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The Roots Of Racism

laitman_203Question: What is the root of racism?

Answer: All the positive and negative motivations, characteristics, and qualities of individuals and society are based on our egoism. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about how to change egoism and transform it into a characteristic of bestowal and love so instead of taking things in and absorbing it, the ego will engage in giving and bestowal.

The perception of creation as a positive and desirable movement from us towards others reveals a paradigm of completely different sensations in us. When in a person everything is directed towards himself, when he doesn’t feel, he checks himself: is this good or bad for me? It means that he automatically chooses: He accepts what is good for his ego; he throws to the side what is bad for his ego. And when there is no harm or benefit for the ego, it doesn’t enter into our senses; we don’t feel it at all. This is the way we perceive our world.

And when a person changes himself, turns in the opposite direction, meaning towards the good of others, he begins to perceive that part of creation that surrounds him that he previously could not feel because he perceived everything through his egoistic impulses.

Now he begins to feel everything in the light of altruism, and this is an absolutely different method of perception. Instead of sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching, five new senses are created now, which are called: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. With them he perceives what is called the upper world, but not within the receptive characteristics as in our world, rather within the characteristics of bestowal.

The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about this; it is a wisdom about the correct perception of creation. However, our world doesn’t disappear from us; we see it; we exist normally within it, but the main thing is that we are involved with the development of our perception of the other part of creation that was previously closed to us.

So the wisdom of Kabbalah is wisdom about discovering the world. When we begin to feel the two worlds, we can even decide in a more or less logical manner where we are, why we exist, how we should behave, and so forth. This is what we must reach.

And in the meantime, our egoistic perception filters and classifies what is good for us, and everything that is good for others doesn’t interest us. As a general rule, we automatically choose what is useful and pleasant for us and we reject everything else; we don’t perceive it at all.

Racism is a state in which a person’s senses are not directed only towards having things be good for himself, but also that he enjoys it when things are bad for others. This is a problem of humanity. To this day we see how people relate to each other. We constantly develop according to an evolutionary axis: the ego grows constantly and therefore each one doesn’t just work for his own benefit, but also works to harm others. We constantly compare ourselves to others: the worse it is for them, the better it is for us.

With animals this doesn’t exist. With them, jealousy, envy and hatred don’t exist as they do with humans. It is comparison of ourselves to others that produces all kinds of racism. It seems to me that either I am suffering because of others or they have more luck than I do and so forth. In addition, each one of us is interested in appearing better in the eyes of society. This is typical only of humans because in us there are both beastly and human parts. The beastly part requires food, sex, and family, and the human part demands wealth, respect, and knowledge. When we yearn to fill ourselves with the sources of these emotions, we gradually come to jealousy, envy, and hatred.

It follows that it is better for us when it is bad for others. That is how our ego was initially arranged. If it is not developed, then as with the animals, it is not so important. But if I am a developing person, this won’t give me rest because I measure my status in relation to all people, or at least judge according to my neighbors. And the grass is always greener with the neighbor.

As a result, on the one hand, we are moving to a state of mutual hostility and hatred, on the other hand, the disclosure of our universal integrated independently of each other. And then we need the wisdom of Kabbalah in order to balance these two forces are mutually exclusive.

This leads to racism. In addition, a no less important factor in the eruption of racism are issues of nationalism or races; after all, we are not alike, we are different. dissimilar. As a result, on the one hand, we are moving to a state of mutual hostility and hatred; on the other hand, to the disclosure of our overall integral dependence on each other. And here is where we require the wisdom of Kabbalah to balance the two mutual forces that mutually reject each other.
From the Video Conference 6/7/15

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Miami Book Fair 2015

News from our friends of the Bnei Baruch Center – Miami, Florida who participated in the five days of the Miami Book Fair: Our booth had many visitors, especially young people who came and bought our books. We were impressed that people have become sensitive to our message of the need for connection and union.



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A Book From The Depths Of Time

laitman_527_07Question: You say that Adam wrote the first Kabbalistic book. For whom did he write it? After all, he was alone, he was the first man.

