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“And The Lord Appeared In A Pillar Of Cloud”

laitman_937Torah, Deuteronomy 31:14 – 31:15: And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, your days are approaching [for you] to die. Call Joshua and stand in the Tent of Meeting, and I will inspire him. So Moses and Joshua went, and stood in the Tent of Meeting. And the Lord appeared in the Tent, in a pillar of cloud. The pillar of cloud stood at the entrance to the Tent.

The appearance of the Creator in a pillar of cloud is the middle line, which Moses and Joshua attained and which the nation of Israel was approaching.

When Moses finished his work, they were all in a particular spiritual state. Nonetheless, it was all happening through Moses, but the active, working part was his lower level, Joshua, or in other words, the will to receive in order to bestow.

On one hand, Joshua was using his egoism; on the other hand, his work in egoism was higher in degree to that of Moses. That is how it happens: the lower you fall, the higher you can rise.

Question: What is “The pillar of cloud stood at the entrance to the Tent”?

Answer: There is such a thing as a pillar of fire and there is a pillar of cloud, depending on the kind of qualities, the kind of desires in which the Creator is revealed. Here, He is still being revealed only in that quality they were able to correct, in other words, in the pure quality of Bina of Moses. And that is why the pillar is a cloud.

The correction of Moses was complete: the forty-year journey through all our inner qualities were corrected to pure bestowal—the quality of Bina, the quality of faith, the quality of Hassadim (mercy).

And now what enters into action is the next correction, the next part: Joshua, who must receive in order to bestow, work with egoism more, and therefore reach higher levels. That is on one hand.

On the other hand, the purity of the work of Moses will always remain as a deposit, as something that is absolutely necessary. That is why after all the long millennia, he will still be waiting for the souls to again return to their corrected state and for him to be able to lead them further.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 1/23/17

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What Does Love Begin With?

laitman_947Question: What is absolute love and why isn’t it possible even in relationships between parents and children?

Answer: The fact is that there is no love in our world in the strict sense of this word.

In Kabbalah, love means a state where I give everything to another person and exist within him with all my expectations, leaving nothing inside of me. My heart is empty, my mind is empty, my strengths are empty, and I give everything to others. This is called “love.” There is no such thing in our world.

In other words, in our egoistic qualities with which we were born and exist blissfully to this day there is no such opportunity because egoism works absolutely differently. It does not matter how we twist it, it will still turn around and do everything the way it is good for it.

Even if we give something to others and wish them well, it is only because we get some benefit from it and for this it is worth to wish for good or do something good for others. Thus, there is no love. Just complete egoism.

Love begins with the fact that we try to work with each other in a group, trying to tune in to correct relationships as if we want to bestow, share, and selflessly pass something from ourselves to others in our ten. Yet, we cannot. Then it becomes clear to us that we lack the force of bestowal, the force of love.

In this case, the need arises to find, reveal, recognize, and receive it. Initially, there is a quality of bestowal and love in nature—the quality of the Creator. It means that we need to receive some of this force from the Creator.

Therefore, when we try to treat each other correctly with bestowal and love in the ten, we see that we cannot do this. Then we all begin to demand from the Creator: “Give us the force of bestowal, of love, and of the correct relationships with each other. You must correct us. You must help us.” And we receive this force.

Thus the Creator reveals between us—the quality of bestowal and love. It is really possible to do this. Our laboratory is our ten, where we constantly discuss everything together, make decisions, act, invite this positive force upon ourselves, and implement it.

Comment: You always say that the Creator is revealed in the relationships between people.

Answer: Only in the ten, in the correct association of people among themselves, and in the correct connection between them. This is not simple. This is work according to the clear methodolgy over a long time.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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The Shattering Of Egoistic Desires

laitman_571.06Torah, Deuteronomy 29:06 – 29:07: And then you arrived at this place. And Sihon, the king of Heshbon, and Og, the king of Bashan, came out towards us in battle, and we smote them. And we took their land, and we gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.

Sihon, the king of Heshbon, and Og, the king of Bashan, represent the egoism in a person in its various manifestations.

The shattering of egoistic desires does not mean that you approach them and reveal them. You begin a battle with them. You need the Light of Hochma to break them and rise above them. Therefore, here you must act only with the Creator.

