Questions I received on Rav Ashlag’s descendants and how to get one’s family involved in Kabbalah studies:
Question: Are Rav Ashlag’s descendants involved with your center?
My Answer: No.
Question: Where do they live?
My Answer: Mostly in Bnei Brak.
Question: Do they carry on their father and grandfather’s teachings in their own way?
My Answer: No.
Question: What do they think of you carrying on their father’s teachings?
My Answer: I’m not interested in what they think, because I received instructions from my Teacher.
Question: Are your wife and children involved?
My Answer: Yes. My son is in charge of book publication and distribution around the world (with the exception of Israel and Russia). My eldest daughter has a PhD in biology and is married to the manager of our Russian dissemination department. My youngest daughter is doing her dissertation in Kabbalah and is about to be married to my student. I am sure that my grandchildren will also follow this path because they live in this environment at home. My grandson watches lessons together with my son every day. Besides, their time will be the time of humanity’s spiritual development.
Question: How do we involve our spouses and children?
My Answer: Lovingly. “There is no coercion in spirituality.” Kabbalah is not a religion – there is no persuasion, intimidation, or convincing. Love is the only means to show them that the correction of the soul is the best possible thing and it’s necessary to all.
It is written, “The Torah is not inherited.” Every person realizes it within to the extent of his desire and efforts. This is how one reveals the Torah, the Upper Light, or the Creator within. Moreover, history shows that the spiritual heirs of the great Kabbalists were usually not their physical heirs.
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