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In the News (The Guardian): “Binyamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to ‘surround all of Israel with a fence’ to protect the country from infiltration by both Palestinians and the citizens of surrounding Arab states, whom he described as ‘wild beasts.'”
Answer: “Protection against wild beasts” is a Kabbalistic term. In the past, walls surrounded all the cities because they defended the city not only from wild animals but also from strangers. You could only enter a city through the city gates that were opened and closed at specific times and guarded. There was also a special regiment that protected the city. That is, the city walls were a serious defensive structure without which the city could not survive.
Question: Do you believe that Israel needs such walls?
Answer: Yes, it will give the people the necessary sense of security and enable the protection of the borders by small forces. The question is how should we fence ourselves from inside? But this issue will be examined later. Now, however, we have to at least build a wall that surrounds us from the outside because we are in great danger of massive immigration from Africa into our state. We have already seen that it is impossible to do anything about this matter. We cannot stand against the flow of refugees because of the international community that watches our moves, but a fence is a fact that no one can enter and that’s it. Therefore I believe that it is vital.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah this is a necessity when it comes to guarding a home and a yard and when it comes to guarding a city and a state. The wisdom of Kabbalah regards a fence as a special spiritual force a person builds around his area, around his home. A fence, a barrier, a wall, is referred to as a division of the upper world from the lower worlds.
The Creator is clearly revealed in the world of Atzilut to anyone who begins to feel that world because it is actually in the world of Atzilut that is actually our home. This is our true place and this is where we are expected. The lower worlds, on the other hand, the world of Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya are below the world of Atzilut and separated from it by a fence called Parsa. One can transcend the Parsa only if he has a special spiritual attribute because the Parsa is a spiritual barrier, a potential one has to leap over.
I hope we will be able to build a barrier around us out of building materials. But the most important thing is that we will create such a potential barrier around us that only those who want to be like us will be able to get near us.
In order to achieve this, we have to connect in mutual love and care for one another, and thus we can create this field around us that only those who want to be like us will be able to come near us.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/11/16
Comment: The Knesset rejected the law to protect journalists. Under the law, assault of journalists performing their duties would receive a three to five year prison term. It’s implication was that the duty of journalists was to defend democracy and to be its watchdog.
Answer: The point is that journalists who appear on every TV channel, the Internet, and the press have to be responsible for the education and teaching of society, for its future. They, however, enjoy the fact that they reveal society’s poisonous corruption and illnesses. They don’t do it in order to heal society like doctors do but in order to present these problems in an even more cruel manner than they actually are and show them to the public.
A journalist who presents his harsh perspective stemming from his egoism and wants to show that this is society’s ordinary state, actually raises the standard of what is forbidden, and society follows that and feels “oh yes, this is normal and this is also normal.” We read about such things in the paper or the Internet and begin to accept them because we don’t really know what happens in schools, families, government offices, etc.
Journalists blow everything out of proportions to such an extent that it becomes the norm, and so the next day nothing seems so terrible, which means that the standard has to be raised even higher. There is no education of the people but rather the constant lowering of their level. The level of social sensitivity is getting increasingly lower and people gradually don’t care about anything more.
A journalist today no longer has the image of someone who engages in bringing information to the public, a publicist, and it isn’t a respectable profession like it used to be. A journalist must know his mission and his social role and convey his opinion to society in order to heal it. People don’t know what is happening on the streets. They see everything through the media. If in the past journalists were above the public, now they are inferior to it and so pull all of society to the bottom after them. The point is not whether it is legal to beat journalists or not but the fact that there is no one who can educate them.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/11/16
In the News (The Telegraph): “The oil-rich home of glitz, the United Arab Emirates, has appointed new ministers of ‘tolerance’ and ‘happiness’ as part of a cabinet reshuffle, as it attempts to cement its position as the Arab world’s most eye-catching nation. …
“The prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, had said he wanted a ‘council of youth’ with its own minister who would him – or her – self be no older than 25. …
“‘A new post, minister of state for happiness, will align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction,’ he said. ‘The post of minister of state for tolerance has been created to promote tolerance as a fundamental value in UAE society.'”
Answer: After the ongoing violation of human rights by the government in a society that limits freedom of speech and afflicts torture on its people, they now appoint a minister of happiness who will preach and convince the people that they are happy and pet and tame them like animals. He will not act against the other government offices, of course. What is more, the United Emirates are going to face great problems in the future because the Americans have replaced them with the Iranians, leading to a decline in prices of oil and more. Generally speaking, they are going to face serious problems compared to the last decade.
Question: What is happiness from a Kabbalistic perspective?
