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Two: One Opposite The Other

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part One, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Item 12: Now you can see how Ohr Ein Sof departed from His Atzmut, in which we cannot utter any word, and became defined by the name Ohr Ein Sof. It is because of this above discernment, that in that Ohr there is the will to receive incorporated in it from His Atzmut.

The Light is “something from nothing.” The desire to receive was created in this Light. The desire that gradually is filled by the Light begins to feel the Light and is impressed by it. Although the Light is first and started the whole process and is the one who bestows, we speak about the developing desire and about how it changes under the influence of the Light. Time and time again, it feels the Light in different forms, and, on the whole, it is about how the Light is revealed in the desire. The two are incorporated in all the states they go through. Eventually, all of creation—all of reality, everything that we can even speak about—is only there in the connection between them. There is nothing other than these two elements.

This means that there is nothing to be confused about. We always should take into account a simple formation: a Light and a desire. The Light constantly operates on the desire in order to bestow upon it, and the desire develops gradually by going through different phases.

There are no regressions and no leaps on this path, only a sequence of states that are created within the desire by the constant influence of the Light that is good and benevolent. As a result, the desire develops toward an increasingly greater filling, and must feel and go through different phases, thus revealing the one who bestows.

The stages of this process are called degrees, worlds, Sefirot, and Partzufim, and they relate to the general development of the desire by the Light. Eventually, the desire begins to feel itself. It feels who fills it, who is taking care of it, and how it can respond to that.

This process is inevitable of course. The desire cannot determine how it will develop exactly and in what order, but at a certain point it can determine how to respond to this developmental process; how to receive the different manner of its development with love, which he first feels as pleasant, then as not so pleasant, and later as even terrible; and to identify with the Light.

Then, the desire leaves its own boundaries, transcends its nature initially created by the Light at the first point of existence, and reaches the opposite point. Instead of being a desire, it is as if it totally becomes the Light, acquiring from the Light all the intensity of its bestowal.

So, the two are opposite one another, and the Light constantly develops the desire. Later, at a certain point, the desire can determine its relationship with the Light by itself. This whole process is compulsory, but the desire can change its attitude to what is happening, to the force that operates inside it.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/12/13, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Difficult Lessons Of The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: A person who begins to study the integral method goes through difficult states since his ego receives blows. If these states are necessary, why does it happen this way?

Answer: You cannot leave the ego or leave Pharaoh if you don’t feel the blows. This is why we say that Pharaoh brings the children of Israel closer to the exodus from Egypt, as it is written: “Pharaoh has brought the sons of Israel closer to our Father in Heaven.” They feel the blows on their ego and understand that they cannot stay in it and cannot leave it, and, so they feel helpless, saying, “So, what can we do?” Then, I feel another blow and another, and I realize that I need the Creator since only He can take me out of there by holding my hand.

Then, they connect to the Creator and advance, if they don’t leave the integral education and understand that it is all done, first of all, for them and not in order to educate anyone.

When I receive blows and shake inside not knowing where to run, only the group can help me. If it wraps me and warms me, I will not fear the blows. I immediately begin to understand that I need to adhere to the group. I need mutual guarantee. I need the Creator, and, then I discover everything automatically. One little “ouch,” a little prick, and I already understand everything. However, this is only if you are around friends, including the women.

The men begin to understand that they need the women’s support, and, especially stability. Women contribute to softening things.
From the Virtual Lesson 4/7/13

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Humankind Has Managed To Change The Climate

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from LiveScience): “If the sheet of ice covering Greenland were to completely melt, such destruction of 720,000 cubic miles (3 million cubic kilometers) of ice would raise global sea levels by 24 feet (7.3 meters). In summer 2012, Greenland saw an extraordinarily large amount of melting across nearly its entire ice sheet. In fact, it was the largest ice melt seen in Greenland since scientists began tracking melt rates there in 1979.”

