Leaving Egypt…

laitman_749_03The Torah is Light that descends unto each of us and corrects our individual egoism and connects us through the corrected states with everyone else until we all become one whole that cannot be separated.

The Torah speaks about man’s spiritual correction. The book of “Genesis” tells us about the essential basis of creation. It tells us that the Creator didn’t create anything but evil: “I have created the evil inclination (egoism)… I have created the Torah as a spice.”

But when did He give us the Torah? Only after the exodus from Egypt at Mt. Sinai because the evil inclination has to be revealed in a person and in all of humanity first. The ego has to show itself as harmful to man as the force that destroys man, his life, and most importantly, the force that separates man from the Creator, from wholeness.

A person must understand unity with the upper force is the perfect state and must not just listen to stories about it because he is not attracted to it and he has a completely different definitions as to what it means. It is only when we begin to realize that wholeness is the attribute of love and bestowal that the rule “love thy friends as thyself” becomes our goal. But we feel that we are in the opposite state: in mutual hatred, rejection, and distant from one another.

Recognizing the true state of our nature is called the exodus from Egypt, and when we reach Mt. Sinai we know exactly who we are, what we are, and what we want. After all, the point of Moses exists in each of us and tells us we want to leave our Pharaoh. We have left him a bit, but in fact he is inside us. When we are in Egypt we believe that Pharaoh dominates us from the outside, but now we begin to realize that he is deep inside us and we are so close to him that now we have to get rid of him, or rather to correct him.

In other words, the attribute of love and goodness exists only in the corrected egoistic attribute: we were given matter that is not corrected and we have to correct it. That’s all! There is no other matter. Thus we had to be in Egypt so that we would feel that I am Pharaoh and that I really want to get of this state. When I ascend a bit above the attribute of Egypt in me, I want to be free of him, and then it means that I have exited Egypt. But it is only theoretically and not in matter yet.

The Creator is the attribute of bestowal. If we change our egoism to bestowal, this attribute will appear in us.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/28/15

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The Wisdom About The Essence Of Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed for two thousand years from the moment of the writing of The Book of Zohar. The people of Israel went into exile after falling from the spiritual height of love of others to unfounded hatred in what is called the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple).

Thus, the wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed and only traditional Judaism remained, known to everyone until today.

The wisdom of Kabbalah needed to be concealed from then until our time. And in the 20th century, the giant Kabbalist Rav Yehudah Ashlag came and wrote Kabbalistic books through which we can awaken ourselves to learn, begin to study, to know, to understand, to feel, and to discover the real world we live in. In principle, our world is only a minute sphere within a vast world that we don’t feel. Modern physics explains that there is a reality beyond our world, but it is incapable of finding it.

After all, in order to reveal the spiritual world that manages our lives, we need different instruments that we acquire only through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Rav Yehudah Ashlag wrote books with whose help we can begin to learn and discover what world we are in, what we are living for, and what the purpose of our lives is. He wrote a commentary on The Book of Zohar, thanks to which we can understand this book; he wrote many articles and the six volumes of the Study of the Ten Sefirot, the greatest textbook on the wisdom of Kabbalah that exists as of today.

By studying these source books, we can understand what the meaning of our lives is, what kind of reality we are living in, what kind of a process of development we are in, who manages us, and how we can become free people so that we can attain freedom of choice. The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible to rise above death and above this worldly life. All of this is in our hands.

Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag defined the Wisdom of Kabbalah in the article, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence” like this: “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.”

This means that the wisdom of Kabbalah is a method of discovery. It reveals all of creation and the stages of development from this moment until the end of all generations. We can discover what was in the past and what will happen in the future, moving freely above time in every direction from that point we are in now.
From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 6/07/15

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The Jews Are Guilty Of What?

laitman_560Unconsciously the nations of the world demand the Kabbalistic method from us. This even began in ancient Babylon when we disconnected from the rest through our method of existence and seeing the structure of the world and its purpose.

We began to perceive the system of nature from within ourselves as it truly is, and we began to feel that there are two opposing forces found in nature: positive and negative. Both forces come from the same source, but awaken relative to us as different. Thus, we can work with them,  and with their help learn about the part of nature that is concealed from us called the upper world, the system of management, and enter into it so that we are influenced by it through our mutual action. And it already is influencing the entire world.

