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Today we start the 3-day Convention of the Bnei Baruch International Kabbalah Academy. Its aim is to awaken a greater desire to unite—the only means to correct mankind. Over 500 Europeans are taking part in the convention, and all Bnei Baruch members worldwide are taking part virtually.
From Twitter, 7/27/18
The created beings have to implement the thought of the Creator, His program, and bring themselves to the purpose of creation. In that process, there is a chain of actions performed by the shattered pieces of creation that are gathering and connecting into one soul as it was before the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, before the shattering of the common soul. The connecting parts of the soul are called Kabbalists.
These parts of the soul that are very different from each other, make corrections of the shattering, one after another. We see how different Kabbalists are from each other from their writings and from how they fulfill their mission. There were special, outstanding souls throughout history, that is, during the process of correction: the soul of Adam HaRishon and then his disciples, twenty generations from Abraham (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, David … ), through Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Moshe De Leon, Rambam, and other Kabbalists until today.
In this chain, there is one very special soul, extremely precious to us, even more than Rashbi and Baal HaSulam —the Ari (Isaac Luria). This man opened the wisdom of Kabbalah to us. Without him, not a single writing of the subsequent Kabbalists would have reached us, and therefore for us as “the users” of Kabbalah, the Ari is especially important.
From the Ari onward, Kabbalah started to develop and adapt itself to modern times, and due to this fact, today we see ourselves closer to redemption—specifically thanks to the Ari. Of course, this includes the great work of the Baal Shem Tov and then Baal HaSulam and Rabash. Baal HaSulam in the nature of his mission was more similar to the Ari, and Rabash was more like the Baal Shem Tov. And prior to all of them, there was Rashbi, who brought to the world the light of final correction that helps, pushes and draws everyone to the final correction.
However, the Ari is a very important point in humanity’s history and we highly appreciate this Kabbalist and the contribution he made for us, or rather, how the Creator, through the soul of the Ari, helped us to get closer to the purpose of our life.
The Ari taught only for one-and-a-half years in northern Israel, then died. Yet this was enough to awaken a great light in the world with the actions of his soul. Through the Ari, this illumination in the form of surrounding Light reaches everyone and gives a great awakening to all the generations following him. His whole life, his writings, his group, and the works he left, both written and oral—all are extremely concealed and vague. However, other souls came, such as Baal Shem Tov and Baal HaSulam, and continued the work of the Ari with great devotion and strength.
Today, on the Ari’s Memorial Day we must feel how much we owe this soul, through which the Creator has done so much in order to bring us the wisdom of Kabbalah. We have to receive the Ari’s message and pass it on.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/18, “Memorial Day of Ari”
Answer: It is more than enough. Usually people start from a state where they do not want to hear anything at all about the Creator. “What kind of a Creator is it?—A power that wants to love? Somehow, I do not see that He really loves us. Let him send a telegraph message, then I will believe in His love.”
Remark: One really cannot see that the Creator loves us.
Answer: Of course one cannot see. It is in order to give you freewill.
Imagine that you see only those people in this world who love you and treat you nicely. There are no other people, and you exist in the flow of love. Do this and you will be like the Creator. You are welcome to do so. This is given to you. This is the future world that we create by ourselves.
Question: Is this what a Kabbalist feels?
Answer: Yes. He feels that everyone loves him because he loves the Creator. About this it is written, “I feel love with every fiber of the soul.”
Question: Can it be that it is a kind of an illusion?
Answer: Of course it is an illusion. Yet we need to turn it into reality.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 3/4/18
The largest portal Newsmax published my new article “When Did Breastfeeding Become a Bargaining Chip?”
It is, and always has been, the best food for babies. There is no controversy about the benefits of breast milk, but its politicization is giving us food for thought.
The New York Times claimed that the U.S. government unsuccessfully threatened nations backing breastfeeding with punitive trade and military cut offs to favor the $70 billion dollar infant formula industry, an accusation fervently denied by the current administration. Beyond the sensational headlines, the key factor is that such an important health related topic for mothers and children has been put back on the table.
Breast milk is rich in nutrients and includes antibodies to fight off viruses and bacteria protecting the baby from infections and allergies. It boosts the immune system, reduces infant mortality, and helps for a quicker recovery from common childhood illnesses. A Harvard study in 2016 estimated that 3,340 premature deaths a year among both mothers and babies could be prevented in the U.S. alone given adequate breastfeeding. It also lowers a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.
Besides the physical benefits and what is shown through laboratory experiments, breastfeeding is one of the best ways of bonding with a baby. In addition to nutrition, it provides comfort and relaxation. It releases oxytocin, which is the hormone responsible for other loving behaviors that make us feel good about a person.
Extended breastfeeding for the first two years of life allows for the child’s proper development, and women express more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, according to a study by the American Psychological Association.
Beyond such findings, there is also a natural inner connection between the mother and the child that allows for positive biological and internal development, which starts inside the womb, belonging to an inner layer in nature that our studies and research tools still cannot pinpoint.
Considering the vital role mothers play in each individual’s development from the earliest of ages, it stands to reason that stay-at-home mothers should be given all the support possible to raise the next generation.
However, in practice, this is not the case.
In today’s world, the bulk of the burden falls on the mother, who is usually expected to prioritize her career over her family, juggling tasks and becoming increasingly exhausted and unsatisfied. The so-called advancement of women’s rights to choose is in practice an oxymoron. At the end of the day, women who decide to fulfill a traditional role as stay-at-home mothers do not receive enough recognition, value, and economic support from society, as if raising a new generation were not the most important enterprise of all.
The same way science has been unable to create an artificial uterus that brings an embryo to life, a mother’s role of nurturing and educating the child is irreplaceable. We cannot pretend to be wiser than nature. If we really want to empower and foster women’s self-determination, society should create conditions for a comfortable motherhood.
In most societies women struggle to have a balanced life, considering work as an economic necessity rather than liberation and personal progress. Women get caught in an ever-tightening entanglement of commitments at work and home with very little restitution at any level.
Nowadays, certain governments are considering the distribution of an unconditional basic income sufficient to meet a person’s basic needs. Such programs, if implemented, should benefit women first and foremost, particularly mothers who decide to leave the workplace in order to raise their children.
Mothers should not continue being treated as second-class citizens. Instead, they should be recognized as “society’s CEOs” — the ruling force in creation, the only ones capable of giving birth to and nurturing a whole new generation. Keep in mind that the world is our roof, humanity is our home, and women are the pillar of this structure. Nature is showing us the perfect mechanism of the human body. And motherhood in particular has a crucial role in giving birth to a new humanity.