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This is the tenth consecutive year our publishing company is participating in the international book fair in Frankfurt. Our stand this year is in the main hall, near leading publishing companies in the fields of printed and electronic books.
This year we are also presenting interviews and video clips that I have had with different people like Larry King and we project them on a big screen in our pavilion.
Our students from Kabbalah La’am centers in Norway, the Czech Republic, Canada, and Germany are helping us.
In 2015 we published two new books in German, three in Turkish, three in Romanian, one in French, two in Italian, one in Czech, three in Danish, and three in English.
Thank you very much for all your support!
In the Talmud it is written that “All calamities come to the world only for the sake of the people of Israel” (Yevamot 63a), to force us to realize our freedom of choice, to choose the good way and to draw the whole world after us.
This is because we must be a “Light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:6), but according to our behavior today, we are not bringing any Light and are not considered the people of Israel at all. Israel are those who maintain the general rule, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18)
Comment: But our people try to behave most humanely!
Answer: We are within a system of the laws of nature, and we must clarify precisely what we need to do to be compatible with them. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the wisdom of the world and “God” is “Nature”; therefore, we must examine nature and understand exactly what is required from us, and not just try.
It is necessary to examine precisely: have we conformed to the requirements that are imposed upon us or not? We must achieve unity between us, the general rule “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we achieve this, then we solve our problems.
In the book Maor VeShemesh, it is written that “The essential defense against all calamities is love and unity. As long as love, unity and friendship dwells within Israel, no troubles can dominate it, and all the evil defamations and suffering move away from them.”
Question: How is it possible that due to our unity we protect ourselves from trouble?
Answer: The idea is that our world is “round,” closed. All of the parts of nature: still, vegetative, and animate, and humanity are connected together in a single system that is revealed from generation to generation as a network of strict connections.
Our success is determined by our degree of accommodation to this system, and all of our problems can be explained as a lack of accommodation to it. Today we find ourselves in a world in which no leader understands according to which laws the world operates and how it is necessary to manage it to attain some kind of success.
A number of decades ago, in the time of Churchill and Truman, there was nothing like this. So it was still possible to manage the world through aggressive authoritarian systems like Stalin.
Today a method like this won’t work anymore; what will work is only the same “identical” attitude towards the world, as all of it is itself. This is because the general network has been revealed, and in this situation nothing will help if the people of Israel who have the method of association don’t bring the entire world to unification.
A circle is association. We are discovering that all of us are connected with each other, whether we want this or not. We are living in an integral, global world that is mutually connected. There is nothing to be done about this connection except to unite and connect people; this is the main thing.
This secret, which is the foundation of the wisdom of Kabbalah, is the possession of the people of Israel. It makes it possible to connect and unify people; without it nobody will succeed in doing this, and through this connection and consolidation, all problems are solved. Therefore it is written, “All calamities come into the world only for the sake of the people of Israel” to show us that we have not yet united and haven’t brought the entire world to the long-awaited unification.
To be continued….
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 10/11/15
Answer: We must protest so that we will unite and connect between us in spite of our ego. This is like a puzzle that parents buy for a child and ask him to assemble the 50-100 pieces together.
These efforts develop the child because he must imagine how to connect the separate parts. So also all of us, if we connect ourselves into the right complete puzzle, will then see a picture between us called the “world to come, the upper world.”
Question: Is this world to come the same world that we reach after death?
Answer: The world to come we see during this life. The world to come is characterized as the approaching new one in which we attain a wonderful unity between everyone, “like one person with one heart,” “and you shall love your friend as yourself.” Thanks to this connection, we begin to discover a completely new level between us.
We are changed internally so that we begin to feel that all of us are connected. Thanks to this, humanity is integrated and unified with all the rest of nature: the still, vegetative, and animate are also joined to humanity. And then a person begins to understand and feel the entire world such that he includes it within himself.
That is what each one begins to feel: I, you, he, and everyone. For all of us are integrated into a single force, a single desire, a single thought, and thanks to this, we reach a completely good world. We rise above life and death, above all problems and troubles, here and now in this world, as is written: “You will see your world in your lifetime” (Berachot 17a).
