Baal HaSulam, newspaper, “The Nation”: It is shameful to admit that one of the most precious merits we have lost during the exile, and the most important of them, is the loss of the awareness of nationality, that natural feeling that connects and sustains each and every nation.
Two thousand years ago, we felt ourselves as one people because all of us were as one man with one heart. This is what was called the “people of Israel,” and it doesn’t exist outside of connection.
Today, we are not connected. Rather, we are huddled together, gathered like sheep because of the wolves that are ready to tear us apart. On the outside, we look like a people, but in fact, this is not so.
This is our main and only problem. The Creator Himself supports all the other peoples. He supplies them with Reshimot and Lights that are drawn one to the other, so their nations are built naturally. The people only implement desires given from above. The Jewish people are different; we must build ourselves above our egoistic desire, in opposition to it.
However, essentially, we are the biggest egoists because we passed through a Shevira (breaking). As a result of this, connection requires difficult efforts from us. The Creator doesn’t favor us. Rather, He only gives us the opportunity to connect. He creates external conditions so that we will implement internal conditions so that we will connect above our desire.
If we do it, we will be fine, and, if we don’t, it will be bad. In this case, He will throw us out of the land. Of course, if we could live well in other countries, everyone would flee from here. However, the Creator sends us troubles and problems throughout the world, and in desperation, we have come to the land of Israel.
Then He arranged troubles for us here, enemies surrounding us without any room for escape. Ultimately, there will be no nation, no people, who will feel any sympathy toward us. The entire world, everyone, will oppose us and won’t want any connection with us. We will be left alone here on a small strip of land, isolated, besieged, like the defenders of the ancient fortress of Masada, and we cannot do anything.
If this does not work, the Creator, as Baal HaSulam writes, may scatter us again throughout the world.
In our present state, we don’t deserve to live on this land, and basically, there is no place on the face of the earth to wander to.
So, what is to be done? As a people, we must be an example for the rest of the peoples, but the thousands of years that have separated us from ancient Babylon have not changed anything. We are the small part that Abraham singled out from the Babylonian for correction. And to the degree that it is corrected, it will be able to influence the rest of the “Babylonians,” will be a “light to the nations,” and then all of Babylon will be corrected, the entire world will reach the long-awaited correction.
So, it is up to us; first, we must unite according to the principle of “As one man in one heart.” It will be the birth of the spiritual embryo. Then is the turn of the principle of “That which you hate, do not do to your friend,” the level of Yenika, Katnut. After that, we reach “Love thy friend as thyself,” the state of Gadlut. It is incumbent upon us to pass through these three levels until the completion of correction, and then we will become priests to the world, as it is written, the “nation of priests,” (Exodus 19:6).
Today, we see how hatred toward us grows and expands day by day.
Even nations that were formerly sympathetic to us or were neutral will become hostile. No one will want to do business with us or deal with us in general. That is when we will feel besieged, completely isolated from the world. If we won’t change according to the laws of nature, or the laws of the Creator, that are coming down on the world now, then this will be our future until the war of Gog and Magog. In fact, it is happening now, but its external phase looms before us. And this is all because we are stubborn in not wanting to correct ourselves, and accordingly, we cause the activation of unbreakable laws.
Question: Will the workshops that we conduct with the wider public help us?
Answer: If we come closer to the hearts of people, softening them a bit, then we immediately will take a different direction. The main thing is to change the polarity from minus to plus. In other words, not transforming people from mutual rejection to connection, but at least bring them an inclination toward connection, at least so that they will acknowledge that the connection could indeed be salvation. Through this, we change direction, transform it 180 degrees, and this is a lot. This is because then the Light will illuminate in us positively.
Question: What must the roundtables bring the people to?
Answer: I suppose that, thanks to our work with those parts of the people who are ready to listen to us, we will change the attitude of people toward each other, for all of the people of Israel are not only responsible for one another, but brothers, and not just in times of trouble, but in times of happiness.
Then we will see for ourselves that in connection there is a latent power that changes everything so much so that the government will not need to enact new laws. This is because, according to the Torah, we don’t need a king with his entourage. A spiritual kingdom dominates the people, and this used to be truly so. This is the only possibility for running a nation with the help of an equal connection between everyone on an equal level, without differences in levels. So, unique powers begin to act, and we hope that we will feel and learn about them quickly.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/23/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam