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The Boycott Of Israel—Just Ordinary Anti-Semitism

laitman_547_05In the News (from “The boycott has nothing to do with the occupied territories or the peace process that is stuck, nor the crisis in the American-Israeli relations, Palestinian football  [soccer]or the situation in the Gaza strip. This is actually ordinary anti-Semitism or the modern anti-Israeli concept that is very hard to accept considering the rapid European conversion to Islam.

“The situation should be cleared not with the British students’ union BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) and not with the UN or the EU, but with independent organizations that engage in incitement and demonization of our state. No concessions whether territorial, political or ideological can change the situation. If Israel itself is afraid of its Jewish character, the lack of character turns into lack of basic principles.

“The boycott can destroy Israel. If Israel, under international pressure,  will start to take the country under the guise of an agreement, it will destroy itself faster than  any economic and political sanctions. And there will always be a new reason for a boycott.”

My Comment: All is true, but there is no solution! Conceding to anti-Semites is not the solution to the situation. The reason for anti-Semitism is the natural outlook that the Jews are responsible for all the problems in the world. This is also what the Torah says: “Any calamity that comes to the world is for Israel.” We have to listen to what our sages said. After all, they tell us how we should act. The special force that fills our world with peace and abundance is a result of our unity. The hatred towards us appears to the extent that we draw away from one another. See the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Items 66-71.

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Curing The Harmful Desires

Laitman_631_1The Torah, “Numbers” 5:1 – 5:2: And the Lord spoke to Moses saying: Command the children of Israel, to banish from the camp all those afflicted with tzara’ath or with a male discharge, and all those unclean through [contact with] the dead.

The attributes called leper and unclean by the dead exist in every person. It refers to the ego that is not corrected yet. In order to correct it we need to accurately separate the useless parts, the lowly and egotistically infected parts, from the desires that have already been cured with the intention of in order to love and bestowal, for the sake of the right and good connection. This kind of work is done on every level. The moment a certain step forward is fulfilled in the preparation for the ascent to the level of the land of Israel, the level of complete bestowal and of a total connection of mutual love between everyone, different actions should immediately be performed in order to clarify and gather what is missing.

If I am assigned to classify, clean, and choose certain items, for example, I do it without glasses the first time, then with weak glasses, and then with even stronger lenses and with the right light, etc. This means that each time the resolution is higher. It is as if we examine these attributes but under an increasingly stronger magnifying glass. When we classify we clarify whether these attributes are actually harmful and to what extent. What is more, we can correct them only when we separate them from other attributes, outside the camp. But on the whole, the whole generation that advances from Mt. Sinai to the land of Israel dies, and a new generation enters this land, which means that the ego disappears completely and the nation enters the land of Israel as if it is reborn.

Question: Where do the uncorrected attributes go?

Answer: Beyond the boundaries of the desires that participate in the ascent to the level of the land of Israel. They have to die, which means that they have to be totally changed and fully corrected. Death in spirituality means purification. We have to think about how to distinguish the impure desire and attributes inside me and not use them. Taking them out of the camp is a way of putting them to death. They don’t need to receive any Light.

The problem is that when egoistic desires are among the right desires and intentions they receive the Light from them and cling to them. Why do we remove a tumor, for example? It is because it sucks the powers from the body and is nourished by the healthy organs, living at their expense. But if it is removed, it dies because of lack of nourishment. Therefore, when the egoistic intention dies the desires are rehabilitated and cured; they undergo correction and join the healthy body. At the same time, nothing disappears. The desires remain and only the intention changes: altruistic intentions appear instead of the egoistic intentions.

Question: Is this how a leper becomes pure?

Answer: A leper is a desire that is used incorrectly, for one’s own sake. But if you cut the intention for the sake of one’s self off it, and change it with the help of the Upper Light into the intention for the sake of the Creator, this desire is cured.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/21/15

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Is There Meaning To Our Lives?

Laitman_003.jpgComment: In an article by Andrei Koroptov, “Meaningful Herpes,” the author shares his point of view about the meaning of life: “It is not as I thought about the meaning of life, that there is some kind of sacred intimacy, which is forbidden to mention in vain. No, it is precisely the opposite: I am absolutely sure that there is no meaning to life.”

Answer: It seems that the author of the article is trying to evade the question about the meaning of life and therefore rejects it. He apparently calls upon us simply to live in security and comfort in a “special state of a proteinaceous material” called “life,” and that’s it. The longer that this protein lives, we exist, and nothing more. This is an absolutely realistic view of our world. But the idea that I disagree with is not only the inner feeling of a person, his need for awareness and attainment of the meaning of life, but also the general concept of material existence itself. For it is precisely in these protein states that the question about the meaning of life appears.

Why is there such a question? We exist with desires that are above the beastly states, and specifically in these more sublime desires, we see our essential existence. This is so much so that a person is ready to be separated from his bestial existence if he is somehow convinced that there is nothing outside of it. So even the meaning of the beastly life is lost for him. Second, without a doubt there is meaning in nature. We cannot deny this since we are part of nature, and even though we are not aware of ourselves and nature at all, still our observations tell us that all of evolution has a strong internal logical basis that drives everything.

Today both physicists and chemists agree with this. And religion has nothing to do with it. I am talking from the point of view of pure science: We cannot deny that there is a plan of development to nature according to which we exist within a particular process. This process gradually brings us to the appearance of questions about the next state. And this is gradually revealed.

So, on one hand, it is possible to say that there is no meaning to life. But then it is necessary to point out this conclusion is based on our current state. It is impossible to say that there is absolutely no meaning in nature, it is just that now it is understood like this by us. What will happen to each one of us in another few minutes or with humanity in another few generations, we don’t know. So I would not claim without any basis that there is no meaning to life. You just need to understand it better.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 5/27/15

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Communism: Utopia Or Reality, Part 10

laitman_947Question: Was the great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam far ahead of his time when he wrote the article, “The Last Generation,” in the beginning of the 20th century about humanity inevitably achieving a communistic society?

