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The Only Way Out

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends,

I decided to address you in these difficult days because I feel that now we have a real opportunity to not only stop the war, but also to prevent all future wars.

That feeling of unity that has awakened in our nation today has deep roots. Our nation gathered around unity. It carried unity throughout its history. Precisely unity has allowed it to survive the most difficult times and return to its homeland.

And today, when there is a sense that the war is at its end, the spirit of unity among the people is beginning to wane. Right now, we need to do everything possible to hold and strengthen it.

Only unity can create a real dome of security around our country and draw respect from the entire world. Only unity will give us the long-awaited peace and confidence in the future.

The future of our children depends on our decision to unite.

I embrace you all.

With respect,

Dr. Michael Laitman,

President of the International Kabbalah Academy.
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Effective Unification

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can friends who have acquired experience in conducting integral circles in Sochi create an “aquarium” in their places?

Answer: If they are a few people and they truly perceive what is happening here correctly and not what they imagine, then maybe they can. There is a big difference between what there is to be understood and what everyone perceives.

So, if they perceive everything correctly and can take the image of conveying integral circles with them and correctly creating it anew in their areas—creating a similar situation, a Klithen, certainly, this would be wonderful.

I would recommend thinking about the future, but not about the big, international conventions where thousands of people are present, but rather about small “aquarium” in which people with the same language, the same culture, the same mentality gather who can connect quickly and correctly between them, and create a spiritual Kli.

So, suppose that one Kli is created here, another Kli there, and so forth—a third Kli, a fourth—and all of them share mutually between them, but each one, in spite of it all, is different with regard to its mentality. We see that this is the way it happens: Eastern Europe is not Western Europe. Russia, Kazakhstan, Belorussia, Ukraine, this is not Israel and South America, and this is certainly not the United States and Canada.

Ultimately, regional “aquariums” will be created, groups who very seriously will begin to work on unification and internal consolidation, and this will be a true convention. In addition, when people gather for three days, but without serious depth, then it is necessary to acknowledge that this doesn’t provide the desired effect.
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From lesson 5 of the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14

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A Magic Moment Or Eternal Love?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we sat in circles, the question about the love of friends came up. Since it was a mixed circle, a number of friends said that the issue of the love of friends is very important, but they don’t understand how to do it in a mixed circle.

Answer: Do you think that the meaning of love is sex? What does it have to do with love for a woman or a man? It has nothing to do with it!

In our world, everything is distorted, and the concept of love means taking advantage of one’s partner just like eating fish, which means that we use it in order to eat it. So, when I say that I love a woman, it means that I use her and enjoy her just like I enjoy fish. Is this the kind of love that you mean?

Love is a feeling that awakens in the mutual spiritual adhesion where the feeling of the Creator is revealed. We have no such feeling! The Creator is the upper force that is revealed in us, and it is called love.

In corporeality, the contact between a man and a woman is nothing more than hormones, genes, and habit. What does that have to do with love? After all, we are adults and we understand it. Everything that happens on the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature is only a habit, especially if there are common children. This isn’t love!

Throughout human history, people never married for love. It is only in our days that everything became distorted. In the past, no one even spoke about whether he loves her and she loves him. The parents would find the right match according to their social status, mentality, and education, and then they would send the matchmakers. This is how people used to marry, and it was the same in every culture and every people!

Royalty usually used to marry for political reasons. It wasn’t about physical attraction at all. Couples were matched from the same village, or the same status, the same circle. Therefore, what we call love today is a modern distortion.

Love is the feeling of the Creator! This special attribute occurs at the connection of our souls, the mutual incorporation, and they complement each other, helping each other.

Love is made of three components: “I,” the egoistic created being that is opposite from me (whether a man or a woman), and the Creator that is revealed between us. As it is written, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” and, if it says in the Torah that Jacob loved her, for example, it refers to the connection between Zeir Anpin and Malchut.

Therefore, we should distinguish between physical attraction and true love. Then, everything would be much simpler.
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From lesson 5 of the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14

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Not Everything Has Been Said About Love Yet

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: With us, it is customary that the men’s group works separately on love toward friends, and the women’s group conducts its own work. If love of friends relates both to women and men, in what way do we do this work?

Must there be separate circles for men and women or can they be mixed and these subjects be discussed?

Answer: What exactly do you want to talk about? Is it about unity, about love of friends?

If I love a friend, I don’t pay attention to his outer appearance. His yearning for the goal is what is important to me, his connection with the Creator. In this case, some kind of unisex appears before me, not a man and not a woman, but something yearning for the Creator, and that’s it!

I understand that the physical appearance of a woman before a man disturbs him a lot. For a woman, it is less; for a man, it is more. In this case, it is necessary to separate the circles. There is nothing else to be done. We still have not reached the desired correction or the required power of yearning forward. The Creator, in the meantime, is less important for me than this physiological being that is shining in front of me. I cannot elevate it higher within me than her physiological body.

What is there to do? In a case like this, the women need to be distant from the men to help them so that nothing will distract them from work between them. However, in the future, we will look at each other as follows: a physiology, we need children, so we mate with each other (excuse me for talking this way), whereas, in love for the Creator, we are emotionally connected. This means that we separate the beastly level from the human level and exist on two levels.

Question: Which subjects are better to discuss in separate circles and which in mixed circles?

