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In the News (Media Polesye): “Recently the generation took shape following the millennials – centennials, they are called Generation Z. For the first time in history, children are so different from their parents.
“These are people who were born after 1996 or after 2000 (according to various studies). …
“This is the first generation that was born in the Internet era. They do not remember what life was like without the gadgets and they spend more than 8 hours a day with smartphones and tablets, at every step of the centennial – they use apps as naturally as breathing. Generation Z does not divide the world into the digital and the real, their life flows smoothly to the screen and back. …
“Minus – centennials do not like to concentrate for a long time. …. They need to catch the maximum amount of information in a short time. …
“Centennials study in an embrace with technology and are used to cross the subjects of study. In their head, every paragraph of the textbook is permeated with hyperlinks of ‘Wikipedia.’ In addition, they are used to thinking globally, because they instantly receive information from around the world. …
“This generation, which prefers to see. Communicating on the Web, centennials use Emoji, emoticons, pictures. …
“They need to visualize everything; any information needs to be visible. …
“Everything must be done quickly. Speedy work is becoming more important than ever. …”
My Comment: This generation will establish the basis for the correction of man and society. It was born for that. And we need to adapt to them in order to teach them the method of correction according to the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Answer: This is imperative because without learning the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is not possible to reach Lishma (for Her Name), which is what is necessary for everyone who studies Torah. The problem is the manner in which the concept of “Lishma” is interpreted.
It is customary to think that Lishma is already happening simply by studying the Torah. I have even heard that a number of Yeshiva students have reached Torah Lishma at the age of 20. So we must first clarify the precise definition of the concept of “Torah Lishma.” Regarding this, see The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot.
Answer: You feel this way because you have not yet received the Upper Light through the group, so you don’t have a connection with the Creator. As soon as a small point of connection with the Creator appears in you, all doubts will immediately disappear and you will not have any questions about yourself. If you are connected to the upper force that determines everything and completely dominates you, you will just have to feel His closeness to you, and then you will immediately be freed from your egoism. First and foremost, this is the state that we must attain.
Question: Is our knowledge a mental illusion?
Answer: It depends on what you mean by the word “knowledge.” When we investigate the world and exist in the world based upon our research data, this is knowledge and not illusion. The wisdom of Kabbalah accepts this with a blessing.
Question: What happens when a person feels déjà-vu?
Answer: There are many different events that happened in the past, are happening in the present, and will happen in the future that are truly possible to predict. Everything that happened to a person in the past has its own Reshimo (informational gene). Therefore, there are phenomena like déjà-vu.
Question: Is self-pity also egoism?
Answer: Self-pity is the height of egoism.
Question: What will you do when millions will come to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and there will be hundreds of thousands of questions?
Answer: In this case, I will sit facing the camera as I am doing now and will broadcast to the whole world. Instead of ten thousand students, there will be a million or a hundred million. Don’t worry, I’m not afraid.
Question: Why is the group so important during this period?
Answer: The group is important because we have entered a stage in which it is possible to draw the Upper Light upon ourselves, but it is drawn only through a group of Ten, a group of ten people, who are connected and yearn for unity. In such a case, the Upper Light shines through the group of Ten on each one of its participants, and through them to the entire world.
Question: The upper world can only be reached by someone who lives forever. Will there not be depression if we know that it is possible to live forever?
Answer: What is the connection to eternal life? What is the dimension of time? According to a heartbeat? There is no such thing. The physical body lives 70-100 years, but life is eternal, just a transition from one state to another state. So there is nothing to worry about. There is no choice but to exist forever.
From a Lesson in Russian, 5/15/16
Answer: I will share my experience with you. I am very busy, and I try to keep myself busy all the time. I get up early, sometimes at midnight. From 3 to 6 o’clock in the morning I give a Kabbalah lesson and after the lesson I go for a walk with my wife, have breakfast, and sleep for an hour.
When I get up, I go over materials on the computer. Then there is video filming from 10-11 am, and this continues until the evening with breaks and meetings in between. In addition, I have to write articles, manage my blog, and prepare presentations. I also have my own studies of Talmud Eser Sefirot by Baal HaSulam and other books, and sometimes I go through other sources.