But there is a problem. If we influence the entire system of management correctly and it influences the world, we seem to bless all of humanity. But if we influence it incorrectly, not connecting between us sufficiently, then ultimately we have a bad influence on the world. In other words, it appears that we are to “run the world”.

Comment: So the influence of the Jews on the world is not done directly, but through the influence of the higher power?

Answer: It is not important how it is implemented. The main thing is that the nations of the world feel their dependence on the Jews, and this is what they cannot tolerate! And if things are bad for them, then we are to blame! This is the source of hatred, because the world is in a terrible condition. And the Jews are always guilty because they have the possibility of influencing the world through a higher power that they don’t understand: It has no image, it is impossible to perceive, it is impossible to appease, it is impossible to bring it a sacrifice, it is impossible to do anything with it.

So how is it possible to at least get along somehow? There is no way!

To be continued…
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 6/4/15

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Hearing The Creator’s Voice

laitman_276_02The Torah, “Numbers,” 7:89: When Moses would come into the Tent of Meeting to speak with Him, he would hear the voice speaking to him from the cherubim above the covering which was over the Ark of Testimony, and He spoke to him.

This refers to the state of spiritual contact of the point of Moses in a person with the Creator.

“Voice” refers to the attainment of the Creator by the created being. It is discovered between the two cherubim in the image of birds on the edges of the covering of the Holy Ark which symbolizes the right and the left lines: the attribute of Hassadim (mercy) and the attribute of Din (judgment). When the two lines get close, a person connects the attributes of love and bestowal, egoism and altruism inside him, which operate together for the same unique cause. At the same time the egoism crushes itself under the attribute of love and bestowal.

It is thanks to the rigidity and the sufferings that a person can now truly appreciate the connection, the love and mutual cooperation with the Creator. Otherwise, it is impossible to appreciate this state; it is simply impossible! A person doesn’t have the proper sensations and it is like asking a child: “Kiss me.” He approaches you and automatically pecks your cheek without really feeling anything.

The feelings emerge only if nothing about the past is forgotten and is even revealed more clearly. To the extent that the past appears to a person, he can assume what the near future holds for him because the past and the future have to be balanced and connected in one feeling of the Creator. The Creator appears between the two cherubim, the two opposite lines, the egoism and the altruism. The Godly voice, His revelation, is born between them. It is only the point of Moses in us that is in contact with the Creator and can hear His voice.

Hearing is the attribute of Bina, attaining the attribute of Hochma (sight) is fulfilled through Bina, through the attribute of bestowal. When a person ascends from the attribute of Bina to the attribute of Hochma the revelation of the Creator takes place, the contact with Him.

The Tabernacle symbolizes more external attributes that a person has to correct in himself. When the point of Moses is gradually revealed, we begin to delve more deeply into our internal attributes symbolized by the Holy Ark that guards the book of the Torah inside it, the covering of the Holy Ark, the two cherubim at the edges of the covering between which the voice of the Creator is heard. These are all signs of the internal corrections, which we have to gradually perform and reach the state of contact with the Creator who is revealed to us in our understanding, recognition, and attainment, which bring us closer to Him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/28/15

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There Is No Jewish Lobby

400In the News (russian-bazaar.com): “The times when the Jewish community in the US was Israel’s supportive shield are gone. From now on,  they side with ‘liberal values,’ which are in contrast to the existence of the Jewish state.

“The voice of the American Jewry was unheard during the heated debate about the agreement with Iran. They voted for Obama, who is the embodiment of the liberal ideology and the positive outlook, twice. The Jewish organizations are at the forefront of Obama’s lawyers, and are involved in everything regarding the ‘peace process.’ Some of them do not settle for simply supporting him but also support the New Israel Foundation that subsidizes dozens of ‘human rights’ organizations that engage in defaming the IDF and Israel.

“They argue that Israel shouldn’t object to the agreement with Iran, so as not to subject the American Jews to accusations of double loyalty. The leader of the American Jewish community, Rav Steven Wiess held the same position during WWII, when he didn’t want to bother president Roosevelt with complaints about the sufferings of the Jews in Europe!

“Although the left wing sector, J Street, presents itself as the protector of the Israeli interests, it always sides with the Palestinians thus demanding Obama to put pressure on Israel. The founder of J. Street, Daniel Levi, called the foundation of Israel ‘a step after which everything began to go wrong,’ while at the same time J. Street supports anti Israeli activity on campuses.

