The Joy Of The Long Awaited Encounter

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe reading of The Zohar can be compared to a long awaited meeting with a person you love, someone you wished to be closer to. When the two of you finally meet, it doesn’t matter to you what exactly he is saying. The most important thing is that while being next to him and hearing his voice, you feel your closeness. The actual words are not important. Let him talk. You don’t even listen to them that closely. Through the words, you want to feel how you come closer to him and feel him more.

And it’s the same with The Book of Zohar. All the different words and stories that are written in it seem to confuse us, but then, we understand why this is written there: It is because all of it are names of our connections. But I don’t care about what is written in the book exactly, what it is talking about. What matters is that I am close to it at this time. Because I rejoice at being connected with it, I don’t really pay attention to its words. The most important thing is that we are close.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/27/11, The Zohar

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Europe Is Facing A New Challenge

Editorial in the news, By A. Rar, member of the German Economic Council: The terrorist attack in Norway will force us to think about the situation. Politicians are helpless. They don’t know what to do and are clinging to their liberal ideas. The West is fighting for democracy in Libya, naively supposing that it is possible to give Arabs a liberal model. In Europe people are fighting to save the Euro, believing that it can continue making everyone happy. This is the weakness of Europe’s politics.

This is scary because the European Union is a political alliance that was barely and laboriously established, but which brought peace and stability to Europe, and its problems have to be solved. But I don’t see any way to solve them.

Europe was always sure that it had built a good liberal model that has no alternative. Every person can do whatever he wishes as long as he doesn’t break the law. Therefore, no one paid attention when immigrants starting creating their own culture and building mosques. But when the mosques started appearing in every city, people began to feel uncomfortable. There are more and more immigrants who do not speak the language of the country. Without knowing the language or having an education, they cannot get a job, and therefore increasingly more criminals appear. This evokes protest from the titular nations.

This is a problem in Russian as well: It has lost its empire. Immigrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus consider Moscow their capital, the way it was during the Soviet Union. And it’s the same in Europe: Third-generation Arabs living in France consider Europe their homeland, and they can travel anywhere they want. The Europeans have difficulty grasping the concept that they have to tolerate the fact that the population grows on account of the immigrants. And that’s because they have chosen such a comfortable life for themselves where they don’t have children or have only one child, and that the immigrants will be changing the culture of Europe.

The European authorities have suddenly realized this but don’t know what to do. It’s impossible to kick anyone out of Europe. These people came here a long time ago, they have passports of these countries, they are part of Europe and part of the new European culture. Is it possible to assimilate them, to turn them into Europeans, and to connect our traditions?

After the terrorist attack in Norway, the most pressing task is not to fight rightist terrorism, Nazis, or fascists, but to fight the causes of such attacks, meaning to eliminate the motives for rightist and extremist terrorism.

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Solving The Inflation Problem

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Vladimir Rozhanovskiy, Financial Analysis Department, Nord-Capital Managing Company, “The situation in Britain is becoming increasingly similar to the economic mess in the United States…. The main difference is that they cannot, as in the US, ‘print’ reserve currency. Therefore, any timid attempts to purchase distressed bonds inevitably attract a surge of inflation due to the growth of money supply. In other words, while the United States basically exports inflation by increasing the might of its printing machine, Britain is forced to accept it. There is no and can’t be any single solution to the problem.”

My comment: The United States cannot resolve the problem either. This problem can be solved only by working together with the entire international community, cooperatively, on equal terms, for the benefit of all, as one organism. The world has become a single organism. Until this is understood, they won’t find a solution.

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The Whole Universe Is Integrally Interconnected

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the news (from ScienceDaily): Research conducted [by Prof Ron Naaman of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel] together with scientists in Germany, which appeared recently in Science, shows that a biological molecule – DNA – can discern between quantum states known as spin. … The biological molecules reacted strongly with the electrons carrying one of those spins, and hardly at all with the others.

Comment: The significance of these results goes beyond the boundaries of experimental physics. The issue here is that at the quantum level, the quality of quantum entanglement gets expressed between the particles, and the particles preserve it even if they end up at opposite ends of the galaxy. If the spin of one particle changes, it simultaneously changes in the other one as well, and this effectively turns the universe into a single, connected system.

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The Global Crisis And Reassessment Of Liberal Ideology

Opinion: (Oleg Bogomolov, economist, academician, The Russian Academy of Sciences, “The crisis we are experiencing today attests to impending radical changes in the world order. The economy is entering a phase of transition toward new forms of regulation and technological setup, where the info-nano-bio-technologies, three-dimensional product printers are acquiring primary importance. Shifts in social structure are imminent; production, culture, and international relations are becoming global….

