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Answer: It says that the Creator created the evil inclination. That is, we originially received the evil nature, egoistic desire that refuses to connect with others.
This is the reason that every person in the world thinks only about himself and doesn’t care about others—that is out nature.
Why should we correct ourselves? The reason is very simple: we are in the program of creation, of the process that leads us to connection and unity, whether we want to or not.
The entire process of our evolution throughout our history leads us only to increasingly greater unity. We see the consequences of this process as the world is becoming global and we find ourselves all mutually connected. The entire world is becoming one small global village.
We depend on one another. See what is happening in Europe and in the Far East. Who could have predicted that hundreds of thousands of people would suddenly leave their homes and swarm from Afghanistan to France? This was impossible in the past, but in our modern world, yes.
No one can stop the masses of refugees. It could be very simple to stop them with an army and that’s that, but you cannot do that. The world has become round and will not accept this. You will not be allowed to do anything against them.
We don’t understand the world we are in yet and the extent to which we depend on one another. No one can do whatever he feels like. The question is what we should do in this case.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we are in a situation where nature is pushing us into a ring. The earth is becoming a very small crowded place that ties us together by rigid interdependence, thus becoming a very dangerous place.
A century ago, only three billion people lived on this planet, while today there are about eight billion people, which means that the world population has more than doubled. What will happen in another hundred years, if anything will exist by then?
Therefore we must understand that we have no choice and that we must find a common language. Nature is pushing us into a corner, into a dead end, and is forcing us to find a solution. We see that the EU has led to a complete collapse.
European countries cannot find a common language, and the reason for that is that Israel, the Jews, the ones who have the method of connection and unity, are not realizing it, not by themselves and not by conveying it to the rest of the world so that it could be used correctly.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM 9/20/15
Answer: On Yom Kippur we limit ourselves with five kinds of restrictions, not only for eating. All the restrictions apply to the reception of pleasure, but we then want to bestow and not receive.
Yom Kippur symbolizes our willingness to carry out our mission and the same restrictions that we are ready to make to unite among ourselves and unite the whole world.
In this manner we discover our uncorrected egoistic desires. After we have examined them, repenting and regretting them during the Ten Days of Repentance, from the beginning of Rosh HaShanah until Yom Kippur, we clarify how much these desires are uncorrected. So we promise to correct ourselves, but the final correction happens on Purim.
From Yom Kippur until Chanukah we correct our desires of bestowal, meaning the first and easiest part of our ego. And so this holiday is called, “Chanu-Kah” (camp here), meaning an interruption, a rest.
From Chanukah until Purim we correct the greater desires. Purim corresponds to Yom Kippur (“Ki-pur” means “Like Purim”). This means that on Yom Kippur we are already preparing ourselves for Purim, for the full correction of our ego, of our entire evil nature, until it is impossible to discern any evil.
So on the Purim holiday we act completely opposite compared to Yom Kippur: unlimited drinking and eating.
But on Yom Kippur our desires are not yet corrected, and we can not be allowed to use. We cannot be happy, cannot eat, cannot drink, cannot fulfill ourselves. This is because all of our fulfillments are egoistic, with thoughts only about ourselves.
But if we gradually correct our desires, then we are freed from limitations and reach a state where everything is allowed for us! This is what the Purim holiday symbolizes, the completion of correction.
We must reach this state through connecting with others. So on Purim it is customary to send gifts to each other, something that testifies to our correction and readiness to relate well with everyone.
It follows that Yom Kippur is the starting point of the process of correction in the relationships between people. And the story of the prophet Jonah teaches about the obligation of the people of Israel, besides personal correction, to bring all the nations of the world to unity.
It is not worthwhile to rely on the possibility of fasting one day per year and through this erase all of our sins and iniquities that we committed throughout the year. It is said that the crimes against others are not forgiven on Yom Kippur if the injured person doesn’t forgive us.
We are all egoists and think only about how to do as much good as possible for ourselves; on account of this, we exploit the whole world that surrounds us; we want to profit and receive from everyone. Only fear of punishment somehow forces us to balance what we receive with those around us. But deep in the soul, we are completely indifferent to them and the whole world could burn, the main thing is concern about ourselves.
And we need to transform this attitude into an opposite attitude, so that we will connect and unite with everyone and things will be better for everyone. Only then will the upper force, the Creator, dwell among us and spread a canopy of peace over us.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/20/15
The right to read this story during the ceremony is generally bought at a great sum of money. The richest people compete for the right to read it in front of everyone else; this is the climactic point of Yom Kippur.
