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Comment: June 23, 2016 is a significant day; a referendum was held in England about leaving the European Union. British Prime Minister James Cameron appeared before the Jewish public with a request to vote in favor of the nation continuing in the European Union since according to him, “We are helping you in every way possible and are encouraging Europe to support Israel.”
Answer: In fact, England is the most anti-Semitic nation. And even though the Prime Minister says the exact opposite, considering Britain’s diplomatic past, without a doubt it seems otherwise.
Comment: Everyone is waiting anxiously and with apprehension regarding the outcome of the referendum because it would lead to many consequences depending on whether England remains or leaves the EU.
Response: If we are talking about tactics, meaning the plan for the near future, then this result is not beneficial to the EU because of the many and various agreements that were signed by England, and in this context there will be a need to carry out new calculations.
It could be that the breach of mutual obligations will cost the two sides several billion dollars to bring everything into the right form. But gradually everything will take its course. They say that the rejection will be gradual, the dismantling and the distancing of England from the Common Market could even take a decade.
Question: But how will it be for the European Union?
Answer: The member nations of the EU will feel that it is possible to leave the Common Market and will begin to abandon it.
A paradoxical situation will be created in Europe: The Germans granted loans to everyone so now everyone has become fully dependent on them. Even though this is a financial obligation, it even makes it possible for Germany to give political orders. Unequal exchange rates of political monetary transfers are created.
With England, the accounting is a bit simpler; they can allow themselves to leave the EU. In the future, this union will fall apart anyway because nothing was done in Europe to bring nations and peoples together, developing something in common. What united them was free entry from one nation into another and what is called the “Common Market.”
The fact that they live in close proximity doesn’t indicate anything. On the contrary, it could be that this is worse than union.
Comment: In principle, they took the concept of unity as a foundation of a religious principle….
Answer: Today they have no religious principles. Religion doesn’t connect them, it no longer exists. Only Islam connects them, which is growing quite successfully in all the European nations. For Islam, in general, it is not important if this is France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. For them the title of the transformation is what is important. In principle, the strategy is very simple.
If England wants to be in the union, then it will remain. And if not, in any case, it will be necessary to leave the EU sometime. It could be that leaving now is not worthwhile temporarily, but in the long run it will use it. It won’t need to accept any limitations, any European laws; it will be able to function on its own.
According to its psychology, this is a nation situated on an island that stands on the side, at some distance from everyone. From the point of view of history, England has always been against Europe, so it doesn’t need to look back on the European Union. It was better for it to become independent and not to depend on it, but politicians have their own calculations.
Question: As a result of all these developments, must we achieve becoming a single whole?
Answer: A single whole can be achieved only through Israel, and this is the problem. So ultimately fascism will unite Europe, and together they will turn against us.
The logic of nature, the forces latent in nature, will bring us to this, if not, we will pre-empt it through our efforts to bring the upper force and goodness to our world.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/23/16
Answer: It most probably seems that way to him.
A spiritual ascent is a very serious action that results from the absolute closeness of a person to a group and by receiving a special force from the group that gradually raises a person who mutually cooperates with it. This is an ascent to the attribute of love and bestowal, above our egoistic nature.
What is more, in this state nothing “seems” to a person because he has very accurate feelings down to the most elementary details of different desires and forces.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/20/16
Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 4:09 – 4:10: But beware and watch yourself very well, lest you forget the things that your eyes saw, and lest these things depart from your heart, all the days of your life, and you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children, the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, “Assemble the people for Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Comment: Then why is it said, “They may learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the earth”?
Answer: In this particular case we are talking about animal fear inherent to people. The way a person fears thunder, lightning, wild beasts, robbers, and enemies, in the same way he fears the Creator. But the animal fear can’t be compared in any way to spiritual fear, when you make a calculation not regarding yourself but regarding your attitude to the Creator.
A person who exists in the spiritual world can’t allow himself not to have fear before the Creator. And from the point of view of egoism or some other calculations, this absolutely doesn’t matter to the person and to the Creator. He simply can’t afford any attitude to such a great ideal, other than fear.
The Creator is not a person and not some kind of image, but a model of bestowal, love, and the ability to exit yourself.
Remark: Prior to crossing the spiritual boundary, the Creator is hidden from us. And after the crossing, a person himself starts to hide, like Moses, who hides under the rock all the time. And people perceive this as a fear of the Creator.
Answer: First of all, there shouldn’t be fear of the Creator. The thing is that the Creator doesn’t punish us, but He leads, teaches, and educates us. Being the quality of absolute bestowal and love, the upper quality of nature, He does not seek to do something specifically with each one of us, but with infinite love and affection He constantly shows us how we must change.
If we understand this, we have a very clear, direct, sensitive connection to the Creator, and each time we can specifically correct ourselves in order to come constantly to this state with a better understanding of the higher mission, consciously, and not out of fear.
Question: Is it possible to say that this fear is a fear not to love enough, not to give enough?
