Do Not Steal!

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam writes in his article “The Peace” that the society punishes man for taking something he is not entitled to, but there is no punishment for failing to give the society something he has to give. It is the same on the spiritual path: Every person receives his conditions from Above. Hereafter, if you fail to use the received conditions fully, by one hundred percent, it is like stealing from the group.

This is also referred to as “drilling a hole in the common boat.” For this reason, every person should ask himself whether he is doing everything he can.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar

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There Is No Past or Future in The Torah

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere are no events in the Torah that already happened or will happen in the future. They must only become revealed to us, while the states themselves exist each on their own spiritual degree.

We feel good when we strive to reveal them, but when life pushes us, we suffer. This is why we want to reveal these states now, and we attract the Light that discloses them.

For this reason, we should not care how The Zohar describes the events, whether it uses Kabbalistic terminology or regular words to tell about the Israeli tribes and journeys. I should always discern only one aspect in the story: the connection between souls, not the bodies, the connection between friends, meaning between our spiritual sparks, our desires to unite.

And all the other desires “drop”; they, as though, become irrelevant to us by our having secured the mutual guarantee, and they do not impede our unity. We unite above the corporeal desires and reveal that which is written in The Zohar in our connection.

The Zohar tells us how the connection between us will be revealed to the extent of the gradual attainment of the mutual guarantee. This connection will manifest step by step through images described in The Zohar. The Book speaks of reality that exists within us. We only need to gradually reveal it, like opening one window sash at a time.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar

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The Zohar: The Story Of Our Soul’s Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanDuring our reading of The Zohar, we should constantly exert effort to see the connecting system of souls or the spiritual “network” behind each word. Behind the names of Shimon, Reuben, or Gad, the “right hip” and the “left hip” of Israel’s camp, certain actions, or “snakes” there stands not a bad or good desire, but its motion and its aspiration relative to the action of the moment.

Therefore, it is desirable to perceive The Zohar as a story of our connection, a story about the picture or pattern that is expected to unfold between us. There is no doubt that we always reside in this state and only have to uncover it. For this very reason we read The Zohar: to aspire for the revelation of its narrative.

And now, we need to do our best to connect this story with ourselves and not to be tangled in it thinking that The Zohar is talking about some distant places and events. All of this is occurring right now between us: within our connection, mutual guarantee, and our collective movement.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.19.10

Rabash, Shlavei HaSulam, “He Who Strengthens His Heart”
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The Book of Zohar – Selections, Chapter “BeShalach (When Pharaoh Sent),” Item 1
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, “Beit Shaar HaKavanot,” Lesson 3
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence,” Lesson 5
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