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A Virtual Lesson on Fundamentals of Kabbalah “Introduction to the TES,” Lesson 2

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An Unpaid Bill

Dr. Michael LaitmanEven from an ordinary point of view without getting into sophisticated materials, we see that there is a problem with the Israeli nation. It is special, it is wise and brings many innovations to the world. To a certain extent the world owes this nation its development in many areas. For ages this nation has done so much for humanity, but at the same time, the attitude towards it is totally the opposite: Instead of thanking it, it is blamed, punished, and suppressed in different ways.

The Israeli nation has laid the foundations of culture, education, and religions. It brought humanity morality even in barbaric times, but no one really notices that. Apparently there is a reason for that, subconsciously the Jews are not treated as any other nation, although people look for different real justifications for that; in fact, it all stems from an inner claim. People feel something against the Jews, and especially against the Israeli nation as a whole, although it is so dispersed, that sometimes it is hard to call it a “nation.”

The whole world is trying to solve this mystery. There are many opinions regarding this issue, some are true and some are less accurate. But it is in the wisdom of Kabbalah that we clearly find both the question and the answer about the special attitude towards the Jews. The wisdom of Kabbalah accurately explains how the Israeli nation is different, what its attributes are, what its debt to the world is, and how it can correct the situation: how it can “pay the bill” in order to make up for what is missing and reach the right correction and existence.

This is especially relevant in our days, when the Jewish nation has received its small “estate” on earth and is still unable to build the right conditions to exist.

There is an additional problem here—this nation, by nature, wants to be in good relations with others; it is ready to connect to and befriend any other nation; it would like to be in the same line with everyone and even inferior than everyone else, just to treat them well.

But everyone disrespects and rejects it. It is impossible to buy such a positive attitude with money, and it is impossible to constantly defend ourselves from enemies when part of the world comes to us with accusations and physical attacks and another part puts different kinds of pressure on us: ideologically, politically, personally, etc.

So there is a special phenomenon in the world, which different philosophers, politicians, and writers have studied, but no one understands the essence and the root of the matter, since the root of this phenomenon has always been concealed. It is great anti-Semitists like Henry Ford who managed to understand to a certain extent the reason for their feelings. They looked for them by trying to balance the feeling with the mind and to understand where their strong hate stemmed from, to study themselves and to find the source of this special attribute. Then, besides the negative attitude, they also found quite a few true and positive things in the Israeli nation, but it didn’t correct them.

They should understand that even if the world discovers the real reason for the negative attitude, they don’t correct the world by that. They have to perform different actions in the world in order to correct their attitude. And on the contrary, when they don’t correct themselves, they actually give birth to hate and anti-Semitism. So there is nothing to blame the world for; the whole thing is about their delay in keeping up with the “schedule of the corrections.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/23/12, “The Role of the Israeli Nation” 

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I Wish Us An Easy Birth!

Dr. Michael LaitmanA person goes through many stages of unconscious development like we have been through throughout history. But in the meantime it isn’t the human in us that has developed. The human in us has to be born now, out of labor pains! A new form of existence called “man” is going to develop from the animate level.

All our previous history was only the preparation for the development of real human life. Now the human species has to develop in all of humanity, which includes the Israeli nation in it. The human level is called a desire to connect with others, an inclination to connect with others, an intention.

At first it can be an egoistic inclination that results from my feeling bad and knowing that a connection with others can improve my situation and save me. This is the state we are in now in Israel. The pressure that we are feeling lately and have always felt because of wars was created only to push us and to force us so that the human will be born, it is like labor contractions that push the baby out.

All this happens so that we will exit ourselves towards others, and because this development is already above the level of still nature, the vegetative and the animate, an additional component is necessary here: understanding, recognition, and self-participation. The embryo that is about to be born from us now helps itself come out of its mother’s womb, out of its egoistic nature.

Thanks to its understanding and recognition and different assisting actions, this baby is incorporated in the general system so it can use it. The system begins to help it and this help is called the Light that Reforms.

I perform actions on my levels of development: the still, vegetative, and animate nature; I work in the group. And while I operate egoistically, it makes no difference. If I do it in order to be born and even in order to escape sufferings, these actions help me in the birth process, pushing me forward with the contractions. Then it will be an easy birth since I open the passage out by myself!

As long as we are in the desire to receive, as if within a womb, we feel good: We have developed, yearned for different achievements, fought, conquered, made profits and everything was great. But this passage is the egoistic state that precedes the future state, the birth canal, which is an extremely narrow place, as we know from the corporeal world.

