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Midrash Raba, “BeShalach”: The spies went in the direction of Eshkol Stream, because the juice flowed like streams from the vine downwards in those areas. When they arrived there Caleb reminded them the instructions Moses gave them: to bring the juicy sweet fruits of Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). The spies disregarded his words, because they didn’t wish to show how fruitful the land was. Then Caleb threatened them: if you don’t take the fruits I will pull out my sword and we will see who will remain alive! Knowing what a hero Caleb was and his great power, the spies obeyed him, but they chose fruits that were monstrous in size, in order to tell the people later that a land that bears such unusual fruits is suspicious and strange and ordinary people cannot survive in it.
The fruits that you receive when you begin to work with the ego with the intention of in order to bestow are the Light of Hochma. While the Light of Hassadim is Nefesh and Ruach, here Neshama and Chaya and Yechida are also added. This means that these are great Lights in attaining all the elements of the creation, of the whole world, from the beginning to its end, attaining the Creator, and all His attributes as the upper force, adhesion with Him above the level of life and death, ascending to the level of the “head of the world of Atzilut.”
Not only is it impossible to resist the temptation of such pleasures, the generation of the desert, who lived on manna cannot understand what they need this for. If the Creator hadn’t instructed them to fulfill these actions, they would have remained in the desert because the attribute of Bina is so calming and feels like water because you don’t want anything else. You are happy with what you have. You only need manna in order to hold on and you don’t even need to take any special attributes or flavors from it. You are simply happy with little, not delving into anything, because you have a slight connection with the Creator, His slight illumination.
This state takes over and dominates you and doesn’t let go. It is very hard to overcome it and to begin to work with the ego again, with Pharaoh, with the problems, in order to transform them and thus attain the level of the land of Israel. It is terribly difficult!
This is the reason that the weekly section of the Torah about the spies is very dramatic. Imagine a man in his prime, who has a family, kids, and a normal life, when everything is fine and he is well off and happy with life and has no other needs and everything is simply wonderful. The need to leave the desert and go to the land of Israel is faith above reason that is in contrast to his state. The Light of Bina fills him to such an extent that it totally satisfies him and he doesn’t want anything else.
He must make extraordinary efforts and raise the importance of the Creator in his eyes as He instructs him to reawaken the ego inside him in order to rise above this level. What is more, He instructs him to do so despite his desire and his understanding, because it seems like a contradiction to the Creator.
A person finds himself in this unclear oppositeness, which he cannot stand. The only thing he can do is to advance with his eyes closed and this is what happened to the spies. They are in a state of Hafetz Hesed. They don’t want anything for themselves. Only Caleb constantly awakens them because he is more closely connected to the Creator and understands that this is the Creator’s mission, while their whole essence rebels against it.
You have to crush yourself internally in order to fulfill the Creator’s instructions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/2/15
Opinion (Daniel Greenfield): “After the Iran deal, American Jews turned to…the liberal Jewish organizations to whom they had written out so many checks over the years expecting them to do something about it.
My Comment: They are leaving Israel to its fate, and more than that, they have given up on Israel by voting against its existence. The American Jews have removed themselves from the community called the Jewish people. This “Prodigal Son,” or more precisely what remains of it, will return in the future with a request to accept it again. And in the meantime, the Israeli Jews have an obligation to carry out their role, to attain unity above their egoism, towards being “one people,” and in this way provide an example for the whole world, becoming one!
Opinion (Interview with Dr Guy Bechor, source article): “The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones, rather it was because new technologies appeared and humans learned to work with metals. The age of oil is reaching its end in these days, and this is not because we have run out of oil, but because the gas revolution is happening.
“The lowering of the price of oil has led to a severe crisis in Russia and all over the Arab world, the shale spring will bring a collapse of the rest of the Arab world. The Arab nations will fall, powerful tribes will hold onto weaponry and will begin conquering cities and towns, killing and robbing. The economy of Dubai will collapse in the year 2015, Jordan will disappear within a year and for Iran we expect serious upheavals on an ethnic and political background. Hamas and Hezbollah will lose their power and influence. In a world in which there will be no lack of energy resources, there will be no money to maintain them. That is how the era of technology begins, something that will give strong advantages to Israel.
