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“Don’t Swallow Maror Without Chewing It”

Laitman_725“Don’t swallow maror without chewing it” means that we need to work on our unity with greater perseverance despite our inability to reach it. If we in the group agree with the need to unite, then we have entered Egypt.

Previously, we did not agree or even speak about it. First, the brothers neglect Joseph and throw him out. But then there is a famine and they agree to unite, and then they enter Egypt.

At first, they live well in Egypt, but then they begin to realize that they are unable to connect. “And the children of Israel sighed from the labor” since they could not accomplish anything. It is then that “their cry ascended to God from the labor.”

This is the meaning of “Don’t swallow the Maror without chewing it.” We are obliged to “chew” this work and feel all its bitterness and heaviness, like the bitter and hard horseradish from which Maror is made. From hard work and our failure, we soften and, out of desperation, turn to the Creator.

Only after hard work do we begin to feel our captivity and the need to come out of it, and we begin to feel that there is a force that can help us.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/20/18, Writings of Rabash

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Paradise For An Animal—Exile For A Person

Laitman_002In order to come to redemption, it is necessary to feel the exile, as it was said to Abraham: Torah, Genesis 15:13: You shall surely know that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will enslave them and oppress them, for four hundred years.

That is, you must feel very bad in your desire to enjoy. Although it can bring a person a lot of pleasures and fillings, wealth, honor, power, and all the abundance, a person decides that this is exile for him.

After all, he begins to appreciate spirituality, the quality of bestowal, above all corporeal possessions. Therefore, he cannot tolerate this exile. On the contrary, the more pleasant, satisfied, and rich the Creator makes his life during the “seven years of famine,” the more acute is his desire to break out of it.

He has all the benefits in abundance, but he does not agree to live like this, feeling that he is being bought by being given animalistic pleasures, yet spiritual pleasures—bestowal and the upper world—are hidden from him.

When a person begins to feel his state in this way, then it means that he is already worthy of redemption.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/4/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Inheritance of the Land”

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Most Important Is An Abundance of Patience

Laitman_120The difficult thing about studying Kabbalah is that it requires you to acquire new values. That is why those who are not ready or willing to do so due to lack of patience, leave. They do not believe that this study will bring them actual results and do not really understand what this science is about.

Here you need patience to let the upper Light work on you—the force that transforms us into a new being. Gradually, we begin to feel, understand, and judge through new definitions.

Although it seems like someone is the same person on the outside, in reality he is completely different. He is impossible to define by the regular, corporeal definitions, values, and rules. Now he thinks in terms of similarity of form with the upper force, quite differently.

Such qualitative change is received through the influence of the upper Light, through undergoing an intricate inner revolution. This takes many years because such changes occur in a person gradually, in small steps.

And even this is hard to take. It is much easier to advance with the group that you can hold onto. If a person holds onto the group with his eyes closed, he overcomes all the difficulties.

He closes the door on his old values and receives new ones from the group, from the unification of the friends, meaning the new Kli, where ten become as one: he receives a new mind and feelings, a new attitude, new measurement units.

It is a very delicate, difficult period about which it is written: “A thousand enter the classroom and only one exits into the Light.” You have to have plenty of patience for the upper Light to work on you and give you new qualities. When it is said: “Do anything but leave,” this is what it is talking about.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/5/18, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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