It is a very dangerous passage, very difficult, involving great sufferings and pressure. But we can expand the birth canal by the Light of Hassadim, by yearning for an opening, for connection. This means that we draw the Light of Hassadim to this place, thanks to which the canal expands, and we come out easily, like a baby with the water. We can help ourselves this way even with the help of our previous egoistic desires if we only understand that we have to be born.

So we have to understand that the same problems we have experienced lately as a result of the shelling on the outside and the economic difficulties that will soon be revealed on the inside, all these troubles, like labor pains, are meant to give birth to the human in us. First the Israeli nation has to do it and then everyone else.

This pressure will grow and we shouldn’t wait and make any calculations based on political talks. The pressure will grow until we agree to participate in our birth.

There is nothing but these two forces; if we want to come out of the birth canal quickly and easily, we have to expand it by Hassadim, and to spread the connection and love among everyone. Now we are in the delivery room, in a crisis (the word “crisis”—“Mashber” refers to the birth stones that women used to give birth on in the past.)
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/12, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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“Top Economic Advisers Forecast World War”

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Kyle Bass, Larry Edelson, Charles Nenner, Jim Rogers and Marc Faber): “‘Trillions of dollars of debts will be restructured and millions of financially prudent savers will lose large percentages of their real purchasing power at exactly the wrong time in their lives. … We believe that war is an inevitable consequence of the current global economic situation.’

“‘Since the 1980s, I’ve been studying the so-called ‘cycles of war’ — the natural rhythms that predispose societies to descend into chaos, into hatred, into civil and even international war. …

“‘However, there are very few people who are willing to even discuss the issue right now. And based on what I’m seeing, the implications could be absolutely huge in 2013.’

“Former Goldman Sachs technical analyst Charles Nenner – who has made some big accurate calls, and counts major hedge funds, banks, brokerage houses, and high net worth individuals as clients – says there will be ‘a major war starting at the end of 2012 to 2013,’ which will drive the Dow to 5,000.

“‘For one thing, many influential people wrongly believe that war is good for the economy. … A continuation of bailouts in Europe could ultimately spark another world war,’ says international investor Jim Rogers.

“‘Add debt, the situation gets worse, and eventually it just collapses. Then everybody is looking for scapegoats. Politicians blame foreigners, and we’re in World War II or World War whatever.’

“Marc Faber says that the American government will start new wars in response to the economic crisis.

“‘The next thing the government will do to distract the attention of the people on bad economic conditions is they’ll start a war somewhere.’

“‘If the global economy doesn’t recover, usually people go to war.

“Faber also believes the U.S., China and Russia may go to war over Mideast oil.”

My Comment: Today, a strong shock is needed to begin a war. Everyone is afraid of it and agrees to suffer. It is profitable only for the elite… It should be brought to the attention of everyone that we all face one condition: the need to achieve mutual connection—mutual guarantee.

We, humanity, are a constantly and rapidly developing part of nature. New laws appear in our society. Since recently, the law of our mutual connection is manifested more and more. We have to observe it; otherwise, we will increasingly feel opposed to nature in the form of various crises, suffering, and disasters. Wars will not help; we will have nothing to share. Humanity will lead itself to death. This is one of the ways predicted by the biblical prophets.

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Europe Needs Time To Unite

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Javier Solana, former Foreign Minister of Spain, Secretary-General of NATO, and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy): “The European Union remains the world’s largest economy. With a GDP of more than €15.5 trillion, it is larger than that of the United States. And, with 20% of world trade, the EU is also the world’s second-largest exporter and importer, after China and the US, respectively. The EU is, quite simply, the world’s leading commercial power.

“But this data cannot hide the fact that the institutional model that made today’s integrated Europe possible is inadequate to the problems created by the financial crisis. So we Europeans need to deepen European integration with much greater determination and speed. If we do not, there is a real risk that social discontent will undermine the EU’s foundations before we can complete the process of integration that will resolve the problems now blighting the lives of millions of people.

“Europe will need to bet on greater integration in order to escape this predicament. And, unavoidably, integration will lead to a united, coherent, and effective European foreign policy, one that is adapted to a world that is changing at dizzying speed.

“Today’s world is already multipolar. But multi-polarity provides no guarantee that the international system will be capable of being governed by common rules, without which global affairs will become much more dangerous and conflict-ridden.