People believe that this assures great success to a person for the whole year. They treat this like a simple tradition, without thinking about what is being said in this story.
The prophet Jonah receives a mission from the Creator to go to the sinful city of Nineveh and correct its inhabitants. Jonah the Jew doesn’t want to carry out this mission and bring about peace between the peoples of the world. He tries to flee and embarks on a ship that is about to set sail.
Jonah sleeps in the belly of the ship, showing that nothing concerns him. See how this story is symbolic; it teaches about the present situation of the people of Israel. And so the storm comes, the waves rise and threaten to sink the ship. The sailors draw lots to find out who is to blame for this storm, and the lot falls on Jonah. This is very much the way the nations of the world blame Israel today for all their problems.
Jonah acknowledges that he is to blame for everything, and agrees to be thrown overboard. In the sea he is swallowed by a great fish and remains in its belly for three days. During this time he expresses regret and understands that he is obligated to go to the sinful city of Nineveh and bring its inhabitants back to repentance.
So the fish released him on the beach directly on the way to the city of Nineveh. Jonah goes to the city and convinces its inhabitants to become good people. Then the Creator is revealed to Jonah and tells him that He could not abandon His plan to correct the whole world, for all the nations of the world are very precious to Him. And that is how this story ends happily.
See what kind of a story they give to us for the holiest day of the year, a day in which we must clarify and evaluate our condition, our work and actions throughout the past year, throughout all of our lives.
This speaks about relationships between people. All of the people of Israel must take upon themselves the role and the mission of the prophet Jonah and carry it out, not only to unite among themselves, but to bring the entire world to correction. And according to tradition, we pay a lot of money for this honorable right!
People assume that this action brings great success, and this is truly so, but to be truthful, it is not in the same sense that is commonly believed. If the people of Israel were to unite and bring the whole world to unity, we would expect great success.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/20/15
Yom Kippur symbolizes the beginning of the correction of the relations between people. It is common to ask for everyone’s forgiveness before Yom Kippur. This is how we show our desire to connect and unite with everyone, and this means we are ready to be judged.
A person is actually judged according to his willingness and his readiness to connect and unite with others. After all, the goal of creation is to unite and connect all the people back as one man in one heart.
Question: I don’t think we have many chances of being acquitted in this trial. Judging by the news, the state of the Israeli society is getting worse every day.
Answer: All the problems the world is undergoing, and especially the nation of Israel, are a direct outcome of our separation.
Question: Are all our sins forgiven on Yom Kippur, as if the counter is reset?
Answer: We can indeed reset the counter of our sins if we stretch out a friendly hand to one another. If the nation of Israel is ready to unite like brothers and open its heart, we will heal all the problems, become the most respectable nation in the world, and attain absolute security and wellbeing. Everything that happens depends only on our connection and unity.
In the connection between us we discover the upper force of nature, which exists in a concealed form among us. The moment we wish to bring our hearts closer together, we discover the Creator among us.
Yet we mustn’t think only about ourselves, but also must help the whole world unite because the Creator wants everyone to know Him, from the smallest to the greatest. This connection depends on the unity of the Israeli nation, but it has to spread throughout the world.
Therefore, we see the problems the world is undergoing and the rope tightening around Israel more and more. European leaders are already beginning to blame Israel that Europe is flooded with immigrants from Syria.
It would seem that Israel has nothing to do with these immigrants, but we are still being mentioned in this context. Therefore, we should understand that if we do not unite, the problems will increase on all sides, both internally and externally.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/20/15
Answer: Everything developed from the mutual cooperation of two forces, reception and bestowal, with the purpose of creating the system of a soul that could be composed of these two opposing characteristics (forces), without being dependent upon the Creator. Other than the beginning and the goal of creation, nothing was predetermined; rather, everything derives from the initial data out of necessity.
Answer: This is the form of a generation destined to die so that within it will be born in the next generation. On the basis of a dying old world that is going to die, comes a new world that is clean of all the defects and shortcomings that existed before.
The old world must eventually rot and finally decompose, and it is necessary to take only sparks that can be clarified and conveyed to the new world from it. We must use this world to help the birth of a new world, a new generation.
