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The Torah is not a set of rules we must observe in order to appease a fearsome God, nor is it a collection of tales that may or may not have happened. So what is it really meant for?
Jerusalem, in the spiritual sense, is a point of connection between the souls and the upper system. The actual city is completely unique and holds a special status in Israel because it is the location of the Temple Mount, where the Temple once stood—the symbol of connection between this world and the upper world.
Jerusalem is a symbol of unification. It is known that unification is what makes the people of Israel special and chosen. Without it, our nation would not have attained the degree of Bina, bestowal (symbolized by the number 40, forty years of wandering in the desert) and the land of Israel, which means “straight to the Creator” (Israel, Yashar-El).
All of this was possible through the work they performed as they went through ascents and descents, overcoming all kinds of obstacles along the path. When we work on unifying against egoism, we attain a desire aimed at the Creator, which is generally called “the land of Israel.” Then we arrive at a special, “perfect city” (Yira Shlema), called Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
There is a mountain (Har) inside it, meaning special doubts (Irurim) through which we obtain a vessel to receive for the sake of bestowal. This is the First Temple, followed by the vessel of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, the Second Temple.
All of these states are attained only out of unity. This is not talking about stones or a geographical location but about Jerusalem “in the heart.” That is, it is talking about how to build relationships that are called “perfect trepidation,” “the perfect city” (Yira Shlema), meaning the place of unification between us and the upper force, the Creator.
Everything is expressed through unification. That is, unification is the land of Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount. If there is no unification, then none of these exist either. Thus, are we really in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem today?
Speaking frankly, we are not. For now, these are merely potential notions, intended to direct us toward attaining their essence, meaning the correct unity. Then we will find that we are in the land of Israel, in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount.
Baal HaSulam explains that we have received the land of Israel for a time, as an opportunity to realize our unity and attain redemption, meaning the revelation of the upper force. Redemption is freedom from our egoism for every person individually and all of us together. Therefore, our primary work is to unite against egoism. Then we will reveal Jerusalem in our heart, along with all the other, more internal qualities that become revealed inside it.
Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi said (Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Hagiga): “The built Jerusalem is similar to a city that is united into one, a city that makes all of Israel friends.”
This means that when we attain a spiritual state called Jerusalem, we become a united nation of Israel, as one man. This is what Jerusalem symbolizes, its essence. No other place or nation has this approach. This is because everything becomes revealed in the nation of Israel only through unification, and without it, there is no nation of Israel, nor land of Israel, nor Jerusalem.
From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/17, Selected Excerpts for Jerusalem Day
Answer: When my students don’t understand the need to be committed to the movement. These, probably, are my most intense concerns, because everything else doesn’t matter.
Question: Do you feel this as a betrayal?
Answer: No, usually it is disregard. They don’t understand the importance of spiritual advancement.
Question: And what is your strongest positive feeling?
Answer: The feeling that my students can be together, that they gather together internally into one single desire, to which they are getting closer.
Question: Does it mean that these feelings don’t concern you personally, but your students, precisely those in whom you invested?
Answer: Personally, my intention is always directed to connection with the Creator, to chasing Him, when He is hiding from me and revealing Himself in the circumstances in which I make Him to reveal Himself. I don’t have problems with this. This is my constant work.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 01/29/17
Moses is a point in the heart, the only thing that we have from the spiritual level. It also needs to be corrected because Moses developed in the house of Pharaoh (in egoism). And then, as he is corrected, he can already lead all the other desires of a person.
The correction of Moses occurs before the rise above egoism, in Egypt, and therefore, after leaving Jethro, he begins to reveal the Creator.
The Creator tells him, “Come to Pharaoh.” This means that Moses already feels two forces in him, the quality of bestowal (the Creator) and the quality of reception (Pharaoh), and lives and works between. From the moment he hears the voice of the Creator coming from the burning bush, he begins to act in these two directions.
A person through his Moses reviews all the desires within himself and clarifies which of them he should correct and which ones to put aside in order to come back to them and work with them on the different degrees.
