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The Times of Israel published my new article “Sharp rise in anti-Semitism on ‘Kristallnacht’ 80th Anniversary”
On a dark night in November 9, 1938, the Nazis murdered several hundred Jews, burned 1,400 synagogues across Germany and Austria, destroyed Jewish homes and businesses, and vandalized Jewish hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries. 1,000s of Jewish men, women and children were dragged into the streets, where they were beaten and humiliated. Its 80th anniversary is commemorated at a time when anti-Semitism in the world is escalating.
“Kristallnacht,” the Night of Broken Glass, unfolded around 6 years after Hitler assumed power and marked the beginning of the Third Reich, the systematic persecution of Jews, culminating with the Holocaust that claimed 6 million lives while the entire world stood by and basically did nothing to stop the carnage.
As humans do not seem to learn from the past, anti-Semitism is nowadays not a historical reference but a very current reality in Europe and the rest of the world, expressed as anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli sentiments, attributed either to the extreme left or to the extreme right.
In light of the Kristallnacht’s remembrance day, Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said “It would be impossible to mark this seminal event in Jewish history without noting the frightening climate of anti-Semitism and xenophobia currently spreading across Europe and the United States.”
In order to trace the source of anti-Semitism, we will go back 3,800 years to the depths of the Israeli nation. Mesopotamia was the cradle of human civilization. Until then, everyone lived peacefully, without conflicts, until everything suddenly changed. The human ego—concern with personal benefit at the expense of the common good—erupted and caused the Babylonians to concentrate on themselves and exploit each other. At the height of the eruption, the local residents started thinking that they could control the world and built the Tower of Babel as a symbol of their egoistic aspirations.
One famous Babylonian, Abraham, refused to accept this situation. He searched for what was going on behind the scenes, discovered it, and developed a method to overcome and transcend the ego. Those who listened to him gathered and learned what he revealed. Over the years, his group of students grew and became the Israeli nation, whose uniqueness is the purpose for which it was founded: the implementation of the method to rise above the ego, the wisdom of Kabbalah, and its spreading to all nations.
Today, we are again discovering ourselves as as human society closed in from all sides, just as confused as we were in Babylon. The ego has developed to a point where we’ve come to the moden Tower of Babel: a globally interconnected network of global trade and economic relations based on narrow egoistic interests. As in the past, today we have built a tower separating us and we have nowhere to run. In today’s world, humanity finds itself trapped between global interdependence that connects us, on one hand, and competitive, egoistic interests that separate us, on the other.
At this juncture is exactly where we, the people of Israel, enter the picture.
Kabbalists have written extensively about our unique era. On one hand, it is a time when humanity realizes that the ego leads us to a dead end, and on the other hand, it is a time when the conditions for the absorption of Abraham’s system ripen. Moreover, humanity, which will need this method, will hold the people of Israel accountable as the ones holding back the method from humanity, as if they have a secret they’re not sharing with the rest of the world.
The time has now come.
Our mission, according to Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the most renowned Kabbalist of the 20th Century, is to be a conduit to transfer the system of the ego’s transcendance to humanity. However, in order for that to happen, we must first implement it on ourselves.
As long as we do not do so, suffering on personal, social, ecological and global scales will continue to increase. At the same time, humanity subconsciously feels that we, the Jews, have something special, and that we hold the key to a better life for every person on this planet. Such interdependence amounts to the fact that the more we delay in actualizing our role, the more we will be hated.
The sharp rise of anti-Semitism around the world is a fact that cannot be disputed. However, unlike previous waves of anti-Semitism, this time, the root of the phenomenon and its solution are more clearly visible. The fact that the nation founded by our Patriarch Abraham has forsaken its goal does not cancel our obligation to fulfill our role. Therefore, particularly in the global era, when we are all connected in a single network, once we return to a unified state, we will be able to submit to humanity as a whole the method of unity and love among human beings. “And when they do that, it is plain to see that with His work, all envy and hatred will be abolished from humanity” (Baal HaSulam, article “The Peace“).
