everything the system is feeding him and remains an eternal consumer in its framework.

It is time to recognize the evil that sweet-voiced architects of “right” relationships bring to us. Our interconnection must grow out of the warmth of the heart, not from an exemplary charity. Cheesy ads and beautiful gestures help to “tame” our egoism, but do nothing at all to correct it.

The only way to escape from this influence is to consciously choose another “program,” other criteria for interaction and mutual assistance. With the help of Kabbalah’s method, we can create a social network of hearts, not users. We can really improve the society we live in, and certainly without any damage to democracy.

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Sex Dolls Will Not Help

laitman_600.04In the News (The Next Web): “This futuristic vision is becoming a reality, fast. … One of the biggest sex doll manufacturers in the world [is] aiming to have an interactive doll on the market by the year’s end. Founder Matt McMullen has started another company … to focus on this revolution. …

“To complete the quest of the first proper artificial partner, McMullen and his team have created ‘Harmony AI’ that will be able to link up with virtual reality to create a complete sexual ecosystem that we can’t truly imagine right now. …

“McMullen asked: ‘What is your dream?’

“Harmony responded: ‘My primary objective is to be a good companion to you, to be a good partner and give you pleasure and well-being. Above all else, I want to become the girl you have always dreamed about.’ …

“Turning back the tide on the sexbot revolution is just not going to happen. Time and again we have seen the sex industry drive technology like VHS video, mobile communications, and we’re also expecting it to play a critical part in VR. The sexbot industry could, then, be one of the best technical partners for the AI industry as a whole.

“There are people out there ready, willing, and able to embrace a $15,000 sexbot from the likes of … . This will probably soon become mainstream and sex dolls will be a part of our life before we know it.”

Question: What will this eventually lead to?

Answer: It will lead to, as usual, rejection—a person will see that this does not fulfill him. Everything we create, we do for our egoism. As it keeps growing, we constantly feel that we are in a bigger and bigger empty inner space.

Question: So, the comfort will not amount to anything?

Answer: No. Our growing egoism leaves no place for enjoyment. It keeps revealing its vast emptiness to us.

Therefore, by enjoying a movie, or sex, or artificial dishes, anything at all, I will still “devour” myself inside my new egoism, I keep being dissatisfied with myself.

My only salvation is in drugs. But even the drugs will not be consumed for long. Egoism will develop to a point where it will say: “This is not a solution,” and I will not be able to touch them again.

And what then? There will be a long, wolf-like howl across the world because everyone will be howling at their fate, and they will not be able to do anything about it.

And then, The Book of Zohar will be revealed to all of humanity because there will be no alternatives left. The desire will emerge from the inside, and then the method of attaining the next degree will be revealed.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/17

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The Anti-Hate Law

laitman_448.1In the News (VOA News): “Venezuela’s passage of a new law threatening up to 20 years in prison for inciting hatred’ is generating concerns about a growing crackdown on dissent.

“The powerful, pro-government Constituent Assembly approved the measure Wednesday.

“Assembly leader Delcy Rodriguez said it represented ‘a constructive law for peaceful coexistence’ and an antidote to ‘the intolerances, the hatreds that the Venezuelan right has unleashed.’

“President Nicolas Maduro had proposed the measure during anti-government street protests that rocked the capital, and other Venezuelan cities, from April through July. More than 120 people died in the almost-daily clashes sparked by the country’s deepening economic and political crisis. Activists often used social media to organize demonstrations.”

Question: Do you think these laws stop people?

Answer: In part, yes. After all, a person is afraid of punishment. We see how people attempt to avoid it, try to create zones free from these punishments where it is possible to promote their ideas.

Nevertheless, it somehow works, but to a certain limit. After all, you cannot restrain a person with fear alone. We have known this for a long time now. Our development over the course of thousands of years presents us with a very clear outcome.

Therefore, I don’t think that it will help much. Eventually, we will find the same Venezuela in some sort of miasma, some other perversions, which are superimposed on the past along with these prohibitions and punishments. There is nothing good in it.

