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One Cannot Go Wrong

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Nature is built and balanced on the principle of “plus-minus.” The Creator is a completely positive property. After the whole of humanity reaches unity, after the adhesion with the Creator, it will also be able to advance with a positive property. How serious will this change be? Due to what will the change of properties happen? Will the balance with nature be restored?

Answer: We don’t do anything ourselves; we produce nothing but one thing: the desire that the Light does everything for us. That is why, there is no opportunity to spoil anything, somewhere to go wrong, to bring harm.

Either we accelerate the process of our development and make it gentler, or it proceeds on its own, and it is evil, bad—one of the two.

The more we affect the Light, the better we will be, and the faster we can achieve a good state. The less we affect the Light, the slower we will advance, and the more troubles we will have.

It all depends on our efforts to draw the Light. And It performs all the actions. That is why, it is impossible to make a mistake here.
From a meal at the Georgia Convention 11/05/12

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The Most Reliable Thing In The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the influence of the women’s group on the men’s group? Where can women get the desire to have an impact on men?

Answer: A few years ago I was in Chile where there are much more women than men. I remember I asked a couple, our friends from the Chilean group: “Who commands at your home?” The husband answered: “Of course, when we are in public, in the street, at a party, then of course, the woman. But at home…!” The wife looked at him like at a small child, nodded a few times, and everything became clear.

This is given by nature that the woman commands everywhere. And that is correct. That is good.

That is why the women’s part of the group is the most reliable thing that exists in life and in the world. It is stability, balance, very strong support. And that is why it is necessary first of all to take care that the women’s group is strong. It is necessary to give women the opportunity to live, work, and take part in everything. Women’s voices must be taken into consideration when making decisions. A good future of the general group lies in this.

We are all adults and understand how impossible it is to be alone, how much we need support. And just because we are different, we reach the right decision and correct life.

So, it is necessary to solve the problem seriously, like adults. The women’s part of the group should be no less right than the men’s part.
From a meal at the Georgia Convention 11/05/12

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It Is Time To Change

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe world won’t recognize the importance of the wisdom of Kabbalah until it has reached the need for correction. But this need is yet to be revealed, and this is what is happening today. We have reached a dead end; we are up against a wall, helpless, not knowing what to do.

Until now we have always managed to overcome problems as we improved our life, but today it’s the opposite. We are sinking into a crisis that doesn’t end but increases.

This indicates that people are already starting to discover the need for a real change.

Here we are faced with the question about the meaning of life, which we didn’t ask before. All the previous generations aspired for more: to understand more, to feel more, to fly to the moon, to dive into the ocean, to build. Eventually everything we build is destroyed, and things are getting so bad that sometimes it seems as if it’s better to die. “What do we need this life for?” Today it’s a general question and it will become increasingly sharper.

Here comes the need for correction, and it can be fulfilled only by the Light that created it.

The method that allows us to summon the Light that corrects the desire is called the wisdom of Kabbalah. It connects the Light that created the desire and which can correct and fill it with the desire itself. So because there’s no other choice, humanity will eventually have to discover this method and to use it according to its destiny.

In the meantime, in the period of transition, the world doesn’t know about it yet. We don’t know much, but we are at least trying to hear. We have to understand the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah as fast as we can and present it as well and much as we can to everyone. Then the world will reach correction.

By definition, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the revelation of the Creator to the created being, or a change of one’s desire thanks to which he will receive the Creator’s form and discover Him. The point is the aspect that we explain it from: either the aspect of the Lights or from the aspect of the vessels. We either speak about the revelation of the Light to the vessel or about a vessel to which the Light will be revealed only to the extent that they are equal in form. On the whole, it isn’t the Light that is revealed in the vessel, but the vessel that receives a form similar to the Light, called the “Creator.” Thus the Creator is revealed to the created being, and this is the goal.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/14/12, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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Our Only Choice Is Unity

Dr. Michael LaitmanSpecial Edition: Events in Southern Israel

Our nation is divided. The people in the south part of Israel feel discriminated against, and although many people express their willingness to host “refugees from the south,” actually not everyone understands what they are going through. Both children and adults find it hard to cope with the shelling. Our society has to offer real support to those who experience the blows.

There should be warmth and mutual empathy above all the interferences. No missiles or money will help today.

The collapse of the vast resources of the superpowers is yet to come. In fact we are all on the same “small planet,” in the same “sphere,” all interconnected. Without global balance, without homeostasis, we will reach total collapse.

However, even today, by the mutual guarantee among us, we can set an example to the whole world and help it overcome the crisis. After all, the crisis doesn’t end in terror, the economy, or finance. Natural disasters, for example, can be worse than wars. Today the world desperately needs the principle of mutual guarantee, which brings about harmony among us and harmony with Nature.

Unity is the law of nature. But where can we find the power to make even the first step to get closer to one another? Today all the “solutions” are temporary efforts to delay the collapse. Everyone understands this very well. There is simply no other choice but to connect. The nation of Israel can be an excellent example for that; it isn’t by chance that we are not considered a nation and our state is seen as being “in the process of formation.” This is actually true, since we are not yet a united nation; we haven’t fulfilled the condition we were given a long time ago. Everything is in our hands.

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We Are Strong When We Are Together And We Are Weak When We Are Separate

Dr. Michael LaitmanSpecial Edition: Events in Southern Israel

History teaches us one simple fact: We are strong when we are together and we are weak when we are separate. This is the essence of our nation, to be responsible for one another, to be mutually responsible. The moment we violate our unity, we are attacked by enemies. This is our special fate: We are actually forced to be together throughout history.

