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Taking Care Of Business

Taking Care Of BusinessQuestion: When the people of Israel fell from the degree of the Temple, they moved on like sheep that keep close in the face of danger. This danger was awakened by antisemitism that followed us everywhere. Why was it so?

Answer: This began when we fell from the degree of the First Temple. Antisemitism appeared when having built the First Temple, from this highest point, the sons of Israel swept down.

But it manifested very slowly—as they descended. At first there was no obvious opposition, and still, antisemitism was already manifesting during the times of the Babylonian exile between the First and the Second Temples, at the time of Nebuchadnezzar, Queen Esther, and Haman.

At that time, I would say it manifested on the ideological level, on the level of the priests, the governmental level, but not on the level of the common people who did not yet understand this opposition, did not see it, as we see in the book of Esther.

But as we descended and grew more distant from the principle of “love thy neighbor as thyself,” antisemitism kept increasing and spread through the nations of the world.

It seems like antisemitism is irrational in its nature. The Jewish people have survived despite trials, humiliation, and destruction. The tendency to assimilate did not work: Even though many wanted to be like everyone else , still, they were not able to become like others. Also the intellectuals in the countries of Diaspora were frequently more antisemitic than the regular people.

Here we must understand that the educated people lead the antisemitic movement because they understand and perceive the difference between the ideologies, the difference in the approach to life in the depth of attainment and perception. I’d even go as far as talk about the difference in the inner philosophy of the Jewish people and the other nations.

A regular person cannot tell the difference. He can say: “So what that they are smarter, but then they are weaker. They are not like us.” After all, there are differences between all the nations, and overall, regular people do not have a special understanding in these matters. But it is possible to scare them through insinuations against the Jews, what has even happened in our time.

All of this is very irrational. Once I told an elderly woman in Siberia that I am a Jew, and she did not believe me: “Jews have horns,” she said. And the interesting thing is that I had nothing to say. She said it in such a naive and honest way that I just kept quiet. So if I do not have horns, then I am not a Jew.

But this is not what this is about. Antisemitism is a consequence of the descent of the Jewish people from the level of their highest attainment, the degree of love thy neighbor as thyself. If we had stayed up there, no one would have a problem with us language–there would be nothing but envy, good kind of envy. They would want to learn from us.

But as soon as we started falling from this level, neglecting this height, descending, antisemitism appeared right away.

So the solution is as follows: If we disregard the condition of “love thy neighbor as thyself,” which we must bring to the world, then people begin to hate us to the degree of our neglect of this condition. They want to see us carry out this commandment and teach it to them.

If we show them that we observe this condition and that we are prepared to be their teacher, we will see that any nation of the world is prepared to be our student. This is a part of nature, there is nothing that can be done about it. This preparedness is enrooted in them, and the only thing that is missing is our confidence and spiritual height. We must rise to the level of love thy neighbor as thyself and teach it to the other nations. Teach them to love instead of teaching them to live.

The world does not need anything else-—only this knowledge, this ability to be together properly interconnected between all of them.

But instead we teach others how to live, we get in their business: sciences, art, culture, even though none of it essentially is our business. And this is why they do not like us, do not want us, put pressure on us, persecute us. This is how this entire system of forces works; in fact, they push us away subconsciously: “Go, take care of your business.”

If, from the moment of arrival in Israel, we were to take care of our business, work on attaining the degree of loving thy neighbor and enlightenment of mankind—all the nations would become our loyal students. And it is not too late to begin.
From KabTV’s “Babylon Yesterday and Today” 9/24/14

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Europe Is Shaken

Laitman_421_01In the News (The Wall Street Journal): “European government officials have been ‘deluding’ themselves that the crisis was over and the eurozone would recover, said Charles Wyplosz, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute Geneva. … ‘What we see now is the revelation that the situation in the eurozone is very precarious,’ he said. ‘We are sitting on a powder keg… .’

“Critics have long warned that a sustainable common currency requires something more—a political and fiscal union that puts Europe’s collective financial muscle at the service of its weaker members.”

“The Eurozone is a major threat to the global economy, the region, whose share in the world gross product is the fifth part of moves to stagnation and deflation,” writes The Economist

“Against the background of the general instability in the world economy the internal problems of Europe such as poor demographics, problematic labor markets and big debts, risking to bring down its economy, and with it create serious problems for the whole world.” (Source: CypLive)

My Comment: You must start with re-educating people; only in accordance with their level of awareness of the need for true integration, unification of the peoples of the continent, is a peaceful solution to the crisis possible.

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Subtleties Of The Mutual Cooperation Between The Parts Of The Common Soul

laitman_423_01Torah, “Leviticus” (Acharei Mot), 18:9: The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or the daughter of thy mother, whether born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

This is about a system of mutual cooperation between the male and the female parts of the general vessel (Kli).

Every part of the vessel of receiving is of a female attribute. The male attribute is the attribute of bestowal that cannot connect with the female attribute (the desire to receive) if they both stem from incorrect connections between them.

