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Torah – The System Of Connection Between Creator And Creation

laitman_549_01The Book of Zohar, “Lech Lecha”: How beloved is the Torah by the Creator, by which virtue the man is rewarded with life in the future world. And everyone who teaches the Torah to others is more important than everyone else.

The Torah is called the upper Light (Ohr), which acts on one who studies it in the right way, that is, wants to reach a higher level in the Torah than the one he is on now.

He wants to become more altruistic, giving, loving, more connected with others and supporting all. In other words, he wants to become like the Creator—kind, complete and bearer of good.

If a person strives so to change himself, then the upper Light, called the Torah, acts upon him and pushes him forward to this state. And then he feels that he is changing.

Of course, in these changes there are ups and downs, a change of all kinds of states, but from all of them, a person learns how much the Torah actually influences him and acts in him.

First of all, a person must acquire desires to bestow and faith above reason, and then he goes beyond the boundaries of this world. This world begins to dissipate like a mirage because it exists only in our egoistic imagination.

In Kabbalah, our world is called the “point of this world” because there is no other point in it. When we go beyond the boundaries of the egoistic point and expand, we begin to feel the abundance and significance of the Torah, adhering to its Tree of Life. And if not this, then we will remain in darkness, inside a tiny, black point.

The Torah is the Light of the world of Infinity, which according to the program of Creation (HaVaYaH) was divided into 620 Lights, whose purpose is to act on the corrupt desire and correct it. A person must correct his desire with the help of this Light, and on the other hand, he must himself awaken this Light.

He cannot change himself without the upper Light, but the Light must be attracted, and for this, too, the Torah is necessary. It turns out that the whole system connecting the Creation with the Creator and the Creator with the Creation is called the Torah.
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Why Does The Book Of Zohar Use Corporeal Images?

laitman_527_07Question: Why does The Book of Zohar use images like grass, rivers, crocodiles, etc.?

Answer: The Book of Zohar was written on the level of the upper world and uses its terminology. At the same time, it uses the terminology of our world, although it means to express the upper forces and spiritual attributes that yield the outcomes such as a table, chair, man, tree, sun, etc. This is called the language of the branches.

In addition, The Book of Zohar uses the language of Kabbalah. In the upper world where there are no worldly names and terms, The Book of Zohar uses the pure physical mathematical language of Kabbalah.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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How To Read Kabbalah Books

laitman_526Question: What does it mean to read a Kabbalah book?

Answer: Reading a Kabbalah book means reading it with the thought that it will impact you.

A Kabbalah book is like medicine that can correct, change, and bring us to the state where we begin to feel what we read. Not to understand but to feel!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Zohar: A Means Of Spiritual Development

Laitman_065Question: What does the word “Zohar” mean?

Answer: Zohar is the upper radiance that descends upon a person. By correctly studying this book, he receives a certain impact from it, which in the Aramaic language is called Zehara Ilaa, the upper glow.

The fact is that a person in our world does not possess any spiritual properties and this refers to the animate level.

In total, the four levels of development of nature are distinguished as: still, vegetative, animate, and speaking. The inanimate level is all non-living matter. The vegetative level is everything that relates to botany. The animate level includes all kinds of living creatures, that is, everything pertaining to a normal animal organism that is born, lives, and dies, including the human body.

Therefore, in taking care of our body and living inside it, we are clearly on an absolutely animate level. But in each one of us, there is also a spiritual potential. It is revealed in the form of a question about the meaning of life.

This question arises, practically, in every person, but later on, we “jam” it, bury it, and do not let it show up because it causes us great suffering: “What do I live for? Why? What kind of life is this?”

It turns out that through this question, through a very small, specific desire, we have some connection with the upper world. This desire is called a point in the heart, but we do not develop it.

However, there are people who cannot accept the lack of an answer to this question. Of course, one can end this life. Isn’t this life given to them, too? It turns out that they have no choice but to seek an answer. But in order to find it, a person must exert great effort until he finds a group, teacher, and books.

In principle, all Kabbalistic books come from The Book of Zohar. If in one of them it is written: “It is said in The Book,” then it is The Book of Zohar that is meant. The word “Book” is not even mentioned together with Zohar because it goes without saying.

Other works are not even considered books because this Book is special. It connects a person with the upper world and teaches him how to attain it. Then, it justifies its name, Zohar, radiance, because a person begins to receive a glow from above, developing him spiritually.

