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Thou Shalt Not Take Vengeance, Nor Bear Any Grudge

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 19:18: You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.  The commandments as to what should be done should be read from the end and not from the beginning: “I am the Lord and I place before you and give you all the hardships in life so that by overcoming them you will learn how to reach a state of complete love and bestowal. Don’t accept anything as if it is the result of something.

You should understand that any state you are in, no matter how terrible it may seem, stems only from Me and you should build yourself with regard to Me above it. Therefore there can be no vengeance nor any retaliation with regard to the messengers and mediators through whom I manage you. You should attribute all that only to Me.

Let’s see how all the troubles that I put you through in life help you reveal my actions and My bestowal in them and help you grow stronger and thus change yourself. Let’s see how you constantly focus yourself on Me through different external resentments, and how you constantly correct yourself. Then you will grow into something.”

This is the whole study.

Question: It says: “You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people.” How can I constantly keep that in mind? Where does it stem from?

Answer: It is the first phase called Hafetz Hesed, when I don’t want anything for myself and when I exist neutrally or perhaps seem to not exist at all.

“You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge” is a state in which a person doesn’t perceive or absorb anything internally. It is a great correction since internally he is an enormous egoist with a clear and sharp feeling of everything that operates against him. He feels how he is poked, pushed, and insulted on all sides. However, when he ascends above his ego, he performs such corrections that he feels supreme pleasure and joy.

Therefore it says at the end: “I am the Lord,” which means the attribute of infinite pleasure.
From KabTV’s “Secretes of the Eternal Book” 4/9/14

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laitman_547_06Question: Today there is a terrible conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Lugansk and Donetsk residents have to face a question whether to defend their land to the end by suffering the enormous losses or to take some other action. How does Kabbalah see this problem?

Answer: Unfortunately, all the conflicts in the world are tied to us. And as a rule, they accumulate and turn against us because we do not do anything, even though we are the only force able to balance all the negative and positive in the world.

Therefore, Lugansk, Donetsk, and the Gaza Strip, and any internal family conflicts wherever they may be, are all tied in a single knot.

Everything is tied into one system starting from small conflicts that arise within our body as different diseases, and ending with a turmoil in human society at all levels: economic, political, spiritual, and family. Only the Jewish people can balance it if they start to unite properly with each other according to the method of Kabbalah.

So I cannot say anything good about Donetsk and Lugansk as long as we do not take the matter up ourselves.

Comment: It could be understood that there is a necessity for an Israeli assault force which will bring order there.

Answer: No, we do not need any assault force! We just need the Jewish people coming to a mutual agreement among themselves, to the correct relationship with each other, which is what the real Torah requires of us. And that is first and foremost. We are the Jewish people, and the whole world is on the verge of such critical events that I cannot hold myself back by confusing people in the hope that somehow it will be all right.

Our Academy consists of students who are not just Jewish. Hence, they can be the carriers of the spirit of the Kabbalah. This means that the peace will be brought to the Ukrainian territory not only by the Jewish people, but also by the Ukrainian people studying Kabbalah.
From KabTV’s “A Special Opinion” 8/17/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah “Leviticus” Kedoshim 19:12: You shall not swear falsely by My Name, thereby profaning the Name of your God. I am the Lord. “You shall not swear falsely by My Name” means avoiding self-deceit, a condition when one thinks that one is able to completely bestow and implement the qualities of love, but does not act this way internally.

There are various levels of violating the property of bestowal and love: by ignorance, by misunderstanding, by confusion, or by sickness. In other words, there are several minor problems and malfunctions in our egoism to which we don’t pay attention. One must scrutinize and gradually correct them so that one fully clarifies one’s ego to the extent that it becomes transparent, corrected, and bestowing.

This explains why one has to test oneself and work hard on these problems. The most widespread tendency among us is stealing. For example, when we advance in self-correction, we think that we can work with these kinds of desires. Our egoism helps us by persuading us that “Everything is all right; you are working for the sake of bestowal.”

In fact, we might even really serve others and try acting for the sake of humanity. However, suddenly it becomes obvious to us that everything we ever did in this direction was still for our own sake. It turns out that we receive something in return at all times and the pleasure we feel is the reason for our actions. It is said: “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.” Intentions looked good, but our actions were wicked.

To control ourselves, we have to study the Talmud because it explains these things in their tiny details.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/26/14

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The Era Of Universal Calming

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we, the Jewish people, publicly declare our mission, nations will cease pressuring us and will give us time and the opportunity to perform the mission. Moreover, they will come to help us as much as possible, saying, “Just tell us what to do. We are ready.”

Question: Why has this mission been hidden from us for so long? If we had known about it, then maybe we would have realized it in life a long time ago.

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah has remained hidden intentionally because we had to be immersed in the nations of the world. We are talking about a large-scale, highly complex program. We fell from the degree of love into unfounded hatred and this degree is invisibly rooted within us.

