Quite Rational Miracle

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The holiday of Hanukkah symbolizes and folds within itself a miracle. But now this force needs to be used for correction. Does this look like a very logical process, or will it also happen as a miracle?

Answer: The miracle is by that, that inside our connection, the upper force is revealed; we do not connect with each other just because. Inside our connection we reveal a special warmth, one form, that is called existence “as one man in one heart.”

And then inside this heart that is assembled from all the hearts, a force is revealed that is capable of raising us to a higher degree. On one hand, this is a very logical process. By our connecting, we bring ourselves to harmony, to equivalence, and to a greater similarity to nature. But on the other hand, after our connection, an additional force that does not exist in this world is suddenly revealed between us, and this is a result of our connection.

This force reveals to us new senses, and it is doing what could not be done in this world—true connection. Until the point that I begin to feel that the whole world is parts of my body. Strangers become the closest to me, simply as part of myself, of me. And this is a true miracle.

But each one can repeat this miracle, as a scientific experiment upon oneself, and achieve the same result. This is to say that we are revealing this miracle in a practical manner, but still it arrives as a discovery. “I toiled and found.” And this is the meaning of to find the “pitcher of oil” for the holy menorah.
From the Weekly Torah Portion 12/4/12

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Four Stages Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn his article, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy,” Baal HaSulam writes that love consists of four parts, meaning that when one starts to feel that he is receiving “something,” one can divide this “something” into four levels.

Kabbalists call the pleasant sensation that comes to us under the influence of the upper Light a gift. When we receive a present, we start searching for who gave it to us; we explore what this quality is that is the reason He treats us like this, with what intention and so on. In other words, we don’t get anything but the gift, but we can learn about the Giver by examining His gift and the impact that it produces on us.

If we were presented with a little box as a gift, we are unable to determine much by only looking at it, but we would obviously think that the one who sent it to us treats us well.

On the other hand, if the gift penetrates into us and produces a certain action in us, then we can figure out what the Giver expects from us and why He modifies our internal states the way He does.

We know our prior states and we feel our current, altered state, and the difference between them in certain properties and aspects. Then, we can realize what He wants of us. From the differences between the past and the present, we can tell who He is. In accordance with the changes as they change, we feel His positive qualities. He always changes us for the better, to the positive, to more. It makes us grow, and we start to realize that that is His qualities and that He wants to raise us up to Him.

Accordingly, we are able to distinguish between the four levels of attainment and the four worlds.
From the Fundamentals of Kabbalah 12/2/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.16.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 74, Lesson 20

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt, ParashatNaso,” Item 25, Lesson 2

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 3, Part 8, Question 148, Lesson51

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The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy

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