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Answer: According to our sources, this is the day that the young women of Jerusalem go out dressed in white to the orchards and the vineyards and sing. The young men join them and choose their bride. This is what characterizes this holiday.
Comment: Many believe that the 15th of Av is similar to Valentine’s Day and that it is not deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.
Answer: This holiday is mentioned in writings that are 3,000 years old, and so I believe that it is a tradition. Our holidays and special days should be divided into those that have already been fulfilled in our calendar and those that have not yet been fulfilled. We should understand that there are holidays and special dates that only Israel have undergone and those that the whole world, all of humanity, has to undergo.
We celebrate certain dates since they will appear only in the future, like Purim, for example. In fact, they were revealed to some extent and there was such an event in the our history, such a problem did come up, and as usual they wanted to destroy our whole nation in ancient Babylon, and we managed to avoid it successfully; we came out of exile, etc…But this holiday is basically the embodiment of a future state and not of a historical event.
It is the same with the day of love. The day of love is basically the greatest day, the greatest holiday! Love! However, it isn’t the love that young men and young women look for in the vineyards, but a totally different kind of love that is built on top of the correction of the ego that brought about the destruction of the First and Second Temples and which the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av symbolizes. It is about the time of the destruction of the two Temples and other problems and afflictions that the Jewish people have undergone. And just a week later, when all that is gone and corrected, a new period begins.
It is a time in which we build the Temple, but this Temple is in our hearts, the connection between us. We look for a spiritual partner, and the spiritual partner for both men and women is the upper force, the Creator. We connect with Him and together receive the absolute filling, pleasure, and enlightenment, the revelation of the real world. We exist in it and not only in a small fragment of this world. The whole process symbolizes the correction, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the transition from hatred to love.
Question: Is this what the 15th of Av, the day of love, symbolizes?
Answer: Basically yes, but it is a holiday for which we have no special date, because it is seemingly celebrated on Purim. Purim is the holiday of freedom, the holiday of correction only for the Jewish people, while now we are nearing a state in which we will celebrate it with the whole world. It says in the Book of Psalms that the Third Temple will be called “a house of prayer for all the nations.” This is the reason that the 15th of Av seems similar to Valentine’s Day. Symbolically it indicates that this will be a holiday of love for the whole world.
Question: Can we compare it with the holidays of all the religions?
Answer: Yes, it seems to be external to religion, like the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Comment: You have said that it will be a holiday that can be celebrated any time…
Answer: That’s true, since what else do we mean by rebuilding the Third Temple? It is a state in which we connect into one single system called man, Adam, stemming from the Hebrew root “Domeh – to resemble,” to resemble the Creator. When this system is connected by the positive forces, when all of humanity is connected together, it will be called the Third Temple. The Creator will be revealed in the system of the positive connection, the upper force of the world, and thus we will live in what we call the Third Temple, in a totally different world, in a feeling of eternity and wholeness. It will be like a real day of love as it is written: love will cover all our transgressions, and love thy friend as thyself, etc., which means that this is the ultimate state of all mankind. We will reach it whether by force, by the stick, or in a clever rational way, as the wisdom of Kabbalah advises us to do, quickly and easily.
Comment: The 15th of Av is a clue of the sublime state that we call the third Temple.
Answer: Yes, at the same time, a young woman symbolizes all of humanity and a young man symbolizes the Creator. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah describes and explains. It is impossible to imagine that King Solomon, a great Kabbalist who left us such a masterpiece, simply wrote about love! The 15th of Av, the day of love is the greatest holiday because all the other holidays represent how we reach it, and it comes at the end, at the end of our development.
Question: What do we find behind the absolute love we attain?
Answer: It is only a condition, the connection of two opposite forces, of two attributes, into one; the new energy that develops on top of this connection, the consciousness, the understanding, the feeling, raises us to the next level, which is not described anywhere. The wisdom of Kabbalah only tells us about how we should reach this state. What is beyond that? We are not told because we cannot understand it. We don’t have the feelings or the mind to understand the next level.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/11/16
Question: You said in your post “There is No Life without Mutual Guarantee” that in the past we were one spiritual body and then this body was shattered. Is the spiritual body temporary like our physical? And do we have to connect in order to live or to be reborn into a new spiritual body?
Answer: The shattering of the body, which means of the desire and not the physical body, was necessary so that we can reconnect its parts, attain a desire to bestow in contrast to the desire to receive, and attain love in contrast to the desire to reject others. In this program acquire the perfect feeling of eternity and wholeness.
