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Did The Characters Of The Torah Exist?

laitman_527.04Question: Did the prophet Bilam, who was equal to Moses, ever exist physically or were they both historical representations of spiritual forces?

Answer: The Torah speaks only about person’s spiritual path, about his spiritual elevation. Bilam is a great negative force, the opposite side of Moses. In order to reach the degree called Moses, first we will have to be at the opposite degree called Bilam.

It is necessary for us, like Moses; one cannot exist without the other. Similarly, Pharaoh is the opposite side of the Creator, equal to him in strength, but negative, not positive.

Question: So did Rabbi Shimon, the author of The Book of Zohar, exist both physically as a historical figure, and as a spiritual degree, but Bilam and Moses were not historical characters?

Answer: All characters of the Torah existed physically, but each of them played his spiritual role. Therefore, each of them personified a quality opposite to the one opposite to him. For example, Bilam personified the quality opposite to Moses.

In principle, the spiritual root must always touch its earthy branch once, embodied in matter. However, Kabbalah deals exclusively with roots. What do we care about historical characters? We are interested in ascending the spiritual ladder and going through all the states called Bilam, Moses, and so on.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/14/18

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Books About The Eternal

laitman_527.07If we begin to explain to a little three or four-year-old child our adult problems, obviously according to his mental, psychological, and spiritual development, he will be incapable of understanding them. He is not interested in them and they are not included in his definitions at all.

This is how we read books written by Kabbalists;  we must try to realize that we do not understand what they say at all.

Let’s say we read the article “Concerning Love of Friends,” but we do not know what friends are or what love is. “Friends” in spirituality are parts of my soul; however, I do not feel them in this way. I immediately confuse the word “friends” with usual friendship in this world: with acquaintances, someone it is nice to spend an evening with or travel with, or with childhood friends.

However, here it has a completely different meaning. I want to reveal my soul, the eternal part of reality, but so far I only have a temporary, illusory existence in our imaginary world that really does not exist. Therefore, I must understand that the books speak of my eternal soul, which appears to me in the form of some special people I was brought together with by an upper governance, by the broken network of connections between us.

It is necessary to form a representation of such a system within ourselves, albeit still imaginary, but as close to the spiritual one as possible. Apart from this, we need to accurately define who is “a person” in general and “friends” in particular, and what is “love of friends”? Friends are not those with whom it is nice to hang out with, have a drink, a meal, or to dance or study with.

Friends are a special spiritual connection, which is not for the purpose of bringing pleasure to each other. Pleasure can only be the means. But in fact, the love of friends is when everyone acts instead of the other. This is one of the difficulties of studying Kabbalah.

The second difficulty is that we perceive the Torah as a story about our world: as if there is time, movement, and space, which do not exist in the spiritual world. Therefore, this “story” that we hear from the Torah does not exist as well! There is neither Egypt nor the Egyptian exile.

I should not imagine this has ever happened in our world. The Torah describes not historical events, but the sequence of preparatory states that Kabbalists went through in order to achieve the true and the only existing perception of reality.

So, I too should constantly imagine myself not studying history that occurred in the ancient times with a group of people fleeing from one place to another. It is not about this, but about a person’s sensory impressions, finding oneself in a state that he defines as spiritual exile, exile from the spiritual world. Then it is possible to imagine what the spiritual redemption and development is. It is only about what is happening within a person.

Every day I want to separate myself more and more from the stories, from history and geography, and explain them to myself at the inner, sensory level: mine or someone else’s who wants to develop spiritually. All this applies only to the period of a person’s spiritual development. Therefore, “love of friends” and, in general, the entire Torah should be considered only in the internal form, in relation to our development.
From the 1st Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/6/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Pesach”

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Joshua’s Spirit Of Wisdom

Laitman_001.02Torah, Deuteronomy 34:09: Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands upon him. And the children of Israel obeyed him, and they did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Joshua is the next step, inferior to Moses. But since it is lower and slightly immersed in egoism, Joshua can lead the people further and higher, can conquer the egoistic desires, and can transform them into bestowal. This is the meaning of the “work in the land of Israel.”

Moses cannot do this. Therefore, he transfers his duties to Joshua.

Torah, Deuteronomy 34:10 – 34:12: And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and all his servants, and to all his land, and all the strong hand, and all the great awe, which Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel.

