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Israel: Hope For A New Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Now all of Israel is under rocket fire and everyone felt what it means to live in constant tension and fear like residents of the south of the country have been experiencing for more than ten years. During this time, a generation of children has grown up whom we call the “generation Qassam.”

This is a generation that is accustomed to the constant air-raid sirens and life in shelters. We do not have the most basic conditions necessary for life. We cannot let a child go to a kindergarten without fear—if this kindergarten functions at all.

We almost have lost hope that our lives will ever improve. There were so many attempts to find a true, permanent solution that would solve this problem forever. However, at best, we get a break for a few months, and then everything returns. What solution can you offer to give us hope for a new life?

Answer: Now, for the first time in the history of the modern state of Israel, I really feel hope for change. For the first time, after two thousand years of exile, we finally have hope.

In the old days, it was impossible even to think about the true mission of the people of Israel who are intended to bring the entire world to liberation. However, today, this mission is becoming more obvious, and it is precisely from this difficult condition our nation exists in now.

The history of human development should lead us all to unity. We, human beings, do not unite with each other in a natural way as does the still, vegetative, and animate world. All of nature behaves as a single mechanism, a general, closed, integral system. In nature, everything is connected and in harmony, in balance, with each other.

However, as a result of his development, the human being brought imbalance into this system. The more humankind develops, the greater imbalance it causes in the system. It, itself, is unbalanced within itself because of its huge egoism, pushes people away from each other, and tears humanity to pieces, and the same egoism separates us from the whole of nature.

The human being becomes such a harmful organism that he recognizes no balance or harmony and disregards anything except his own immediate benefit. I cannot abandon my egoism for the sake of the next moment, even for myself. Every second, it controls me so much that I cannot think of anything except my fulfillment at every moment of my existence.

If I can do this at the expense of someone else, it is even better. If, along the way, I crush him, I feel much nicer. Thus, I build myself on general destruction.

Thus, we have come to the general crisis that the world experiences today. It is impossible to solve this crisis by any means except for the realization of the mission of the people of Israel.

This crisis is not only in Israel, but all over the world—the crisis of everyone, of the entire still, vegetative, and animate nature, in the economy, education, and family. This is a global crisis, involving the entire world and already is leading to a third world war.

This is a special state that has no precedent in history. We never have been so connected between each other around the globe, have never been in such dependence on each other. For the first time, we have found ourselves completely confused without any means of control over our lives. All of life is out of our control.

We see that, among the leaders, the heads of governments and large organizations, there is no one who knows what to do with the world. There is no such king or president. It is a desperate state, causing general depression. To correct it, we must achieve balance with the general system of nature. This is the mission of the people of Israel entrusted to it since the days of ancient Babylon.

In ancient Babylon, we were in such a state, but then we were a small group of three million people living in a small area in the Mesopotamian region. Our presumptuous egoism made us build a tower to the heavens. No one wanted to know the other, although before that, we used to live in mutual harmony and understanding. However, then things went awry.

Then, a group of people led by Abraham broke away from the Babylonians. This group didn’t want to go along with egoism but sought the Creator and love toward others. That’s why they called themselves Israel, which means “straight to the Creator.”

The Torah tells about the stages that this group underwent in its correction: the ups and downs with respect to their connection with each other. In the end, they will realize their dreams and reach connection, which is called “the nation of Israel in the land of Israel.”

In the meantime, all the other Babylonians were scattered around the globe and continued to evolve with their egoism. Now, it is necessary to correct all of humanity. Thus, Israel must become a light to the nations of the world. Just as Abraham had once taught them, they must now teach all of humanity how to achieve balance with nature and peace.

When we reveal general perfection, we will rise to a completely different dimension. This is the role of the people of Israel in the world. It turns out that, as long as we do not realize our purpose—do not set an example to all the nations of the world, do not give them knowledge, Light, correction, fulfillment, the feeling of a round, kind, connected world—we will feel their hatred.

After all, they all feel that they should get something good from Israel, and don’t get it. Thus, they blame Israel for all the world’s problems. Although there is no evidence to support our connection with negative events, the nations of the world intuitively sense that all the evil in the world comes from us, from the smallest to the largest.

On the one hand, they know that we are special, smart people, full of strength and opportunities. On the other hand, we did not bring them what they needed to get from us. That’s why they feel that we are the cause of all their troubles.

