Question: Anti-Semitism always develops in a spiral. Relatively short periods of tranquil Jewish life alternate with outbreaks of anti-Semitism. For example, in 15th century Spain, Jews assimilated successfully into Spanish society. Many of them were politicians and financiers close to the royal court. But at the peak of their positive impact on the country and positive contribution to society, they were expelled from Spain. How can this be explained?
Answer: As a rule, a society is managed by natural envy, not just envy but the resentment of the people, “Who governs us? Why is it bad for us? It is because rule by the foreigners is directed against us. They have no interest in the Spanish people!” It is clear that not only the people, but also all the elite, the courtiers, and the rich are also not interested in seeing and feeling foreigners among them.
But the surge in anti-Semitism is not attributable to the rise of the Jews and their activities. The fact that after their elevation comes a completely unpredictable decline relates to our overall program and general historical development.
Initially, wherever Jews appeared in Spain, in Germany, England, or any other nation, the country came to life with their arrival. But as soon as they were forced to leave, even without taking anything with them, everything immediately declined. This is quite clear, and, in spite of this, there is no way to convince the leaders of some nation to retain the Jews so the nation would continue to flourish. Spain knew very well that with the departure of the Jews, it would be worse for them, abut still had to expel them.
Question: Why did a great blow always come following attempts to assimilate in a foreign society and the subsequent separation within the Jewish community?
Answer: This was completely natural because, if we don’t connect together and have great opposition between us, we don’t exist as a people. This law is completely clear. To the degree that we are connected and united, we are a unique spiritual force, and then we have nothing to fear. We need to be connected internally between us, like a single “spiritual fist,” a person to person connection, each one surrendering oneself to the others. That is how we connect among us, integrate together, wanting to feel ourselves as a single whole, as one family. Everyone thinks not about oneself but about the people in general and about how to serve them.
When there is mutuality between us like that, we bring good not only to the nation in which we live, but we also can protect ourselves from all problems. Then those nations where we have come and people within them look at us differently.
But it always ends up that we could not hold onto the state of connection that formed between us in the previous place we were expelled for long, and then the decline begins.
The moment that we are expelled from some nation, the hatred of the population compels us to connect together. We leave there “naked and barefoot.” We throw everything into the hands of fate, and this united us.
When we enter into another nation as a single united people, we truly infuse a vital higher power into it, but the moment we settle there, we begin to engage in making profits, entering into national and social institutions, and then the separation between us would immediately begin.
When we are poor and naked, we are all equal, but the moment that we get along in the nations of exile, we begin to separate and split apart. Who is higher; who is lower? So, the environment into which we try to merge influences us. It divides us according to level and direction. As we distance from each other, we lose the connection between us, and then hatred toward us flares up in that society. It would no longer feel that we were influencing it positively, and then the period that leads to another expulsion begins again.
The cause for all the expulsions of the Jewish people is only one: our separation. In each country we arrived internally united, spiritually united, so that we could occupy it spiritually: entered it and gave it our spiritual potential. Then, the nation would flourish. But once this action was made, it also gave rise to a connection with the people living there, and this would separate us from each other, which is what leads to the expulsion.
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 6/4/15