Thus, from a small, specific desire for spirituality, a real, strong desire develops, and a person is born spiritually.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/2/17

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Kabbalah Does Not Predict Anything

Laitman_065Question: Is The Book of Zohar considered to be prophecy? After all, it describes the future.

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t predict anything. It teaches a person how to achieve spiritual levels. When a person achieves this, everything that could apparently be called a prophecy becomes reality for him. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how it is possible to advance and live in another dimension now.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17

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Who Wrote The Book Of Zohar?

Laitman_132Question from Facebook: Who was the author of The Book of Zohar, Rabbi Shimon or a group of authors, his ten companions? I don’t understand how it would be possible to write together.

Answer: Rabbi Shimon could not have written this book alone because he had to first transmit this book through his students.

First, they all discussed it among themselves, each one expressing his admiration for it and his impressions. They didn’t complement each other; instead they integrated and collected them into one single opinion by rising above themselves. As a result of this, the highest attainment came out, The Book of Zohar.

By uniting among themselves, they were elevated to the next level where they apparently became a single author, a single person.

Question: But in the sources it is said that Rabbi Shimon spoke and Rabbi Aba recorded…?

Answer: It is necessary to understand what is meant by “recorded.” This is not talking about physical recording. Instead, they attained a state in which the white Light was written on a black background, meaning inside of them.

This was a collective effort of a generalized person that included all of them, when all of them were one. Therefore, a power is hidden in The Book of Zohar. Moreover, specifically because of this fact, it is necessary to read it together and not alone.

If we read The Book of Zohar individually, there is no benefit to it. To do this, we must gather ten people (a Minyan), connect into a single whole, and by reading the text together, to a particular degree, everyone begins to feel what the authors of The Book of Zohar felt.

Question: Do you penetrate The Book of Zohar or does The Book of Zohar penetrate you?

Answer: The Book of Zohar is the Light that surrounds us. Therefore, to the same degree that the readers connect together, they make it possible for the Light to enter into the shared integration between them and to format it. The feeling from the book comes from this.

This is also said about the Torah, that it is “white letters written on a black background,” meaning, that it is the Light, which is written on the desires.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/25/16

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By Reading The Book Of Zohar, We Change Destiny

laitman_265Question: Can we change our destiny by reading The Book of Zohar?

Answer: The Book of Zohar carries a powerful Light on condition that a person knows how to study The Book properly, how to awaken and attract it so that it influences him.

Study must be in a group so that one aims oneself in a particular way toward the illumination that is hidden in The Book of Zohar. It is not possible to arouse and attract it in any other way. This Light influences us, raises us, and changes our destiny.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/23/16

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My Thoughts On Twitter, 1/24/17

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What the Resistance to Trump’s Inauguration Reveals About Us

The Book of Zohar is open for all, but people’s egoism conceals their access to the upper world. To reveal it—one must open their heart!

Trump’s main task is to unite America. But how to elevate people from alienation to connection? Only Kabbalah can do that.

Global warming escalates for the 3rd year in a row. The Book of Zohar explains: by our attitude to each other, we throw nature out of balance.
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From Twitter, 1/24/17

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Studying The Book Of Zohar In Aramaic

laitman_262Question: Is it worthwhile to study The Book of Zohar in Aramaic?

Answer: It is not necessary to study it in Aramaic, Hebrew, or in any other language, because you won’t understand anything anyway.

You must first study the wisdom of Kabbalah itself as a key to the material in the source books, and only after that will you begin to understand what is said in The Book of Zohar, otherwise it will just be the reading of incomprehensible pages that will only lead you to reject it.

Question: Does reading The Book of Zohar in Aramaic awaken some kind of illumination?

Answer: Yes. But I suspect that people “will get lost” when they read it and are liable to think that they have already had contact with the wisdom of Kabbalah and don’t have anything more to search for there. So it is better to begin with a three-month introductory course on the wisdom of Kabbalah.

In the course you will be able to get an idea about the general system of creation, its management, and a person’s purpose within this system. In that way you will know what is happening to you, what needs to happen to you, how you can manage this system, influence it, and what reactions you can get back from it. What this means is that you can be in mutual cooperation with the general system and manage your life.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is a science.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/26/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.25.16

Preparation for the Lesson

Writings of Baal HaSulam “Igrot,” Letter 18

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 54

Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 214