New Life 436 – Rosh HaShanah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah Rosh HaShanah (the Hebrew New Year) is the beginning of a change. What is the change? What introspection do we do on this holiday, and how does a person become compatible with the system of nature that operates in the world?
A new beginning starts by summing up the year that has passed, by finding the evil in us with regard to love. It is a self-examination of if I were directed to the upper force whose nature is love and bestowal. So that we will be a head and not a tail means that we will not encounter blows without understanding why, that we shall advance toward love by ourselves. Nature has a plan to bring us all to a state of mutual bestowal, connection, and balance to be as one man.
We can correct our attitude to this plan every day. We don’t need to wait for Rosh HaShanah. The “day of judgment” refers to the evolutionary program of nature called God. I can turn judgment into mercy. What am I judged for? To what extent do I object to or support the program of development, like a computer program. We have to do such self-examination every day, but Rosh HaShanah is a kind of general symbol.
I cannot affect this program personally but only by correcting my attitude toward others. The goal of our development is connection, love of others like ourselves, and do not do unto others what is hateful to us. The nation of Israel has to perform this self-examination since this nation has to lead the whole world to correction.
A Shofar, pomegranate, apple dipped in honey, and a fish head all symbolize the mitigation of the Dinim (judgment) by respecting bestowal instead of receiving. Crowning the king means that the goal of our development should lead us and that we should be as one bundle.
Being sealed and signed in the Book of Life means that we are all connected in one network. Establishing a connection with others is being sealed and signed in the Book of Life. A person seals his own sentence since it is up to him and to his attitude to others in the network. In order to be sealed and signed in the book of the righteous, a person has to learn the laws of the system, which are pure bestowal.
From KabTV’s “New Life 436 – Rosh HaShana,” 9/28/14
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