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“How To Save The World Economy?”

laitman_202_0Opinion ( “We are living in the framework of a financial system that provides stability to the American dollar. This can be beneficial if the interests of the world financial system don’t clash with the interests of the economy and financial system of the United States.

“But the American part of the world economy decreased from 50% to below 20%. Under conditions of an absence of income from issuing securities, the world financial system found itself at a loss and economic growth stopped. The crisis is so great that the victory of one of these forces will inevitably annihilate the other. Peace cannot exist here, for conflict can only be ended through collapse of one of the sides, for there are no resources for the livelihood of both. Therefore the struggle will only become stronger and deeper.

“The question is whether the American economy will be saved at the expense of the world financial system or the world economy will be saved at the expense of the United States.”

My Comment: To save humanity should be through unity. The solution is not on a financial level, but through resembling the entire system of nature, with which humanity is in opposition.

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Laitman_720In the News ( “There haven’t been wolves in Yellowstone Park for 70 years. During this time, the elk dominated the park. They multiplied at an uncontrollable rate and caused great damage to the local vegetation. 14 wolves were brought to the park in 1995 and they forced the rams to choose their pasturing places more carefully. As a result of this, the vegetation began to grow again and within six years five times the number of trees as there had been before have grown.

“The number of berries has increased; ducks, fish, and muskrats (a type of rodent) have appeared in swamps, coves and rivers, and also beavers that needed trees for building dams. The wolves have reduced the population of jackals, something that has bought about an increase in the number of rabbits and mice, and these have attracted hawks, ferrets, and foxes to the park. Bears who came to the park after looking for food drove away the wolves from prey and ate the leftovers.

“But the most amazing thing that happened is that the wolves have changed the flow of the rivers. The banks of the rivers straightened, reducing erosion on the shore; this happened because the influence of the wolves on the elk brought a tremendous growth of trees and grass on the banks of the rivers. The entire geography of the park has been changed because of the 14 wolves that were released less than twenty years ago.”

My Comment: I think that basically we see a small segment of the picture of changes. Consider the number of distortions we have created in the harmony of nature. The wisdom of Kabbalah says that we have inserted many more distortions through our egoistic thoughts and activities.

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New Life 527 – As We Enter Adar We Increase Happiness

New Life 527 – As We Enter Adar We Increase Happiness
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

What is the meaning of the month of Adar? And what arouses happiness in it; what kind of happiness are they talking about and where is it found?
From KabTV’s “New Life 527 – As We Enter Adar We Increase Happiness,” 2/24/15

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Is It Necessary To Teach The Siddur?

laitman_527_05Question: In your blog you include some Psalms of David. Would it also be worthwhile to similarly include the main prayers from the Siddur (prayer book), which are essential for our spiritual advancement?

Answer: I think that it is still too early to study the Siddur. We are talking in our lessons about prayers as the correct expression of turning toward the Creator, of His revelation to the Kabbalists.

The Kabbalists discovered the Creator, and from their practical experience in turning to Him, meaning the creation within them of desires, requests, MAN, they described the formation of prayers for us.

But we ourselves must be in connection with the Creator, at least on the level of Lo Lishma (not for Her name), so that the words of the Siddur that were created by the giant Kabbalists, the participants in the Great Assembly more than two thousand years ago, will not seem naïve and strange.

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Can We Trust Robots?

laitman_600_04Question: American scientists have discovered that in extreme situations people rely more on robots than on their common sense or manuals.

Researchers at the Georgia Technological Institution asked 30 volunteer students to perform a certain task in a medium size hall. Suddenly, the fire alarm went off and the hall was filled with smoke. The students had a choice of either leaving the hall by using the door through which they came in or to leave the hall through a small side door, toward which a robot pointed at, intentionally erroneously. It turned out that most of the volunteers, 26 out of 30 obeyed the robot and went toward the dead end.

On the one hand, this is progress since we are creating these advanced machines ourselves, but on the other hand, we obey our robots and become as foolish as they are. Could you explain this paradox?

Answer: I don’t understand the actual experiment. How can you not believe a sensor that shows you exactly where you should run to in time of an emergency? What can a person obey? His own instinct? Even if a person knew where the exit door was because he came in through it, perhaps there was a fire there and the robot indicated another exit and determined the safest way out. So why shouldn’t a person trust it? I would also obey the robot’s orders.

Comment: It seems that there were also other people who showed the students which way to go and yet they trusted the robot. Many times, when we use a navigation system, for example, we feel that it is the wrong way but still follow its instructions blindly.

