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The Torah, Deuteronomy, 23:08-23:09: You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not despite an Egyptian, for you were a sojourner in his hands. Children who are born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the Lord.
This refers to the nations where the Jews lived during exile. Despite the fact that the peoples of the world oppressed them and organized pogroms, the Jews should treat them well.
It is interesting that when Jews leave the place of exile, they do not feel hatred, gloating, or any negative feelings towards the native population living there. This has never happened throughout history. And regarding the peoples who were in the Land of Israel and had to be conquered, the attitude was simple: destroy them.
Question: Why do the Jews who returned to the Land of Israel from different places experience a nostalgic attitude toward the peoples of the countries from which they came?
Answer: It’s because the Light is passed through the Jew who “fell” onto someone’s land and connected to another nation. By this he becomes responsible for their correction and has to attend to them. Therefore, he feels certain attraction, a special relationship toward this nation. This doesn’t exist in anyone but the Jews.
Question: It is written, “In the third generation they may enter the assembly of the Lord.” Meaning, the places where Jews lived during exile are sacred?
Answer: The Jews came out of Babylon and created a separate nation based upon a certain ideological principle. The nations of the world can do the same. Nothing needs to be changed other than the ideology. And the entire world will be this way.
Connection above egoism – this is the whole ideology.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16
Question: Does not having a husband, children, and a family affect a woman’s spiritual development?
Answer: No. If it didn’t work out for her to have a family, it doesn’t not affect her spiritual development, but if she can do it, why not seize the opportunity?
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/4/16
Judaism obligates Jews to follow many commandments: blessings, Kashrut (keeping kosher), Mikveh (ritual bath), prayer, in addition to multiple other actions. Judaism is considered the most complicated and an extraordinarily difficult religion.
All of it is in order for us, day by day, moment by moment, to remind ourselves by these action about the connection with the upper force and the need to constantly maintain it.
Question: Are you saying that this connection, love between people, guarantees us protection from above?
Answer: “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a great law of the Torah and represents the height of human development. There is nothing higher than that because this is how I include myself into the other person and do whatever he or she needs. Love is the law of an integral system, by which all its elements have to be connected.
Question: How does that protect me?
Answer: This is how I, or rather the single element of the system that I represent, follow the laws of the integral system. Naturally, this provides protection for me. I can never protect myself. I safeguard myself only through my ability to correctly unite with others because in reality I am connected with everyone and receive sustenance from them. In essence, they determine all my states because we are interdependent.
I am joined by connecting bonds with a multitude of others. If these connections are negative, then I suffer until I finally die. However, if from my side, these connections become positive, then in return, I receive a positive reaction from the system. Even if other people toward whom I act with kindness do not intend to respond to me in like manner, the upper force, functioning within the system, will influence them in such a way as to make them relate to me correctly.
In this way my actions begin to be in harmony with the force filling the entire system. My attempts to love my neighbor make me similar to the upper force. I tune into this force and by doing so, obligate the system to protect me. Resembling the upper what can be safer? I enter the upper almost as if I am entering a mother’s womb; is there a safer place than that?
The upper will protect me because I annul myself, my egoism, and become similar to it. I don’t think about myself, but act only according to the wishes of others. As a result, I become similar to the upper and enter it in the most minimal form. But even in this minimal form, nonetheless, I am within it as an embryo inside the mother. Where else can you feel more protected?
From KabTV’s “A New Life,” #819, 01/26/17
Answer: I am happy to the extent that my students allow me to be happy.
In principle, what is happiness? If the Creator gives me an opportunity and I realize it in my life, feeling that it comes from Him and that it returns correctly from me to Him, then this is indeed happiness.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16
A person can’t enter the assembly of the Lord if he doesn’t have such a correction as “Mila”—that is, when he had cut off three impure Klipot (desires). He can’t work with the remaining pure desires and get closer to the Creator.
This is possible only when there is the right man, the right woman, and the right relationship between them. Therefore, there can be no strange women (desires). Then, the system is destroyed. Nor can there be a person who has some kind of damage in the Masach when the desire and intention occlude. The damage in the Masach is the “injured testicles” or “severed member.”
