Question: Mark Twain wrote about the Jews: “The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.
“The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? ” (Mark Twain, “Concerning the Jews”)
Russian philosopher N. Berdyaev adds to it in his article “The Meaning of History,” “According to all materialistic criteria, this nation had to disappear from the world a long time ago. Its existence is a mystical and miraculous phenomenon, proving that the life of this nation is controlled by the force of its ancient mission.”
So what is the secret of the Jewish people that makes them immortal?
Answer: This “secret” is the most revealed of all. It is written in the Torah that the Jewish people are eternal because they are intended to be a “Light for the nations” to bring humanity to the final goal of its development.
Any other nation can disappear or change. No other nation has been preserved in the form in which it exited ancient Babylon. If we look at the map of Europe, we can see that there are no original nations that existed one or two thousand years ago. The modern nations are the result of mixing with Asian nations, who once immigrated to Europe in droves.
Yet, the people of Israel remain the way they were. Only in the last hundred years did they begin to lose their external material form, but internally they remain the same.
This nation was formed from a group created by Abraham from the residents of ancient Babylon. That is, they were assembled not according to a biological, but the ideological principle of those who gathered around Abraham. These are people who answered his call, “Let’s unite with each other despite the egoism that is burning within us and reveal the upper force inside this connection. Then we will learn about our mission in eternal life, in the upper world. When we connect to the Creator and are filled with the Upper Light, we discover the next dimension, a special ‘matrix’ where we can exist.”
There is a program in the world that leads us to a specific development through a variety of stages. It can appear to us that this development isn’t always kind, but it follows certain laws. Historians, philosophers, and other scientists study these laws, although they can’t understand their inner essence.
The wisdom of Kabbalah gives a full and clear explanation of what we need to do. The people of Israel must be this group that unites above their egoism. Each who feels the desire to reveal the Creator comes to this group.
It doesn’t matter in what country he was born or what his nationality or religion is, he will find a place for himself in this group. And if he invests his efforts in the right direction, he will participate in the construction of the group called “the people of Israel.”
The people of Israel aren’t a biological nation; they are assembled from the representatives of all nations. However, they survived and went through the centuries because they were aspiring to the great goal that all of humanity should reach in six thousand years.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/13/16