Weekly Torah Portion – 12.23.11

The Book of Zohar, Weekly Torah Portion “MiKetz,” Selected Excerpts
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A Small Bubble Of Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanA regular salesman agrees to give his product to the customer under conditions that benefit him. But the Creator does not need our work and gives us conditions which benefit us. He agrees to give us all the Light, but under the condition that we have somewhere to accept it.

Just like a friend who is ready to give you all his treasures, but asks you to bring bags to fill them with gold and silver. He will fill as many bags as you bring.

Our egoism works in a completely different way because it has nothing to give us. The crisis of the modern world is when the demand is greater than the ability to receive and then it begins to operate like a bank, printing money without actual back up. You come to ask for a vessel, and instead, it gives you paper money, promising much more than it actually has. This results in the growth of a huge financial bubble, which blows up at the end.

This crisis shows us that the desire to enjoy does not have the ability to provide us with fulfillment. And the desire to bestow, on the contrary, is ready to give you everything, just bring bags, vessels, desires!

The only problem is that we do not have the right vessels, desires. But there is a plethora of Light. The Creator has no shortage of either gold or silver or any other fulfillment—and the only thing that stops us is the lack of the correct desire able to reveal this fulfillment.

The suitable vessel for the revelation of fulfillment is the intention to bestow or connection. If every one of us is able to receive one gram, then when 100 people connect together, they can receive 100,000 grams, instead of 100! This is because connection gives a greater power than regular addition.

There is a special supplement in the connection—a spiritual essence, which comes from Above—beside the regular sum of forces performed below. This is like a second coin, added from above when we earn our half below, or like two merging drops where one comes from below and the other one from above. It is known that connection contains many times greater power than a regular addition of forces.

And it creates the vessel, suitable to the Light. Whatever number of people there is: 10, 100, 1,000—they must be connected and loyal to each other. And then their connection creates the necessary vessel and not a simple sum of their private desires.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/21/11, Writings of Rabash, “The Miracle of Chanukah”

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The Financial Industry: Living In A Lie

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The financial sector, including the banks, the stock markets, investment firms, and others make up a great industry. In the US, for example, the financial industry makes up 8.5% of the GNP and averages 33% profit. It is accused of causing the current global crisis, and at the same time it is flourishing even today. How can that be? After all, the economy is a copy of the mutual relations among us.

Answer: This is exactly the reason that the financial industry is flourishing. It lives in a lie, and it is aware if it and doesn’t want to change anything.

Let’s take the banks for example: Can we believe them today? There is no one who is closer to bankruptcy than they are. In fact, they are already bankrupt because they lack the assets that are registered in their names. But we are still filling our bank accounts happily. Why do we believe them?

We are aware of this fallacy, and still leave everything the way it is because we love to live in a lie; we like to be deceived and to have others lie to us. This is our life: We enjoy the shell.

Question: Could it be because people have no alternative?

Answer: It is all a psychological matter. People think that a bank is a safe place even though they know it isn’t so. The lie began when the financial means were disconnected from their value in gold. Since then the banks have multiplied their “virtual” financial debts, which have no backing. They are not connected to anything that has any real value anymore.

In spirituality, “money” is a cover, a Masach (screen), the real power to overcome. The financial professionals, in contrast, have turned money into a “phantom.” This is a big mistake, but they did it on purpose in order to be superior to others.

Today everyone lives in this lie. What’s more, we’ve already discovered it, but we don’t know how to get rid of it. The lie is the crisis. How can we solve it? The whole world is surrounded by a network of wrong mutual connections and it cannot break loose. it doesn’t know what to replace it with. Without it everything will come to a halt, including the provision of basic necessities for people. So eventually we are compelled to support this false system.

So what is the solution? I am for a gradual descent, instead of a sudden fall. In the meantime, by education, we can turn this evil into something good, without totally destroying the system. If we destroy it, there will be wars and total chaos.

We don’t need a global collapse. The recognition of evil this way will really be a terrible catastrophe, so it should be done wisely. What do the billions who suffer know? They won’t understand anything and in the meantime they look for scapegoats….
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/21/11, Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.23.11

Writings of Rabash “The Matter of Chanukah”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam The Peace,” “Necessity to Practice Caution with the Laws of Nature”
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