Answer: Of course there were other people living in the time of Adam and before him. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t deny Darwin’s theory of evolution. Adam was one of the people living in his time.

He was born 5,776 years ago and we celebrate his birthday as the Jewish New Year. Adam was the first to discover the whole system of creation, the system of the upper world, which we study today and want to discover by ourselves just as he did. We are his followers.

In those days he had students and we are also called his students. In Hebrew man is called “ben Adam” – the son of Adam. All of us are the sons of Adam. His book is meant for all the generations that follow him!

Question: Was the book written in Hebrew?

Answer: Yes. Adam developed this language according to the spiritual powers he had discovered. He had to develop and process a suitable language in order to describe the upper world in the language of our world. This is how the Hebrew alphabet appeared. He wrote the first book in Hebrew called HaMalach Raziel (Secret Angel).

Since then Kabbalists write in Hebrew because this is the only language by which you can convey the complete information from the top down, from the upper world to our world. Writing Hebrew letters and the order of the words carry a special spiritual meaning in addition to the ordinary meaning.

There is a special book called the Tikkun Soferim (Correction of the Readers), which is about how to write correctly. In Russian it was once called “calligraphy.” I remember in school we were taught how to write beautifully to display the letters. According to Tikkun Soferim, the size, the length and the width of every letter, the order of the letters in a word, and the laws of building words from letters is a very complex system, but what is most important is the actual language. Words are created by the combination and place of the letters, and the words build a sentence.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/4/15

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 116

Laitman_049_01Question: I have been interested in different spiritual beliefs and spiritual methods for over twenty years. At some point, I came across your books about the wisdom of Kabbalah and what they said matched what was going on in my life to such an extent that I wanted to read the sources, and in order to do so have learned enough words in Hebrew so that I can read the relevant literature.

Thus, I read Talmud Eser Sefirot and “The Tree of Life” in Hebrew. Of course I didn’t understand most of what it says, but I do have impressions of it that I remember. Lately, however, I began to notice many things and it was very similar to what I have read in Kabbalah books. I remember the Kabbalistic description of the world of Atzilut, which is an outcome of the Direct Light, and Atik through which Light from the world of Ein Sof (Infinity) passes to the world of Atzilut. I would like to ask you whether this is a Kabbalistic experience of what is described as the world of Atzilut?

Answer: Nothing of what you describe resembles what really happens when the upper world is revealed in the mutual attribute of connection and bestowal of Kabbalists. You need a true environment and a teacher.

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Europe In A Trap

laitman_428Question: Why do you think the European Union accepted the refugees so politely?

Answer: Europe fell into its own trap: a natural historical anti-Semitism pushed Europe into an alliance with the Arab world against Israel. The main thing—being against Israel. In addition, it allowed access to oil, markets, and security from Africa and the Middle East. Europe adopted the conditions for recognizing the PLO and the legitimacy of Jihad against Israel.

This made it possible to disguise its anti-Semitism through defending the just demands of the Arab peoples. So, out of their hatred towards the Jews, they got closer to the Arabs who have transformed Europe into the East.

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Uncovering The Secret

laitman_260Question: Can you give at least one example of how you can adhere to the Creator in our world?

Answer: A person has to feel it by himself on himself. This is the reason that the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the secret wisdom; it is impossible to convey it in an abstract, theoretical, verbal manner. You can only teach a person to reveal it inside him and then he will be able to understand what this wisdom is.

There are no secrets in the wisdom of Kabbalah. The secret is only the fact that it is concealed from our current senses and is revealed by each one according to his level of correction. It is very simple! In our world, for example, we don’t give a small child sharp instruments, things that could be dangerous for him, we make sure he doesn’t get hurt, or doesn’t drop anything on himself.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is about even sharper and more dangerous objects and forces. Therefore an intentional “blackout” was created so that we wouldn’t be able to touch them. Imagine you exist in a dark cloud and only if you work properly will this cloud gradually begin to fade, once in one place and then in another etc., but only according to the distance and the direction you can operate without harming yourself and others.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/11/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.03.15

Preparation for the Lesson 

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 895

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 69

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Lesson on the Topic: “Chanukah by the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 11

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