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Do Not Damage The “Person” In You

Laitman_507_03Torah, Deuteronomy 27:24: Cursed be he who strikes his fellow in secret. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

“In secret” means in court. This is about egoistically destroying an opportunity for your next action of correction. If I take a desire and instead of correcting it I pull it away from my action, then I kill it within myself, which means “to strike my fellow in secret.” I curse myself by this.

The damage of the soul by a person or the damaging of “a person” within oneself is called a curse.

Question: In other words, must I take care of my neighbor, as if to educate him?

Answer: Of course, this is your desire. The Torah does not speak about anything other than the desires that are within each of us. It tells us how to correct them and how to become similar to the Creator.

Therefore, all the things the Torah speaks about such as sheep, goats, cows, plants, and even more so, people—in all their external manifestations—imply different desires within a person. The Torah indicates clearly what you can and cannot do. Therefore, it tells you what you don’t touch, what is not yours, and what the system itself will correct for you.

Question: Can we say that if I do not aspire to fulfill the law “love your neighbor as yourself,” then it is as if I kill my neighbor?

Answer: Of course because your “mother-in-law,” your “wife,” your “mother,” and your “father,” no matter who and what they are, are all within you. If you correct them incorrectly, you kill them.

Question: Does it mean that humanity is now in a state of “killing its neighbor”?

Of course, and especially within oneself; we kill our soul within ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/23/16

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Combining Evil With Goodness

laitman_243_05It is written in the Torah that when the sons of Israel cross the Jordan, the six tribes will be standing on the Mount Gerizim and blessing people, and the other six tribes will be standing on the Mount Eival and cursing people. These are two lines: the right line and the left line.

The left line (curse) is in no way worse that the right one. We must move along the middle line, including both parts. After all, it is written, “I (the Creator) created evil and I created goodness to balance it.” If we match them with each other correctly, we will go along the middle line, combining evil with goodness.

Therefore, selecting goodness over evil, we select one over the other, but in no case one of the two. Otherwise, we will not exist as a creature. The absolutely egoistic creature dresses into an altruistic external form and exists in the upper world in this form.

It turns out that evil is the basis, which must be dressed into the correct gown.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/23/16

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“So That You Will Be A Holy People”

laitman_746_03Torah, Deuteronomy 26:18 – 26:19: And the Lord has selected you this day to be His treasured people, as He spoke to you, and so that you shall observe all His commandments, and to make you supreme, above all the nations that He made, [so that you will have] praise, a [distinguished] name and glory; and so that you will be a holy people to the Lord, your God, as He spoke.

“To make you supreme, above all the nations,” means to elevate within yourself the quality that is called Yehudi (from the word “Yihud” – adhesion, connection with the Creator) above all your other desires that are called the nations.

We see this in history. The people of Israel never, even in the best years when they had strength, engaged in any conquests.

Only in ancient times, did King David have to protect Israel from enemies. Then, the so-called “Kibush David” was carried out—the conquest of the territories from the Nile to the Euphrates—in order to keep all the tribes that inhabited them under control because otherwise these tribes were constantly raiding Israel.

Therefore, when the Torah speaks about the people who are chosen, praised, and great, it is referring to the work to annul yourself. Then, you elevate the part of Israel within yourself that is directed to the Creator above all the rest of your egoistic parts. This is only about the inner state of a person.

In addition, it is about serving the world in order to be, as it is written in the Torah, the Light or, in other words, an example for all the nations of the world.

The same applies to the Temple. It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). After all, from ancient times, not only Jews went there, but absolutely everyone. A person could go there from any place, from anywhere, in order to pray, to ask something, or to participate in the classes. This is how many non-Jewish scholars appeared among us.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/9/16

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Not To Pervert The Judgment Of The Stranger, The Orphan, Or The Widow

Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 27:19: Cursed be he who perverts the judgment of the stranger, the orphan, or the widow. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

Those who already are on the spiritual level exist only in order to pull after them “a stranger,” “a widow,” and “an old man,” that is, all the weak ones, meaning weak spiritual desires.