And it is quite possible that your previous foundations, that is, the Light that already exists in you will be enough to distinguish them and find contact with them.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/28/16

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“You Shall Not Cross This Jordan”

laitman_740.02Midrash Rabbah, Chapter “Vayelech”: The Celestial Voice revealed to Moses the day of his death, “You have only one day to live.” Hearing this, Moses went from the camp of Levites (where his tent stood) to the camp of Israelites to say goodbye to the Jews and calm them, because they were alarmed by his imminent demise.

Torah, Deuteronomy 31:01 – 31:02: And Moses went, and he spoke the following words to all Israel. He said to them, “Today I am one hundred and twenty years old. I can no longer go or come, and the Lord said to me, “You shall not cross this Jordan.”

In the spiritual world, there are 125 degrees of its attainment. Moses passed 120 of them. Therefore, it is said that he lived 120 years.

Moses is an example of the highest degree that a soul can attain until its final correction. After all, there are five more degrees left that will be corrected only after absolutely all the souls existing in our world are pulled to the degree of Moses. Then the very last degree will be completed—the last five parts.

It is written: “You have only one day to live.” This ends the personal correction of Moses; he cannot advance further. After this, there will be the correction of absolutely all of Israel and then of the entire world aspiring to the Creator. This will happen at the end of days.

Question: Moses says: “The Lord said to me, ‘You shall not cross this Jordan.’” Is there still some kind of bitterness in him?

Answer: Indeed, how can this be?! The rest can cross the Jordan and Moses cannot? He is above all others! And he was not honored with entering the land of Israel, and women, old people, and children were honored! Moses is the highest quality of the common organism called “the people.” Therefore, he must stay.

The rest must enter the land of Israel and work on themselves: to build the First Temple, go into exile, build the Second Temple, and go into exile again. They must spread their desires like sparks among all the nations, meaning the huge common desire that is made up of all the peoples. Therefore, they enter there.

Moses remains just beyond the Jordan because his qualities cannot be broken. They are waiting for the moment when all the nations of the world will gather and reach the level of 120th degree, and then, together with Moses, they will reach the 125th degree, which is the world of Infinity.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/23/17

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Thirteen Corrections of Dikna

laitman_256Question: What are the “thirteen corrections of Dikna”?

Answer: This is the Light that descends from the head of the soul into its body through thirteen channels. Anyone below who wants to receive this Light must make these corrections in order to connect to these channels as if to pipes that pour on him the upper Light of correction and fulfillment.

The streams pour down along both sides of the head of the soul to the body. That’s why religious Jews leave peyos (sidelocks) that they curl and maintain in a particular way. The Light descends from the upper part, which we do not attain. We attain only that which descends from it, and therefore, these two streams are called Peyos (peot or edge).

Further, the Light pours onto the chin along the sideburns and mustache. Under the nose, there is a particular point that is relatively free of hair. The beard is divided into upper and lower parts. The upper part goes to the chest, and the lower part to the navel. All of this is very clearly described in the original sources.

Naturally, our body is created in complete accordance with the flows of the streams of upper rays. But, we do not talk about the physical body in describing the upper Partzuf. I only mention this so that the students can remember a little material or somehow orient themselves.

If I speak about a correction such as the mustache or parts of the beard, I do not mean a part of a person’s face, but a quality. In other words, it is a particular spiritual force with a particular quality that is interacting with the upper Light. The Light is absolute, infinite, and amorphous. And this force separates from this infinite simple Light its specific content.

Question: Since we are talking about secretions, what are tears?

Answer: Tears are an overflow of Light that cannot be dressed in the Light of mercy (the Light of Hassadim). Therefore, it seems to be pouring over the edge.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/23/17

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The Land Of Israel: Both Life And Death

laitman_746.03Torah, Deuteronomy 30:17 – 30:18: But if your heart deviates and you do not listen, and you will be drawn astray, and you will prostrate yourself to other deities and serve them, I declare to you this day, that you will surely perish, and that you will not live long days on the land, to which you are crossing the Jordan, to come and take possession thereof.

Naturally, when entering the land of Israel, there are a lot of obstacles because it is at this point that you begin to arouse egoism, which needs to be directed toward the qualities of love and bestowal, meaning, to receive for the sake of the Giver. This is much more difficult than to not receive anything at all and to refuse to receive altogether.

