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Question: On the first day of Hanukkah, Barak Obama pulled a nasty trick on Israel by allowing the UN to accept a resolution against the Israeli settlements. How do we cope with this situation? What will happen now when a new administration replaces Obama who spread chaos in the world?
Answer: We must wait a little. About six months after Obama leaves the office, the outcomes of his eight-year reign will be summed up, and we will be able to reach more accurate conclusions.
Question: Will the Israeli government be able to cope with the current situation? There were rumors that before the UN Security Council meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu had a conflict with Obama.
Answer: This is totally irrelevant. Barak Hussein Obama is an avid supporter of Islam. His mission is to spread Islam all over the world. This is the reason he did everything to allow millions of Muslims to enter the US during his presidency. In addition, he sowed chaos where on the basis of such chaos, Islamists could rise to power and destroy everything.
Question: What can you say about the new administration?
Answer: I don’t know what President Trump will do, but I think that as a businessman and the boss, he will be able to impose order. On the other hand, he should realize that the world today is not based on egoism and money.
Question: If capitalism, as a system, has exhausted itself, how will Trump impose order if he is a capitalist?
Answer: Obama doubled the US debt, unemployment rates soared during his administration, his recovery plan actually got stuck on the way, and what did he do with the world? He ruined countries in the belt from Morocco to Pakistan. After all, small countries are always dominated by big countries. Trump can, at least ideologically, choose a different approach.
From the webinar “The Year in Review” 12/26/16
Answer: No, he cannot educate himself independently. A person cannot do anything by himself. He must be connected to others. This is very explicitly explained on our sites.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16
Answer: The language that we use in our lessons is very limited.
Therefore, if you listen to Hebrew in the background while listening in your mother tongue, you will gradually begin to naturally understand it. We have quite a few students who speak Hebrew very well as a result of studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.
There are words and expressions from ancient and more modern sources in Kabbalistic Hebrew which cannot be conveyed in translation. Therefore, it is better to accept the Kabbalistic terms just the way they are in Hebrew. Then you will not be confused with our world and with corporeal terminology. You will immediately apply them to objects or actions of the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16
Question: The wisdom of Kabbalah says that there is no sin, there is experience. But we always talk about redemption, about the forgiveness of sins before Yom Kippur. If sin is a lack of faith in the Creator, then is the wisdom of Kabbalah also a religion and not a science?
Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t say anything about a person excusing himself.
All forgiveness of sin on Yom Kippur is related to the person himself. A person must judge himself about not being kind enough to others, about not working enough to bring everyone closer together.
This sums up a person’s judgment of himself; nobody is judging him. There is nobody before whom to give any accountability. A person judges himself and changes his behavior accordingly.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16
Question: On the one hand it is said: “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). On the other hand, it is said: “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24). On the basis of these principles, is it possible to establish order and peace?
Answer: We need to work with egoism to balance it through, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” What this means is that balance must be equal and just, plus and minus must connect together through opposition, so “An eye for an eye,” is necessarily required to balance the system.
But we have to understand what “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” represent, meaning that I must place to the right side or the left side the same force that exists on the other side.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/2/16
Answer: A Bright Future! Humanity will finally understand that the wisdom of Kabbalah is a method for the existence of the world and its development. It tells about the goal of the forces that manage it, about ways to go to a level of managing and understanding them, and where they are leading us.
We need to see the light and become a bit more mature with an expanded method of understanding the world. I hope that the year 2017 will give us this opportunity and people will see that this is the destiny for all of us.
We need to move to a new dimension and begin to feel what astrophysicists talk about today: we are living in a world that is much more complex than what we assume.
We need to understand it, become much more diversified, and not focused every moment on getting minimal pleasure, but to rise a bit higher above our nature. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah makes possible for us. But to do this, we must find interest and patience for it. I hope this year will help us to do that.
And we who study the wisdom of Kabbalah need to go out to the public with a more understandable, closer, softer, friendlier explanation so that people will understand us. We need to bring them the method for attaining a good and eternal life. After all, the wisdom of Kabbalah reveals a completely different scope of existence.
We are waiting for you, not only we, but all of humanity. Come, help, and see that the next year will be completely different, better.
Question: What must we strive for in 2017?
Answer: Unity, to an understanding of one another. But this is only possible after at least an elementary familiarity with the wisdom of Kabbalah. I wish this for all of us. Good luck and a good year!
From a webinar “The Year in Review” 12/26/16
New Life 798 – Differences In Sensory Perception
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
There are differences in people’s perception of reality, as there are differences in tastes.
The five senses are characterized by the distance from what is perceived: sight is the sense that perceives from the greatest distance and touch is the sense that perceives from the closest distance since it involves contact.
There are waves beyond what our senses perceive. We are surrounded by infinite Light, by unlimited waves, but we perceive through the limitations of our senses.
Our instruments of perception are operated by our desire, by a sense of lack. We can develop our desire to unlimited dimensions by changing our attitude to other people. If reality becomes more important to me than myself, my perception expands, just like a mother who feels her baby. What we feel through our senses operates on our desire, and this is how an experience is created.
It is impossible to penetrate another person and to feel how he actually perceives reality since our internal nature is concealed from us; a person doesn’t even really know himself. No matter how much we try, we have no access to a person’s internality; we don’t know how and there is nothing to investigate about ourselves. We have to study the upper nature, the upper operating system, and to be like it.
Even if we could assemble all the senses of all the animals together in ourselves, we would end up with nothing more than an elaborate animal.
The method of developing our perception is called the wisdom of Kabbalah; it teaches us how to perceive unlimited waves. To perceive the unlimited reality, a person needs a new receiver to receive what is external to him, not what is inside him.
From KabTV’s “New Life 798 – Differences In Sensory Perception,” 12/6/16
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Preparation for the Lesson
Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention, ‘All As One'”
Lesson on the Topic: “Mismah Arosa” (Arosa Document)