Answer: About love for friends and everything that is related to mutual closeness, it is better, in the meantime, to discuss separately, and all the rest that touches upon work with the external public—the understanding of particular articles, various subjects that don’t belong to love, to unification, and to mutual closeness—it is possible to discuss together.

It is even possible to discuss the greatness of the goal together. For men, it might be seen that it is not serious to talk with a woman about the greatness of the goal. However, it is necessary to get used to it gradually. This is because, ultimately, as we move forward, you will see how much a woman can stimulate and inspire a man to attain the Creator, to give an undetectable push, to remind, or even to show him how much she is faithful to this in comparison to men so that he would be ashamed.

I know this for myself. Very often, I have gotten from my wife, seemingly offhandly, very valuable advice. I don’t know if she understands exactly what she is saying, but the Creator speaks with me through her.
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From lesson 5 of the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14

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A Distant, Close Goal

Dr. Michael LaitmanAt the upcoming convention in Saint Petersburg, every nation must show and demonstrate what it has attained rapprochement within it, between its groups, and its members.

This is required to stimulate and inspire each other, to show an example to each other, to consult with each other, to share their capabilities and attainments and to push each other towards even greater inner unity in every nation, in every region. It could be that we will even begin with some kind of shared unification between us, even though this is not yet seen clearly inside. It could be in another year or perhaps two years.

In the meantime we don’t feel a need for unification. And if there is no pressing need for this, then nothing can be done. When you will more or less find your regional capabilities, suddenly the feeling will appear with you: “For the puzzle I am assembling, I need the European group, but it doesn’t exist! Where is it?! I cannot do without it.”

When you feel that you require this, then you will begin to pressure them and they will feel this from you. Today, in the meantime, all of the activities are realized artificially.

The Europeans have not reached the European convention because they don’t feel the necessity in this.

The discovery of the Creator through unity must be a permanently close distant goal for everyone. You cannot place other goals before you. You will become confused! After all, your attempts and efforts will not be a realistic solution.
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From lesson 5 of the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14

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We Won’t Be Able To Escape

We have tried to run away from this our essence for two thousand years. For two thousand years hatred was on our heels. We were hated by nations, we lived within, who surrounded us, and even those who had never seen us.

Why?!

The answer is obvious, in any case, to us who write these lines. The more we moved away from our origins, the worse we lived and the more we are hated.

The world subconsciously knew that happiness is not in money, not in palaces, not in new technologies. No! Happiness is in the connection between people, happiness is in Unity. Because that is the Supreme Law.

3800 years ago, our nation began to build its life in accordance with the idea of Unity and Love. To be as “one man with one heart” – is written in the Torah, the main book of our people. To live in mutual love, when everyone is responsible for everyone else.

So live!

So live by it and one pass this secret of happiness to the world.
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Unification Of America

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the role of the Americans in the general correction, and how is it possible to realize this role in this present series of conventions?

Answer: The role of the Americans in the general correction is very great. According to the higher plan, America grew and became a nation that has become most influential in the world, even negatively, and we hope that someday it will be positive.

Hence we need to understand that there is an opportunity from above in the hands of all of our American friends. It is the invitation to give a good example of unification to the world.

After all, our world is deteriorating rapidly into a dangerous stage, in fact, toward all-out war. So, our American groups should carefully think about what is happening and try to prevent the threat.

It is no coincidence that America is opposite to the state of unification. It has attained great success in elevating private interests and cultivating individualism. So, now, on the contrary, the Americans must stand against this, rising to a level of unification.

As a result of this, all of our American groups must unite within each of them and between them. They must become a unified American group, and, even within it, they must continue the dynamics of the various parts between them, sometimes creating tense relationships with all that is derived from this, and even when the power of separation flares up between them. However, above it, they will be ready to activate the power of unity.

Together with their opposition to unity—to friendship, to the good force, to love—America must give an example of connection. Very important work has been imposed on the part of the American world Kli. All of us hope that our friends in America, and, first of all, in the United States, understand this. They must understand that our whole world Kli requires this of them.

If they will act in the right way, then they will influence all of the American people and, through it, the entire world, by giving it the right direction.

So, our convention in America is so important. It truly can change the fate of the world if only our American groups will understand that it depends upon them.
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From lesson 2 of the Convention In Toronto “Day Two” 8/06/14

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Another War

Dr. Michael LaitmanJust before the decision to enter Gaza, Hamas posted a song on the Internet; already countless parodies of the song have appeared in Israel. While this song is primitive and absurd, one should pay attention to one of the lines: “Zionists’ hearts are divided and separated. Everyone pulls in a different direction…”

Oh, no wonder Hamas wrote these lines! It’s not in vain that they praise discord within our nation. They feel that it is our weak spot. That they have to hit there!

They see that we are divided by parties, leaders, right, left, separated into Russians and Israelis, rich and poor, on departing and remaining … We are divided!

And when we are apart at least a centimeter, millimeter, micron, they can lay explosives in this gap and explode, turning the gap into a huge hole. And now our children are forced to fight just because there is discord between us.

“What nonsense is this?” “What’s the connection?” – You would ask.

Well, here is the answer. We will refer to history.
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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, Chapter “VaYakhel,” “The Ascent of the Prayer,” Item 127

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