Thus, going into exile among the nations of the world, and not knowing how, we affect them and form all sorts of connections. Our contribution is still to be manifested, especially as the ten lost tribes are contributing for the first time since the time of the First Temple.

Therefore, as it is said, war, terrorism and all the miseries and misfortunes, come ultimately because of the Jews.

This means that it is necessary to unite with each other according to a special technique: in circles, in tens. We have already started the process, but this must be done on a large scale by all the people, among the Jews in Israel and abroad. Here and there, we have to lead the people to unity, as in the days of Abraham and the days of the First Temple. We have to rise to this height.

As soon as we start doing this, there will come a general calming, and no one will blame us. So, let’s try. It is in our hands to calm the world. Enemies that are standing today at the border and waiting to destroy us will disappear.

There will be no more anti-Semites and everyone will be in favor. After all, in the end, Israel starts to function properly and give the world what it should, as everyone states, “Finally, these Jews began to realize something that requires them to a higher law, a higher power.”

The fact is that unwittingly, the Jewish people have a special potential, which is the ability to change the world, reality, ourselves and humanity. It is entrusted to us.

We have received the methodology of Kabbalah, and today, according to The Book of Zohar and many Kabbalists, it is time for its revelation and realization. This is the only way to get rid of anti-Semitism, and in general, to correct ourselves and the world. This should happen in our generation, here and now.

Question: How will Israeli society look then?

Answer: The whole society will be united as one man with one heart. Everyone  will feel the eternal, perfect peace. Everyone will identify with the upper force and move into a future dimension that is entirely good.

Question: Is it a secular or religious approach?

Answer: Absolutely secular. It has nothing to do with religion. After all, religion is not engaged in the principle of “love your neighbor as self”; it does not nurture interconnection and love between people, especially on a global scale. Religion helps to keep local customs, traditions, and give a person different services, which of course, do not conflict with the wisdom of Kabbalah.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 11/25/14

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Kabbalah Is The Wisdom Of The Upper Reality

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of Kabbalah and Its Essence”: What is the wisdom of Kabbalah? As a whole, the wisdom of Kabbalah concerns the revelation of Godliness, arranged on its path in all its aspects—those that have emerged in the worlds and those that are destined to be revealed, and in all the manners that can ever appear in the worlds, to the end of time.

There are many definitions for the wisdom of Kabbalah, but they all come down to the fact that it teaches a person how to reveal the upper force, the one force of nature. It is called one because it includes all the other forces of nature within it. It is the general force that includes all of nature together with everything that exists within it.

The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals the general system to a person, the general force in all the different manners and influences that it has on what is under its control.

We must distinguish between the part of the force that belongs to us that we can reveal, and the part that doesn’t belong to us. We don’t even know what else is going on in another reality that isn’t ours.

This means that the wisdom of Kabbalah is a practical wisdom like physics, chemistry and all the natural sciences, and it can therefore help us discover only what is accessible to us. We cannot imagine, or call by name, a reality that we cannot feel.

We can understand the fact that the upper force also exists externally to us and that we cannot feel it using our senses. But our attainment is only what is and can be dressed in our vessels, in our senses.

The wisdom of Kabbalah develops new senses within us in addition to the five corporeal senses we were born with: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. We can call these five senses animate, since they belong to the animate level in which our physical body exists.

But we can also develop new senses in addition to them, which are called: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. These senses don’t work in the form of receiving and absorbing, but in the form of giving.

The force of bestowal doesn’t belong to us at all and we cannot perceive it, but we can develop in us such an attribute to receive it from above. It is then we will have a second force, a force of bestowal in addition to the force of receiving.

The force of bestowal is actually the upper force. We acquire this upper force of bestowal from the Creator and are then given the ability to work with two forces. We can resemble the Creator by using the force of bestowal, and then we can understand, feel, and begin to discover reality in the attribute of bestowal. This is the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

We then rise above the still, vegetative, and animate levels in which we have developed in this world and transcend to a new level that is called the next world. We begin to perceive the new reality of the next world in the attribute of bestowal to the extent that we acquire it.

This opportunity is given to people who are attracted to it. Eventually, all of humanity has to reach this state, which is called “you shall see your world during your lifetime.” Then a person will be able to perceive and feel, in his senses, everything that happens in the whole reality.

This is the reason that Baal HaSulam says that “as a whole, the wisdom of Kabbalah concerns the revelation of Godliness,” the upper force of bestowal which sustains all of nature, “arranged on its path in all its aspects—those that have emerged in the worlds and those that are destined to be revealed, and in all the manners that can ever appear in the worlds, to the end of time.”

Therefore anyone who receives just a touch and an attraction to such a revelation can reveal all of reality in every way and by every possible means, above time, motion, place, and above all the limitations. It is because the force of bestowal is limitless.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Brothers For A Cause

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the meaning of the commandment: “Thou shalt not hate your brother in your heart?”

