New Life #566 – The Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Regalim)
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
In our distant past, as the people of Israel we carried out corresponding internal and external actions to connect to others and the Creator.
The exodus from Egypt was an exodus from the evil inclination, from the ego, from the desire to exploit others for our own benefit. After the physical and internal exodus from Egypt and from Pharaoh, we reached Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.
The Torah is a means for correcting the evil inclination. With its help we reach the land (Eretz) of Israel, the desire (Ratzon) to love. Within the love of others, the upper force is revealed, the power of connection, the goodness called the Creator.
The land of Israel symbolizes our general desire for connection and a more internal desire is revealed in it, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a desire to give contentment to the Creator, the power of bestowal, the source of life and the source of love. “Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4): We are connected as one person with one heart, as He is one. Creator (Bore) = “Bo Re” (come and see): We discover between us the system of bestowal and are afraid of losing the love. This fear is called, Yirah Shlemah (complete fear), Yerushalem (Jerusalem). Within it a unique connection is revealed, the Beit HaMikdash (Temple).
The three Regalim (Feet) are the three lines: the left line – the ego, the right line – the Torah, the middle line – their integration together. The pilgrimage to Jerusalem means strengthening my love of others and the fear of losing it.
The Holy Land (Eretz HaKodesh), the holiness of the land, all of these expressions speak about the holiness of the desire (Ratzon) – the desire to bestow and to love. Every physical step in the land awakens a unique feeling of love in a person, a change in attitude toward others.
The map of the land of Israel is like an electrical diagram: when you change internally, you move immediately to another place. So things were said were to be conducted, but this required a person to carry out corrections in his desires.
From KabTV’s “New Life #566 – The Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Regalim),” 2/24/15
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