Answer: The fact is that it is impossible to describe spiritual qualities in words. Only when a person receives them does he begin to understand what the Torah is talking about, and otherwise it is useless.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/10/16
In the News (Atlantic): “For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. …
“The sciences have grown steadily bolder in their claim that all human behavior can be explained through the clockwork laws of cause and effect. This shift in perception is the continuation of an intellectual revolution that began about 150 years ago, when Charles Darwin first published On the Origin of Species. …
“Galton launched a debate that raged throughout the 20th century over nature versus nurture. Are our actions the unfolding effect of our genetics? Or the outcome of what has been imprinted on us by the environment? …
“In recent decades, research on the inner workings of the brain has helped to resolve the nature-nurture debate—and has dealt a further blow to the idea of free will. Brain scanners have enabled us to peer inside a living person’s skull, revealing intricate networks of neurons and allowing scientists to reach broad agreement that these networks are shaped by both genes and environment. But there is also agreement in the scientific community that the firing of neurons determines not just some or most but all of our thoughts, hopes, memories, and dreams. …
“Many scientists say that the American physiologist Benjamin Libet demonstrated in the 1980s that we have no free will. It was already known that electrical activity builds up in a person’s brain before she, for example, moves her hand; Libet showed that this buildup occurs before the person consciously makes a decision to move. The conscious experience of deciding to act, which we usually associate with free will, appears to be an add-on, a post hoc reconstruction of events that occurs after the brain has already set the act in motion. …
“The 20th-century nature-nurture debate prepared us to think of ourselves as shaped by influences beyond our control. …The challenge posed by neuroscience is more radical: It describes the brain as a physical system like any other, and suggests that we no more will it to operate in a particular way than we will our heart to beat. The contemporary scientific image of human behavior is one of neurons firing, causing other neurons to fire, causing our thoughts and deeds, in an unbroken chain that stretches back to our birth and beyond. In principle, we are therefore completely predictable. If we could understand any individual’s brain architecture and chemistry well enough, we could, in theory, predict that individual’s response to any given stimulus with 100 percent accuracy.
“Saul Smilansky, a philosophy professor at the University of Haifa, in Israel, has … come to a painful conclusion: ‘We cannot afford for people to internalize the truth’ about free will.
“Smilansky is convinced that free will does not exist in the traditional sense—and that it would be very bad if most people realized this.
Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah there is no free will according to the common definition. All of a person’s actions are unconscious, and are performed unconsciously and only then understood, and some of them are not always understood either. According to many Kabbalistic texts, like Baal HaSulam’s articles “Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before,” Shamati articles, etc. speak about that. Another part of Kabbalistic literature describes what does depend on a person. All of the Kabbalistic literature is divided into two parts: the part that depends on the Creator and the part that depends on a person.
The study of Kabbalah actually comes down to the study and implementation of our free will, but we can define and implement it only to the extent that we understand the Creator’s actions and when our attributes become equal to His through adhering to Him like to a partner. The meaning of our actions is in our understanding and our complete connection between all of a person’s actions and the Creator’s. This is called adhesion.
In the News (ScienceDaily): “A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses quantum physics to explain humans’ (sometimes) paradoxical thinking, but may also help researchers resolve certain contradictions among the results of previous psychological studies. …
“‘We have accumulated so many paradoxical findings in the field of cognition, and especially in decision-making,’ said Wang, who is an associate professor of communication and director of the Communication and Psychophysiology Lab at The Ohio State University.
“’Whenever something comes up that isn’t consistent with classical theories, we often label it as “irrational.” But from the perspective of quantum cognition, some findings aren’t irrational anymore. They’re consistent with quantum theory–and with how people really behave.’ …
“Their work suggests that thinking in a quantum-like way¬–essentially not following a conventional approach based on classical probability theory–enables humans to make important decisions in the face of uncertainty, and lets us confront complex questions despite our limited mental resources. …
“Quantum cognition is what happens when humans have to deal with ambiguity mentally. Sometimes we aren’t certain about how we feel, or we feel ambiguous about which option to choose, or we have to make decisions based on limited information. …
“As we mull over our options, we envision them in our mind’s eye. For a time, all the options co-exist with different degrees of potential that we will choose them: That’s superposition. Then, when we zero in on our preferred option, the other options cease to exist for us.
“The task of modeling this process mathematically is difficult in part because each possible outcome adds dimensions to the equation. …
“With the quantum approach, Wang and her colleagues argued, many different and complex aspects of behavior can be explained with the same limited set of axioms.”
My Comment: We are not the ones who make decisions. Our only decision is whether to be integrated in unity by using the power of the right environment, which we can construct by ourselves.
It is only in this way that we can determine all of our other decisions, whiich are absolutely derivatives of this one free decision. See the article, “The Freedom” by Baal HaSulam. In other words, the principle of superposition says that we determine our actions to the degree of their resemblance (accommodation) to the higher categorical principle of the characteristic of bestowal, connection, and love.
New Life #595 – Bein Hameitzarim (At Bay) – Be Careful Of Disasters
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
There are good times and bad times; history proves that the 9th of Av is the hardest day. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything that happens in our world is managed by the operating system and the upper leadership.
Kabbalists reveal this system by developing an extra sense, which is the force of love and bestowal. On our part we can influence this system and change even the bad times for the better. Just like a geyser erupts according to predetermined times, so do the troubles come at regular times.
If we want to ensure our wellbeing and that of our children, we should learn how to influence the upper system. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to change the operating orders that descend from the upper system. The system is like an upper computer. We penetrate it by rising above our ego, by rising from hatred to love.
From KabTV’s “New Life #595 – Bein Hameitzarim (At Bay)–Be Careful Of Disasters,” 7/7/15
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Preparation for the Lesson
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Lesson on the Topic: “Spiritual Partzuf“
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 80
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom,” “The Necessity to Choose a Good Environment”
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