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What Have Americans Chosen?

Dr. Michael LaitmanEvery action in our world can be realized in no more than two ways, and as a rule, not less. Rabash explains this in the article “A Short Path and a Long Path” (Shlavey HaSulam “Rungs of the Ladder” 1985/86, Article 26).

Before the elections in the US, I said that according to all the signs from the two candidates, Mitt Romney could push the world to correction via a shorter and more favorable path. My opinion has not changed today.

I explained that the matter is not in the political support of Israel. Just speaking about the preservation of a strong state of Israel, Romney would have allowed us to carry out the correction of the world from here that is not possible from America or any other place. Romney, by his actions, undoubtedly supports this process.

On the other hand, Obama has some other plans. I am not going to go into politics and discuss them, but we are yet to feel their results in Israel. The Americans will feel them as well because they go against the program of creation. They will face strong blows that are just beginning. This is the second path.

In my view, it is very natural. Until we have reached the end of correction, every time when we want something good, we get even more severe conditions of egoism. It is said in the Torah: “Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart.” After each plague, each action of the Creator, Moses and the Jews complained that they wanted to escape, to get out of these conditions.

What did the Creator do? He went to the next action, for example, left them without straw to make bricks, etc. This is a natural course of events, and it may be repeated a few times because for the time being we have not yet realized the evil fully to escape from Egypt and moreover to win over all those who have to come out with us. After all, today we stand on the threshold of the complete redemption of the world, not just the people of Israel.

So it is natural that Obama has succeeded. For our part, we had to stand up for Romney, as the necessary one and continue to request that the current approach uncover as many flaws as possible.

I have already explained Obama’s approach is not to support Israel. Maybe, he is right from all points of view. Perhaps, he is able to bring such arguments that we can only recognize their validity. But I am talking from the point of view of correcting the world. Obama does not know much about this, and yet to correct the world, the people of Israel must live on its land, grow, and become the real people as it was before the destruction of the Temple. It must reach this stage and correct the world as Baal HaSulam writes at the end of “Preface to The Book of Zohar.”

So, the next events in the world and the program of creation do not coincide with Obama’s plans. And that is why I am against him making decisions. In reality, the Creator determines everything, and the hearts of rulers are in His hands; however, the decisions will come through Obama as through the “evil angel,” but not the “good” one.

In the case with Romney, it is opposite. A simple thing is important here: He wants the people of Israel to live on their land. It does not matter what motivates him. The main thing is that it helps correction.

I repeat: It is natural that Romney was not elected. After all, we have not started the actual correction; we are still revealing evil. We certainly need a hard “catalyst” to reveal evil, and now we will get it.

Question: Wasn’t the winner in this election preordained by the Creator?

Answer: I don’t care. Even if I were informed in advance, nonetheless, I have to choose the path to correction that seems shorter to me. I do not play in secret knowledge, but carry out a game with myself: What do I choose? And my choice is completely independent of my political bias to Israel, of color, of Evangelicals, Mormons, etc. The only criterion is that with Mitt Romney we would have found ourselves in the conditions closer to correction, to unity, and to disseminating the science of Kabbalah from the land of Israel. That is all. Romney supports that more than Obama, and thus allows us to carry out correction. There are no other calculations. I do not care about their politics and their image; I am talking about the internal approach of each of them.

Question: Now that Obama is elected, that is, a long path, what can the world expect?

Answer: First of all, we have been speaking for a long time that the world is entering bad times. However, we do not want to scare people; on the contrary, our goal is to awaken and motivate them to action. We talked about the crisis years before it began officially, but the world was not ready to hear that. Two years ago, when everyone stated that the troubles were behind us, we explained that the crisis was not over. Today, they believe it will last another two, five, or ten years. It takes time for all this nonsense to dissipate from those “wise men.”

There will be a big confusion all over the world, in the US, Europe, China, and Israel. It is not simply a struggle between capitalism and socialism; the world is accelerating towards harsh, rapid, and difficult developments.

As for the Jews, there is nothing you can do; they always learn from hard blows. Weak blows do not work on them.

I hope that the American Jews will eventually feel that it is required to be attached to correction. Today, they feel themselves firstly Americans, then Jews, and in the end, perhaps feel some affiliation to Israel. And it is bad, and not by any national considerations, but in terms of correcting the world, and just because of that. Thus they will get blows. What else? To get out of exile, one must see all its forms opposite deliverance.