The Temple was destroyed because of unfounded hatred. The disparity was the cause for pogroms and deportation every time. Even today we are not yet a nation. Our motto is that our flag is our unity. Unless we correct this “flaw” even ceasefires are given to us so that we have enough time to unite under easier circumstances.

The threats are growing, and we are surrounded by enemies who are becoming increasingly wiser and more decisive. On the whole, the external world is pressuring us constantly demanding more concessions from us. So if we want to survive here in the land of Israel, we have to understand what this land is. It’s impossible to survive here without unity. We have always known that it’s right to be together, so let’s return to our roots and then we’ll not only defeat our enemies but also will bring peace to ourselves and to the whole world.

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We Could Turn This World Into Paradise!

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot:” Indeed, if we set our hearts to answer but one very famous question, I am certain that all these questions and doubts will vanish from the horizon, and you will look unto their place to find them gone. This indignant question is a question that the whole world asks, namely, “What is the meaning of my life?” In other words, these numbered years of our life that cost us so heavily, and the numerous pains and torments that we suffer for them, to complete them to the fullest, who is it who enjoys them? Or even more precisely, whom do I delight?

Humanity is suffering, everyone is suffering; this whole life is an ongoing suffering. Only sometimes are we allowed to rest for several years, but the rest of the time we have to carry on an endless war of survival—this is the life that nature has designated for us. So what is life about? Does it really have to be that way? Can we make it better? So far we haven’t found a way to make our life better and happier. Baal HaSulam isn’t talking about a perfect eternal life above this corporeal life, or about the Creator and the world of Ein Sof (Infinity). In the meantime he is referring to the changes in our ordinary life in this world and how we can improve it.

He doesn’t start by lofty ideas, but rather from the simplest thing: Do we all suffer? Yes we do! Do you want to suffer less? Yes, we do! The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t steal your Torah and the joy of life from you; it doesn’t cut you off from life and doesn’t interfere with your corporeal actions; it only wants to add a bit a joy to your life, some taste, so that you will feel better! It’s a very gentle approach. Baal HaSulam identifies with human suffering and explains that it is possible to bring more joy to our lives.

After all, all our life is an eternal escape from suffering and today is the same as yesterday. But life can be happy, full, and good for you and for your environment, living in mutual concern for one another, feeling completely secure. Otherwise we sentence ourselves to an existence that is worse than an animal’s. After all, the greater our desires, the emptier we feel life and the more we suffer.

No one enjoys the life we are living and no one delights others, so it turns out that we suffer both ways. We simply cannot fill anyone because of our egoistic nature and cannot receive anything from anyone. So everyone is in mutual conflict and in an eternal struggle, making this life hard and terrible. Our egoistic nature destroys our life, making it a difficult experience. For example, the world we live in today with all the technological advancement could be paradise, but instead we have made it into a true hell.

We could live in a happy family in a prosperous society, free of any troubles, having everything that we need: health, security, a respectable job, freedom. Everyone could fill himself the moment he wanted to, working several hours a day and spending the rest of the time on some hobby. However, instead we kill ourselves at work, destroying the environment and the last resources we have left. Our egoistic nature doesn’t let us enjoy nor delight others, and eventually makes everything sink into darkness, bringing us to a dead end.

All we can do is hope that this crisis will teach us as gently as possible and will force humanity to recognize its egoistic nature, with which we can no longer exist. We will not survive if we don’t change our nature, but it’s impossible to change it just like that—it can only be done with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Until a person reaches this conclusion, he will have to suffer much more.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/11/12, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Umbrella Of Unity That Can Save Us

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There is only one solution: to understand that the solution is within us, to unite and to become one people by raising the value of unity above all the differences.

We don’t have to be the same at all, we must simply be a family in which everyone is different; everyone looks at life differently, but above all that there is something that unites us into one whole.

It makes no difference that we don’t agree on something as long as we respect one another and develop together, holding the umbrella of mutual guarantee above our heads. All of Israel is responsible for one another. This is to what we should aspire. Everything will be corrected if we take this medicine. Today it’s simply a must.

We may wonder how the external threats are related to unity, but we are not a rational nation to begin with. What can we do, history shows us that. So isn’t it about time to learn from what we have and not from what we want to see? We have a formula from which we can infer what the future will be. Today it’s clear that it isn’t about some great project that requires money and efforts, we must simply keep the condition of unity.

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Clinging To The Creator Through The Group

Dr. Michael LaitmanThroughout history, for many generations, we have been going through a period of the realization of our material desires until we reach the question about the purpose of life. We are looking for the answer to the question about the purpose of life, and, through it, finally, have come to the group.

In the group, we are “washed” like rags in a washing machine, not knowing where, what, and how, like little children who do not know where they are. We remain in this state for some time, sometimes for a few years, until we begin to get ascents and descents.

Then, we are shaken. We suddenly forget what was yesterday, as if we become forgetful. Sometimes, we are possessed by joy and, suddenly by sadness. The Creator begins to drag us to the right and to the left, shaking us from side to side. We feel like that emotionally and mentally.

This happens until a person understands that he can go straight only if he clings to the Creator through the group because the Creator is always in the center of the group. For this purpose, He shakes and will shake us a lot for a long time, until we understand. The science of Kabbalah explains to us in advance why we are given all these states so that we strive for the Creator consciously.
From the Georgia Convention 11/5/12, Workshop 1

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.16.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Article 28”

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt, ParashatEmor,” Item 105, Lesson 8

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Peace in the World,” “Rewarded-I Will Hasten It, Not Rewarded-In It’s Time”

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Writings of Baal HaSulamThe Nation

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