Return To The Likeness Of An Adam

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If the Creator created the creature in his image and likeness, why correct it?

Answer: In the Torah it is said that the Creator created Adam. “Adam” in Hebrew means man. In other words, Adam is the ideal image of a human being who was created by the Creator in His likeness.

After that, the same Adam sinned, meaning that he fell from the spiritual level, from the characteristic of bestowal and love, from resemblance to the Creator, to a level opposite to Him, and was fragmented into tiny particles.

So now we must join all of the particles and “rebuild” the same Adam. We are called the children of Adam because in each one of us there is a fragment of him. We need to connect together and rise our inner longings and corrections of the ego to the Creator together. Today we are not in his likeness but are the complete opposite.

So it is up to us to return to our original likeness by correcting all the fragments and connecting into one single whole representing the sum total of that single Adam. This is our correction. The way toward correction is through implementing the general rule, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).

Question: How is it possible to explain that there are people who suffer more and there are people who suffer less? For example, someone is born homeless and rootless and his entire life is a struggle for survival, while another is born in abundance and doesn’t experience serious obstacles and suffering in his life.

Answer: Each one of us is a different level of the spiritual Adam. He is found more in one piece and less in another. Each comes from different levels: the brain, the hands, the legs, the body, etc.

Adam is a spiritual system, but if we scrutinize him according to our body, then each one is a different part, a different root of this one big soul. Each one has a different destiny, different initial conditions, and of course, different final states.

As we connect together into one single likeness, each one and everything that is in him completes and balances itself. The lower a person is, the easier it is for him to enter into the required correction than another person. In the end, the specific work of each one is identical.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/16/16

Related Material:
Correcting The General Soul
Adam’s Sin And The Correction Of The Soul
Puzzle “Adam HaRishon”

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