You can go the other way through awareness, through education, understanding what is happening. But they do not want to hear this, so they will have some problems…and anyway the whole world.

However, we hope that we will be able to sweeten and to accelerate the process. After all, we are not happy about that. We must understand that, ultimately, it is up to us. We have to play our part correctly because we have the method and the work entrusted to us. No matter how much we think about Romney and Obama, the Jews and Americans, the whole world, we first have to check whether we do everything possible.

We need to bring a very simple and optimistic message to the people of Israel: If it unites, then it will become a connecting link between this world and the spiritual world. Nothing else is required.

A magnifying glass can focus the sunrays so to start a fire. So the people of Israel should become such a focusing point, so that the upper Light passes through it and “ignites” the world. No one will do this, neither Obama nor Romney.

The world is like a shapeless mass, and Israel must be in the middle between it and the Creator. In other words, Israel should include both factors—the Creator and the world—bring them together, connect them, and take care of everyone. Israel corrects itself and attracts and motivates the whole world to bring pleasure to the Creator so that He is revealed in reality. Baal HaSulam writes about this in the article “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” the Creator wants to bring pleasure to the whole world and that is our goal.

That is what we must realize. So, first of all, we need to focus on our inner work, devoting 99% of attention and leaving one percent for dissemination. Now is the time when we need to concentrate more internally.

I am very optimistic. We will succeed. Things become more distinct, prominent, so goes the analysis, and this is for the better.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/9/12, Shamati #115

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“Experts Warn Of Superstorm Era To Come”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News(from CNN): “Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather.

“They’re telling us we shouldn’t be surprised that this 900-mile-wide monster marched up the East Coast this week paralyzing cities and claiming scores of lives.

“’It’s a foretaste of things to come,’ Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer told CNN. ‘Bigger storms and higher sea levels’ will pile on to create a ‘growing threat’ in the coming decades. …

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted in 2007 that the global average sea level would rise between 7 and 23 inches by the end of this century. More recent projections suggest that the melting of Arctic sea ice could mean a rise in excess of 30 inches. The New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force translated that into a local projection of 2 to 5 inches by the 2020s, and with rapid ice melt, the rise could be as much as 5 to 10 inches over the next 15 years. …

“The conclusion of Oppenheimer and his colleagues is that storms will become larger and more powerful.

“’Climate change will probably increase storm intensity and size simultaneously, resulting in a significant intensification of storm surges,’ they wrote. Sandy’s diameter measured much larger than most storms.”

My Comment: Nature will “chastise” us as naughty children until we become smarter, until we come to our senses and realize that this is not a game of ecology, but a lack of balance with nature at the level of “human” —the likeness to it in our mutual love and unity. When will we see the example of this from our “rulers?” But without this, their work, even if initially it was done not for themselves but for the good of society, will be only to the detriment of everyone!

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If we are ready to meet several times a week, to read and discuss things, what prevents us from connecting with the friends?

Answer: Your egoism. It will grow every day, and it will find increasingly greater flaws in your friends so that everyday you will look at them with greater aversion.

Question: Won’t I know the reason for this?

Answer: There can be many reasons. Don’t you believe me? In a year from now we will ask you and you will tell us how you are doing.

There are times when people are simply indifferent: You come, study, you seem to be needed, helpful, and then after getting used to this, you simply stop noticing the fiends for a while.

Then as you work with them, you feel criticism towards them; you find bad points in everyone, until it comes to actual repulsion and alienation.

But the real hatred appears when people are seriously working on connection. Then the true ego appears and is revealed very strongly. This is where the actual serious work begins.
From the Georgia Convention 11/06/12, Lesson 2

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So We Won’t Waste Our Time

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In our world there are laws that we must abide by. How can I check my intention practically to see whether it is egoistic or whether it is the right intention?

Answer: How can I practically check my intention and advance? You are right, the most important thing is the intention, but you won’t be able to advance by yourself, I don’t know of any person who could study the wisdom of Kabbalah by himself. You will have to connect to us. Without a group, a teacher, friends, and assistance, you will simply waste a lot of time. So for a start, read the material for beginners. But if you are really interested and if you are about how I can change my intention, that is a high level and it already quite serious.

It is simply a waste of efforts and you are confusing yourself by that and will need much more time in order to come out of this confusion. You should connect to us. We are prepared for any situation, in any language, English Georgian, Russian, Hebrew, whichever language you want. Our books are published in 27 languages.
From the Georgia Convention 11/5/12, Lesson 1

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