Thus, the prohibition of “The nakedness of thy sister… thou shalt not uncover” refers to the fact that it is impossible for these two parts to connect when there is no Light of Hassadim in it. That is the clothing, the dressing on the Light of Hochma.

At least twenty attributes of each Light and their names are clarified in Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot) since it is very difficult to explain. However, we must understand that we are in this world only in order to work on the correction of the soul.

Now, on the current level of our evolution, we have entered the system called this world, and we must exist in it for a while and perform certain actions, and then move on.

The Torah speaks only about the corrections that we must perform while being on the level of this world when we feel ourselves inside a body, by corporeal means. The Torah doesn’t speak about the rest of the huge round we must undergo and about the other parts of our path.

When we speak about this world or about our world, we refer to our current state, and to what we think and feel now. It is because our world is a certain condition. We are placed in a certain block that was shattered into time, place, motion, and so forth, and we must perform certain actions on ourselves while living in it.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/19/14

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Movie Tickets Instead Of Bread

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What happens to a person when he enters a theater and becomes impressed by its special atmosphere? Where do his daily thoughts and worries go?

Answer: It is a known fact that big fish eat small fish. So if a person watching events on stage experiences a much greater emotion than all his other emotions, then he forgets all his worries.

During the great depression in the US during the 1930s, people would buy movie tickets instead of bread. The film was more important than food because it evoked great emotions in them. They forgot about themselves for the duration of the movie and did not need bread.

Question: Why is it so important for a person to forget about themselves for a couple of hours?

Answer: It gives them unlimited fulfillment. Bread can fill one’s stomach, but while eating it, the person will be swallowing each piece with tears, suffering because he is poor and miserable. This way he does not become free from the difficulties and the problems that life brings. He worries about his family, wife, children, his household, and sees how helpless and poor he is.

But when he goes to the theater and experiences the life of a king in a castle, which is so distant from his own life, he is prepared to pay for this experience. He identifies with the protagonists and feels like they are equal. He spends two hours in a magical world. Consumed with the performance, the viewer ceases to exist; he becomes a sponge that absorbs everything that goes on the stage.

Question: But where does his own life go during these two hours?

Answer: His own life disappears and he feels like he exists in a wondrous dream. In reality, our current life is also a dream… But this is a whole other play.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 5/22/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the attitude of the wisdom of Kabbalah to the modern development of the world? Towards what is the world advancing? Will there be an end to the situation that we call the “crisis”?

Answer: The translation of the word “crisis”” from Greek means, a new birth, rather than the destruction of the old. Basically, destruction of the old means that the new already exists. It has appeared, but we have yet to discover it.

How can we pass through this state of the birth of a new world comfortably, rapidly, and pleasantly?

We have always developed with the help of the ego that has consistently pushed us by way of all the social structures until we have now reached a state in which we have totally lost the desire to evolve. Space exploration, the development of nature, and a wide range of scientific studies have all gradually waned.

For the first time in human history, we feel that our ego has completely failed us.

The world is sinking into nihilism, into lack of activity, and into an absence of desire to create anything. We see that even with the best intentions, everything that we do ultimately acts against us. The world around us doesn’t make us happy and doesn’t provides us with pleasant situations. We don’t want to bring children into the world or establish families, nor do we see anything good about the future. And all this is because our ego has exhausted itself, and we no longer have any motivation to advance.

So, what is next?

The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals the whole picture of reality to us. It says that at present, we are at a crossroad in history where we must change our egoistic nature from reception to bestowal. This means changing our nature into one that is altruistic. We must come to realize the eternal Biblical principle, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

And so through a new covenant between us, we begin to experience a new picture of reality. We begin to attract the positive forces of nature because we ourselves create a positive society from ourselves.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how to do this, so our task is to study this science.

Throughout all the thousands of years of its existence, the wisdom of Kabbalah has been the inheritance of only a small handful of people, the Kabbalists, who developed it from generation to generation. For many years this hidden science flowed within humanity like a small stream, although many scientists and philosophers: Newton, Leibnitz, Pico della Mirandola, and others, investigated it.

Plato and Aristotle took the basis of their knowledge from the wisdom of Kabbalah. The 16th century German philosopher, Johannes Reuchlin, wrote a great work, De Arte Cabalistica (On the Art of the Kabbalah). This is to say that the wisdom of Kabbalah has been known to scientists, and yet, it didn’t go beyond their circle.

In our time, it has been revealed to everyone because it must explain to us how we will attain mutual connection between us.

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that our world is integrally connected as an analog system in which all parts are connected to each other. From our daily work we discover that this world is an absolute closed system. The still, vegetative, animate and speaking levels of nature are connected to each other and are found together as a single complex.

If this is indeed so, we need to reach complete harmony in the connection between us in order to reach a good and beautiful state.

How can harmony like this be reached? For this we must develop a good connection. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the moment we begin with the right circuits of interaction, we will immediately feel how we attract a higher positive energy onto ourselves. This will not be the negative egoistic power that exists in our world and in which everything is based upon opposition and blows, but its opposite. This is a positive energy that fills, supplies, strengthens, and connects us to each other and creates a single whole.