The property of Keter (the Creator) and the property of GAR de Bina (Moses) are the same properties of absolute bestowal. This is why it is written that they were “face to face.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 2/6/17

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Thirty Days of Mourning

Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 34:08: So the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, and the the days of weeping over the mourning for Moses came to an end.

Thirty days of mourning is the whole step: Rosh, Toch, and Sof of the Partzuf. When you completely break away from your previous Partzuf, from the previous stage, it is called the thirty days of mourning.

Weeping is a small state (Katnut). After all, the sons of Israel are like children who cannot do anything and therefore weep. They cannot reach the level of Moses, and the awareness of this is called “weeping.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 2/6/17

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The Torah And Kabbalah

laitman_527.04Question: Kabbalists take texts from the Torah, explain them, comment on them, and then say that this is Kabbalah. Is there a difference between the Torah and Kabbalah?

Answer: The Torah is Kabbalah. In Hebrew Kabbalah is called “Torah Emet,” that is, the “true Torah.” It talks about the inner meaning of what the Torah describes in an allegorical language.

In the “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Baal HaSulam writes that Kabbalists had no other way to explain the structure of the upper world other than by using the language of this world. In fact, the Torah is not written about our world but only about the interactions of forces and qualities of the spiritual world.

Question: What came first Kabbalah or the Torah? What is the difference between them?

Answer: The Torah was written nearly 3,000 years ago and Kabbalah, the science of the control system of our world, appeared much earlier.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 9/24/17

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Moses’s Farewell Message

laitman_740.02Torah, Deuteronomy 32:44 – 32:47: And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song into the ears of the people he and Hoshea the son of Nun. And Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel. And he said to them, “Set your hearts to all of the words which I bear witness for you this day, so that you may command your children to observe to do all the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty thing for you, for it is your life, and through this thing, you will lengthen your days upon the land to which you are crossing over the Jordan, to possess it.”

Moses, as if, appeals to the people: “Take this as your goal, method, plan, and program to compose your entire life.

Enter the program that will bring you to the goal of creation. Otherwise it will take you thousands of years with wars and tremendous suffering, something that is undesirable in your eyes and mine. Either way, you will still have to fulfill what is bequeathed in this book.”

This sounds like a farewell message, like a father’s words: “Listen to me and everything will be good.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/1/17

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“So Miriam Was Confined Outside The Camp”

laitman_740.03Torah, Numbers 12:15 – 12:16: So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not travel until Miriam had entered. Then the people departed from Hazeroth, and they camped in the desert of Paran.

Question: Miriam is a very strong female image in the Torah. What is Miriam in a person?

Answer: Moses and Aaron are the two sides of the movement toward the Creator. Miriam is the lowest part, Malchut, that connects Moses and Aaron.

She continues the chain of prophetesses who came from Babylon (Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel) and is their collective image. Now she accompanies the entire camp of the people of Israel, that is, the entire movement of a person to the Creator. When this quality is no longer required, she dies.

If it is written in the Torah that a person in the camp is sick, it means that he undergoes a spiritual correction and it is necessary to wait until it is over. It is impossible to advance without this. You cannot move forward because you have sick qualities. Miriam represents their common quality, common desire. Naturally since she fell ill with leprosy, she must be corrected. Only after this it is possible to move on.

It has never happened that the people would leave the sick in the desert. The movement forward is based on the fact that you constantly reveal egoistic qualities, correct them, and move on.

Question: Why does Moses pray for the people, for Miriam, all the time?

Answer: He always does what the Creator desires.

The fact is that Moses is the highest point in the soul that pulls a person to complete correction, to adhesion with the Creator. Moses, in this quality, is constantly fulfilling the inner desires of the Creator.

Look how they play! The Creator is constantly threatening the people and Moses protects them because Moses and the Creator are as if one whole, and all the rest are those qualities that must be corrected.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/25/15

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Aiming Toward Love

laitman_527.03MAN is not the heavenly manna that falls from above, but a prayer that a person raises from below and becomes fulfilled by it. It is the drive forward, not the reception, but the aim, the push, the daring that fulfills him, and by this he lives.

Only through the aiming toward love does a person feel pleasure, which is called the sweet labor of love, without which it does not exist.

Fulfillment is only the request to the Creator. That is why the prayer in Hebrew is called “tfila” from the word “lehitpalel,” which means to judge oneself. Although you are not asking anyone for anything, you scrutinize and understand yourself. You do not need to address anyone; it is sufficient to reach the aspiration for the goal and not to search for the goal itself.

Only those working on spiritual correction and going through everything themselves can understand this. No one else can.

