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The Torah Speaks About Everyone

laitman_624_02_0Question: According to what you say, Jews must save the world, Israel are those who yearn for the Creator, God loves Israel, and so forth. With such expressions about the specialness of the Jews, you sow contempt in the nations of the world. Aren’t you afraid that you will be accused of extremism?

Answer: Every page in the Torah says that the Jews are special. The nations of the world, the Christians, and then the Muslims were not given any source by the Creator other than the Torah, so they rewrote it and taking on the “birthright.”

Everyone’s problem—the Jews, the Christians, and the Moslems—is that no one understands exactly what the Torah says. The Torah appeals to all people of the world and calls for the fulfillment of the main law of the Torah, to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and nothing but that.

The Torah refers to anyone who fulfills this condition of love of others as a “Jew,” “Yehudi,” from the Hebrew word “Yichud,” unity. A person who does not fulfill this condition is referred to as a Goy, which translates to “the people,” and the Jewish nation is also called Goy in the Torah.

The Torah speaks only about the unity of all of the nations as the Prophets said. Foreseeing the compelling future of humanity and that the Jews must show the way to it, is referred to as being “a Light of nations” of the world.

The problem stems from the misinterpretation of the Torah. The Torah speaks about the people of every nation. This is how Abraham turned to all of the people of ancient Babylon and founded his religion on the rule of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” as Baal HaSulam tells us in his article, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose.”

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Jews And The Reason For Anti-Semitism

laitman_600_02Question from Facebook: Do you claim that anti-Semitism is a result of the actions of the Jews themselves?

Answer: Certainly, how could this not be so? The Jews awaken pressure from the anti-Semites. Whether there will be anti-Semitism in the world, whether there will be good or evil, war or suffering, in the world depends on the Jews.

In The Book of Zohar, written 2,000 years ago and considered to be the source of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is written that, unfortunately or fortunately, everything that happens in the world takes place because of the Jews because they are the link that connects all of humanity with the upper force of nature.

So when they are directed and keep this connection correctly, it is good for the world. And if they don’t, it is bad for the world. Everything depends only on the Jews.

The Jews are a group of people who broke away from all the rest of humanity in ancient Babylon, and accepted the method of spiritual development, a connection with the higher power of the world, with what is called the Creator.

In a later stage, 2,000 years ago, this group fell from its spiritual level, and since then, they don’t even know what existed. And still, they felt as if they were a unique group in humanity, the Jews always bothered everyone somehow. This is because they don’t know what their purpose is, what they must carry out with regard to the world. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about it.

So we Jews oppose it, but we cannot escape from it. There is a mission we must carry out, we need to lead all of humanity after us, to connect it with the upper force of nature, and then the gracious management will descend into our world. In contrast, today all of us are running around like a dog chasing its tail and are unsuccessful in holding onto success.

Let’s take ourselves by the hand and carry out our mission, becoming a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6), and this will be good for everyone. Everyone will respect and love us, which is how we will bring happiness and knowledge of the higher conduct, of the Creator, to the world. In the Torah it is written that this is our destiny.

I did not invent this; all the accusations against me are meaningless. I simply explain where this is written. Each one can check for himself. Why shut your eyes and wait for the next blow of fate?

Let’s do this so that it will be good for everyone. It depends only on us.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/21/16

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Two Languages Linked To Higher Roots

laitman_533_01Question: What is special about the Hebrew and the Aramaic languages that doesn’t exist in other languages? How do they complement each other?

Answer: Suppose that it were possible to translate the entire wisdom of Kabbalah into the English language and learn it in this language since it is the most widespread language used today. It would certainly be simpler and easier for all people in the world, since, in principle, millions of people could learn the wisdom of Kabbalah.

However, this would not succeed because there would be great confusion between the spiritual roots and their progeny. There is no language in the world that is connected to higher spiritual roots except for Hebrew and Aramaic. All languages changed during their development except Hebrew and Aramaic.

If someone from modern Greece were to encounter someone from ancient Greece, they would not understand each other. Even the French of the Middle Ages and modern French are as different from each other as day and night. And that is how it is with all languages, except for the English language, which has not gone through such sharp revolutionary changes since the British are more conservative.

The Hebrew language is entirely derived from spiritual roots, so it is unchanged. If we were to meet and talk today with a person from 2,000 to 3,000 years in the past, we would talk with him in the same Hebrew.

