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-Music’s structure includes moments of silence: pauses, inhales. What is silence in the spiritual world?
-Without pauses we wouldn’t hear anything. A pause is like preparation of a Kli, vessel. The sound of pauses inside us is just as necessary as the sounds we hear.
You “buy” a friend at the price of self-annulment. I must pay for the “purchase” with something, give something up, abdicate my ego.
I can’t eradicate my egoism, but I can change its use from “for myself” to bestowal with the help of light OM [Ohr Makif]. This is called “buying a friend.”
That’s the hurdle in revealing the Creator, since the best possible imaginable pleasure is society’s praise, for which man can expend all his energy and give up all pleasures if by that he’ll attain sufficient praise.
If they don’t give in, the markets will crash!
Save the world financial system at the cost of the USA real sector’s demise, or vice versa? That’s the financiers’ war with Trump: not to abdicate banks and the Fed to government control. Trump will win because financiers can’t ensure economic growth.
Only rare individuals aspire to the Creator, since one must give up society’s praise and be ready to be condemned by society. One isn’t ready to reveal Kabbalah and the Creator until society’s praise is devaluated for him, since otherwise he will aspire to attain that praise.
From Twitter, 10/25/18
The Times of Israel published my new article “Rising Anti-Semitism in New York: Animosity Turned Into Violent Attacks“
“He started to punch me. I screamed ‘What do you want from me?’ ‘Help!’” describes an Orthodox Jew about the moment when he had been viciously assaulted without provocation by a Pakistani immigrant in Brooklyn, NY. The video of the aggression went viral, putting a face on a growing problem in the US and the world: verbal hostility toward Jews transforming into physical violence.”
This was the second attack of its nature in two consecutive days. In the other incident, a teenager carrying a stick chased after an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn and beat him on his back and shoulders.
These types of violent actions against Jews are certainly not coincidental, but rather, a recurring pattern that’s increasingly becoming the new norm. Just this year alone, organizations monitoring hate crimes tracked 11 assaults against Jews in New York State, 8 of them in Brooklyn. Statewide, the Anti-Defamation League reported a 90% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 compared to the previous year.
Why the Jews?
How many times have we asked ourselves, “Why Jews?” How can a drop in the ocean of the world’s population be the subject of such visceral hatred and scrutiny? It usually manifests as inflammatory rhetoric openly expressed without consequences, like the recent comment by the well-known American anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan, who compared Jews with termites.
So, again we ask why it is that 15 million Jewish people, around 0.2% of the total world population, draw so much attention and arouse so many emotions? Why has there been this special treatment of Jews throughout history? When we think about how humanity has progressed with all its hi-tech developments, communications, education, culture, how has this backward behavior and attitude toward Jewish people persisted?
No one wants to deal with answering these questions because there is no logical explanation. Foremost Kabbalist, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, Baal HaSulam, in The Writings of the Last Generation, Part One (Section Nine) stated it this way: “It is a fact that Israel is hated by all nations, whether for religious reasons, racial reasons, capitalistic reasons, communistic reasons, or cosmopolitan reasons. It is so because the hatred precedes all reasons.” In other words, although the hatred and blame of the Jewish people takes on many forms, from the idea that the “Jews run the world” all the way back to being seen as responsible for the “Black Death” epidemics and even the death of Jesus Christ, none of these are the actual causes of the hatred, but its symptoms. The cause of anti-Semitism is rooted much deeper beyond our usual understanding and reason.
What Is the Cause of Anti-Semitism?
In order to find the root of anti-Semitism we need to look into the profound and special role of the Jews, a role they cannot escape.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, anti-Semitism is not an accident or a whim, but a subconscious and instinctive reaction of the world that feels the Jews hold the secret to pave the way for a better society, to be a “light unto nations,” the role they were chosen for.
Around 4,000 years ago, the Jewish nation began to build its life in accordance with the idea of unity and love, under the tenet, “one man with one heart,” in mutual care and solidarity, being responsible for one another. Jews are expected to reclaim and implement this principle that was lost due to internal divisions and conflicts. The world waits for them to set an example and bring unity to the world by uniting and then extending the positive force of unity to all human society.
Until the Jews carry out this task, the animosity and accusations against them for all the world’s problems will only increase, and this is precisely what is happening.
The unique role of the Jews is explained in the book, Sefat Emet [Language of Truth],
“The children of Israel became guarantors to correct the entire world… everything depends on the children of Israel. To the extent that they correct themselves [and become united], all creations follow them.”
The Midrash (Bereshit Rabah, 66) also refers to the important role of the Jewish nation: “This nation, world peace dwells within it.” Jews cannot escape from carrying out this mission, everything revolves around it. Becoming the conduit that radiates light and goodness is what the world really wants from us. If the Jews repair their broken relations and help the rest of the world achieve this state, the hatred toward them will be canceled. It is my hope that we will acknowledge and accept this great responsibility sooner rather than later, as the well-being and happiness of both the Jewish people and the nations of the world depend on our unity, and spreading that unity to the world.
“The prime defense against calamity is love and unity. When there are love, unity, and friendship between each other in Israel, no calamity can come over them. …When there is bonding among them, and no separation of hearts, they have peace and quiet … and all the curses and suffering are removed by that.”
– Rabbi Kalman Epstein, Maor VaShemesh”
Answer: The place of renewals is always determined from above and comes from one source. Everything that exists in the upper world gradually blurs, descends, and reaches us.
As they say, there is nothing new under the sun; everything descends from the upper program, which is set initially, from the beginning of creation to its end. We are fulfilling this program either involuntarily like all people or as Kabbalists who already understand it, adapt themselves to it, and then adapt it to themselves and thus advance.
Renewals are revealed in people and not in the world. Yet, in accordance with our inner changes, we see a different world every time. It’s as if there is a white screen in front of us and depending on the way we project our thoughts and desires, we can see any picture on it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/1/18
Answer: In our world there is no system of either negative or positive forces. Both systems affect only the person who is destined to spiritual elevation.
This does not affect the common man. He lives his normal material life and gradually moves toward the time when he will begin to receive the right impact from both sides and develop.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/17/18
Question: Is it impossible to explain the method of Kabbalah to a person who doesn’t have a point in the heart? He only understands corporeal logic, group psychology, but not higher psychology.
Answer: Kabbalah does not deal with explanations because it initially works at a level where there are neither human thoughts nor desires. It makes no sense to explain anything. It is the same as sitting in front of a dog interpreting philosophical canons to it as it wags its tail responding to your affection, and what you say doesn’t matter.
So it is with a Kabbalist. When he tries to convey anything to people, they nod with an approving smile, as if saying: “Keep babbling,” but they don’t delve into anything.
Time passes, and if they keep studying according to the advice of the Kabbalist, then gradually they begin to understand where this is going. They feel various changes in themselves; they begin to feel, according to the terms spoken, some adequate response to higher actions that they had not previously felt. They enter a field where there are completely new definitions, and thus continue moving forward.
But this is not because they absorb everything with their minds, but because they act according to the directive of their teacher.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 4/12/18
Lesson on the Topic “The Work Within Reason And The Work Above Reason”
Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 99
Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati 40 “Faith in the Rav, What Is the Measure”