“It is hard to believe, but it is actually people who have an Israeli nationality who are behind the crusades against Israel. The dispute in the Jewish community is already spreading among those who argue for a compromise and those who negate the right of Israel to exist. Young Jewish people on campuses are poisoned by the atmosphere of hate towards Israel, just like their peers. It is all because Israel today is challenging the liberal values of American Jews.

“The American publicist Jonathan Rosenblum wrote that for most American Jews Israel has become a hazard and a liability that stands in their way of living peacefully and they would be glad to get rid of it. He says that if the American Jews woke up one day and discovered that Israel has disappeared from the world map they would feel great relief and satisfaction.”

My Comment: I believe that the American Jews want to bury their heads in the sand, but as we have already seen in the past, we will be beaten indiscriminately, regardless of any opinions one might have. Only unity and connection can save our nation and the world.

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.29.15

Writings of Baal HaSulam  “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Good and Evil,” “Expecting the Light”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 48

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose,” “Two Paths: A Path of Pain and A Path of Torah”

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Getting To Know The Plan Of Creation

Laitman_707We are all in a system that operates on with different forces, and as a result, different desires, urges, and thoughts emerge in us. Everything depends on the extent to which we mutually participate with these forces correctly in order to reach a state of balance and harmony with them.

A person is under the pressure of segmented forces, and he must arrange his thoughts and desires and understand where we are headed. We see that everything is advancing very fast in a certain direction, but without a plan. Yet, nature has a very clear and accurate plan that man doesn’t understand. He doesn’t know how nature develops and what it demands of us. We are forced to participate in the evolutionary process together with the still, vegetative, and animate nature that surround us, and at the same time, within ourselves, like all of humanity.

However, we cannot even imagine the forces of our development, their goal and nature’s actual plan. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, and thus we participate in this process passively.

In order to find the answers to the basic questions about the purpose of human existence and of humanity in our complicated times, we must pay attention to nature that surrounds us and try to understand its plan. Indeed, to date we have already passed along a large portion of the time axis of our development, and we see that we are developing very quickly. Of course, there are different periods, but it is an accelerated process. This acceleration is especially evident lately, and it is very frightening.

Our development takes place under the influence of our egoistic desires to understand and discover everything, to control and manage everything. Moreover, everyone’s egoism—of every nation, of every state, and the entire universal egoism—is only the human ego. All of the other parts of nature—the still, vegetative, and animate—have no egoism. They are managed naturally, instinctively, under the influence of nature’s mechanical laws. They do whatever nature spurs in them. This is the reason that they are not the problem, but it is only mankind. We also can divide mankind into four groups: the masses on the level of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, and human beings, according to their ability to understand the purpose of our existence.

Therefore, first and foremost, we must teach and educate those who are close to the perception and understanding of human nature.
KabTV’s “Talks with Michael Laitman” 6/1/15

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What Is There Beyond The Stars?

laitman_928Question: Did you ever think that you would engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah? When did you first begin thinking about that?

Answer: I think that I knew I needed to figure out know what the stars are for since I was seven or eight years old. The immense dark skies always fascinated me. As a child, I used to go outside and stare at the dark sky. I didn’t understand where I was, what I was, what all this was, and why the stars sparkled so mysteriously.

At the time, I thought that it had to do with astronomy. I was attracted to it until I realized that astronomy is just mechanical calculations, and so I lost interest in it.

I didn’t know what the wisdom of Kabbalah was at the time and didn’t imagine that I would find the solution and the meaning of life in it. But that had always been my desire. Later, when I studied the wisdom of Kabbalah, I realized that it was the Reshimo (Reminiscence) that already was expressed in me, the inner need, the desire that is not filled until the end of the creation. I knew that I would not be able to escape from it.

Question: Is the wisdom of Kabbalah meant for everyone or only for those in whom the Reshimo is revealed and who ask the question, “What is there beyond the stars?”

Answer: I believe that, thanks to our efforts (mine and my students’), we will reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah to everyone because this wisdom is actually very close to people.

We flow with the current in the boat of our lives that gradually takes us somewhere. The wisdom of Kabbalah helps us participate in this process and add our efforts to the natural development of our desire, because desire is the only matter that was created.

To the extent that a person participates in the evolution of desire, he begins to explore its causes, origins, the actual flow of life, its purpose,and how he can affect it, where the limits of his freewill are. Moreover, he attains his root, his point in this process and his ultimate state.

