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Answer: The soul is a part of the Creator from above. Therefore a person should feel that he cares for his soul, which is a part of the Creator in him, and this is what he does constantly as the most important thing.
Answer: No, because money is equivalent to the general filling of the desire, and a person is ready to do anything in order to fill his egoistic desire.
A person is willing to burn the whole world for money. Even if the desire is small, for him it is the whole world.
Question: How does money affect a person’s spiritual advancement if it is equivalent to a person’s whole desire? How much money does one need in order to advance in spirituality?
Answer: We need a sum we can live on without thinking about our basic necessities.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/3/16
Question: People have a particular number of senses that help in a full perception of the world: sight, hearing, touch, etc.
Are there additional senses that are not now in our possession, but with which, if they were in our possession, we would see things that don’t appear in our consciousness at the moment? And are there such feelings that we do not have, but if we did, we would see more that don’t appear at present to our consciousness?
Answer: The practical work of the wisdom of Kabbalah develops these additional senses in us.
Torah, Deuteronomy 9:15 – 9:17: So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were on my two hands. And I saw, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord, your God; you had made yourselves a molten calf; you had deviated quickly from the way which the Lord had commanded you. So I grasped the two tablets, cast them out of my two hands, and shattered them before your eyes.
This happened to Moses during the revelation of egoism that people brought from Egypt, meaning from their previous state. In this state, the quality of bestowal that we receive in the tablets of the covenant isn’t manifested strongly enough to defeat the golden calf.
Here, it is necessary to rise by faith above reason. This is a special action that cannot be done the first time. As the sin of Adam can’t be corrected without the revelation of evil, so also without revelation of the golden calf, it is impossible to come to its correction. However, it must be revealed, that is, clearly displayed in front of everyone when everyone worships it.
Here, Moses is powerless. He shatters the tablets of the covenant. It means that there isn’t any possibility of correction in all of the egoistic calculations.
Torah, Deuteronomy 9:18 – 9:19: And I fell down before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sins you had committed, by doing evil in the eyes of the Lord to anger Him. For I was frightened of the wrath and the fury that the Lord was angry…
The shattering of the tablets of the covenant happened on the ninth of Av. After the golden calf is melted into the holy vessels in which the Creator will be revealed between people, Moses climbs the mountain again to obtain other tablets and comes down.
And then, on the special holy day called Yom Kippur, the path of correction and revival begins.
Question: Does the phrase, “And I fell down,” represent the prayer of Moses?
Answer: Yes, a person must go through these states. He must reveal all of the insignificance of his nature and all of the greatness of the force of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/4/16
Adam Smith (1759) in The Theory of Moral Sentiments wrote: “How selfish soever many may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interests him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.”
There is also evidence that animals care about each other including developing cooperation between them, displaying loyalty to the group, and their inclination to help each other. Calling this kind of behavior egoistic is like describing every life form on earth as the energy of the sun’s whose structure has been transformed
Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah our whole world is egoistic, as the Creator said: “I have created the evil inclination” and only that! The good in our world, however, can emerge only as a result of the Kabbalists’ actions who by studying the wisdom of Kabbalah learn to draw the good inclination (the Upper Light, the Surrounding Light) through them into our world.
Question: Must I give up all corporeal pleasures such as listening to music, going to the movies, or being in contact with friends who are not in the group if I want to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and seriously engage in it?
How does a Kabbalist spend his spare time?
Answer: Your desire determines your engagements and your study.
New Life #705 – Jewish Culture: The Synagogue
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
The internal essence of the synagogue is a place where people connect and ask for the power to love one another. Today the attitude to the synagogue is very far from the attitude to a place that the synagogue is supposed to represent.
When Abraham and Sarah gathered people in their tents they taught them to connect and to reveal the upper force in the connection between them. When the Temple was destroyed we drew away from the upper force, from love of others, and the synagogues became formal rituals.
Unfortunately there is no warmth or love in the synagogue today and so people are not attracted to it. They only come to pray and then hurry back home. There is no soul in the synagogue, no spirit of life, and this is a state called exile. In order to come out of exile we need the force of the Messiah, the force that can draw us from exile, from the separation between us to connection, to the revelation of the soul. The Temple and the Ark of the Covenant, and nowadays the synagogue and the Holy Ark, are symbols of spiritual roots.
There is no holiness in stones if there is no holiness in the heart, and holiness is love. We have to pray for the love to be restored between us.
A Minyan, a prayer, reading the Torah, etc. are all symbols of the right connection in which the Creator is revealed. There is no trace of the inner essence of spirituality in all the rituals held in the synagogue these days. One can be psychologically moved by these rituals, but this isn’t the necessary correction of the heart. In the synagogue, all the hearts should melt into one heart in which the force of love is revealed, and the real Torah is the force that can connect all the hearts despite the evil inclination that is revealed.
A Minyan, a group of ten people who come to the synagogue wishing to connect, can reveal the Creator, the force of love between them. The revelation of the force of love in the world is the purpose of development, as it is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations.”
From KabTV’s “New Life #705 – Jewish Culture: The Synagogue,” 3/17/16
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