So, when we look today at Hamas, we need to see how, gradually, the entire world, without exception, is gathering behind it. Those groups, countries, and organizations that were once our allies, gradually are leaving us and switching to the other side, including Jews living in other countries.

That is because we are approaching a state where everyone in the world is beginning to feel that Israel is a harmful country, a bad force, because it was obliged to do good for everyone, but doesn’t.

That is, we are fighting not with Hamas and not even with the world. We are at war with a completely different opponent. Indeed, the world is passive and just waiting for something good from us.

How can we get rid of Qassam rockets and solve this problem once and for all? There’s no physical solution. The military operation that is going on now should show this quite clearly. We stand against the enemy who is willing to die. It does not care about children, does not care about its own life. It is ready to do anything to wipe us off the face of the earth as a source of evil in the world, and the entire world is behind it.

We are a small nation standing against this enemy, and at the same time, divided, fragmented, and split by disputes. This is our state.

What solution do we hope for? The solution is simple: We must give the world the idea that Abraham brought us once, that is, connection, unity, and love cover everything happening in the world. Love will cover all sins.

We do not need to fight against egoism and evil, but we need to teach the entire world, and above all ourselves, how to be in a kind and good connection between ourselves. Then, we must bring all the rest to it so that all people are united by ties of love, as it is taught in the Torah, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” This is the basic law of the entire Torah, which explains the structure of the whole universe.

Question: I did not understand. Do I have to love those who shoot missiles at me?

Answer: First of all, you must love every Jew, at least within the boundaries of the state of Israel, as you love yourself. You should relate equally to your family, to your children, and the neighbor who lives near you.

When we reach such love among the people of Israel; we will become a Light to the nations of the world and be able to show them an example that it is possible to live in connection and love.

That’s exactly what the world expects of us. All of these wars are intended only to oblige us to find the right connection between us and become a Light to all the nations, a correct and good example for all of humanity.

We have a method that allows us to realize this called Kabbalah. It accompanies us in concealment throughout our journey, but is revealed only today for the implementation of this principle: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
From KabTV’s “Talks about a New Life” 7/22/14

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Don’t Be Surprised, Professor

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the difference between the sensation of evil and the recognition of evil?

Answer: When I feel evil, I simply feel bad. By recognizing evil, I understand what is happening to me and the reason for it, what I need to do about it, and how correction will benefit me. All of this together is recognition of evil. However, it is not yet actualization.

At first I feel bad, but I endure, and then I go to the doctor when left with no other choice. Similarly, right now mankind is also at the stage of the accumulation of evil, until it begins to reveal it, for lack of choice. And then people will finally hear what we are saying.

For example, I had a conference with seven professors from the University of Zurich. We spent over an hour talking, and then they spent another two hours discussing the things they heard. They did not expect this at all. Among them were an Imam, a Sufi, a Buddhist, a Catholic, and a Jew. All of them are engaged in research of cultures and religions.

I told them the history of the development of mankind and Kabbalah from the times of Abraham until modern times, explained the growth of egoism, and described the modern crisis as a launch pad for jumping into the new degree through unity.

Every word was a surprise to them. And we are referring to intelligent, educated scientists from a large university, which serves as the umbrella for thirty scientific-research institutes.

What can be said of simple people? How much time will it take until they experience so much evil to hear about its cause?

It is not about how smart we are. We are not smart; our message is simply repugnant to human nature. That is the whole point.

So, we have a lot of work ahead of us. On one hand we need patience and perseverance on the other. We need to put all our effort into it and we will succeed.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/24/11, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Mysterious Power of Woman

Dr. Michael LaitmanA man in our world exhibits “macho” behavior towards a woman to show her that he is bigger, stronger, and more successful than her. This is natural behavior, although in spirituality it works the other way around. Since a woman gives birth to a new state and compels a man to advance, she is bigger and more significant than him. Similarly in this world it is the woman that gives birth to a new generation, in spirituality she creates the new step that brings us closer to the Creator.

Who makes a stride towards the Creator? Man’s role is to bring the power into action, but it is woman who actually makes this step; she is the one who gives birth to the next level. In this world, a man doesn’t give birth to anyone, he has more freedom and therefore can do whatever he wants. In spirituality, a man possesses freedom only to “serve” a woman’s ability to originate a new generation and together they approach holiness. A man contributes everything he has to help a woman originate a new “stage,” identically to our world, which is a natural projection of the spiritual world where a man contributes his semen and a woman develops it and gives birth to the next generation.

