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Question: It used to be that when the situation in Israel worsened and military actions began, the people would always come together. But with this current rising wave of terrorism, in the streetit is felt that everyone is more concerned and anxious about himself. Why isn’t this fear uniting us?
Answer: The threat of terrorism isn’t bringing us together because we feel that it is not coming from outside the borders of Israel but really is in the heart of the nation. So, it apparently is tearing us apart inside. It is compelling each one to hide in his corner.
This is not a war where we know where the enemy is and we could oppose it with all means. Military power will not help against terrorism—that’s the problem.
We need to understand what is happening. We are beginning to receive more internal and qualitative blows that have a more meaningful influence on us. When missiles fall, then we understand that there is a danger of injury, but it is something definitive.
Terrorism sows fear in us, and most importantly, a sense of powerlessness. We know that we have the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, aircraft, and army. If they shoot at us, we would strike back with a more powerful response.
But against terrorism you can’t do anything because it is hiding inside. But if we, the people of Israel, free ourselves from our “internal terrorists,” from the hatred between us, from the desire to terrorize others, then nothing would be left of the Arab terrorists on our streets either.
The only way to will destroy terrorism —is an internal correction of each in relation to his neighbor. After all, if we do not change, the next hit will be even more significant. We feel that a developed, efficient, well-organized system of terror is operating between us. This system begins to rule over us, instilling in us the fear, the horror, the feeling that the terrorists are hiding everywhere, lying in wait for us at every step.
Does this description remind you of the selfish network of relationships between ourselves? This is exactly the same system—its external reflection. So far we have not seen such terror in the street, but we can come to it if we don’t begin to deal with the internal “terrorists,” with our egoism now.
The physical terrorism can accurately reflect the inner, spiritual terrorism, so terrible times will come. We hope that the Creator will not allow this to happen and that we will take care of ourselves.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/19/15, Baal HaSulam, “The Mutual Guarantee”
In the News (inosmi.ru): “The world may soon enter an era in which it will be possible to be rich only because of one’s birth. Modern capitalism is increasingly resembling feudalism.
“According to the calculations of the British charity Oxfam, in the next year 1% of the richest people on earth are to amass more money than the remaining 99%.
” If the average growth of world production is 1-1.5%, while income from capital investment comes to 4-5%. Speculating on the market, you can earn much more than producing something useful for the economy. The greatest chance of enrichment are for those who have sufficient capital and can afford to indulge in financial speculation. So they accumulate more and more money and are more and more alienated in property terms from the rest of society and its problems.
“‘Therefore, the circumstances of birth are more important than talent and effort,’ – wrote American economist and Nobel laureate, Paul Krugman.
“The new aristocracy – is not so much the aristocracy of industry, as it is a circle of people holding money. Many economists have long pointed to financial speculation as a source of growing stratification.
“Much of this paper wealth can evaporate as a result of the financial turmoil, just as in a few weeks in June and July 2015 2.8 trillion (the amount is close to the nominal GDP of France) evaporated with the Chinese exchanges. The problem is that the large financial speculators did not become poor from the collapse. It is the small punters who, losing their life savings in the markets, can not count on any support. Banks in these situations also can count on assistance from the state.
“Increased stratification also leads to a decrease in social mobility, limited access to education. In the long term, the less ‘equal’ economy also suffers from the greater likelihood of senior positions being taken by not really talented people, but by those who compensate for the lack of talent by birth in a rich family or acquaintances in high places.
“Growth of the disparity in income in the long term may also lead to dire political consequences. On the one hand, it leads to oligarchic mode, on the other hand, increases sympathy for the radical movements that seek to eliminate the existing socio-political order.
“It is possible to observe a harbinger of countries lying in the periphery of the eurozone. There is growing a generation that has never had a chance at a normal job. “The level of financial stratification in Europe have threatened social equilibrium. When the unemployment rate, which among youth in Greece and Spain, more than 50% of the younger generation has no prospects,” – indicates Janusz Shevchak.
“‘Piketty writes in his book that if the level of return on capital will consistently exceed the level of economic growth (which he predicts in his works), this can lead to the destruction of the foundations on which to build democratic capitalism, that is, the idea that work allows one to get rich, and its material effect depends on individual skills and effort. As a result, a phenomenon exacerbated delegitimization of capital and that this is followed, activated movement “angry” and start coming to power of populist parties (both left and right), cleverly finding access to public discontent, “- recalls Sobochinsky.
“…in Europe support formed for radical formation during the Great Depression of the 30’s: the Communist Party, the German Nazi Party, fascist, radical socialist and national-radical movements. History shows that the radicalization of society can be accelerated if an economic crisis imposed an identity crisis of the nation and the immigration crisis.
“‘The response to the crisis 30s was the introduction of very high taxes in the framework of the policy New Deal, so that in the post-war period managed to establish relative balance between labor and capital, as a result, income inequality decreased significantly.'”
My Comment: Capitalists are not brave enough to raise their own taxes. Today there is no longer a clear and accurate correlation between hard work and the outcome of labor. Countries are not locked within their borders and business has become global.
Therefore, people don’t feel that they depend on capital within their country and international corporations don’t feel that they depend on it. In order to feel it, they have to feel the environment, the attitude towards others. The world has come to an economic dead end and the only way out is through new social relationships. See “The Last Generation.”
Question: The Book of Zohar is a major part of studying Kabbalah, but, at the same time, The Book of Zohar is divided into many parts and is very complicated. There are three volumes that explain the five books of the Torah (the Pentateuch).
Beyond that, there is The New Zohar and other books that are not included in the other volumes such as The Secrets of the Letters (Sitrei Otiyot), Raza de Razin, and so forth.
Recently, I have come across a book called Parashat Pinchas (the weekly section of the Torah Pinchas) in Russian, translated by Ephraim Bauch, and I have not found this book in the editions you have published.
So, is all of that The Book of Zohar? Do all of these books draw the Light, even the above-mentioned Raza de Razin that speaks about different lines on the palm of the hand? Please tell me what is the complete Book of Zohar?
Answer: There are many versions, commentaries, and translations of The Book of Zohar. To avoid confusion, I recommend only The Book of Zohar with the Sulam Commentary by Baal HaSulam or Zohar La’am in Hebrew or the version that is translated into different languages.
Preparation for the Lesson
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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “One Should Always Sell the Beams of His House”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 15
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World,” “Rewarded – I Will Hasten It, Not Rewarded – In Its Time”
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