Answer: Happiness is being in complete harmony with the general force of nature, with everything that surrounds you, above time, motion, and space. Despite your ego, that tears you to pieces from inside, you are only united with nature and its eternal serenity. This doesn’t mean that a person becomes passive. But on the contrary, his nature constantly changes, pushing him in different directions, and it rises above everything to constant peace and thus comes into balance with nature.
After all, nature is in a state of absolute rest, and every change that we seem to feel is only in our sensations.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/9/16
Answer: It is an allegorical description of those corrections of our egoism that we must go through. All of the Mitzvot, although they may seem to be disconnected from reality, worthless, useless and empty, are concerned only with correcting our egoistic nature to becoming altruistic.
Don’t think that the Tefillin are just boxes, that the Tallit (prayer shawl) is a cloth covering and that the Tzitzit are strings. These are all physical reminders, allegories, for particular spiritual characteristics. Actually we are commanded to make a correction on our desires called “Tallit,” “Tefillin,” and “Tzitzit,” and all the Mitzvot were given to us to correct the heart. The “heart” is our general egoistic desire. If we correct ourselves like this, then we will be keeping all the Mitzvot in their true form!
Question: Why is the prayer “Shema Yisrael” (Deuteronomy 6:4) inserted in the boxes of both the head and the arm that are called “Tefillin”?
Answer: This is because the Tefillin symbolize the spiritual implementation of the highest Mitzvah, which is adhesion with the Creator, meaning creating a desire that will be exactly like the Creator, and this is realized through correction of the ego on a very high level, called the “head of the world of Atzilut.” The egoistic desire of the person is built from five levels: Shoresh, Aleph, Bet, Gimel, and Dalet, and when he corrects them, then the “Kutzo shel Yod” (tip of the letter “Yod”) is gradually revealed to him, after it the letter “Yod” itself, then the letter “Hey,” then the “Vav” and finally the final “Hey”; he has received the four letter name of the Creator, which cannot be erased, cannot be washed away, and cannot be destroyed, because it is the foundation of creation, formed in Olam Ein Sof (the world of Infinity), even before the creation of our world through what are called the four Behinot (phases) of the Ohr Yashar (Direct Light).
We are implementing a correction when we need to resemble all four phases fully. This is our role. So the Mitzvot of Tefillin are so unique and high! All the Mitzvot belong to the world of Atzilut, which is derived from the word, “Etzlo” (close to Him), that is where the Creator Himself exists. So the box on the head represents one part of the Head of Arich Anpin, a block of the world of Atzilut, and the box on the arm symbolizes the second part of the Head of Arich Anpin.
The Tefillin of the arm symbolize the descent of the Ohr Hassadim (Light of Mercy), Binah, from the “head” to the “body,” which helps the body to be corrected. So the Tefillin of the arm are put on the weaker arm, the left arm. But we don’t need to dedicate that much thought to this, but simply to correct our egoistic desires in our overall connection with others. With this the entire Torah and all of the corrections will be realized.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 25/1/16
New Life #630 – Overcoming Terrorism in Israel
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
We are very weak because we have made it possible for our enemies to be among us, to move freely everywhere. We are not prepared to control the situation and we cannot act aggressively because the world will rise up against us. Our hands are tied.
Everyone is screaming: Where is the security? Yet when we reach the government we understand the problem. The world hates us more than it hates them, so there is nothing to build on any improvement in the attitude towards us.
There is no army that can stand against terrorism; anyone can buy a knife and we are finished. We invest a lot in intelligence in order to prevent things before they break out. Without this, our situation would be much worse.
The world will resolve many of the problems that are bothering it now, and it will be freed to engage in anti-Israel conferences immediately after that. The world hates us without even knowing why; it’s because we hold the key to world happiness.
Bad relationships between us cause bad relationships between all people in the world. The method for the correction of human nature from evil to good is in our hands, but we don’t use it. To the degree that we correct ourselves, the relationships between us, the wave of terrorism will immediately calm down. Until then, we are existing by supreme grace, which is giving us a little time to understand what is happening and to correct ourselves.
Our powerful army will not save us this time, only correcting the relationships between us can calm the world down. Peace among the Jews in Israel will bring peace to the whole world; we will feel like a single unit, a single family.
Our correction will correct the whole world. Why? Because there is a network of connection between everyone, and we determine what happens in it. We are the smallest and determining part, like the brain of a large machine that determines everything that the machine carries out.
In today’s world, terrorism is becoming a government, it is derived from a deep and well-organized politics.
If we correct ourselves, if we connect between us, with this we will compel the entire world to unite and reach comprehensive peace.
From KabTV’s “New Life #630 – Overcoming Terrorism In Israel,” 10/8/15
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