Question: What is it that a woman possesses that allows her to get semen and “develop” it?

Answer: She is empowered by two forces, the one of receiving and the one of bestowal. A man is granted only one power, bestowal, he is weak; this power alone is not enough to endure. A woman possesses both powers: receiving and bestowal.

Question: Does it mean that she symbolizes creation?

Answer: Yes, she symbolizes creation and at the same time creation is made for her sake; she is Bina, the higher mother. The father (Aba) only possesses the power of Hochma, the mother (Ima) has both Hochma and Hassadim and she knows how to organize these two powers to give birth to both parts (male and female) and then develop both of them. Conception, breast feeding, and adulthood, all these stages originate from Ima.

Question: Is this somehow projected into our world?

Answer: We have to understand that if we “draw” correction into this world in accordance with spiritual laws, we’ll observe a totally different world. Completely different family relationships between men, women, and children will emerge. They will acquire an entirely new shape, as it is said “I saw a reverse world.” And the other way around, if we don’t use the wisdom of Kabbalah, we’ll keep sliding down even more, it doesn’t matter how much we invest in new schools and social networks, nothing will work and eventually our world will reach complete degradation.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/14/10

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Then Time Will Disappear

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before”: …Although it seems that the horse leads the rider by its base desire, the truth is not so. It is the rider who leads the horse to his destination. However, it is not apparent in the present, but in the future. Hence, that way there is contact, as well, but it is back to back, meaning not by the will of the dresser or that of the dressee.

Question: What does “present” and “future” mean?

Answer: The perception of the difference between them gives us the sensation of time (incompleteness).

However, this is not time in a generally accepted form, but the sensation of the extent of my alienation from my future form. This is why we say that there is no time in the spiritual world.

After all, the spiritual is the extent to which I identify myself with the Upper Light, and then the sensation of time disappears. Other changes start happening in me.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/22/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: In the past there used to be a strong unity of the people during times of war; today on television and in the newspapers clashes are constantly happening between the right and left despite the fact that a war is going on [in Israel] and it would be desirable to unite.

Answer: I think that no appeals will help unification. We simply must explain to people what their task is with the help of workshops and roundtables, otherwise nothing will get done.

Comment: But the people don’t like to hear about their mission, about their task.

Answer: Do they want to continue to fight? In my opinion, the present action in Gaza convinces us that there is no solution. Wars will occur more often. If they were once every ten years before this, now they will return every year and a half. Our neighbors recover very quickly.

Comment: This means that we must conclude that the solution of this problem is irrational.

Answer: The solution is not irrational. The unity of humanity into a single unified system will influence the surrounding world and us for the better. What is irrational about that?

We are in a closed system that will begin to exist in internal harmony. And this is natural; all physical, chemical, and other processes teach us about the correctness of such a state.

Our bodies exist in the same harmony even though it is composed of different organs that oppose each other. But there is a system that organizes the functioning of the body in an adaptive way, with homeostasis, with inner balance, and manages it. We must have that kind of homeostasis between us. For despite the multitude of peoples, civilizations, and cultures, all of humanity is in itself a single system.

The Jews are the same group of people who were the first to understand and recognize the nature of this system, the first to accept the law of unity, “and you shall love your neighbor,” the first in the gigantic laboratory called “humanity” who need to come to this and through themselves bring it to all the others.

Question: The idea is that it is necessary to believe this?

Answer: Do not believe it! Begin to act this way and you will see that this is so. And if you don’t want to, then life will force you. So why suffer for nothing?

We must talk about this to our stubborn and stiff-necked people, organize roundtables for them, explain many times in all kinds of ways the essence of our task and try to bring them to such a state where once they sit around the table, they will begin to feel that some kind of unique creative force will truly be revealed between us. With its help we can build a new structure of the nation and the people.

We must constantly and patiently explain this to the people. Again and again! This is the process of education.
From KabTV’s “Talk on the Current Situation in Israel” 7/24/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that while presenting and bringing the integral program to the external public it is possible to mention the existence of a single managing force in nature that we take for granted.

Is it possible to explain that this force can be discovered through experiments in both one’s feelings and mind, but it is necessary to change our nature? And that it is impossible to do this alone; it can only happen in a society?

Answer: Certainly. If you can present all this correctly, then both scientists and ordinary people will understand you. The problem is that science is not connected with psychology. It cannot be connected with the investigation of feelings. In this field, Einstein implemented a slight breakthrough, and then everything became quiet again.

