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Do The Translations Of The Torah Match The Original?

Laitman_137Question: Does a translator of spiritual texts have to be a Kabbalist? After all, he inserts his perception of reality into a translation.

Answer: If you read the Torah in Russian, you must notice that the text does not match precisely the original Hebrew.

The Torah was written 3,000 years ago by Moses. Then 1,500 years ago, they began to translate its texts from Hebrew, with many additions and distortions that each one made according to what came to his mind.

If you want to read the Torah in Russian, I would recommend the Chumash (five books of Moses) that they are publishing in Israel. That is a clean and precise word-for-word translation.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Why Does A Man Need To Have Faith?

Laitman_522_03Question: Why does a person, unlike animals, since time immemorial need to believe in something?

Answer: Uncertainty about the next day worries man. In animals this question doesn’t arise because they have no concern about what will happen in the future. A beast obeys its instincts. Man does not have this instinct, but he has many worries, fears, and doubts about the future.

This uncertainty causes a person to need to believe in something big, so that he can at least hope for its mercy, its compassion, and its good treatment. Because a person cannot control his future, he thinks that if there is someone who can, he should be in good relations with him. This is the reason that the question about the forces of nature came up, which eventually lead to the emergence of religions.

Religion arose at the dawn of humanity. We may say that the need for faith emerged the moment the monkey evolved into man, since at that point he began to question his future. Man began to ask himself what tomorrow will bring and he sought to explain everything that happened to him.

Man is distinguished from animals in this anxiety about the future: What will happen with my life, what is its purpose? Although this question comes up subconsciously and is not formatted, this is actually what distinguishes man from a beast. Man needs faith whereas a beast has no need for it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 160

laitman_622_02Question: You have said that effort is a Kli. Can you explain this and elaborate?

Answer: Efforts create desires for something that we didn’t want before: bestowal.

Question: How would you describe a person whose Reshimo (Reminiscence) is only in the left and right lines, without the middle line?

Answer: This is a person who needs balance. This is so for every person on every level.

Question: What is the right way to disclose information to new students in the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: This is with a caring, loving, gentle attitude toward everyone.

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Student And Teacher, Two Levels

Laitman_917_02Question: When can a teacher become a transmitter of spiritual energy for the student?

Answer: This is when a teacher can serve as a channel through which the Upper Light will pass to a student or at least help a student connect with a group of ten that will begin to absorb the Upper Light.

Question: But, doesn’t the teacher lock the student onto himself?

Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this cannot happen!

I remember my teacher Rabash, the last giant Kabbalist. He never allowed his greatness, his immense importance, to be seen.

Today, we read his articles that were written before my eyes. I remember everything that happened then, down to the last detail, the time of year when were sitting on a bench in the park as he wrote. I remember literally everything, even the background noises and voices around us. Today, when I read his articles again, I notice that I understand them more deeply than in the past, even though so many years have passed since then.

It is not possible to appreciate a teacher immediately, even though he doesn’t hide his inner world. No one is hiding anything from us. At that time, I thought to myself: “I am going to move in next to him. I will be by his side, and then I will shake him and take out of him everything he has!”

There isn’t anything to shake out. The teacher is ready to transmit everything. It only depends on the degree to which the student can understand him. Student and teacher are two levels.

But how can a student approach a teacher to receive, absorb, and take from him—this is another matter and is not easy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Italy: Fascism Is Possible

Laitman_408In the News (BBC): “Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat on Sunday has left Italy facing political and economic uncertainty.

“Mr Renzi announced he was stepping down after his constitution reform plan was rejected by voters. …

“There are concerns the instability may trigger a deeper crisis for Italy’s already vulnerable banking sector. …

“Mr Renzi staked his political future on his attempt to change Italy’s cumbersome political system. He wanted to strengthen central government and weaken the Senate, the upper house of parliament.

“His opponents – including some within his own party – had argued that the reforms would give the prime minister too much power. The electorate agreed.

“But the referendum was more than a vote on constitutional reform, it was widely regarded as a chance to reject establishment politics.”

My Comment: Agreements signed in the past were kept and honored for decades and the parties involved kept the agreements because they were economically worthwhile first and foremost for the elite. But when the elite reach a state of saturation and the lower classes cannot bear the situation anymore, problems arise between the elite and the lower classes. The official unemployment rates in Italy today are at about 30%-40% and this is why they are “getting divorced.”

Now it is the Italian Brexit, then there will be the Spanish Brexit, and so on. This is what will happen in every country since the neoliberal economy is collapsing. The economy was never truly neoliberal in the past, it was aimed only at the benefit of the elite. Now it is all over.

Question: Does this mean that the establishment of the EU was meant to fail from the start?

Answer: The EU was established only for the sake of the elite and all the slogans about a united Europe, etc., are worthless. A common market?

It is a market. So it is collapsing now. It can no longer be sustained. Karl Marx wrote correctly about the decay of capitalism, but he believed it would be followed by a socialist society.

Baal HaSulam, on the other hand, wrote that if we don’t spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and do not reveal why we are undergoing this process, Nazism would rise.

We are now witnessing the right emerging in many countries, replacing the left. This situation poses a very big problem for the world because it may lead to terrible wars.

Therefore, our option is either a fascist regime and a world war or to develop a method according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which means educating people to understand that it is only by getting closer to each other that we can be saved from imminent death.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/5/16

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The Blood Is The Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, Deuteronomy 12:23 – 12:25: However, be strong not to eat the blood, for the blood is the soul; and you shall not eat the soul with flesh. You shall not eat it. You shall not eat it, in order that it be good for you, and for your children after you, when you do what is proper in the eyes of the Lord.

Blood is called the greatest, biggest glow, filling the desire—the Light of Hochma at its highest level. We are unable to obtain this Light until the final correction, about which “be strong not to eat the blood” was allegorically written.

Blood is the fourth part of the world, the fourth part of a desire that cannot be used because we are unable to feel adhesion with the Creator with the quality of bestowal, while at the same time feeling the enormous desires that are filled with the strongest Light. This is beyond our desires.

Thus, we have to cleanse everything from blood. That is why Kashrut laws are based on appropriate rules for animal slaughter and the extraction of blood from meat.

Question: It is written that “the blood is the soul.” What does this mean?

Answer: The soul has five degrees: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.

Blood is the lowest part (Nefesh) and that is why its use is prohibited. It is impossible to accept this fulfillment with the intention to bestow; we do not have the force to resist the heaviest egoism. This will continue until the final correction and only after that will we be able to shift to different laws.
From KabTV’s, “Secrets of the Eternal Book”, 7/6/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.16.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Mismah Arosa” (Arosa Document)

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