“The gas revolution will transform the United States into the greatest manufacturer of the production of oil and gas, something that leaves Middle Eastern policy in their hands. This is the beginning of the end of paradise for the valueless oil principalities, the feudal totalitarianism of the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, the economy of these nations was entirely based upon the price of oil. The citizens of these nations don’t work; all of the work for them is done by foreign workers. A structure like this will not maintain its position in a period of economic upheavals. And even though the principalities of the Arabian Peninsula will be supplied with sufficient money to hold onto their position for another few years, it is doubtful if within these few years they will be able to change and rebuild their economy. The moment that the money runs out, riots and unrest will begin.
“In another year or two the United States will be ready to export gas and oil, the Arab nations will become an energy source for competitors. The geopolitical priorities of the United States will change. So the Saudis are presently found in a panic, because their foreign policy was based on American dependence on their oil. They will relinquish their financing of global terrorism, the violation of human rights and the absolute lack of democracy in their nations. A few years ago a barrel of oil rose to 150 dollars; since then the prices have lowered by two-thirds. At a price above 40 dollars per barrel, the production of energy from gas becomes more profitable. This means that the Saudis can return to their previous position only if they lower the price to 30 dollars per barrel.
“Russia is also experiencing a strong crisis because of this revolution. But the chance of changing and rebuilding the Russian economy are better than they are for our Arab neighbors, who have simply forgotten what it is to earn a living. The period of innovations, nano-technologies and high-tech has arrived, the beginning of the era of Israel; whether our neighbors like it or not.”
My Comment: In the meantime, Israel will arouse a much greater instability in the world than all of the other peoples and nations in the world together. As the wisdom of Kabbalah explains, this is happening precisely because the destiny of Israel is not the victory over our neighbors with innovations, nano-technologies, and high-tech, it is in demonstrating to the world the idea, theory, and practice of the union of everyone above the global ego. This method doesn’t exist for anyone except the people of Israel, and specifically this is what is required for the world, and not new technology, enrichment, and control. Specifically, if Israel will provide the gift of the technology of connection and union to the world, then it and the world will continue to exist!
The Jews transferred their knowledge to the nations of the world. In return, they obtained other nations’ desires, needs, and thoughts—special forms of egoism that the Jews didn’t possess originally. As a result, the Jewish people descended even more.
The nations of the world represent the Babylonians who didn’t join Abraham in his spiritual elevation. Because the Jews were spread among the nations of the world for thousands of years, they acquired other peoples’ naturally developed egoism that they originally lacked.
Today, everybody possesses huge egoism. The knowledge that the people of Israel transferred to the nations of the world helped them develop, so they now depend on the Jewish people, forcing Israel to fulfill its mission.
The nations of the world constantly announce that the reason for all the world problems are the Jews, even though the latter comprise less than one percent of the world’s population. The Jews are, however, spread throughout the world and occupy key positions in industry, science, banking, with many Jews among Nobel Prize winners.
The Jews have a wide-range impact, but in the opinion of anti-Semites, their influence is harmful. What can be done? At this point, The Book of Zohar, which was written at the beginning of the last exile 2000 years ago helps us understand by explaining that the Jews must unite.
Now is the time to reach unity because the entire world has now reached the state of ancient Babylon when everybody was connected and interconnected. The Jews have brought humanity to interdependency by implementing the methodology of unity in industry, culture, education, banking, etc.
So, the idea of mutual connection descended to this world through the Jews who received it from the upper force, the force of connection, which was transferred to them from Abraham. If not for this continuity, it would never have happened. The force existed in ancient Babylon in its most natural and original state. However, as society continued to advance, the force kept vanishing, leaving humanity fragmented and detached.
People were glad to separate from others no matter whether they were in a forest or a desert. As they strived to detach from their neighbors, a state of unity was possible only due to the Jews who managed to develop industry, culture, and education.
This explains why today the Jews are the ones who must present a new methodology of unity to the world. In ancient Babylon, Abraham failed to attract the majority of Babylonians to his methodology, whereas today, it is our obligation to attain this state. Today, the Jews are actually in debt to the world, and so they must reach out and succeed in their efforts to transfer the methodology of connection to the world.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/0515