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Shavuot: The Way To Life

Laitman_715Torah, “Leviticus” 23:16 – 23:17: You shall count until the day after the seventh week, [namely,] the fiftieth day, [on which] you shall bring a new meal offering to the Lord. From your dwelling places, you shall bring bread, set aside, two [loaves] [made from] two tenths [of an ephah] …

That is how the story about Shavuot (the festival of the giving of the Torah) begins.

Fifty days is the level of Bina. Bina is the characteristic of bestowal, the higher level. Malchut is the characteristic of reception, the lower level. There are seven Sefirot of Zeir Anpin between Malchut and Bina, which are the intermediary levels that separate between them.

Seven levels multiplied by the seven sub-levels in each one of them are 49 altogether, and the fiftieth level is Bina, the characteristic of pure bestowal.

Bread (a new meal-offering) specifically symbolizes the characteristic of Hassadim (mercy). So, bread is the foundation of all nourishment.

According to the custom of today, Shavuot is a very simple and modest holiday because we don’t have the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) now or the offering of sacrifices.

From a spiritual point of view, a powerful internal potential exists on this holiday, even though, externally, it is completely unrecognized.

It symbolizes the reception of the guidebook for the spiritual correction of a person, the receiving of the Torah.

However, in the spiritual chain of festivals, Passover, the Exodus, is considered to be more essential. We become detached from the ego and independent, free people. As it is said, we became a people, and from that moment everything depended upon us, whereas Shavuot gives a person the way to life. He gets a “graduation diploma,” he gets the Torah, and from here on, he continues with this guidebook. Yet, from here on, there exist stages that one must go through.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/11/14

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The Universe Is A Computer Program

laitman_739Opinion (Jim Elvidge): “The present hypothesis about the structure of the universe says that our entire world is no more than a matrix, a virtual reality, created by an unknown form of intelligence. The universe is a computer program that works on the basis of a digital code.

“Matter is an objective reality that is given to us through our senses. It is clear that through contact with a variety of objects we define them according to our senses at that moment.

“However in fact, most objects are no more than empty space. So an image is only a conditional reality, a matrix that exists only in our consciousness.

“Behind everything that is found in our environment is concealed a particular code that resembles the binary code of a computer program. Perhaps it will become clear that our brain is simply an interface through which we have access to the ‘universal internet.’

“Every object and event is based on an intangible source. What we call ‘reality’ is formed from questions that invite ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers, and from the answers themselves. All physical bodies are in fact theoretical information, and the universe requires our participation.

“Thanks to the binary code we can make a choice between two versions of a digital reality, of the matrix – managed by means of consciousness. The universe is revealed as a partnership of something higher with us.

“The universe has a virtual nature; its particles of matter exist in an unclear and unstable form, and their form is determined in a particular situation only in the eyes of the viewer.

“The things that surround us are the digital reality, the matrix. Yet, for example, a pen becomes a pen when you look at it, and together with this, we are ready to identify the object as a pen only according to external signs.

“The function of our brain is to process the information that is later stored in it. So we can also access data stored outside of our brain.

“If our consciousness is a simulation, then death is only a pause in the simulation, and consciousness passes to another simulator. This is the phenomenon of the reincarnation of souls.”

My Comment: In this way, scientific evidence and speculation are gradually bringing humanity closer to the wisdom of Kabbalah.

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Right-Wing Extremism In Europe, Part 3

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The most prominent characteristic of the extreme right-wing in Europe is that they are against the present European Union. Moreover, every nation has its own neo-Nazis, and they also don’t want to unite.

This is because they look at the obvious failure of management of the European Union. Ultimately, the more successful nations are forced to pay the general European fund for the less successful nations.

And here the reasons for success and failure are no longer important; what is important is the result: nobody wants the present ongoing politics, including the smaller nations.

For example, at the time of my last visit to the Baltic nations, people were complaining about the closure of factories. They had an excellent dairy industry, but in order to enter the European Union, it was necessary to destroy it and move to imported products.

The same applies to power. If in the past they supplied themselves with electricity, now they are absolutely dependent upon the European energy supplies, for which they still must pay. And these are just two clauses from the list.