Answer: This is natural, because we begin to respect these instruments in which our confused logic and doubts don’t exist. So I would also trust such instruments more. We launch satellites that orbit the earth, fly, and dive into deep waters, all thanks to such instruments. The human factor can play a very negative role here. This is the reason that I believe that we should trust instruments more than people.

Comment: We don’t totally trust people even in everyday life.

Answer: Why should we trust them? It is actually because of the human factor that there are explosions in nuclear power stations.

Comment: Many say that robots will become stronger than us.

Answer: Nonsense.  Only primitive people who don’t understand how mechanical systems work can say that. A mechanical system can never be smarter or stronger than the person who created it, but in critical situations it is safer since it has no self-doubts.

Question: Will personal relations between people be able to exist in the presence of such technology?

Answer: We are advancing toward such technologies not in order to communicate with each other. Who needs mutual communication these days? Even when we hear one another on the computer, we don’t actually communicate with one another; we read or see something on the screen and that’s it.

Our developing ego pushes a person to be an individualist who is isolated from everyone. If we provide a person with the basic necessities and lock him in a room with a computer, he will not need anything else, absolutely nothing. Even if he is in jail in conditions that are comfortable for living alone, he will not need anyone else.

This trend will continue until people feel that despite this convenience it is as if they are dead. On the one hand, it is very comfortable for our ego, but on the other hand, it is death. We are such a state when we are separated from one another, we are comfortable. On the other hand, we draw away from one another and disconnect the ties between us and then we feel that we cannot live without one another. This is the paradox, like between two lovers who love and hate each other.

This paradox will continue in human society as long as people draw away from one another. This will lead us to a contradiction and oppositeness that we will not be able to solve in any way but only according to the Biblical rule “love will cover every transgression.”

In other words, when there are huge egoistic distances between us, we will be able to build a bridge of mutual love, mutual cooperation and connection, above them. Egoism and altruism will not operate on one level but on two levels. It is actually the combination between these two levels of love and hate that couples lack. We have to make sure that permanent love will overcome hatred.

The greater the distance between these two parallel levels, the greater the love will be than the hate and the stronger the connection. Love is actually built on mutuality when there is an opposition below and connection above.

Question: Will technology help us here?

Answer: Nothing will help us except the wisdom of Kabbalah. This is the only thing that will enable us to establish such a connection; this is the technology.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/1/16

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New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag

New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

RABASH was the son of the great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam. He related to his father as his teacher, and that wasn’t easy. He was a construction worker, paving roads, and also studied with his father every day in the early morning as is customary with Kabbalists.

He was a humble man, kept himself very hidden. In his youth he received rabbinical ordination from Rav Kook and Rav Sonnenfeld. He wrote what he heard from his father and gladly accepted the secular students for the study of Kabbalah because it was the time for correction.

There is no one more important in our world than Baal HaSulam and his son RABASH, they prepared the way for the system of correction for the world. Thanks to them, there is a paved road for advancement to the next stage of our development, the understanding and recognition of the upper world.

I gave lectures in Tel Aviv and from there I brought over 40 students to study with RABASH, and then he began to write special articles for them. In these articles he expressed all of the inner work that a person must do in order to realize the purpose of life. We need to develop to the level of man that resembles the upper force, to rise above the ego, which divides us, and to unite. Baal HaSulam and RABASH prepared a medicine against the ego, which distances us from each other and causes separation, repulsion, and mutual hatred. With the help of this medicine, it is possible to treat and heal all the diseases in the world and to really become “one man with one heart.”

When people learn how to connect, they discover between them the upper force, a special force of love and connection. And then they begin to feel a new level of life, a higher harmony. If there are good relations between us, then each one will care for the others, and this will solve all the problems. Of course, our nature is opposed to this connection, thus we need the medicine, the system, to rise above our nature.

Thanks to Baal HaSulam and RABASH, the world to come opens up to us the next level of existence where we are all united. Of course, none of this belongs to religion. The wisdom of Kabbalah originates from the knowledge of the upper force only. In conclusion, these two great lights open the door to the upper world for us, whole, eternal, and enlightened.
From KabTV’s “New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom Levi Ashlag,” 9/10/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.17.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Shamati #4 “What Is the Reason for the Heaviness One Feels When Annulling Before the Creator in the Work”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 52 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 15, Table of Answers for Topics, Item 289 

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Lesson on the Topic of “Purim  

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