All of this is in our power; so come, let’s take advantage of this opportunity correctly. Let’s think about this; only through our connection and unity will there be salvation for us and for the entire world.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/20/15
Question: How must I look at society: Do I need to think that everyone already understands everything and are only waiting for my correction, or should I think that all of us are found in a single boat, with a single desire?
Answer: We are together in any way you look at it. On the one hand, this is a large and very advanced group at the height of the end of correction; on the other hand, this is a society that is waiting for me, while I am holding it back not letting it ascend! On the third hand, this is a society in which everyone is equal except for me. Which is to say, from any point of view about society: from above, on the same level, and below, I am obligated to it.
I get everything from the friends! But because of my attitude towards them, I cannot use anything they give me, radiate to me. Because of my incorrect attitude toward them, I cannot make a prayer (MAN –Mayin Nukvin, a demand for the characteristic of bestowal) for them. They would want to bestow and to help me, but are not prepared to do so! Their actual bestowal to me is possible only according to my MAN, my request.
They do everything for me; they prepare themselves to take care of me, but I don’t raise a prayer, MAN to them. I don’t consider them important and don’t believe that I would be able to get everything through them. I don’t believe and don’t see them as the greatest of the generation, so I freeze everything here and there.
Question: So how can I turn to the friends with a prayer, with MAN?
Answer: Try to believe that they have all that you need. Then you will have a drive to turn to them. The society has everything; it is in the state of Ein Sof (infinity)! But we cannot discover the minimal Light of Nefesh de Nefesh in it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/19/14, Talmud Eser Sefirot
Question: Could it be that the lower raises MAN (a prayer) to the upper and cannot keep on raising MAN?
Answer: This cannot happen! The upper is in a state of Hafetz Hesed and this is the reason it is the upper with respect to the lower. He is the one who created and gave birth to the lower.
The lower discovers itself existing with certain inclinations and Reshimot (spiritual genes), which means with a certain fate, all of which come from the upper. Our whole existence is thanks to our father and mother, and it is the same in spirituality. But we receive all the discernments from our spiritual father and mother.
This chain comes down from the world of Ein Sof (Infinity). Everything that happens in me, both in the feelings that arise in me and in my mind, is all arranged by the upper to the smallest detail. He arranges and directs everything in me with fine tweezers and knows all my reactions because he is my upper. The upper Partzuf in the spiritual world isn’t just the one through which I receive everything from above. The upper totally controls me to my last cell, to the smallest detail there can be, and which I will attain at the end of the spiritual ladder.
The upper raises MAN on my behalf, and in order to be connected to me he is in a state of Hafetz Hesed, of Bina, of bestowing in order to bestow. If he were in a state of greatness, I wouldn’t be able to ever see or feel him.
This is the reason that he remains in a state of smallness with respect to me and so I can ask from him. This means that I can connect to him and attain a minimal equivalence of form with him, and thanks to that, turn to him with my request. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do so and we could not understand one another.
The lower who rises to the upper doesn’t see this AHP and cannot digest and understand it. The lower only knows that it is someone greater than him and nullifies himself before him, which in the meantime is the maximum form of getting close to him.
Question: Does the upper see the GE of the lower?
Answer: The upper sees everything because he gave birth to the lower. It isn’t even the same as in our world where we can build a certain system and then find out that it doesn’t work as we expected. In the spiritual world, the upper is fully conscious of the lower that is totally revealed to him so that he can work with him. The upper doesn’t have to wait for any responses from the lower. He only wants for the lower to know his own responses.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/20/14, Talmud Eser Sefirot
Question: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, when we use the word “corporeal” we refer to the desire to receive, and when we use the word “spiritual,” we refer to the desire to bestow. This is part of a person’s inner world, his feelings.
So, what is our physical world? Is it the mountains, planets, the sky, the plants, and so forth? Are these things related to receiving and bestowal, or not at all?
Answer: This is what we feel in our corporeal attributes (desires) that cannot be corrected by our five senses (that are parallel to the five Sefirot of the soul). Look under “the perception of reality” in this blog.