My Comment: The problem is that we have no sense of responsibility and necessity. Our nearsightedness affects us. We love children but cannot look sensibly at the future that we are preparing for them. This is what is said in The Book of Zohar about our generation: “Today, we will eat and drink, and tomorrow – even death!” The force of unity is above the nature of our world, and if we begin to apply it to the general balance of the system, we will immediately find restoration of everything “broken, ruined, and crooked.”

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Again About American Jews…

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I want to ask in regard to your blog post “The Israeli Nation In The Modern World” posted on December 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm. What is the root of your negative attitude towards American Jews? After everything Jews have gone through, you say we cannot even call these people Jewish? Despite the fact that almost all Jews living in the US came from Europe and their grandparents suffered in the Holocaust, yet you say they cannot be called Jewish?

On the one hand, Kabbalah does not blame a person for his desires, yet somehow American Jews are to blame for not living in Israel, or not being focused enough on Israel? Keep in mind, the majority of American Jews have never even been to Israel and don’t know nothing about it because their ancestors as emigrated from Europe to the US before the State of Israel was established. Are you only a Jew if you live in Israel? Why don’t you mention of Russian Jews, or French Jews, or anything else, only American Jews.

What do you see as the duty of American Jews from the spiritual point of view? What must they do to not receive such an attitude from you? Must they all move to Israel and then they will be Jews in your eyes? Please give some insight to all this. This is one of many times you have expressed such an attitude toward American Jews. At least in my eyes, as a Jew from America (whatever my opinion is worth), these comments have been hurtful, frustrating, and made without any explanation whatsoever. Thank you.

Answer: Kabbalah does not blame, but points to a person’s mission in this world. And importantly, the mission of the Jews is to correct the world; the mission has not been canceled. And the fact that the majority of Jews do not know about it, it is the task of Kabbalah to give them this knowledge.

After all, a phrase that lawyers are so fond of, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it,” is true, as it is also true with respect to the laws of nature. And the mission of the Jewish people in this world is the law of nature.

The roots of the attitude toward the American Jews is that living in the most egoistic country of our world, they actively promote conservation, ossification of the egoism of this type, and precisely in our time, when persistent support of the egoistic basis of relationships between people leads the entire world toward death.

That is why, despite the fact that the majority of Jews do not live in the land of Israel, because of the key role of the US in the system of the egoistic relationships in our world, namely the American Jews are reproached.

As it is known, in the system that is in a transitional phase of development, like now with human civilization, the range of actions is sharply reduced and clearly indicates the place of the application of forces in order to bring the system to the next, sustainable, better state with minimal losses. This requires very little effort to be applied in the right direction.

That is why the spiritual duty of American Jews is to get acquainted with the method of integral education and upbringing, to understand its meaning quickly and correctly. You have to keep in direct contact with us to clarify and verify the meaning, content, and purpose of the method, and implement it in your life and of the society you live in.

Let’s face it. The American Jews have recently become active opponents of Israel as they want to gain legitimacy and approval of anti-Semites. They become more active in this than non-Jews. They want to hide from their origin in every possible way.

I grew up in a hostile environment and know how it goes. I also understand them when they justify their opposition to Zionism in every way. What they had just 20-30 years ago has gone. Today, they are no longer the descendants of Holocaust survivors; they are the people who want to erase it from history. If I were in their place, I would have become like them.

I do not blame them, do not call upon them to come to Israel; I just wish for them to know about their purpose and predetermined mission and destiny, which they cannot escape. They must unite according to the laws of nature, in the property of bestowal, mutual guarantee, and to set an example to other American nations, not to be absorbed as the German Jews wanted to at one time, but on the contrary, to unite and be an example, the light for the nations in the exit from the crisis.

Anyone who decides to move to Israel should know that simply moving his body and possessions here will change little. If you come to live in Israel, bring here the demand to change to the people of this state, to unite and realize the words of the prophets. Require them to change the basis of their lives because Israelites listen to the opinion of “America”; teach them that.

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The Same Method But A Different Approach

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The method of the integral education is one of the ways to convey the wisdom of Kabbalah. However, most people who study the wisdom of Kabbalah don’t understand how it is related to the wisdom. For them the two exist separately: the inner work and the method of the integral education.