This is very complex, internal, and deep work inside of oneself. If you cannot cope with it, then you will feel hell where you do not correct yourself. If you do correct yourself, on the other hand, you will feel paradise.

These are the two states that now appear before you and they both exist in the land of Israel. You enter and work with them. And there, in the land of Israel, you reach either a huge ascent or a huge descent. Both life and death are there for you.

Question: You keep saying that first humanity has to be educated. Does this mean that humanity should start trying to rise above the ego?

Answer: Of course, but not in the same way Kabbalists went through it or need to go through it. Humanity will pass through everything in a much easier way. Humanity must accept the ready-made method and simply go through these states, repeating them to some extent. This will not be scary for humanity since it will simply be included in something that was prepared beforehand.

And Kabbalists go through these states in order to prepare them for humanity. In other words, they have to experience all of this inside themselves and then offer it to the world as a finished product.

Question: Will new instructions be written for humanity or will they be the same?

Answer: No. These instructions are only for those individuals who have a point in the heart, those who are going to conquer the land of Israel directly.

They must experience all of the egoistic qualities inside themselves and rise above them. The point in the heart in a person is demonstrated by the fact that he aspires toward the fulfillment and realization first of the qualities of the desert, and then the qualities of the land of Israel, which were both created in him so that he could change them to be for the sake of love and bestowal, thereby achieving the revelation of the Creator, the quality of bestowal and love, in all his desires.

The Creator appears to us egoistically as the greatest gift. In fact, it is a gift that is revealed only in our efforts of love and bestowal toward our neighbor. Therefore, if we strive for the benefit of our neighbor in this way, inside this effort, we find the Creator.

If a person is thinking only about the commandments and is committed only to them, he does not need anything else; they are enough and all the other commandments are included in this one. In this case, all the other egoistic qualities of a person are corrected along the way.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/18/17

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The Prophecy Of Moses

laitman_740.02On the last day of his life, Moshe continued to speak with the assembled Jews. He began with reassuring affirmations.

“I know that you were alarmed when you heard 98 curses from me. However, I want to assure you that despite all adversity, the Jewish people will not perish. In the end, these curses will serve your good.” (“Commentary on the Midrash Rabba, Chapter, Nitzavim”).

Moses says that after all the terrible blows that the people of Israel must experience, every curse will come true. The prophet clearly speaks of every step that the people must make, go through, understand what the problem is, and correct themselves.

All this is a “stick to happiness” system. Without the recognition of evil, a person does not understand what he must do.

Question: Why, after instructions, the second part of the phrase always says, “If you do not do this, I shall destroy you”?

Answer: This refers to those egoistic qualities of a person that will wither away in the process of correction. First is recognition, then correction, and only after that is mastering the correct desire.

Question: That is, it is like a rocket that drops its stages and flies forward. But these stages return and will it be necessary to process these desires?

Answer: Yes, but they return in a different form—in the form of attainment and revelation.
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Holidays—Stages Of Correction

Laitman_506.1Torah, Deuteronomy 31:10 – 31:11: Then, Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Succoth, [after] the year of release, when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord, your God, in the place He will choose, you shall read this Torah before all Israel, in their ears.

Self-examination, examination of your own negative, egoistic desires occurs prior to the New Year (Rosh HaShana).

Rosh HaShana is the beginning of correction; Judgement Day (Yom Kippur) is the next stage.

And the final correction occurs on Sukkot. This is “Hibuk Smol” (embrace from the left side) and “Hibuk Yamin” (embrace from the right side),in other words, the drawing together of the Creator and the created being. Their complete union is symbolized by the last day of the holiday of Sukkot called Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah).
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From KabTV’s Secrets of the Eternal Book, 1/23/17

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“I Have Set Before You Today Life”

laitman_760.2Torah, Deuteronomy 30:15 – 30:16: Behold, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, inasmuch as I command you this day to love the Lord, your God, to walk in His ways, and to observe His commandments, His statutes, and His ordinances, so that you will live and increase, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land to which you are coming to take possession of it.

This sounds like a hymn because these are the only things that are before a person: a blessing or a curse, a path of good or a path of evil. However, in any case, they lead to the same result.

It is just that the path of evil is a very long path of sufferings, wars, big problems, as a result of which a person still begins to realize and understand how to move forward. But this is a terrible path!