Ultimately the Baltic nations were left without industrial production and their standard of living declined. Indeed, they are members of the European Union and their currency is the Euro, but in order to earn this Euro for their livelihood they were forced to work much harder than the residents of other European nations. And therefore, not surprisingly, a great number of people left Europe to make a living, and for the most part had to leave their families.

Another example is Portugal in which they “closed” a large fishing industry.

So what is this union if it is beneficial only to a few rich nations? The division into industrial branches “cut through” entire national operational domains to which they were culturally and traditionally adapted and which were historically their asset. People were left lacking everything, and this was the greatest failure of leadership.

As a result of this, in addition to xenophobia, hostility and hatred between all kinds of European nations was also created.

For example, all of Europe considers Greece to be a heavy burden. And on their side, the Greeks ask themselves: “What did we enter the European Union for? Previously we got along by ourselves, and it is only worse for us now. Because of your laws we have become poorer and are forced to ask for monetary compensation from you. But this help is also connected to severe requirements; so essentially we find ourselves in slavery.”

The same processes are being arranged everywhere. Those who are rich and strong in the European “commonwealth” benefit at the expense of others.

To be continued….
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 9/9/14

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A Naturalist Of The Upper World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are discovering the universal law of nature, Einstein’s dream, who dreamt of connecting mass, energy, and the speed of light into a single formula. That is how we connect desire, Light, and the screen, which balances between desire and Light.

This means that a Kabbalist is a true naturalist who discovers that he is found in an interesting place, which is his world, and simultaneously it is also someone’s home.

By investigating this home, by discovering its laws on the level of the still, vegetative, and animate, he begins to perceive a higher characteristic that hovers in this home, someone who is real, a thought, a deficiency, a desire, and gradually he understands that through investing some effort in his human nature, he can discover the “master of the house” through it, through himself and not through the lifeless laws of the sciences of this world (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.).

So the wisdom of Kabbalah is a science, and a Kabbalist is a scientist. He investigates nature, but on a higher level than humanity has as has been given to man. He investigates nature not on the level of the still, like physics, not on the level of the vegetative and animate like biology and zoology, but on the supra-human level, beyond the entire nature of our world, above egoism.

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We Are In The Same Boat

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe boat that Jonah sails on is caught in a storm. The sailors do everything they can in order to save themselves: They throw everything that they don’t need overboard, pray to their god, and of course begin to look for the one who is responsible for the situation.

However, at the same time… Jonah goes to sleep as if everything that is happening around him doesn’t concern him.

It is only later when he has no choice that he confesses that he is running away from a mission he has been given and asks the sailors to throw him overboard.

In other words, Jonah is even ready to die and not fulfill his duty.

But this doesn’t help either. In the sea, a big fish swallows him ,and after spending three days in its stomach, he is forced to agree to accept the mission he has been given.

It is the same today: the world is becoming a global village and it is as if we are all floating in one boat on a stormy sea and the nations of the world, the sailors, blame the one Jew on board, the nation of Israel, for all the crises, wars, terror, afflictions, and disasters in the world.

Just like Jonah, we are still sleeping. We are immersed in the Israeli reality and pride trying to ignore the fact that the nations of the world hate us. We close our eyes in the midst of the stormy Arab Spring when the ever accusing finger of the world is pointed at us, waiting for everything to somehow quiet down by itself.

We did wake up for a moment under the missile attack and felt that we were one united nation, sharing the pain of others as our own. We felt the threads of our common love between us, of our common fate, but now we are sinking into a dream again, and soon we will probably not even remember our last summer’s awakening.

Still, every war and every new wave of anti-Semitism shows us more and more clearly that our fate is inevitable, just like the fate of Jonah who was responsible for the storm. If the sailors tried to save Jonah then, today the sailors on the global boat only wait for the right moment to throw us overboard. We will not even have to ask them to do us this favor…

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.28.15

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Rungs of the Ladder,” Item 31

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Prayer,” “The Prayer Is for the Whole of Israel”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 54

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings,” “Two Parts to the Torah: Between Man and God and Man and Man”

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