In Spirituality, Only the Effort Counts

In Spirituality, Only the Effort CountsA question I received: Dear Rav, the path of Kabbalah has become my salvation, it’s something to live for, every day I immerse myself deeper into Kabbalah and this makes me happy, I receive the answers to all of the questions that just wouldn’t let me be throughout my entire life, I see the light and the way to rid myself of my egoism. I’ve just read about people that don’t hear things, that “fall asleep,” so what should my attitude be towards the fact that we fall asleep during the web class?

My Answer: Sometimes I would fall asleep during Rabash’s lessons. It happens and there are many reasons why. However, one needs to continue studying and do everything that’s in one’s power, like going to the lesson even when knowing that he might end up falling asleep. It’s because we don’t want knowledge, but the entrance to spirituality. Spirituality is awarded according to a person’s effort, and not according to one’s knowledge of the material.

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  1. It is beyond human comprehension to understand the essence of such spiritual qualities as total altruism and love.
    Even the existence of such feelings is beyond our comprehension; we seem to require an incentive to perform any act that does not promise us some form of personal gain.
    That is why a quality such as altruism can only be imparted to us from Above, and only those of us who have experienced it can understand it.

    Rabbi Michael Laitman

  2. If you listen with your heart to one famous question, I am sure that all your doubts as to whether you should study Kabbalah will vanish without a trace. This question is a bitter and a fair one, asked by all born on earth: “What is the meaning of my life?”

    Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, Introduction to Talmud Esser Sefirot

  3. Kabbalah is not studied for the sake of acquiring theoretical knowledge, but to help us see and perceive what is hidden from us.

  4. Until we can comprehend the Upper Light and can perceive what it presents to us, we will not understand how the universe is built and how it works, since there are no analogies to these concepts in our own world. This text can help ease our first steps toward perceiving the spiritual forces. At later stages, we will be able to progress only with the help of a teacher.


    Disagreeing with the material is always positive, as is agreeing with it. The most important aspect of reading the text is your response to it. A feeling of disagreement indicates you have reached the preliminary stage (

    achoraim, the backside) of understanding, which prepares you for the next stage of perception (panim, face).

  6. If we do not perceive the Creator or the Creator’s domain over us at the present moment, then it can be said that we remain “in darkness.”


    However, if we do not use the opportunity to cross into the Light, then the Creator will conceal Himself from us completely.


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