There is also a path of good when a person himself creates this system, no matter in which way. Like children who build toy cities and houses, so we too must play with each other in order to build the correct relationship and correct connection between us through artificial connections, as if we love each other and want to get closer to each other.

For this “as if,” the Creator will send us strength, knowledge, and opportunities so that in the connection between us we would reveal Him and be in connection with Him.

Question: Why do you attach such a great importance to a game?

Answer: It is because a game is the basis of life for everyone. Even atoms and molecules play with each other.

A game is the basis of existence because development can happen only if we play in our higher state, in an ascent. “What will I be when I grow up?” Let’s say that now I begin to drive a toy car or play with a toy plane. I am developing while I play in this state. Therefore, the entire life is a game.

Comment: It is much easier at the material level because you see a pilot and say: “I want to be a pilot.”

Answer: And here Kabbalists explain to you what you must play. If we listen to them, we will begin to advance. Therefore, what is our life? A game!

Question: Why is the preparation period so long?

Answer: This is not a preparation period, but a period of awareness, of shaping our desires within us. The fact is that if once it took us thousands of years and then centuries to change from one state to another, now it takes years or maybe even days. And soon it will take hours and even minutes to qualitatively change our states. Time is shortening.

Thus, we come to a completely different state when we are both the performers and the receivers of everything that happens.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/18/17

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“He Will Once Again Gather You From All The Nations…”

laitman_933Torah, Deuteronomy 30:02 – 30:04: And you will return to the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and you will listen to His voice according to all that I am commanding you this day you and your children, then, the Lord, your God, will bring back your exiles, and He will have mercy upon you. He will once again gather you from all the nations, where the Lord, your God, had dispersed you. Even if your exiles are at the end of the heavens, the Lord, your God, will gather you from there, and He will take you from there.

We see this picture today as well.

Question: Does it mean that you will not be able to hide anywhere and will still return from the exile?

Answer: It only seems to a person that he can hide somewhere. You cannot hide from this anywhere; we do not know our ways, what controls us, and how the hidden puppeteer influences each and everyone in the world.

The only thing we need is to continuously learn the system of correction and use it. There is nothing else. Only constant connection and adaptation in this system can help us realize it correctly and constantly be as close to the Creator as possible. And if we start to run away, then we will have to be assembled again by the same rigid laws and forces of nature.

Question: How will this system work with those Jews who have assimilated among other nations and have ceased being Jews a long time ago? After all, it is written: “Even if your exiles are at the end of the heavens, the Lord, your God, will gather you from there.”

Answer: I do not know how they will be forced to come back. Perhaps some Hitler will appear who somehow will determine that they are Jewish and will say: “We will either destroy them or they should quickly leave their homes.”

Question: How will it happen to those who have said goodbye to being Jews a long time ago?

Answer: It does not matter. What difference does it make that they have said goodbye? There were so many famous and outstanding people who suddenly discovered that they were Jews. We know such facts. Do you know what we would find if we checked the DNA of the people from those places where Jews lived for thousands of years?

In Spain, I spoke to a professor who is a pure-blooded Spaniard. He said: “What problems can we have between us when we all are 30–40% Jewish? I mean, by our biological qualities.”

Question: What should happen so that a person would feel like a Jew? Is it some kind of internal signal?

Answer: No, it is just that a person will have a feeling of belonging to the lost ten tribes.

If today there are 15 million Jews in the world, when these ten tribes are revealed, there will be eight times more, let’s say another 120 million. Imagine what it is. Can they all gather in Israel? Then we will indeed require a land “from the Nile to the Euphrates.”

However, this is not about the number of people in our world. This is only about spiritual levels. Precisely on these levels everything will be decided and corrected.

I do not think that millions of Afghans who consider themselves Jewish will begin coming back to Israel. After all, according to legend, they are the descendants of some tribes. Or 100 million people living in India who consider themselves to be the tribe of Menashe. And so on.

Question: What do all these internal records that begin to rise in a person mean?

Answer: These internal records of information are not DNA that can be examined. However, you will see what would happen if we checked the DNA of the people around the world.

There is a certain part of all other people in the world in each person.

I hope that crisis will shake people and they will begin to clearly realize that along with progress connection is required. The world needs a method of connection; it will not survive without it.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/11/17

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