Today, in relation to this, there are all kinds of shifts among physicists and astrophysicists, but so far no science has appeared that is able to connect what has been observed with instruments and what happens in our consciousness.

The problem is in the attainment of reality, meaning, where the reality of our physical senses ends and the new senses, that are created by us collectively, begins.

In principle, only one sense exists, desire. But if I feel this desire within me, then it is on the level of the still, vegetative, and animate. But apparently if I feel the desire outside of me, then this is a desire on the level of Adam (man).

In the meantime, it is still difficult to explain this, but I think that soon we will clarify this question. I hope that I can still get something done and humanity will understand that all of this is our one desire: It seems to us that it is within us or that it is outside of us; we connect it together and get a true picture of creation.
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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If you had the opportunity to go out before all of the people of Israel, for example, through the newspaper or television, so that everyone would be able to read or listen to you, what would you want to say to them?

Answer: I would say to the people of Israel that in our world there is a special faucet in the hands of every person.  Ae person can open up the tap and get the upper force from there which will begin to work on him.

This faucet is Channel 66 [in Israel, on the Internet] that can be turned on by his regular television remote. He could open this faucet, connect himself to this source, and he will get nourishment day and night. And then he will see how this will begin to influence him.

And likewise, if he has the possibility, then he can participate in our activities, in unity workshops, and discussion circles. Nothing more is required.

Question: This means that it is an opportunity to go to the “Kabbalah for All” centers that are scattered throughout the country or to connect to Channel 66? Suppose that I clicked on Channel 66 with the remote and opened this faucet to the upper force: What next?

Answer: Next is that the force found on this channel would begin to work and influence you. I don’t have anything more to add. All the rest the person will get from this channel. Nothing is demanded of him except for pressing on the two buttons: “6-6” and that’s all. We hope that he will at least do this. For indeed it is said: “What the mind doesn’t do, time does.”

Question: But to wait until time will do this, this means to go on the path of suffering? We don’t want to wait until the person suffers enough and will then come out of desperation!

Answer: What else can I do? I invite and explain. Absorb everything that comes out of this channel and you will see how you will begin to see what is happening. And as a result of this understanding, meaning from the inner change, an external change will happen in the world.

The way of correction is like this and in a this way you will feel how you realize the Torah, not that Torah that you are used to thinking of but the true Torah.

I wish for all the people of Israel to advance by the good way of the Light, the way of “I will hasten it” (Achishena) and not by the way of suffering and wars. In any case we must advance forward and make sense of the world, there is no doubt about it. We must be the adapter that connects between the upper force and the nations of the world; this has been known since the days of Abraham.

There is no choice, we cannot flee from this task. So we hope that we can realize our mission in the good way of the Light. “So let there be Light”!
From KabTV’s “The Mission of the People of Israel” 7/8/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that a person must use all that he has in order to fulfill the friend. But what is there in me?

Answer: If you have come here together with all of those people sitting next to you in the lesson and with another few thousand from all over the world, this is a sign that you are connected to them. The Light illuminates the general desire to receive, penetrates into some stratum of this desire to receive, and to the degree of its intensity, to the degree of its power, it awakens all of us. So we are awakened from this “slice” of desire that the Light illuminates and penetrates through us and awakens us. Otherwise we would remain beasts.

In this “slice,” we are connected to each other. Therefore all of us are called “friends” because there can be a connection between us; according to the mutual understanding, feeling, attainment and help. This is the difference between friends who belong to one layer of desire and our connection with the highest and the lowest. Among us we are equal.

So my correction is connection with all of those who are found in this slice of desire. This is because I understand that if we don’t connect this level, this slice, we will not continue the correction. Before us were the previous slices of desire, from Adam HaRishon forward. And we are in a new, very unique slice that from now on begins the correction of the true Malchut.

Question: But what is there in me?

Answer: What is in you is a connection to all the rest of the parts that were revealed together with you. And you must be in connection with them, to the degree that this is possible. There are those that you don’t identify with at the moment; there are those with whom you have a close, strong, and good connection. You have to know that your correction is to be connected with them.

Imagine to yourself: We are all found in one slice. Our correction is to be connected between us. There is nothing besides this! It’s impossible within this slice to think about myself. For here we are talking the slice of desire that has been revealed. The next generation will already be a lower slice or level and so on. So my personal correction is in this, that I will cause all of those who are within my slice to be connected into a single whole. And this is all.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/24/14, The Zohar

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