This general harmony will be like the unified power of nature, the great global system, this sphere within which we exist.

The general crisis, which is in fact a product of the disharmony between nature and humanity, will then disappear. We will feel the universe absolutely differently, as eternal and whole. We will merit that eternal and complete existence and our world with its ego will begin to gradually disappear from our senses.

I hope that the present generation will understand what opportunities are in our hands, and how we can truly overcome the crisis in a good and beautiful way. If we are able to do this, we will reach the better, higher state that is intended for humanity.
From an interview with the television agency, NTV 6/20/14

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Ebola Is The Mirror Image Of The State Of Society

laitman_220Question: The behavior of the Ebola virus, its aggressiveness, ruthlessness, the ability to settle inside a person and kill him inside, reflects the contemporary human society as if in a mirror. It seems that the spread of the deadly virus across continents is a consequence of increased violence among the people?

Answer: Of course, these things are connected. By disturbing the balance on the human level, we project it on the lower levels, causing an imbalance in the body.

It only seems as if our body exists separately. But in fact, it generally floats in the general soup, and its internal state is the same as in the soup outside. We exist within a system that does not perceive us as separate bodies.

Comment: No boundaries can stop the Ebola virus. If now its outbreak occurred in Liberia and other West African countries, it does not mean that it will remain there. It understands that all of humanity is one body, but we do not understand that fact.

The World Health Organization has recognized that it awoke too late to fight the virus, only after it went beyond the borders of Africa and all of a sudden became a worldwide problem. While it was raging in Africa, no one was worried, but as soon as it came to the United States and Spain, then people started shouting and it was noticed. It turns out that the epidemic is already at a catastrophic scale.

Answer: We think that the epidemic originated in Africa because of the low standard of living. But the reason is that we neglect these countries, do not deal with them, and do not accept them as part of our family. Our neglect leads to an outbreak there, and then it will come to us.

Question: So, it turns out that the weak place, which we neglect in our human society, becomes a convenient focus of the infection where it can penetrate and begin to spread throughout the body? As if we hurt our toe with a resulting inflammation, which we did not pay attention to until it spread further?

Answer: We can even make a purely pragmatic calculation, how much will it cost us now to fight the epidemic of Ebola, compared with how much we have spent on the establishment of a minimum balance and raising African countries to the level of all others.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/19/14

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A System Of Prohibitions

laitman_554The Torah, “Leviticus” (Acharei Mot), 18:14: “Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.”

Switching between the blocks of “father” and “mother” in the spiritual system leads to the fact that part of father is transmitted through the mother and part of the “mother” is transmitted through the father and instead of two blocks there are four.

Then the mutual combination between them takes place on the outside and not inside them. On the outside refers to the next double connection, which results in sixteen blocks. Here a system of prohibitions appears since it is forbidden to switch the Light of Hochma and the Light of Hassadim inside you in order to receive them.

In other words, we speak about combinations in which you cannot correct your soul since there is no Light of Hassadim in them that can receive the Light of life, which means that the Light of Hochma doesn’t dress in the Light of Hassadim.

You should know that it is forbidden to enter such combinations, and this is your correction. You may be given a great desire in them and great problems, but you still have no right and are forbidden to use them since if you do, you will be using them in order to receive and not in order to bestow. Thus, their correction is in the fact that you didn’t touch them.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/19/14

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Short Stories: From Noah Until Ancient Babylon

Laitman_703_03Ten generations pass from Noah until Abraham (ten always refers to the total level of recognition, development, and complete growth). During this time Noah’s students mastered and assimilated his method, which means that they could control the attribute of bestowal, the attribute of Hesed, which the water symbolizes.

Water is the source of life of everything on this planet. An embryo in his mother’s womb is surrounded by water. Water is the major force in our world. The whole earth is actually covered by water. The continents merely stand out a bit above the water. The amount of water inside the planet earth and on the outside is indescribable! When we study other planets we first of all try to find out whether there is water and oxygen there. But oxygen is also part of the composition of water.

The adaptation of the attribute of water (the attribute of mercy) enabled people to connect more correctly and to live in peace in ancient Babylon. There was the unity of one nation, one unique family, people who understood each another among the Babylonians.

Four thousand years ago when ten generations after Noah learned and fulfilled the attribute of Hesed, a community of ancient Babylon was established, a prototype of our current civilization.

It is actually thanks to the fact that the people of Babylon attained the good, right mutual relations in a peaceful state that the next leap was necessary in order to continue their development. It is because Adam and the twenty generations after him (ten generations from Adam until Noah, and ten generations from Noah until Babylon) discovered that humanity needed to attain the complete resemblance and equivalence of form to the Creator. The next phase of the ascent took place in Babylon.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.28.14

Writings of RabashShlavei HaSulam,” Article 15

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts “Introduction,” “The Eighth Commandment,” Item 229 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Peace” 

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