“A mono-polar world, led by the United States, is giving way to a multi-polar one that calls for equality, consideration of interests, and consent of multiple countries….

“The symptoms of humanity’s spiritual and moral crisis are building up….

“Humanity is undergoing a shift in its understanding of what the world and life are about. The Russian authorities are seeking a solution in promoting innovation in science and technology, …much of which depends on a favorable state of the social environment.…These aspects of existence are equally in need of modernization. A person, his culture, knowledge, skill, health, and mental state are key factors in making progress. Therefore, the strategic priority should be assigned to investing less in new equipment and more in a person….

“It is time to understand that it is necessary to transition to a new model of society and economy. The initial step is to rethink the old ideological tenets and to welcome spiritual revival and renewal of human communities….

“The absence of social justice in politics is unacceptable…. If it isn’t observed, there can be neither a healthy moral climate in society nor a healthy economy….

“Any measures aimed at tackling the crisis processes will fail unless strategic priorities are defined, not so much in economy, but in social and spiritual spheres. Governmental policies should focus on education, healthcare, science, culture, education, and nurturing of the younger generation. The path to the renewal of society, improvement of its moral climate, and economic prosperity lies through these areas.”

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A Luminous Line In The Darkness

Dr. Michael LaitmanTalmud Eser Sefirot, Part 2, Item 1: This Kav [line] is like one thin Tzinor [tube], where the waters of the Ohr Elyon [upper Light] of Ein Sof [Infinity] expand and Nimshachim (extend) to the Olamot [worlds] in that place of Halal [space] and Avir [air].

All of the work takes place inside of the same will to enjoy which sometimes imagines itself full of Light and sometimes – empty. It’s similar to what sometimes happens to us when we seem to have everything, but feel as if we don’t have anything.

The true state does not change – the will to enjoy is entirely filled with Light and is in the world of Infinity. All the changes exist only in creation’s perception. Its desire continually changes and it imagines that it doesn’t have anything, whereas at other times it imagines that it has everything. Sometimes it wants to receive and sometimes – to bestow. Different forms clothe into the matter and they are determined by creation depending on its impression of the Light.

More accurately, it’s not the creation that determines it, but the Light that becomes absorbed into creation more and more deeply, evoking all sorts of sensations in it. But everything occurs in the will to enjoy. It feels empty, remaining after the restriction in the world of Infinity.

Now it wants to behave differently and in this common desire, called Malchut of the world of Infinity, it wants to reveal desires that act purposefully and are called “a line, a tube” – meaning, bestowal aimed at the Host. From all of my desires, I choose those I can aim at Him, and I use them.

I receive into them, but for the sake of bestowing to the Host. In all my other desires I am incapable of bestowing to Him. They are too great and their taste is overly intense. I don’t have the strength to receive into them and at the same time to think about the Host, to bestow to Him.

That is, into this tube enter the weakest desires and the weakest Lights that I can give to the Host. All the rest of the infinite emptiness remaining around this tube are my great desires and great tastes that I am unable to receive for the sake of bestowal. This entire Infinity remains outside of this line.

And everything happens inside of the same desire, the same creation that works on itself in this way, becoming more perfect and developed, revealing more and more qualities, tastes, Lights, and elements inside itself and qualitatively changing.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/26/11, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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Kabbalists About Freedom Of Choice, Part 10

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

The Freedom of the Collective and the Freedom of the Individual Are Equal

In our generation, the well-being of every individual is secured by the whole world, and hence the individual becomes enslaved to the whole world, like a wheel in a machine.

Therefore, the possibility of making good, happy, and peaceful conducts in one state is inconceivable when it is not so in all the countries in the world, and vice versa. In our time, the countries are all linked in the satisfaction of their needs of life, as individuals were in their families in earlier times. Therefore, we can no longer seek the well-being of one country, but only the well-being of the whole world because the benefit of each and every person in the world depends on the benefit of all the people in the whole world.
– Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.27.11

Shamati #50 Two States,″ (start with: “The important thing…” TO: “By that one can attain adhesion with Him”
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The Book of Zohar – Selected, Chapter “Truma,(Donation) 2,” “The Seven Blessings of the Bride,” Item 788, Lesson 34
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 2 ,”Ohr Pnimi,” Item 2, Lesson 2
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 42, Lesson 27
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag “The Peace,” Lesson 1
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