Answer: A Kabbalist isn’t ahead of his time. Rather, he sees everything from end to end. For him time doesn’t exist! He simply rises to the next level from which it is possible to understand what is happening with us. Actually, the wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for us to rise to a higher level where we clearly see that we need to re-educate ourselves, how to do it, and what we must reach. It accurately teaches by which path it is possible to reach the goal so that we will work correctly on ourselves.

Question: In the article, “The Last Generation,” Baal HaSulam prepared an answer for all questions. It is left to us to research this article and realize it together. We hope that this will help us to find the answer to the question, “What can we expect?”

Answer: What is waiting for us is what we choose. People must understand the necessity of developing a mutual connection, which increases the sensitivity of a person to his environment, and become like the general system about which the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks. Even if a person doesn’t see this system, with the help of special training and special exercises called roundtables or discussion circles, he can feel that this reveals a new positive force on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate.

In nature, plus and minus are balanced, so all of its objects act instinctively, accommodating to the influence of nature while in a human being there is only one negative force. So, he needs to discover the positive force of nature, balance the negative force through it, and go forward in the balance and harmony of the middle line. Then, he is called Adam (Man), while, now, he is on the level of the beast.

To be continued…
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 5/11/15

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Wisdom Of Kabbalah As A Tool To Comprehend The Universe

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we begin comprehending the universe with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah, we do not go outside ourselves, nor do we “float in the void”; we conduct internal exploration by assessing relationships between us.

In the physical world, we pass distances, and take time to deal with external problems, whereas in Kabbalah, on the contrary, we go inward, inside the liaisons that exist among us.

This explains why Kabbalah is called the “inner wisdom,” while material sciences of this world are considered external. With their help, we learn things that are outside and around us, whereas Kabbalah explores the psychology of mutual communication.

With this tool, you can learn absolutely everything! If we manage to do so, disciplines such as physics, chemistry, and other sciences of this world become obvious to us in the most natural and basic form. Moreover, they turn into one general science that describes the entire universe—the overall knowledge of nature not divided into physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, etc.

Our current sensors are unable to embrace this much. When we acquire internal comprehension, we start exploring the still, vegetative, and animate nature that depends on us; thus, our understanding of nature becomes three-dimensional, because it depends on us and is determined by the way we observe the world. In fact, there is no such thing as this world; everything is inside us. The world depends on how we visualize it.

This method allows us to attain the genuine wisdom that initially sets our minds on exploring the world absolutely objectively and vividly demonstrates how subjective we are. First, we have to go to a “zero level.” The state of being independent on our properties is called “faith above reason.” It’s a condition that lets us really investigate things that are external to us.

For as long as we are linked with our egoism and fully depend on our selfish properties, we are unable to see beyond a narrow, little world that is completely distorted by our egos. This is why our earthly sciences are very limited and narrow. They can be applied to particular areas but do not cover wide scales of our existence

Thus, we constantly deal with the little matrix in which we exist. For us, it’s impossible to go beyond its borders. After all, in order to achieve it and really understand where we currently are, we must become independent and objective. But we cannot reach this state yet; for that, before anything else, we should study Kabbalah.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/21/15

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Figures On The Chessboard of Life

Laitman_907Question: I am deeply disturbed by the attempt to boycott the Israeli soccer team, to prevent it from participating in the world championship. It seems so unimportant, just football, just a game, but this has triggered a deep concern about the very existence of the State of Israel.

What is the role of the game in our lives? After all, we get up in the morning without understanding what games life plays with us, who moves “the pieces on a chessboard.”

Answer: As Shakespeare said: “The whole world is a theater and people in it are actors.” The problem is that we do not understand what games we are playing, what role we are performing and who the director is. We do not know who moves the pieces on the chessboard of life.

Every second new desires, thoughts, fears, anxieties, and calculations appear pulling us in different directions. We supposedly choose where to go and we think those choices determine our next instant. But do we really make decisions on our own, or does someone do it for us?

In essence, we are inside a large force field that drives us by bringing us together and separating us from each other. This is how our whole life goes.

Everything that happens to us is determined by a special force field called the “Creator,” nature. This field fills the entire universe, and we swim in it, as if in an ocean of water.

This field plays with us, as it is said in The Book of Zohar, “What does the Creator do? He sits and plays with the Leviathan,” with all the huge desire of the creation: inanimate nature, plants, animals, and people.

The difference between these four stages of creation lies in the level of their desires, the degree of their egoism, with which the Creator plays. This is a real game in which we are not just spectators, but we have a direct part.

The game of life is a very serious matter. It’s a play in which we constantly play different roles: that someone plays with me, and then I play with someone back. We have to know the rules of the game, see who actually moves “the pieces” around, what the purpose of the game is, and what kind of “performance” we live in…

Question: Who are we in this show: helpless pawns or actors?

Answer: We are actors, but we are following the preset program. We have no freedom in anything at all. How can we be free if we don’t know what will happen with us in a moment or in a thousand years?

We do not know a thing! This is why we cannot direct the play. If we want to have some control over the show, we should get acquainted with the Director —the overall force field—and understand where it leads us.

Then, we will be able to participate in the game of life consciously, rationally, and responsibly. This is the only way to gain freedom of choice; otherwise, we will forever remain unimportant pawns.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 5/31/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.17.15

Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 7 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot Vol. 6, Part  16, Item 27

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Peace,” “Necessity to Practice Caution with the Laws of Nature”

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