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The Revolution Of The 21st Century: Rich Man, Poor Man

Laitman_130The economic gap between different segments of the population is not new to Israel. However, over the last decade, they have seriously expanded. It is no wonder that the exacerbating inequality begets another no less natural phenomenon: the hatred of the rich.

Generally, wealth and poverty is an eternal leitmotif of human society. Nowadays, however, this issue becomes much more emotional.

Not long ago, we respected the financial elite, be they successful entrepreneurs or the heirs of large fortunes. They appeared in the news, in articles, and books were written about them.

However, recently a new attitude has formed, accompanied by severe criticism of them and sometimes by hatred and antagonism. To some extent, they are perceived as enemies.

Here, we involuntarily recall the French Revolution with the famous saying, “Let them eat cake.” At the time, the phrase symbolized alienation, isolation of the elites from the people.

Today, this gap has become so large that the former respect sometimes turns into hostility, the same type that once led to revolutions.

Basically, it refers not only to Israeli society, especially in the economy and in other aspects; we are adopting Western customs.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 5/14/15

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A Flood Of Questions About The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

laitman_281_02Question: Is the wisdom of Kabbalah a secret wisdom or a practical study?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is a practical study. It is secret for those who are not involved in it and revealed to those who engage in it.

Question: Why does a person need the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: If a person believes that he doesn’t need it, it is a sign that he doesn’t need it, or vice versa. There also can be a third option. Find out, and you will discover what it is, and then you will understand whether you need it or not.

Question: Is a discussion circle the new form of studying?

Answer: A circle is the oldest form of studying for those who wish to resemble the Creator. Abraham used it in his days when he taught his followers. This is the reason that this is the only way the wisdom of Kabbalah is attained and studied.

Question: How many worlds are there?

Answer: There are an infinite number of worlds! Every spiritual state is called a world.

Question: What is the ladder of desires?

Answer: Our desires grow continuously, and we must arrange them as a ladder that we can only climb up and thus feel that we ascend.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 5/13/15

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Conquest Of The Land Of Israel

laitman_749_01The twelve tribes of Israel who wandered in the wilderness as a single whole, swallowed the wilderness into them to the degree that they discovered the ego, worked on it, and digested it into the characteristic of unity between them.

When they approached the borders of Israel, they united as a whole, and they became the characteristic that could begin to conquer the ego. They didn’t just rise above the ego as they did during the forty years of wandering in the wilderness when the ego was revealed 100% and they acquired it in the form of their spiritual potential, but they had no connection with it.

Now with their entry into the land of Israel, they took the ego like a bulldozer with a scoop and digested it by transforming it into altruism. Not only did they rise above the ego, but with its help, they could bestow, receive, and cooperate reciprocally between them. This was the conquest of the land of Israel in which there were seven nations—seven profoundly egoistic characteristics—that must be worked on through our internal wars.

So, the people began to fight against them by processing the ego and constantly shoveling it inside themselves. The conquest and subjugation of the ego, working with it for bestowal and love, is called “receiving for the sake of bestowal” and marks the conquest of the land of Israel. “Land” (Eretz) is derived from the word “desire” (Ratzon). “Israel” means “Straight to the Creator” (Yashar El). After that, the people of Israel could attain the level called the “Temple” (Beit HaMikdash). Acquisition of the general desire with which it is possible to discover the Creator fully, His highest revelation, is called the building of the first Temple (the level of Mochin de Haya) where the Upper Light is revealed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/31/14

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Russian Jews in Israel: True Self-Fulfillment

laitman_291Question: When we speak about the general system we are faced with the question of why this system has brought a million Russian Jews to Israel. What are they supposed to do here? Did they come here only in order to contribute to the development of advanced technologies, medicine, etc?

Answer: Even if it were for this purpose, it is impossible to detach the physical, cultural, and technological development from spiritual development. It is all the revelation of the one motion forward towards the goal of creation. On the one hand, the Russian Jews assimilated in the Israeli society and have integrated in every area, occupying high positions in the Israeli society. On the other hand, a person cannot develop spiritually if he doesn’t feel the support of the society, and today our society is undergoing an inner revolution, an inner confrontation, an inner liberation. It is for this reason that I believe that the Russian part of Israeli society that has come here and spread all over our small state has not fulfilled itself.

Comment: Although the Jews from Russia express themselves in family life, in certain occupations, and even in politics, they feel a complete lack of inner self-fulfillment: They have come to this country and it is as if they live and don’t live. Depression and drug abuse are common among their young and there is a feeling that they lack a real solid basis.

Answer: This situation is not only typical of the Jews from Russia but also of people who came here from other countries. It resonates within everyone who lives here. There is a feeling of lack of self-fulfillment, lack of values, and a feeling that everything is temporary. It all stems from our spiritual root because only the nation of Israel can exist in this country only in the format according to which we can be called a nation. It has to be united, connected, and people have to feel that they are internally united like one family.

The world is frozen today at a low point because we are not receiving the spiritual nourishment that we need. We are to blame for that. This is the root of anti-Semitism because we are not bringing the world what it has needed for a long time and what it wants to receive. The Jews don’t know what their role is. This is the reason that Kabbalists have to tell them the cause of all their problems. People have to accept the method of unity and to find out that this is actually what they need in order to establish a nation and a state and to bring ourselves to a level at which the whole world will receive our ideology, philosophy, science, and culture.

When people find out that they are offered levers for managing the world, they will realize that this is who they are and will understand that they don’t exist in order to be doctors, professors, or engineers. To the extent that people will ascend above their nature and reorganize it correctly according to their understanding and their perspective, their inner emptiness will be filled with the eternal spiritual work that is infinite and whole. This is the true fulfillment of the nation of Israel. But if we don’t discover this option of fulfillment and our obligation to ourselves and to the world, we will reach a state of internal confrontation and darkness and will sink into drugs, even greater mutual hatred, division, and separation, and will become easy prey for the predators that are on our borders.

I hope that the critical mass of our nation will realize that the wisdom of Kabbalah reveals the true system of creation to a person. The main thing is that it gives him the levers for managing creation. At the same time, the lack of inner fulfillment that a person feels, although he works and studies, receives a filling here, because on the one hand, he discovers the system that governs our world, and on the other hand, he enters this system and can actively participate in it. It is actually thanks to this that a person discovers that he can solve all our problems this way, including the global problems, which as we can see have no solution on the level of our world.

We have to enter this system and to participate in it, since it is only with the help of man in our world and the upper system that governs the world that we can balance all of creation.
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 5/7/15

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Who Was I In My Previous Life?

Laitman_003.jpgQuestion: I am very interested in the issue of reincarnation. Is it possible to know about my previous lives? Will I learn anything by that? Will it help me advance?

Answer: You can discover who you were, but not if you are a beginner studying the wisdom of Kabbalah. Only if you attain your soul will you know all its previous lives, all the states, the levels it has been through, and the connections it had with other souls. You attain its place in the general system, in the general soul that contains everyone, that is called Malchut of Infinity. But you can reach all that only if you work and attain it.

Question: Will I be able to discover who I was in my previous lives?

Answer: Yes, if you need it for your current work. After all, the moment you penetrate the upper world, bestowal and love of others, you have no questions about yourself and about your previous lives anymore, only if you need it in order to advance and reach even greater bestowal.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 5/10/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.04.15

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “The Severity of Teaching Idol Worshippers the Torah”

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Torah and Prayer” Item 184

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 11

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Love of the Creator and Love for the Created Beings,” “And to Cleave Onto Him”

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