Of course, he would not understand neologisms like: airplane, helicopter, pistol, and so forth. But all the words taken from spiritual roots remained absolutely identical, and the language and grammar have not changed over time.

We read books that were written 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, for example, the Sefer Yetzira by Abraham that was written 3,500 years ago, the Torah that was written 3,000 years ago, and the Babylonian Talmud that was written 2,500 years ago. Nothing has changed in them. We read them and everything is understandable.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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A Mutual Connection Between Two Forces

laitman_232_06Question: What are good relationships and how are they related to spirituality?

Answer: The spiritual world is revealed when a person can build himself to be in a correct mutual connection between good and evil, not killing evil and not adhering to the good, but creating a connection in which the two forces complement each other. There is no evil without good and there is no good without evil; there is no Light without darkness and there is no darkness without Light. The central line must stabilize them correctly.

If a person acts correctly through directing himself between these two lines, his egoism will constantly grow. That is how he can produce a positive force, placing himself opposite the egoism and building himself in the middle line. This sums up the entire method of the wisdom of Kabbalah, and this is education of the self.

The moment a person begins to do this correctly between them, he begins to feel the upper world in the middle line. This is the state of nature, which consists of a precise balance between the positive force and the negative force.

On the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate, these forces cooperate mutually in a natural way, instinctively, so that they don’t require any work. But on the human level we must find that good force in nature to balance the negative force through it and develop this way. Humans, being the worst of all in our world, can also ascend higher than all.

The two forces are seemingly found outside of humans. But when we begin to examine them, we clarify the negative force within us and feel what kind of positive force we need through which to balance the negative force. All of this is possible only if we correctly cooperate mutually in a group, a group of ten.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

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A Desire For Pleasure Is Not Egoism

Laitman_632_3Question: If the Creator created us as a desire to receive and wants to give us pleasure, aren’t we basically opposing His desire by wanting to resemble Him and become bestowers?

Answer: We do not oppose His desire since we don’t refrain from using our desire. We only change its intention. All of our desires remain and begin to work on receiving even more. I only change the intention from an intention for my sake, an intention for the sake of my ego, to an intention for the sake of others in that my intention goes outside, because a desire is not itself ego.

An egoistic desire is a desire with an intention for my own sake. An altruistic desire is the same desire, but with an intention for the sake of others. It is only when I am using all of my desires and I go outside of myself that I am realizing them correctly.

A person cannot change the intention, the change only happens in a group under the influence of the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light).

Only the right method stimulates and summons the Ohr Makif, which changes the intention from an intention for my sake to an intention for the sake of others. To that degree, we begin to feel the world that is found outside of us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/18/16

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System That Can’t Be Perceived By The Mind

laitman_543_01Torah, Deuteronomy 14:21: You shall not eat any carcass. You may give it to the stranger who is in your cities, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner; for you are a holy people to the Lord, your God…

“The stranger who is in your cities” are qualities that you don’t consider yours, from which you get rid and send outside of the limits of your desire. However, it should still exist, because the entire world is inside a person.

There are a great number of nations and ethnic groups in this world who follow other laws and customs. Why? This indicates what our desires are made from.

Therefore, we must understand that there is a set of all possible desires within us in the hierarchy—from the most uncorrected ones that still need to be corrected (but today they are at the level of so-called savage people, nations of the world) to the highest ones. The entire hierarchy is arranged only according to the possibility of realizing these desires for the benefit of others.

Foreigners and strangers can either enter into your house, that is, those desires with which you already work for bestowal, or they can be outside. It all depends on how much you approximate and correct them.

Question: Can we call them Klipa (impure desires)?

Answer: Klipa are those desires that are outside of your city.

They still need to be fed, but there are certain steps in feeding them only to the extent that they are necessary for further corrections and use for bestowal.

This is a very serious, vast, global system. It is impossible to understand it with the mind, only internally, when it emerges in your senses. After all, you can feel everything as a whole in your senses, but it is impossible to describe it with your mind.

Try to describe your relationship with the group or in the family. You carry them within you! To present them externally, you would need numerous volumes and still wouldn’t be able to describe everything.

Question: But a person thinks that all this is very complicated. How can we come to this?!

Answer: There is nothing complicated if you try to create it in your feelings and not in your head. If a person tries to absorb it all into himself, then everything happens naturally.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/27/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.15.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “How to Build the Correct MAN”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 1, Part 3, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Chapter 10, Item 4

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Lesson on the Topic, “Mithabrim Le Kenes,” (Uniting for the Convention) 

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