Answer: But don’t we engage in the method of the integral education between us? After all, in order to reveal the upper world we fulfill it on ourselves, we hold workshops, conventions, friends’ meetings, we hug and dance together, study the articles of Rabash about the society and about the work in the group.

We do the same thing, but for us there is an additional part that unifies our connection, the general connection to the system that is called the “Ten Sefirot” or a “soul.” There is a certain hierarchy in this system of the forces that influence us. How can we activate them? By connection.

Ordinary people will simply fulfill the integral method, and while they do that they will correct themselves and all of nature not knowing how it works.

We (like a brain) also have to understand the principle of the connection and to actively participate in this system, trying to organize one network among us, to minimize ourselves, to accept the group as higher than we are, to support one another and to be in mutual guarantee.

We fulfill everything that Rabash says in his articles in the relations between us, but beyond that we also study how this structure is created among us.

Suppose we are ten people sitting here, and there are “Ten Sefirot,” the connection among us. We study how they begin to work among us and how we work on them mutually, how to act exactly, what is going on right now, how to rise from the “circles,” Zeir Anpin, Aba and Ima, Arich Anpin, Atzilut, etc. that spread from us into the actual center, to the state of whole connection.

They are all in the network between us and we study about all of them when we study TES. There is nothing but these “Ten Sefirot.” Even now we feel them, on a minimal level that is called “our world.” The moment we begin to connect we will begin to feel the upper state of the connection and there in the connection between us the force that determines and that sustains everything is revealed—the Creator.

So I don’t see any difference between the spiritual method and the method of the integral education. We are simply like computer experts for example: We know the software and understand what its mechanical parts are.

When you call your mother, for example, you press the cell phone button and your mom receives the call and tells you something in response. After all, you don’t know what is happening inside: Everything is coded in pulses and the pulses are transferred to another place where you mom deciphers them (although she is not aware of them herself).

So we, the experts who know this whole system, know how to get people used to it, how to teach them to use this instrument as all of humanity. After all, 99% of the people don’t know anything; they live automatically.

In order to rise to a good normal level of life today we need to start raising all the 99% of humanity. This is what we have to do. So like experts we study everything thoroughly and then bring people to courses and explain to them how to use this instrument, which means this world, so that the changes in it will take place in a good way.

So there is no difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and integral education except for those who aspire to attaining the system and who actively participate in it and reach the wisdom of Kabbalah. Those who will follow them will use it simply through workshops. They will gradually understand as things will be explained to them to what extent it influences them for the better and also the whole world, their families, their profits, the prices in the stores, etc. They will use it like all the other people.

An ordinary person earns money and then buys food and then rests at home in order to go out again to earn his living, to buy food and to rest… It is the same here, he doesn’t know the mechanism of the system, he knows the limited angle that we have to present to him.
From the Virtual Lesson 4/7/13

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Extinguishing All Problems Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: A women’s community sometimes lacks mutual warmth and support, and consequently, the relations between women are not always kind. What can we do about this?

Answer: First of all, this is natural for women. There a natural competition between them unlike an artificial competition between men. With men there should be some specific reason for them to start competing with one another. While with women it isn’t this way, strife between them is dictated by nature, and therefore we constantly have to calm them down.

Within us, men, women extinguish problems associated with moving forward. Whereas within women we have to shut down problems associated with backtracking because when various squabbles arise between them, it means moving backwards. Conflicts between men usually come up because of swings caused by the influence of the Light, from the sensation of the spiritual advancement when the upper influence collides with our egoism, but not because they are against one another. Women’s conflicts stem from their interactions on the corporeal level. Thus, we, men, have to help them in this, while they have to help the men.
From the Virtual Lesson 04/07/2013

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Darkness That Was Drawn By The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanRabash, Shlavey HaSulam, “What Is If They Swallowed the Bitter Herbs and It Didn’t Come Out, in the Work”:

So a person who begins to follow this path and who wants his actions to be for the sake of Heaven, discovers the truth that the more he performs actions with the intention of in order to bestow, and also that he is distant from it, which means that there is a special merit in this work, that the truth is being revealed to him from Above, and that a person is far from any actions of bestowal.