“It is precisely here that Europe has something to offer the world. It is still the leader in institutional innovation – one of this century’s greatest needs – and is the best and most successful historical example of it, as its Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 acknowledged. …

“Our prosperity and the viability of our socioeconomic model are at stake. That should convince us that Europe’s states are too small to act globally on their own, and that European integration is the only viable path.”

My Comment: I would add one more condition: If the EU does not adopt an integral method of correction of the crisis (integral education), it will become a bad example for the whole world!

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A Solution That Has Been Proven Throughout History

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf we want to reach true peace, we have to let everyone know that our people need to unite. Only this will solve our problem. It has been proven by history; after all, once we used to exist only thanks to the connection among us and the ability to reach mutual guarantee, and thanks to that we became a nation.

The people of Israel are not an ordinary nation that exists because it came into being and developed in a certain geographical location. It is a group of people who left Babylon and decided to live according to the principle of “love thy friend as thyself.” It is only thanks to this that they became a nation, and this is our foundation. If there is not this foundation, we are not a nation and don’t feel that we belong to one another. It is only the hatred around us that brings us together and closes us as if in a sack of nuts. But in fact, if everything were okay with us, we would all disperse in every direction.

So we must understand that if it weren’t for our foundation, the general connection and mutual help, we wouldn’t be a nation living in its state. The whole world treats us as if there is something temporary in our country, but this is because we don’t build ourselves as a nation here, and we are not a nation by nature.

It is impossible, for example, to say that a Frenchman doesn’t belong to his nation. No matter where he goes he will feel that he belongs to his country. But a Jew who goes abroad stops feeling that he belongs to Israel to such an extent that he wants to vanish among the strangers and to be like them: a Frenchman or an American.

We lost the connection between us, the mutual guarantee, two thousand years ago. Now, after having returned to this land, we have to behave like we did in the past and only then will we be a nation!

Thanks to that we will achieve a lot. Now the whole world is in a critical state, affected by the general crisis in different aspects of life. The world is not connected either and so it cannot overcome the global crisis. It is already clear to everyone that we must unite. Everyone speaks about it, starting from prime ministers to all the media.

We are so connected worldwide that we will not be able to exist unless we have good relations. The whole world is in a constant decline and everyone is looking for a method that will enable us to connect.

Only the method that our nation has, that it used in the past and reached connection with, will help here. If we fulfill it now among our nation and return to mutual guarantee, we will serve as an example for the whole world.

This doesn’t mean that all the nations have to connect that way; they are already connected naturally. But by that we will set an example for them as to how the whole world should unite. There is no other solution. In order to overcome the general global crisis, we must all unite into one whole and the people of Israel should be an example for the whole world and present the method of connection to everyone.

There is a method of integral connection, which we are working on. This means that there is a solution, and all we have to do is bring it to the people and explain that this method is our salvation, the salvation is not only for the nation of Israel, but for the whole world. Thus we unite the nation not only within the borders of Israel, but we are also an example for the whole world, which is called “being a Light to the nations.”

By that we will see how the world overcomes the crisis. We will decrease the tension and the problems and solve the conflict with our neighbors, which is also caused by the lack of the right connection between everyone. The hate towards us, the forces, and the tension are all a result of the imbalance.
From Talk 1 “The Solution is in Unity” 11/18/12

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The Only Means Of Correction

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 25: Examine the first question, where they imagine that they can keep the whole Torah without the knowledge of the wisdom of Kabbalah. I say to them: Indeed, if you can keep the study of Torah and the observance of the commandments appropriately, Lishma, meaning only in order to bring contentment to the Maker, then indeed, you do not need to study Kabbalah. This is because then it is said about you, “One’s soul shall teach him.” But if you have been practicing the Torah in Lo Lishma for more than three years, as Rabbi Yosi says, and five years, as the Tana Kama says, then the Braita warns you that you will not see a good sign in this path you are treading! Why delude your souls with false hopes when you have such a near and sure tactic as the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

We can correct our desire so that it will be totally aimed at bestowal only by uniting “as one man with one heart.” Then we will become a vessel, a desire that is ready for bestowal, and will eventually attain the goal: adhesion with the Creator.

The question is whether this is possible without studying the wisdom of Kabbalah? As we know, the answer is no, it is impossible because the Light that comes to correct a person is revealed only by the wisdom of Kabbalah. This is what brings the Light to our coarse and corrupt souls, and no other wisdom can help us here.