Therefore, the Torah (from the word “Oraa” – “instruction”) is an instruction for each person that explains what his actions should be.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16
This is indeed so because Israel includes two forces of nature: the desire to enjoy and the spark of light. And that is why only they can reach contact with the light and extend the light to the other nations.
Israel are those in whom the sparks of light appeared in Ancient Babylon and those in whom these sparks become apparent only now. The spark can awaken in anyone, in the representative of any nation, as it was once with the Babylonians, and he or she will join this process too.
All the nations of the world depend on Israel, and they have to help the Jews in order to not just hate them for no reason, but so they push them toward correction. As the prophet Isaiah said, the nations of the world will bring the sons of Israel on their shoulders to build the Temple. In this way, the nations of the world force Israel to begin correction, showing that this is what they expect from them.
Imagine the UN suddenly decided to issue sanctions against Israel for not starting correction, that is, the people of Israel do not unite according to the wisdom of Kabbalah and the Torah, do not teach it to others, and do not show an example. If we were united, we would be treated well, and if not, we would be pressured until we have no choice but to make corrections. How would such an attitude help us?
Why is it not happening? Because all the nations are still unaware of the method of Kabbalah, including the people of Israel. That is why no one, except Kabbalists, understands what is happening. The world must know what the law of development means, what we should do, and in what order the process of correction is accomplished.
This process begins with the head, with Kabbalists, then passes on to all Jews, and then to the whole world. Everyone who can do it, joins this work; there is a place for everyone. Our time requires the world to move forward to correction; otherwise, we will find ourselves in a much harder situation than 70 to 80 years ago at the time of the Holocaust.
It is known that the Jews did not notice the threat then and did not take the opportunity to change their destiny and leave Europe. At first they even supported Hitler’s coming to power. And today, they support Obama and protest against Donald Trump, although it is obvious which of the two is against the state of Israel and who is “for” it.
These are the signals of the approaching Holocaust. Therefore, it is more important for us not to think about what happened, but to look forward and think about what we need to do so that it does not happen again. Only if all Jews unite can we save ourselves. We should cry not about the Holocaust, but about the fact that we are so stiff-necked that we cannot listen to Kabbalists’ warnings and prevent the new Holocaust.
And it will certainly come, if we do not trigger forces of mercy against forces of justice; that is, if we do not oppose hatred by unity. Now hatred and separation between Jews is stronger than in any other nation. If American Jews, both the supporters of Donald Trump and his opponents, would unite, they would come to correction.
So by the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day, everyone has to come out with one heavy thought and one concern of the heart: How can I prevent the Holocaust of my people and the world? This can be done only through connection between us, by becoming one person with one heart in mutual bestowal, so that love will cover all crimes. We have to care only that love rises above all obstacles. And then the power of unity will “spill” from the people of Israel to the whole world.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/17, Lesson on Topic: “Holocaust Memorial Day”
Question: We see the world as if inside ourselves and try to satisfy our desires, but outside of us we see nothing because it seems to us that these are other people’s desires. Will Kabbalah make us feel the entire world as our own desires?
Answer: Yes, it will. Moreover, the desires that come to us as if from outside will be more meaningful to us than those that we feel inside.
You will begin to feel the desires of other people more than your own. And you will feel yourself only to the extent that it is necessary. You will be soaring, not feeling yourself. And when you think: “What can I give them?”—then you will return to yourself and begin to search inside for what you can do for them.
Question: There are billions of people around a Kabbalist. Does he only think: “What can I bestow?”
Question: How can you make yourself feel others as your own desires and even more?
Answer: You must ask for it. This is the beginning of a real life.
You enjoy the fact that you transfer the idea of the Creator to everyone; you are His conductor. Therefore, you adhere to Him, becoming an instrument in His hands. The Creator is inclusive in Himself. But thanks to you, He can reach every creature.
Adhesion with the Creator is all the gain, the reward, the tribute.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/17/17