Answer: The Torah commands us not to hate our brother since brothers naturally hate each other, which is revealed naturally.

A brother is your reflection on the next level and therefore you shouldn’t hate him since he shows you what you must complete in order to become whole,

Question: Does this mean that it is my reflection according to which I prepare my ascent?

Answer: It is a whole system. Why does Jacob have twelve sons, for example? Abraham had only one son Isaac, because Ishmael is a totally different system. They didn’t complement one another mutually. This will only be discovered later at the end of times.

Having many offspring indicates the incompleteness of the parents. Jacob had twelve sons because he wasn’t perfect. In order to attain the level of Israel he had to make all twelve levels perfectly adaptable, since they were still separated.

These mutual relationships apply to the whole family, to all the seventy souls. The twelve sons of Jacob are the twelve attributes that stem from him that have to merge into one integral whole. Only then will they become Israel (Yashar El), straight to the Creator, aimed at the Creator. Thus they discover what and who they have to correct along the ascent up the many levels of correction.

Jacob must have the hatred appear between the brothers, and Joseph must go down to Egypt. Then Pharaoh will appear between them and will keep them apart, and despite their ego, they will have to connect above it. As a result of the connection of the twelve tribes, the one general soul will be corrected, although we are yet to witness that.

Question: You say that the separation between the brothers stems from the fact that the parents are imperfect.

Answer: Of course, otherwise there would only be one single continuation. But it can only be fulfilled along the middle line. This is where the right unity takes place each time that it is aimed straight at the Creator.

The twelve tribes will establish their common basis called the land of Israel to the extent that they begin to connect correctly. This will include all the human attributes and all the parts that are distant from one another. They will gradually begin to connect until they reunite again at the one point of connection with the Creator. But this point, in the third phase, will be on the Creator’s level.

There is an initial hatred for others in people that was given to us by nature. Ask any person who has sons whether they always get along, whether they are always together, and you will get a negative answer. Brothers always compete, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

They can be together only when there is a great force, a great reward that pulls them forward and for which they connect. This reward nullifies their natural hate.

In our world there can only be strong unity between brothers for a cause. If the cause disappears, they separate again since the internal hatred always exists. So, the Torah isn’t wrong.
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The Right to Choose, Part 2

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf all of us are parts of one mechanism, a smooth circle, then everyone is equal. Therefore, any person defines the state of everyone as if one is a king. Absolutely any one of us!

Perhaps we do not yet feel it, but this is how nature is. If we move toward the discovery of the integrated community in which all are interconnected, then we cannot continue with our selfish protectionist nature, which causes us to neglect others and care only for our ourselves.

We cannot become a part of an integral humanity with such a natural egoistic approach. Meanwhile nature pressures us more.

A person wants to be independent and to be left to one’s own devices where one would not be obliged either to the nation or to other people. These are two opposite processes running in parallel. The world connects by increasingly closer ties, inside of which we all become more callous and egoistic.

There used to be shame if one were caught stealing. There was even shame to divorce. Today people feel completely free to marry and divorce several times and the younger generation does not want to marry at all.

We cannot exist in the integral form in our civilization within our current nature. After all, we are not integrated but quite the opposite. There are no more horrendous contradictions than trying to connect us terrible individualists to each other. Nobody wants that connection, and all  run away from it as sheep shy away from wolves.

The people of Israel are especially opposed to such unity despite the fact that they are in such a difficult situation and under pressure from a hostile environment on all sides.

Therefore, a politician who is going to win the election and arrogantly expects to achieve improvements in the country should understand that he cannot do it. No matter what wing he belongs to, either the right, the left, or the middle, none of them can succeed.

After all, they do not know the basis upon which the Israeli society rests, thinking that it is no different from the usual Western democracy. They do not know what nature has prepared for Israel and for the whole world, the mission of the people of Israel nor the purpose of the whole world in this long battle through which we all must go. What is of special importance in our time is their lack of knowledge of what is going on during this period of development.

They do not know anything about it. They think that if they toughen up laws and lower taxes everything will work out fine. These are not the tools you can use to manage the country.

The general law of nature, the law of integrality, influences our government. This law comes down to us from above, and the mechanism acting towards the people of Israel commits our nation to become one interconnected entity. People of the world also require the same of us, because on the next level, they will also connect to the same form of society.

They are required to achieve it but cannot, because no one can teach them to do so. Only Israel can become a light to the nations of the world and teach them, since Israel has undergone this level in the past. If we do not fulfill our mission in relation to the rest of the world, then we will suffer from it immensely.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.15.14

Shamati #175 “And If the Way Be Too Long for Thee”

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Bereshit,” “He Carved a Carving in the Upper Light,” Item 2  

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 62

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” “The Corporeal Terms and Physical Names in Books of Kabbalah”

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