Question: Now in Russia there is a severe crisis, isolation from the world community. What is the reason for this situation in this nation?
Answer: Russia is a nation with many contradictions. In fact, all kinds of varieties of Eastern European Jewry have lived there.
For many years, beginning from the Baal Shem Tov (in the 16th and 17th centuries), the modern Kabbalah developed in Russia, which turned its theory into practical Kabbalah. So the Baal Shem Tov and his followers influenced all of the peoples who lived in this multi-ethnic nation.
Moreover, this influence was not that the inhabitants of the nation began to understand the Jewish culture better. It was much deeper and was realized on an internal level. There was a paradigm shift, a kind of transformation of people’s attitude to the world, to life, to themselves. Specifically in this is the uniqueness of the Russian people.
Unfortunately, the crisis in Russia continues to deepen, as if the whole world is all in a forward movement towards increasing closeness, general dependence, even selfishly, yet Russia is constantly trying to isolate itself from everyone else.
Many nations understand that it is impossible to do this and are gradually beginning to gather together. The general worldwide dependence that is being discovered carries an obligation that is either negative or positive. Especially in the example of Russia, we see a generally negative dependence. Nothing good will come from this. The nation will learn from its mistakes.
It is impossible to go against nature, which is gathering us together, aspiring to balance and unity. This is the goal of creation, its program, which must be supported and must go forward. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how we must approach this so that in every stage of social development we feel better, walking together with nature, with the same forces that shape us, and not opposing them.
But Russia opposes these forces; so it will lose in many areas, and as a result it will suffer.
By itself, it cannot provide itself with everything. In our world this is impossible; no nation can exist in isolation. All that they talk about in Russia are substitutes for imports; this is something that is absolutely unrealistic. Today nobody does this. Every nation manufactures a particular group of products for the common good and exchanges them, trades with other nations.
I suppose that in Russia an internal and external revolution should take place because this nation still exists in the Tsarist regime. Nothing has changed in its conduct from previous generations. If the Tsar was replaced by Lenin, after that Stalin, after that Khrushchev and Brezhnev, and now Putin, nonetheless, they all managed and continue to manage according to the same methods. No forward movement has occurred. And until this very day, the autocracy remains in power.
In today’s modern world, this phenomenon is a terrible anachronism. These nations no longer exist even in Africa. So isolation will simply be a disaster for such a great nation if they don’t reach an understanding that step-by-step they must consciously change their attitude towards the world, towards life, and towards themselves.
From KabTV’s “The New Year” 12/25/14