These desires can be very big egoistically. For example, a “baby” is very big egoism with a scanty bit of spirituality in it, like in a baby. “Woman” is also huge egoism, but she can only follow the male part and, therefore, is considered weak.

All the parts within a person called “an old man,” “woman,” “baby,” and so on speak about egoism that is very difficult to correct. Therefore, those who already are on the path above them (other qualities of a person) must work on pulling all these egoistically strong, but spiritually weak qualities after them.

“Not to pervert the judgment of the stranger, the orphan, or the widow” means not to feel sorry for or indulge them in any case, but to correct these weak desires by adding your spiritual attainments to them.

It is necessary to raise them the way you help a woman, a baby, or an old man. You need to develop them and include them in yourself, like AHP becomes included into Galgalta Eynaim and thus rises.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/23/16

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“The Heaven Which Is Over Your Head Shall Be Bronze”

laitman_761_3Torah, Deuteronomy, 28:23: The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron.

The heaven and earth symbolize desires within a person. We are talking about such types of restriction when you will be unable to do anything with these desires: neither with bronze nor with iron.

The heaven has to be the property of Bina, the property of bestowal and love, but it is not. If you do not connect with others like you in the correct interaction, then all of life becomes very tough.

You do not have the Creator or egoistic desire. You exist between them like in the air.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/5/16

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“And There, You Shall Build An Altar To The Lord”

laitman_625_01Torah, Deuteronomy 27:05: And there, you shall build an altar to the Lord, your God, an altar of stones. You shall not wield any iron upon them.

“Iron” is an egoistic state of a person that one cannot use. Everything that we produce for bestowal should be made with clean hands.

Torah, Deuteronomy 27:06: You shall build the altar of the Lord, your God, out of whole stones. And on it, you shall offer up burnt offerings to the Lord, your God.

The whole stones were always used for the foundation of the masonry of a Temple—huge blocks of hundreds of tons, 12 – 18 meters in length. Today, we are unable to move them from place to place, and previously they were not only laid, but also brought from the quarry that was located tens of kilometres from Jerusalem.

It is not clear how they were delivered there, laid on top of each other with great accuracy without any padding, and how they were cut, raised, and laid. After all, today we practically do not have such equipment. However, everyone can see the foundation of the Jerusalem wall. It is amazing!

Comment: It is said that the Jews practiced on the erection of the Egyptian pyramids.

Answer: Everything was different in Egypt. They used relatively small blocks of limestone, a soft stone that is very easy to process. However, here it is just inconceivable.

To build an altar from whole stones means not putting any tools on it. I am not a specialist either in archaeology or in construction; I just know how it happens inside a person: in order for his original, integral desires to receive the correct form, they must be framed into the correct intentions and used this way.

In no case can we distort the natural qualities of a person, his intentions and motivations, even the most horrible ones if they exist. There cannot be any coercion. After all, all these qualities can be used for bestowal only with the help of the upper Light.

Framing the stones with the help of the upper Light was the art of Betzalel, who built the altar.

A sacrifice, Kurban (from the word Lehitkarev, approximation) means that we bring our egoism, convert it to the quality of bestowal and love, and get closer to the Creator this way.

Therefore, we must correct in ourselves only natural, primordial egoistic desires that we received from the shattering of the soul of Adam.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/21/16

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The Connection Between The Torah And The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_065Question: What is the relationship between the Torah and The Book of Zohar? Is it preferable to know the Torah when studying The Book of Zohar?

Answer: It is impossible to know the Torah because from the first letter to the last, it represents a code, a single line of letters that informs us of the right sequence of correction for the soul. The Torah is the course for the correction of the soul. It’s just that it is presented in such a way that we read it as a novel. That’s why we shouldn’t relate to it as to some historical, legal, or educational treatise.

With respect to The Book of Zohar, it is written as a commentary on the five books of the Torah. But only a small part of it remains, that’s why it is presented as an incomplete commentary on the full Torah. Nonetheless, The Book of Zohar is tied to the Torah.