And even for those who are engaged, it takes a long time before the aspiration forward is not for oneself without any reception, absolutely selfless, and becomes their inner need. But this is the true spiritual state.

So, it is specifically the desert where you eat the manna—that is the ideal state. You have nothing other than the aspiration forward, toward love and bestowal.

You still cannot use your “Pharaoh” (ego) that sits in your “duffle bag,” but you already start aiming forward. And then your drive will increase so much that without expecting that this desire will grow in you, you will gradually begin pulling it out and changing it into aiming forward.

And then you will be able to act. Like the Creator acts in bestowal you will, with the help of the Pharaoh, act on working in bestowal. Specifically the black force of the Pharaoh is what will give you the ability to bestow.
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“He Is Faithful Throughout My House”

laitman_740.02Torah, Numbers 12:02 – 12:08: They said, “Has the Lord spoken only to Moses? Hasn’t He spoken to us too?” And the Lord heard. Now this man Moses was exceedingly humble, more so than any person on the face of the earth. The Lord suddenly said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Go out, all three of you, to the Tent of Meeting!” And all three went out. The Lord descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent. He called to Aaron and Miriam, and they both went out. He said, “Please listen to My words. If there be prophets among you, [I] the Lord will make Myself known to him in a vision; I will speak to him in a dream. Not so is My servant Moses; he is faithful throughout My house. With him I speak mouth to mouth; in a vision and not in riddles, and he beholds the image of the Lord. So why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?

The level of Moses is in the attainment of the Creator. And the attainment of the Creator occurs in the corrected state of a man. That is, Moses is many levels higher in his correction than Aaron and Miriam.

Being below him, they do not understand it and object. The lower degree never understands the higher one. In the spiritual, the higher degree seems absolutely illogical.

In our world, for example, this is manifested in the upbringing of children—they also do not want to agree with us. And this is natural.

And in the spiritual state, the higher degree seems stupid, small-minded, unclear, illogical—without a conscious approach, because each time you exercise greater faith above reason. You only need to annul yourself, close your eyes and follow the higher degree, either against your will or by decided it is necessary.

Question: What does God talk about with Miriam and Aaron?

Answer: Miriam and Aaron are at the level of prophecy. A prophet is a person the Creator speaks with. He even sees some manifestations of the Creator in the Reflected Light (Ohr Hozer). But generally this is the attainment through the property of Bina. Therefore, the degree of Bina is called “hearing.”

It is said: “With him I speak mouth to mouth,” meaning, without hiding anything, without passing through any transformations and weakenings—that which is in Me, he receives too. This is the highest degree of adhesion of the soul with the Creator.

Question: What does it mean “he is faithful throughout My house”?

Answer: Moses fully mastered the property of Bina. When Malchut ascends to Bina, this is the house of the Creator.
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Leprosy (Tzara’ath)

Laitman_120The Torah, Numbers 12:09 – 12:15: The wrath of the Lord flared against them and He left. The cloud departed from above the Tent, and behold, Miriam was afflicted with tzara’ath, [as white] as snow. Then Aaron turned to Miriam and behold, she was afflicted with tzara’ath.

Aaron said to Moses, “Please, master, do not put sin upon us for acting foolishly and for sinning. Let her not be like the dead, which comes out of his mother’s womb with half his flesh consumed!”

Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “I beseech you, God, please heal her.” The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father were to spit in her face, would she not be humiliated for seven days? She shall be confined for seven days outside the camp, and afterwards she may enter. So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not travel until Miriam had entered.

This is a very serious correction. First the revelation of egoism occurs, then its correction, which is a period of suffering, and then movement forward.

Suffering is not punishment. In the Torah, punishment is correction.

Remark: But leprosy is a terrible correction.

My Comment: Naturally. Lesions appear on a person’s skin because the skin symbolizes the most external egoistic stage. It is affected the most.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Just like the liver, kidneys, and so on, the skin is an organ. It breathes, works, and processes everything. The exchange of gas with atmosphere and exchange of heat happens through it, and it feels everything.

We do not understand what it is. In our time, it is fashionable to get all sorts of tattoos on the skin, but they disrupt the entire work of the body.

Question: What does leprosy on the skin mean?

Answer: Leprosy on the skin is the revelation of the very last stage of egoism. In other words, this is a cleansing because all of it was inside and now it is manifesting from the outside. The only way to cure it is by the Light of the Creator.
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