At the age of 19, when I was studying in the university in the faculty of medical cybernetics, I did an internship in a hospital’s obstetric surgery department in operating and delivery rooms. I experienced a real shock from what I saw, in what dirt and blood a person is born, just like an animal.
In the wisdom of Kabbalah, there are spiritual concepts that we call “impure blood,” unique spiritual forces. In the spiritual world, only forces are at work, and it is only in our world that they materialize in the form of labor.
The forces that shape the fetus and then push it out are the forces of nature. This process is managed by a higher power, the Creator, who pushes everything to develop.
Not only physical birth, but also the birth of artistic creation requires much suffering and internal revolution. This is an inevitable part of any type of developmental process.
The main thing is to look at the future and see in everything that is happening in the birth of a new generation, a new life. We throw all the garbage out from the old world of today and gradually find the newborn.
For the time being, this newborn is dirty and smeared with blood, but soon we bring it out, cut the umbilical cord that connects it to the old world, all previous life.; we wash it so that it will be clean and beautiful, and finally give it a smack on the bottom so that he will utter a sound. Thus is born a new people, a new world.
From KabTV’s “Discovering Yourself” 9/18/15
Answer: The structure of the Sukkah and all of the materials that are used to build it are according to the method and measurements of the upper attributes that we need to awaken in ourselves.
The roof of the Sukkah is collected from raw branches of trees so that the shade on a sunny day will be greater than the light, and the light will come only occasionally through the branches and leaves.
The roof symbolized the Masach (Screen) that separates us from the upper world, and the light that fills it. But due to that, we form a spiritual Masach within ourselves. We as if neutralize the upper Masach.
The upper Masach is one that conceals, and our Masach is one that reveals. Thus, during the time of the neutralizing of the upper Masach by our Masach, the light begins to illuminate and correct us.
During the seven days, we gradually fill with this light, and on the eighth day, we come to the state of being completely corrected, the holiday of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah). This means that the light of the Torah reaches its logical and only end: the filling of the Kli (vessel) of the corrected soul.
Question: We always talk about the importance of spiritual acts and not physical ones. So, why did your teacher, the Rabash, treat the building of the Sukkah so passionately, to such an extent that he checked if the roof was hanging and not connected to any poles and so on
Answer: This is the way a person is. If something is valuable to him, then he relates to it with great consideration, even on the lowest physical level.
If the deep inner motivations are very dear to us, then we maintain the same reverent attitude to their symbols in our world. Of course, what is most important are the spiritual corrections. But when a person begins to work internally, then the inner symbols become an incentive that attract him to suitable external actions.
Besides that, the holiday of Sukkot is simply a good and happy holiday. People gather together in a Sukkah, dine together, sing songs, and are happy.
There will come a time when the entire world will enter a huge Sukkah, and then the entire world will be happy.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/18/15
At this time, we are witnesses of the very beginning of the process: Europeans have recognized that they cannot leave refugees to fend for themselves, but at the same time, they don’t know how to take them in.
Those same Europeans, who for thousands of years, if not more, murdered each other and in which executions were an everyday “theater” for the common people, no longer live as in the past; they are unable to resist the invasion of refugees.
The question is, “Why?” The failure to act is fraught with serious danger.
We see that nature obligates us to change our internal structure. We will eventually understand and acknowledge that we really need this change. We will consent to this state of affairs and will wish for these modifications to our nature. Only then, will we gradually start changing.
The situation will reach a degree at which we will suddenly sense that we are unwilling to go back to our egoism. On the contrary, we will continue our path towards correction and eventually we will break the boundaries that separate us. This is a global process and it will last until we all merge into one family and become as one indivisible whole.
It will happen under financial and economic blows, numerous threats, and a series of natural disasters. Nature is unbalanced because of us, so, it will push us around.
So far, we haven’t started building the equilibrium and unity, which we should have already realized according to evolutionary development. That’s why nature will force us to understand the situation we are in and to want change.
As a result of numerous disasters, the people of the world will eventually realize and feel that it is the people of Israel who know the solution to this problem. Then, they will appeal to the people of Israel and put this requirement forth. This is the time when Israelis will disclose the methodology of correction, called the wisdom of Kabbalah, to all nations. In essence, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the art and science of connecting people.
When this happens, Israel will turn into the “Light for the nations.”
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/27/15
Preparation for the Lesson
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 167
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Mutual Guarantee”
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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”
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