Besides, without the wisdom of Kabbalah we don’t even know what we study for. This is because Kabbalah includes introductions, explanations about why man was created, why the Torah is necessary, and how to use it correctly—only for the correction of human nature, for establishing closer relations between people so that they will become one whole and thus resemble the Light, so that the partition called “Pharaoh,” which separates us from one another and rules over us, will break.

By studying the wisdom of Kabbalah we will understand what our freewill is and where exactly we should apply all our efforts. But if a person just studies the Holy Scripture: the Bible, the Talmud, and so on, it isn’t enough to understand what is required of him.

At the end of the exile we have reached such lowly desires that even with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah it is difficult to assess and translate the terms and the definitions correctly, directing it to the person himself, to what is happening inside him. From the part called “The Perception of Reality,” we know that everything is actually inside us. And still, it is very hard for us to change our perspective, to look from the outside inwards, and to see that the whole world is in here, and that this is the place that needs correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/12, “Introduction to TES

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Do Not Take A Ticket For The Doomed Ship

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt was clear from the very beginning that the operation “A Pillar of Cloud” would end with the signing of the ceasefire agreement. What do Israelis feel now? One way or the other, there is a large portion of frustration and humiliation in this feeling.

The era of “victorious” wars has long since ended, and each conflict now leaves a more bitter aftertaste. In fact, Israeli citizens are under constant threat, in the crosshairs of the enemies who are “hanging” over the roofs and can reach everyone. Today, they are still unable to send thousands of precision guided missiles, but tomorrow they will have the opportunity. It’s clear to everyone.

Besides, Israel is bound by a “peace agreement,” which in fact is no more than a truce, the same agreement about a ceasefire. And as soon as the “second party” has a good opportunity, it immediately resumes military actions without advance notice.

So, Israelis now have to live under the constant threat of a sudden strike, sudden terrorist attack, or sudden war…. All his life a person will have a “notch” in his mind: Where can he hide in the allocated seconds or minutes. And will he be able to? This applies to the whole country, without exception. And if the siren didn’t work, so, bad luck…

For the most part, terrorists can carry out a joint attack, firing from various border areas hundreds or even thousands of missiles in a short time in order to break the most “intelligent” shields. And there’s nothing you can do. Simply put, their missile is a flying iron “pipe” with explosives, and it takes years of work of the best experts and anti-missile systems to intercept it, which costs a lot of money.

In short, people feel or soon will feel humiliated and helpless. And this feeling will grow among the people, all the more so after the ceasefire. After all, the enemies still insist. They will quickly recover their arsenal and damaged communication without experiencing a lack of people and money.

It turns out that Israel is in a bind. It has no answer, neither military, nor ideological, nor political.

The world downright asks of the Jews: “Leave this ‘lot,’ get out of it, and scatter all over the earth.” For example, Russia will invite them to Birobidzhan where there is plenty of pine trees, mosquitoes, and degrees Celsius, however in the minus range. “Please, we are wholeheartedly ready to give you this wonderful area. Live as you like!” And the world will warmly endorse this initiative and even will throw in a few billion, which will be stolen….

Today, people don’t know about this, but the Jews were already moved there: They were taken at night, whole families, and put on trains. It took two weeks, and you have arrived. To a place where there was nothing….

But worse things have happened: In 1938, after Kristallnacht when people were already thrown in death camps, Nazi Germany allowed nine hundred Jews to immigrate to Cuba. However, the ship with refugees who tried to escape from death was not permitted. In Havana, they were not allowed to disembark; President Roosevelt did not respond to a call for help; the U.S. Coast Guard ships did not allow them to come to the coast of Florida, and Canada responded with an official rejection.

They eventually sailed back to Europe, to meet certain death. Only due to the efforts of the head of the European office of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the ship was allowed port in Antwerp. As a result, about two-thirds of the passengers survived the war, and others, including the elderly and children, also perished in the concentration camps.

What did those people feel returning to Europe? They simply had nowhere to go. Everyone rejected them; the “civilized world” literally sent them to their death. And how far are the Jews from a similar situation today?

So, if today Israelis become aware that they have nowhere to escape, they will understand their purpose, they will understand that in this way they are forced to carry it out. It’s impossible to force a person to this in another way because by nature a human being does not accept the news of bestowal. So, the question is very serious: Either you want to find yourself on the doomed ship and wander, rejected by everyone, until you have accomplished your mission, or you get down to business in advance, without waiting for disaster.

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