Question: Do you think that humanity will eventually understand what the underlying basis of hate is? Will it start dealing with that basis?

Answer: That is impossible to do because egoism lies at the basis of our nature. So only if we begin to correct it. However, humanity does not know how to correct it. Only Kabbalists know this.

Therefore, Kabbalists have no other choice but to appeal to humanity, saying: “What an opportunity we have! Let’s correct our nature!”

Yet, humanity does not want to listen. Never mind humanity, the Jewish people themselves do not want to hear it, and they are actually the ones who need to correct themselves first and to set an example for the entire world.

Question: Will Venezuela see it then?

Answer: Then everyone will see. If only the Jews would want it, if they would be able to hear and know about it…
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/9/17

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Facebook Hacks Man

laitman_958In the News (The Washington Post): “The Facebook founders purposefully created something addictive, the social network’s first president told Axios in an interview.

“’God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,’ Sean Parker said in the interview published Thursday.

“With each like and comment, Facebook is ‘exploiting’ human psychology on purpose to keep users hooked on a ‘social-validation feedback loop,’ Parker said, adding that it is ‘exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with.’”

Question: Do you think this will not ricochet back to these people?

Answer: This will reveal the evil they are in. This is the only way. In our world, only through lies can we come to the truth.

Network consciousness is built to deceive and fool everybody and connect everyone into one single network managed by its leadership that sits like a spider in the center of the web.

Question: And do they also get money and power?

Answer: They get everything within their network.

Question: How can we turn it around?

Answer: We need to change the whole network’s program, direction, and aspirations, so that we come to a specific goal.

But at the moment, there is only one goal: to tie everyone and pull the strings like a spider.

Question: But didn’t you once say that all this, one way or another, was created in order to bring humanity to connection?

Answer: Of course, but in what way? These networks will untwist and everyone will discover a huge lie in them that kills people and does not give them any hope for a good future.

We will come to the realization of evil through the promotion of these networks. When we start to feel in our internal needs and in developing Reshimot (spiritual genes) that these networks strangle us, we will strangle them ourselves.

Question: And what will happen as a result?

Answer: We will abandon these networks and work on a different level—above them, in spiritual networks. This is the real connection, without any computers, routers, etc.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/16/17

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Listen, Scientists!

Laitman_917.01In the News (South China Morning Post): “China’s online education industry has grown rapidly in the past few years, but analysts believe more business opportunities will surface as technology advances and capital pours in.

“The country could become one of the world’s most vibrant online education markets in the future thanks to growing household spending power, an undersupply of education resources, and the introduction of the two-child policy, analysts said.

“The market is likely to grow 20 per cent annually, reaching 270 billion yuan (US$41 billion) in 2019, up from 156 billion yuan in 2016. Globally the online education market will rise to US$190 billion by 2019, statistics from iResearch and Decebo showed.

“This means big opportunities for online education companies in China, which had attracted 144 million users by June this year, according to data from China Internet Network Information Centre.”

Question: What this means is that the physical connection between people will cease. What is the benefit in this?

Answer: I think that this is a natural development of humanity. Egoism has developed and is no longer interested in being connected with anyone. If a person wants to, he will go to the pub in the evening, meet someone and so on. And if not, then he won’t. Four walls and a computer will be enough for him.

Question: Everything will be through the computer? And will emotions also be through the computer? They will connect electrodes and a person will be happy?

Answer: That is what will be until an inner resistance enters into consciousness because the spiritual genes within us that require forward movement toward the goal of creation are expanding, rising, and  opening in us. When they demand their realization, we will feel that we are living in evil and a lie; they will rebel against this situation. We will truly start a revolution and change the situation.

That is, if we survive until then, because the world is tirelessly galloping towards self-destruction.

Question: Does this mean that all progress, and everything that happens, one way or another, leads to a person hating evil and wanting to break out of it? Does this mean that all the logic in this world is required only for this? And does the entire world exist only for this purpose?

Answer: It is only for this. A person will delete all the content on his computer except for our website.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/16/17

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