Question: The Torah, like The Book of Zohar, was also not written by a single person?

Answer: The Torah was dictated by Moses, others wrote it down. Throughout history there has been knowledge of holy books that have been written by a collective of individuals because attainment of the upper world demands unity between people for the mutual destruction of egoism in each other. That’s why the Mishna, the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmud were also written by many people.
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“Forty Lashes”

Laitman_155Torah, Deuteronomy 25:01 – 25:04: If there is a quarrel between men, and they approach the tribunal, and they [the judges] judge them, and they acquit the innocent one and condemn the guilty one and it shall be, if the guilty one has incurred [the penalty of] lashes, that the judge shall make him lean over and flog him in front of him, commensurate with his crime, in number. He shall flog him with forty [lashes]; he shall not exceed, lest he give him a much more severe flogging than these [forty lashes], and your brother will be degraded before your eyes. You shall not muzzle an ox when it is threshing [the grain].

The lashes are given to us purposely to teach our egoism to obey a stronger, higher judge, which is the next level. Therefore, one can punish the ego but only to the next level. Forty is the level of Bina. There should not be more lashes because that would be considered a humiliation.

If I get forty lashes, then it is neither a humiliation nor a punishment, but it is a correction.

In our time, people would perceive it as humiliation if they were punished for an offense by beatings. Imagine a judge saying to the accused: “We sentence you to either forty lashes or 2 years in prison.” Is it not better for him to serve the time and keep his pride rather than to feel humiliated in front of others?

Previously, there were no prisons in Israel. They are not mentioned in the Torah at all because prisons do not correct. Only blows can correct.

A person and society should understand that, in this way, they oppose the egoism that the Creator has placed in a person. If a person agrees to this punishment and society believes that there is no choice, a person should not be punished but should get help to correct himself. Then, both man and society work together with the ego. It is precisely egoism that gets forty strokes and not man!

This is an educational process and not punishment.

To this day, prisons in the US are not called places of detention but, rather, correctional institutions. A dog is put into a cage and a person is placed for correction.

Egoism is given to us from above and it must be judged. That is why the people of Israel, mentioned in the Torah, went to their correction with the help of blows and not imprisonment.

Question: It is said: “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is threshing [the grain].” What does this mean?

Answer: When a spiritual level ascends in a person, the animate level has to receive what is its due.
Every person has to go through the state of blows with which he rises to the level of Bina. This is how one gets punishment and rises. And the animate remains at its level and it should get what it is supposed to.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/2/16

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“You Shall Write Upon Them All The Words Of The Torah”

Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 27:01 – 27:03: And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Observe all of the commandment that I command you this day. And it will be, on the day that you cross the Jordan to the land the Lord, your God, is giving you, that you shall set up for yourself huge stones, and plaster them with lime. When you cross, you shall write upon them all the words of this Torah, in order that you may come to the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, God of your forefathers, has spoken to you.

The egoistic desire that initially works in us constantly grows and leads us to new “mountains” of selfish aspirations and achievements. It always works for alienation between us and becomes more and more stony and inaccessible. This “stony heart” translates into rigid, stony, relationships, without mutual permeation. This is what the stone represents.

The stony heart is what a person has; pure egoism. The Torah should be carved on it, as it is written, “Write the Torah on your heart.”

The land of Israel symbolizes a huge egoistic desire that needs to be gradually conquered, corrected, and transformed in an altruistic manner. All twelve foundations of egoistic desire must be gradually directed toward altruistic intentions, thereby correcting them.

To write or engrave the words of the Torah on the stone means to turn your egoistic heart into an opposite, altruistic one. This is an enormous work but when you take it as a condition for accepting the laws of your own correction, it means that you are crossing the river Jordan and are entering the land of Israel—those desires that you are committed to correct. This is why you are given an opportunity to enter such states.
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The Jewish Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

They had a precise knowledge of the mechanics of the entire firmament. It is very interesting. When I first saw the book describing this calendar, I was amazed. It presents a variety of astronomical charts compiled 24 centuries ago.
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