Our advancement is based only on the different revelations that are unpleasant for our ego, for our desire to receive. Every time it turns out that if we are immersed in our ego, we cannot advance spiritually.

I am immersed in my ego, and the Light comes from Above and emphasizes the level of ego I am on. As a result I feel a big minus (-) that reflects the depth (H) of my desire. To the extent that I feel bad, I have to discern what I have to do in that very bad feeling. I can be grateful for the evil since by that I discover to what extent I am opposite from spirituality and bestowal. The evil is revealed in my ego, in my desire to receive in order to receive, and if this desire disappears, I will not even know that I am immersed in evil. The depth of the bad feeling is the index of truth for me; it is the right sign.

So from this state I ask for adhesion; I want to be above this, above the border of Egypt, above my ego, above the Machsom (barrier). Here I begin to build the Returning Light (RL) and implement the first restriction on the whole lower part (Tzimtzum Aleph – TA).

Darkness That Was Drawn By The Light
This is how the spiritual Partzuf is built of two parts; “a head’ and “a body.” Because I have implemented the first restriction, I already have a “body.” Later I may be able to raise part of it and to connect it to the “head” and this will already be a real Partzuf above the Machsom.

Thus, through the stages of Ibur (gestation), Yenika (suckling), and Mochin (mind), I transfer all the “shattered vessels” from the bottom upward.

We already begin to feel that this is practical work that can be performed. But we shouldn’t forget that it is done by the Light that Reforms (the Surrounding Light – Ohr Makif – OM), and that we can summon it only by the connection between us.

Darkness That Was Drawn By The Light
Actually, everything that we have learned and read about can be put together into one simple feasible picture of Ten Sefirot, and we can see that the whole world, all our states, are only meant to provide the right spiritual pattern for that at any given moment.

Let’s hope that the state we are creating will remain in each one as a clear pattern. The perception of the world, my attitude to everyone, my feelings, everything that I want to understand and to feel has to go through this pattern. Then we will be able to solve all the problems that come from the Creator, from the Light, correctly by responding correctly and supporting Him, and allowing Him to reveal the right actions.

Question: How can we actually thank the Creator for all the bad states?

Answer: It is true that lying won’t help us here; you cannot cry and honestly kiss the stick that beats you. But if you feel that the stick is beating your evil inclination, if you don’t want to identify with it but with the good inclination, then you already see the differences in a certain inclination to the Creator.

It is only thanks to the Surrounding Light that we feel that we are bad. Fifty years ago everyone still thought that a bright future and prosperity lie ahead. Then the global trend of decline became apparent and we began to sink into the dark. A person with a point in the heart (•) also begins to enter evil, the darkness that comes to him by the Light that Reforms. But at the same time the Light illuminates the point in the heart so that the evil pulls a person downward while the point rises higher and higher upward.

So we need the following inner division:

1. A point in the heart,

2. The evil in us.

Darkness That Was Drawn By The Light

Only then will I discover whom I identify with.

Question: How do you get rid of disturbing thoughts about a reward, about a gift that the Creator will give me for my work?

Answer: You will have to constantly cope with these thoughts in order to ascend without asking for anything and only identifying with the point in the heart time and time again. This “ping pong” game continues until the Light that Reforms comes through the connection in the group and takes you to the next level.

There, a stronger Light will come and will again reveal the outcomes of the shattering in you. It is because we used to be connected once and then the Creator who created the connection between us shattered it. Now we have to participate in the correction, to wake up and to summon Him. Then the Light comes and does all the work.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/4/13, Writings of Rabash

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 04.15.13

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal Hasulam “Inheritance of the Land”

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt, “Ki Tetze,” Item 81, Lesson 6

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Topic of Lesson: “Israel Nation” (Independence Day in Israel)

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