More details on this can be found in the six volumes of the Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot). It explains how the seed emerges, how its heating occurs, and so on. In general, it describes the work of a huge, complex system. Then, perhaps, it will become a little clearer why everything is born around this, both new life and the revelation of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/10/16
Comment: According to the laws of physics, there are active particles of light, photons, that convey electromagnetic effects and bind the atoms and the molecules of which man is composed. In fact, the light (the photons) make us whole. If it weren’t for the light, our bodies would disintegrate into atoms.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Light also sustains the whole system.
My Response: Nothing would exist without the Light. The general Light is the Creator.
It is the same in physics. If the initial Light had not appeared, everything else could not have developed: waves, matter, etc.
From a Kabbalistic perspective, the Light ties our desires together. The Light gradually disappears and seems to fade away to the extent that our desires begin to gradually retreat, and so everything begins to fall apart.
This is the reason that we see that everything is divided into different parts in our world, although it is all one common whole.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16
In the News (Independent): “French presidential candidates have backed a plan to introduce a universal basic income of €750 (£655) a month, in what they described as a bid to combat the threat of robots taking over three million jobs.
“Two of the seven candidates for the French Socialist Party leadership have proposed the measure, which would see every French citizen over 18 receive the monthly pay-out, regardless of their employment status.”
My Comment: It is impossible to introduce a basic income in one country when it is connected with the rest of the nations of the European Union. What would millions of Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, and all the others say? How would people from neighboring nations relate to their governments if France introduced a basic income for all?
Question: And if the European Union were to break up, would they be able to introduce a law like this?
Answer: In this case, yes. Otherwise the possibility of influencing each other cannot be ruled out. “I don’t want you to introduce a basic income because I am not in a position to do so. So, I will stick a spoke in your wheel.”
Question: And what about a person who would begin to receive a basic income?
Answer: What would happen is natural deterioration. If we don’t oblige a person to do anything, then total deterioration would appear because our nature is egoistic. The ego aspires to a state of tranquility or a direct uniform movement like all of nature. That is all, no superfluous and new movements.
And this would be a state of deterioration for the nation. A nation would not be able to do anything if it doesn’t obligate people to come out of their “lairs” and participate in serious events that develop and move them forward. Therefore, they must introduce integral upbringing and education and various social activities. Moreover, they must be mandatory. If not, then nothing will be left of humanity. It would slide back to the level of the beast by giving people the possibility of sitting in their dens and looking from there into the light with empty eyes.
Question: So is it necessary to introduce a basic income or not?
Answer: It is possible to introduce it only on condition that we employ people. First of all, it is necessary to introduce a system that would be seriously involved with the education of people and would obligate them. Conditions must be set for receiving a basic income: if a person studies and is engaged in a particular framework in which he works on himself to build a new future, a new nation, a new society, then he deserves a basic income. The physical work could be done by robots.
Then everything will start to flourish. As a result of education and upbringing, people’s needs will be reduced to a minimum, because there will be no earnings as such. Gradually, the base income will become mandatory. In principle, only this will remain because in the next ten years all the workplaces will be occupied by robots. People will no longer need to chase new excesses because everyone will have a certain normal income. Perhaps they will receive it not in money, but in the form of goods, food, clothing, free use of electricity, energy resources, and so on. That is, everything will be more or less reduced to non-cash settlement.
In general, this is a movement toward communism. Everyone will have a basic income and people will start working on building a free, egalitarian, and united society. This would be the work of people. Only a small part would be engaged with the development and construction of robots and their programming.
Robots are becoming commonplace today. Even though they look the same externally, they will be programmed differently, some will weld, others will glue, others will assemble, these will fasten, and so on. I have seen entire factories that were built like this. It was very beautiful!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/18/16
New Life #845 – Connection And Belonging To The People And The Nation
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
Why has the bond to the land of Israel diminished over the years, how can we learn to live in it together in spite of growing divisions and separation, and what is the Jewish identity that we all share?
The tendency to connect doesn’t pass genetically from parent to child; therefore, the children and grandchildren of the founders of the nation differ from the previous generation. The way to renew the sense of belonging to the people, the land, and the nation is through explanation and an education for connection.
From KabTV’s “New Life #845 – Connection And Belonging To The People And The Nation,” 3/28/17
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