New Life #594 – Tisha B’Av – From Destruction To Happiness
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
The younger generation doesn’t find a connection between itself and events that happened thousands of years ago, but they should understand that the significance of the holidays is not connected to history, but to what happens as nature evolves.
A very special person lived 5,775 years ago, the first to discover the guidance system that manages everything. His students followed him and this continued for generations after him. Everyone searched for and discovered God. Around 3,500 years ago in ancient Babylon something unique happened. People tried to build the Tower of Babel, which symbolized the intensification of the ego.
Abram ben Terah, who became our father Abraham, began to explore the situation and taught his disciples how to transcend that intensifying ego, the egoism that separates us, so that we could build a connection above it, because in the gap between hatred and love, the upper force is discovered.
Abraham tried to explain this to everyone, but most didn’t listen. Whoever did listen to him became the people of Israel. The group of Abraham went to the land of Canaan. The rest of the Babylonians were scattered all over the face of the Earth. The group of Abraham went down to Egypt, came back up and received the Torah of Moses, which is the method of connection.
The connection they built above all the hatred that they discovered between them, was called the Beit HaMikdash” (The First Temple)—the Kli of love. A moment after they reached the summit of this connection, they began to descend, and the relationships between them deteriorated again. The separation led them into exile. But at the end of the process, it is said that all people will reach a perfected connection. The system of management operates according to permanent laws, and the calendar indicates the forces acting at any time and date.
There is a period that is not good, this is the period of the “Three Weeks,” from the seventeenth of Tammuz to Tisha B’Av. At this time, the power of egoism dominates the world. Bad times and good are defined by nature, but humanity has the ability to transcend and dominate them. During the years of exile we were scattered among the nations; we caused the development of religions, commerce, culture, and more. We absorbed forms of egoism from the nations of the world that were not in us. Today our task is to become connected and connect everyone.
Building a connection of love is building the third Beit HaMikdash, and then the days of mourning will transform into days of happiness. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains specifically how we, having the greatest egoism in the world, can build connection. And then by way of the small nation of Israel, as if through a pinhole, abundance will pass to all the inhabitants of the world.
From KabTV’s “New Life #594 – Tisha B’Av – From Destruction To Happiness,” 7/5/15
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