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The Torah “Numbers” 10:29 – 10:32: Then Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’s father-in-law, We are traveling to the place about which the Lord said, I will give it to you. Come with us and we will be good to you, for the Lord has spoken of good fortune for Israel. He said to him, I won’t go, for I will go to my land and my birthplace. He said, Please don’t leave us, for because you are familiar with our encampments in the desert and you will be our guide. And if you go with us, then we will bestow on you the good which God grants us.
Comment: Even before the exodus from Egypt, Moshe’s father-in-law Jethro came with his selfish wisdom to his son-in-law and told him how to best organize the people. The same is said about Hobab: “You know encampments in the wilderness.”
Answer: Each time, we bring up new properties out of our selfish desires in order to correct them. They are necessary for our advancement.
Just as Jethro, Hobab the Midianite represents our egoism, which we constantly have to address in order to correct; otherwise we won’t be able to move ahead.
However, it is said that he “returns to his homeland,” meaning that we take from our selfishness only what is necessary, but give it a different name since it already is a different property, the one that is coupled with altruism.
The same property flows from Jethro to Hobab. In fact, the Torah lists not too many basic names of various properties. When moving from level to level the properties mixes together, thus forming transitional “structures” suitable for correction. Therefore, there appear a greater number of names.
The same is observed in the wisdom of Kabbalah. It describes only five Sefirot, five parts and five lights. However, when we disclose them, they produce multiple additional names and definitions.
The “Great Commentary” says: “Jethro was among the children of Israel, Moses’s father-in-law, who after his conversion to Judaism got a new name—Hobab.”
It means that a part of the property named “Jethro” went through correction, and the other part returned to Klipa (impurity, selfishness).
Further, the “Great Commentary” states: “After Jethro heard that the people returned to the land of Israel, he told Moses that he would go back to his homeland in Midian.” Moshe tried to convince him to stay: “The Creator commanded us to love all Gers, but you deserve special love and kindness.”
Any selfish desire that wants to be corrected is called a “Ger.”
Ger also refers to anyone, irrespective of one’s origin, who starts to use the wisdom of Kabbalah to reach the level of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/11/15
What is to be done if the European Union has no common denominator? Some kind of common basis that connects everyone is required here.
But the political leaders haven’t preceded union with shared information and education; new values have not penetrated into their minds and hearts; they have not brought their ideas to discussion so that the people themselves will think and consider how to unite in the best way.
The concept of “union” itself requires clarification, familiarity, and there even could be the creation of all kinds of public committees. Methodological television programs are required; a unique educational program for schools is required,; all of Europe must learn the principles of connection and union, and also examine this.
In short, a complete educational process would be required for Europe before forcing the arrangements of the European Union on the continent. But instead of this, a decision was accepted and it “descended” from above; certainly it was in a nice democratic envelope, but solely and only on the basis of economic benefits. And the economy is unstable: today it is this way, tomorrow another way…a crisis arrives and all the cards are reshuffled.
Besides this, union without a common program is “crippled”: it makes it possible to profit in one thing at the expense of something else. Suppose that we provide security but lose in the economy, or we provide for the economy but lose in education. In fact, all areas must be balanced.
And in Europe the major work of cultural union was not done on time. So the Germans remain Germans, the French remain French, and so on. As in the past there was no true and warm connection between them, today there is still no connection like this.
All the threads that connect Europe pass through the banks, and this is called an “alliance.” Yes, a financial community is concealed behind its facade, but it is accompanied by internal struggles over these or other “slices of the pie.”
A structure like this will not sustain its position. It costs a vast amount of money, and ultimately a game that promised a gain becomes a loss.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 9/9/14
Birth of the Methodology of Connection
Abraham learned from Kabbalists who lived before him, starting with Adam, the first man. Abraham understood that human egoism expands from generation to generation, thus making us even bigger egoists; it detaches and forces us to exploit each other.
This is why we eventually approach a state in which we start using our egoism correctly, i.e., make efforts to rise above it.
Still, we remain complete egoists unable to ascend our egos even though we realize that our selfishness is the reason for all our troubles. Ancient Babylonians suffered a lot from their selfishness; humanity continues to suffer to this today. Our egoism ruins our life.
Abraham’s discovery made him gather a group of disciples who were ready to rise above their egoism that burnt in each of them.
He found many people whom he gathered in a group and who were willing to ascend above their selfishness because they were not complete egoists as our contemporaries. Their egoism was much weaker than ours. Besides, they remembered how good their life was before they started hating each other, i.e., before the erection of the Tower of Babel.
When hard times began, there was nothing left for them but to split and spread around the world. Many of them felt that Abraham really offered them a true solution to their problem, so they joined him and Abraham started teaching them the methodology of unity.
This is how a group who called itself “Isra-El” (meaning “directly to the Creator”) originated. They strived to reveal the upper force that connected them and dwelled among them. While exploring the upper force, they realized what the world they live in is like. The network that we build among us is in fact the upper force.
Later, Abraham’s group grew and formed a nation named “Israel.” Israel are the people who strive for unity and who work on building connection among them above their detachment.
They value the power of separation because it gives them a chance to apply more efforts in their pursuit of unity, thus allowing them to recognize the force of nature—the system of the upper governance.
The force of detachment and the power of unity are two opposite essential forces of nature, like plus and minus, north and south. One cannot exist without the other.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/5/15
Question: I am a bit confused about the concept of Lag B’Omer. All of the celebrations and the bonfires and potatoes and happy children, but at the same time, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai died, so I don’t understand the connection.
Answer: A person is found in this world until he finishes his task, if he has enough time to finish it. As is written in The Book of Zohar itself, with his friends, Rabbi Shimon reached all 125 levels to the completion of correction of the soul (Gmar Tikkun), and so we are not sorry about his departure from this world. Rather, on the contrary, it makes us happy, for he was a person who revealed to us the entire way to the correction of the soul, and he prepared this way and the Lights which would come and correct us for us. And so we celebrate the day that he finished the work and departed.
If a person doesn’t know what he is living for, he cries when he dies and others die. For the Tzaddikim (righteous), their entire lives are for correcting their soul, so they have no problem in passing from one world to another world. I once gave an example that Rabash told me; I asked him about death, so he said that just as in the evening you take off your shirt and throw it into the wash, people dying is the soul discarding its wrapper, called the body, but the soul remains. The main thing is that the soul dresses in a new body each time, just as you dress in a new shirt each day.
The soul is a force that is found in the same volume in which we exist. Only you don’t feel these dimensions. Do you feel radio and television waves, all kinds of phenomena like these? Not all phenomena do you perceive with your senses. Only if you have, for example, a radio can you catch the radio waves; you don’t feel them yourself.
It is the same with spiritual phenomena. You have nothing to catch them so you don’t feel them.
The soul is a special kind of energy that exists here. If by studying Kabbalah you become like its properties, you will feel it; you will begin to discover that there is a soul in you. As long as you don’t, you don’t discover it. And if you don’t discover it, it means that it is not in you, for only what you perceive can be given a name or a word and so in the meantime, you don’t have a soul.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 7/12/15
Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Item 31
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 63
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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings,” “All of Israel Are Responsible for One Another”
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