We can discover all that by ourselves, which means ascending above the natural, involuntary development of our huge desire, above all the matter of the universe, attaining this enormous mechanism. Only to those who feel the need and the necessity to discover and attain the goal of their existence are allowed to reveal that. But if a person has no need for it, you will not be able to force him to engage in it, and there is no need to do so. He will flow with the current naturally, according to the speed determined by the general mechanism of the universe.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 6/1/15

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The Ancient Secret Of The Jews

laitman_749_01Question: Why is it that throughout history the Jews have been hated so much?

Answer: In different times, various excuses have been cited. After all, the Jews weren’t always accused like they are today for running the world, manipulating everyone through the banks, and enslaving humanity this way. In the past, it was rumored that they were starving people, sending all kinds of infectious diseases, causing corruption and the evil eye, etc. In general, to every normal person it is clear that the Jews had some kind of secret that is impossible to grasp in any way, even if you were to grab them and strongly shake them. It isn’t clear, but they have something of the source that is unusual, and what is unusual is the fact that the Jewish people have succeeded in existing for so many thousands of years.

There are even various theories about their creation. They are different from the rest in that supposedly they came to Earth from a distant star or were created from a different type of ape, etc. There are a multitude of reasons for not liking Jews, and if some kind of negative event happens in the world, then it is always possible to pin this on them. On one hand, it is easy to make them a scapegoat, but on the other hand, there is really something about them that makes people feel that they are to blame for everything.

Among the nations of the world, this is a natural feeling. Suppose that I am not a Jew. I look at them and feel that they have something that we don’t have. It is not clear what it is, but it is there. How can one fight against this? What can one do with it? I don’t know.

The Jewish religion, even though it is the foundation of all religions, is directed against them for some reason. Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Confucians, all of them, are centered on themselves, whereas, for some reason, the Jews have a relationship with everything.

The Inside Information of the Jews

Question: All people who become dispersed among other peoples must disappear after three generations according to geopolitical laws. Only the Jewish people have held onto their position for not only three generations but for 2,000 years in exile. On one hand, for the length of their existence itself, and on the other hand, the hatred of humanity toward them makes the Jewish people something illogical. Where does this irrational hatred come from?

Answer: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is because in some way we truly are the source of evil for all of humanity. We have a remedy through which we can make everyone happy, and we not only don’t give it to others, but we also haven’t discovered it ourselves because we don’t know that we are the ones who possess this remedy. The idea is that the method for acquiring happiness is concealed within us and is kept as inside information, as something that could be revealed to the world.

This method has been latent in us from the beginning. We became a people based upon it. Around three and a half thousand years ago in ancient Babylon, we became detached from all of humanity and gathered together to the call of Abraham, “Whoever wants to understand the meaning of life, the essence of what is happening with us, what stopped us from understanding each other and why we built the Tower of Babel, whoever feels that salvation can only be through connection and consolidation, come with me!” That is how we consolidated around him. Moreover, Abraham gathered representatives of completely different tribes who didn’t understand each other and didn’t know what to do. But he explained what was happening to this mixed audience, and he showed them how it is possible to rise above the separation, above the hatred, above all the differences, and connect into a single whole, and this single whole became the Jewish people.

Question: Now, do we carry a genetic memory of this unity within us?

Answer: This is not just a genetic memory. It is a program that plays within us. We are connected to each other according to a particular algorithm, and from our connection, we have understood somehow that it is necessary to continue to develop the idea of mutual connection even though, at every moment, we really want to get out of it.

Question: So were those people who followed Abraham drawn toward this unity?

Answer: They understood through their inner sense that there is a method for salvation here because all of Babylon was in a terrible state and humanity dispersed throughout the world. In his historical writings, Flavius Josephus described in which directions all the various tribes (clans) scattered. Some went east, others to the north, to the south, and so forth, becoming the foundation for the present civilization. However, Abraham gathered tens of thousands around him who had the same outlook and actively showed them how to connect based upon the method of connection circles.

These were practical lessons that included all of the nuances of their common life within them. Abraham took them out of Babylon and led them to the land of Canaan (present day Israel), and with their adaptation to this land, it also was called the “House of Abraham.” They were engaged constantly with connection because, every day, every moment, the aspiration to scatter again appeared in them. After the ego grew in them, rejection constantly flared up between them, and they needed to connect again. So, their method constantly became more sophisticated, despite and thanks to the development of the egoism within them.

To be continued.
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 6/4/15

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