I definitely watch the latest news, some commentaries. I like to watch programs about nature from time to time. My schedule is totally full.
Question: Do you ever feel sad? Do you ever cry?
Answer: As strange as it may sound, I am a human being too. I have feelings, thoughts, weaknesses, and achievements, etc.
I am connected to many people throughout the world and I am concerned about the fate of the world, although I feel it as something incidental, as a means to discover the upper world.
I have the same feelings you have, don’t think I am a doll. You cannot see what goes on inside me.
At first I also wondered about my teacher until I became close to him and realized what was hidden behind the external indifference or cheerfulness.
Kabbalists experience very sharp ascents and descents; they have very strong periods, very emotional times, periods of detachment, tearing away from the world and from people. Such emptiness of the universe is revealed before them, which no ordinary person can feel.
This means that there are moments in which one feels despair, becomes depressed as if you are detached from life—for a Kabbalist all this is a billion times stronger and deeper than for an ordinary person. However, he has the right tools to help him cope with these states, but he still has them and feels them.
A Kabbalist’s egoism is much greater than an ordinary person’s. It is written, “He who is greater than his friend, his desire is even greater,” which means that the greater a person is, the greater his egoism is. In fact, a Kabbalist is a great man with great shortcomings, but, at the same time, with accordingly great advantages, which means that he has everything.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16
Question: Can I say that the female part in me is revealed if I enjoy for my own sake, and that the male part in me is revealed if I enjoy for the sake of the Creator or for other people? Can we say that we are constantly changing our gender?
Answer: The male and female inclinations in us are manifested according to the intention you wish to receive, whether it is for my own sake or for the sake of others.
But we don’t constantly change our gender. I hope that we will learn to do so and really be in the attribute of love and bestowal all of the time: to bestow in order to receive and receive in order to bestow. We must constantly play with that and move along the right and left lines. When egoism is added in the spiritual world, you become female, and when you overcome the egoism and gradually ascend, you become a male.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/26/16
In the News (VestiFinance): “Much of the political turmoil in recent years, including the rise in popularity of populist parties in Europe, the presidential nomination of Donald Trump in the United States and the British referendum on withdrawal from the EU, is explained as protest against the existing elites. People no longer trust the leading politicians, nor the facts that the mainstream media convey. All this, of course, has enormous economic and political implications. …
“Trust – the foundation of almost any form of economic activity. As soon as people began to specialize, they expected others will produce what they did not do themselves: farmers needed the blacksmith to produce agricultural tools, and a blacksmith needed the farmer to produce food for him.
“The global trading system forces us to deal with complete strangers on a daily basis. We have to trust companies that deliver our ordered products, employers who pay our salaries, and the banks that hold our money.
“Any hint of confidence erosion …would be an extremely disturbing signal. …
“The crisis of 2007-08 showed what can happen when confidence disappears in the financial system. Banks began to doubt the solvency of each other and refused to lend; the multiplier effect is that the companies had difficulty obtaining trade credit. As a result, it very much affected economic activity. In 2011, investors lost confidence in the creditworthiness of a number of European governments: bond yields soared, and the recession began.
“The dependence on trust makes the global economy extremely vulnerable.
“The system benefits from its openness …
“Today’s economy and financial system depends on global cooperation, but the current political system has become such that cooperation from voters looks doubtful. And this is a dangerous gap.”
My Comment: In the past, people saw each other, but the global era of financial and commodities exchange requires more than trust; it requires an understanding and a sense of the communal system we inevitably find ourselves in.
The sense of responsibility has to stem from the feeling that the whole network of communication between us is as a family, the feeling that the network binds us like parts of one body. But this is impossible without teaching people to establish a sense of cooperation between them. If we don’t establish that by ourselves, nature will force us to do so by terrible blows, crises and wars.
Preparation for the Lesson
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Lesson on the Topic: “Exertion,” Part 1
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Lesson on the Topic: “Exertion,” Part 2
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