Question: Why does time seem to go by very slowly for a person who engages in something that he doesn’t like, but if engages in something that he enjoys, time seems to fly by? What is time for a Kabbalist?
Answer: Time for a Kabbalist is the number of changes that he undergoes at any given moment, and so if he undergoes several states in a second, this second is felt like a number of seconds, and if he is in the same state for an hour, the hour is felt like a second.
That is, time is tensile, capable of being drawn out and stretched. It depends on how we fill it, on the number of states we undergo in any unit time.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/17/16
After all, the system is uniform: One, you obey its laws and therefore receive through it upper correcting Light, abundance, fulfillment, and revelation, or if you incorrectly awaken it on yourself, it generates in you darkness, all sorts of negative feelings that nevertheless lead you to the same place through an alternative way of development. But in this case you make a circle, and this circle is very unpleasant.
Question: Is this a long time of preparation?
Answer: Yes. But in every point of the spiritual path from egoism, called “Egypt” to the complete system of bestowal and love, called “the land of Israel,” there is an opportunity to move straight or to make a circle and return to the starting point basically just in order to realize that you were going incorrectly, that you were driven by egoism and not a desire for the spiritual ascent, and eventually to make this ascent.
Comment: Anyway, “there is no one else besides Him.” On the one hand, you do this circle; on the other hand, you are not the one who decides this…
Answer: No, freewill is given to us from above. The entire creation would be lost otherwise. Without freewill we would have become little insects that are fully controlled from above and there would be no purpose and no meaning in the creation, in the creatures, in man, and in the Creator Himself, because the Creator is revealed only in relation to the creatures.
The entire path we go through is designed to assemble our efforts of freewill into one single unit, and when we approach the final result, each one with his own effort, with the fact that we analyze, choose, sort, and test, we create from ourselves a system called “man.”
Otherwise, if absolutely everything is fixated on the Creator and there is no freewill whatsoever, there is no point in the creation.
The fact that we will come to the final state doesn’t deny our constant freedom of choice.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/27/16
Answer: It is impossible to find another standard that would be accepted by everyone. Therefore Europe will stay divided. It wanted to follow the example of America and so it decided to unite.
But this obviously won’t work since it is impossible to overcome the existing differences, to rise above hatred, difference in languages, religions, attitudes, and contradicting mentalities of the peoples.
The unification of Europe is a complex recipe that requires a very skilled chef who adds spices to this dish and knows exactly which country can be combined with another, what exactly to combine and in what amounts. Therefore, there is no point even dreaming of uniting Europe.
They wanted to unite to become like America against America, but it didn’t work.
Question: Is it possible that Europe will be able to unite around the common problem of radical Islam?
Answer: Radical Islam is another additional problem for Europe. And soon it will appear also in America, once radical Islam will be imported there with the help of its high-ranking supporters like Obama. He doesn’t hide his plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States during the year. It is his program and it is very important to him.
Today, both Europe and America show us their disappointment. It is possible to ignore it and continue to enjoy life, but there is a clear negative trend in society, in the economy, and in the family. The trend is simply terrible in both Europe and the US.
They are similar to a terminally ill person who just before death suddenly starts to feel better for a few days, seemingly comes to life and becomes healthier. However, it is just before he dies.
The unification of Europe is not sustainable. It is a direct consequence of ancient Babylon.
The group that followed Nimrod that selected money as a standard of measurement and dispersed all around the world now, after all its history of egoistic development, is discovering that this principle stopped working.
There is nothing wrong with it. After all, they have done their job in order to finally discover this. Meanwhile, Abraham did his job with the second group, finished it, and also prepared everything that is necessary.
Today the group of Nimrod is in a helpless state. But the group of Abraham is also helpless. The time has come for it to reveal his method. It is clear that we can’t be successful any other way.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/8/16, Writings of Baal HaSulam
New Life #346 – Peace In Man
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
What is the meaning of peace in man? How do we know if we are working toward peace, and what is the connection between man, the world, and peace in man?
“Peace” means being whole (from the same root in Hebrew) and balancing your forces. Peace is mutual complementation. Peace is self-correction. I gladly concede and not sorrowfully, because I want to acquire the force of giving.
First, “don’t do unto others what is hateful to you.” Don’t enjoy the loss of others. Then, “love thy friend as thyself.” Try to fill everything others lack as an expression of your love to them.
The full correction of our attitude to others is called making peace with the upper force.
From KabTV’s “New Life #346 – Peace In Man,” 4/10/14
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