The right work is when I awaken the Creator to connection (although underneath He is always first). If I reveal the path of light, it changes the world.
If I don’t awaken the Creator, He awakens me: light that would have shone and filled me, now acts as darkness, the opposite side.
Mutual guarantee is my insurance policy, guaranteeing that I’ll continue the spiritual path if I care for others, forgetting myself. Only the condition of constantly caring about bringing the group and world to the Creator, instead of myself (Arvut) guarantees spiritual progress.
Those not doing spiritual work suffer from revelation of ego, evil. They want to ignore it, cover their eyes with their hands like children. But Kabbalists, like adults, understand that the Creator made evil so man will reveal Him above it. There’s nothing extraneous in creation!
A sign of proper work is joy from the sinners being revealed in me. I’m happy about evil being revealed in me since it’s a result of my work. I don’t annul it, but rise above it. That’s the difference between a Kabbalist who works for the Creator and one who doesn’t work for Him
We can’t rise to the degree of love and bestowal until hatred, rejection, is revealed. Above them we build the right line: unity, love, closeness, mutual understanding, as written, “Love will cover all sins.” If there are no sins, there is no love—they must grow one after the other.
Building new senses of perception to reveal the spiritual world means building connections between us in which we can reveal the Creator and thus give Him joy. This new perception is called “faith above reason,” the degree of Bina, bestowal, an altruistic intention.
The upper degree is called faith and is based on bestowal. The lower degree is called reason, based on egoistic
reception. I must sense their contradiction, receiving both from the Creator. I’m between them. Through them I want to cling tighter to Him, who “created the sky and earth.”
From Twitter, 11/11/18
Answer: All these things can be present but in no way should they obstruct the end goal, or it would be called a “gathering of fools.”
Even if they slightly shift the emphasis, the main goal should always be more important and in front of them compared to all the other tasks and topics they have to go through on the way to revealing the main goal.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/18/18
Question: The decision of the Trump administration to endow Jews with the status of an ethnic group suggests that while Jews were previously considered a religious community, and the American state does not interfere in religious conflicts, now any actions directed against their ethnic country, that is, Israel, will be viewed as manifestations of racism and a violation of constitutional rights. Does that mean criminal liability?
Answer: This is all well and good. The big question is a familiar, eternal one: How will it be for the Jews?
I believe that nothing is going to change. Ultimately, the hatred will only increase.
Remark: But the Jews believe that this is such a big step!
My Comment: They always think so. These are people who do not understand the meaning of their existence, the goal of their existence, and absolutely do not learn from history in any way.
They are very smart and, indeed, many envy them: their development, aptitude for technology, science, and art—for everything other than their life’s purpose. Nothing teaches them: not the catastrophes that befall them, nor beatings, destruction, pogroms—nothing!
Also, nothing can teach them because they do not wish to see their purpose. If they would begin to ask: “What is the real reason for the hatred of all nations toward us?”—then they would find it, they would dig it out. It lies precisely in the ideal of Judaism, in the general unification of one and all.
The Jews must set an example for this unification. They should live to unite among each other with positive relations. Then, such positive connection between them will transfer to all other nations.
After all, the Jews are not a race or a nationality. This is the “mixed multitude” that Abraham gathered from all over Babylon and created a group from them based on one single attribute: they wanted to achieve the revelation of the Creator, the revelation of the concealed force of nature, to know the meaning of creation, its purpose through the unity between them. And he accomplished that.
Therefore, if the Jews unite, even in our time, since they are representatives from all the nations of the world dating back to those days, the world would immediately begin to calmly unite after them. The world would begin to realize: “Oh! So, this is who our destiny depends on!” For the better, too, not only for the worse. 8 billion people depend on 15 million.
Remark: It amazes me that we have made thousands of video clips on this topic, and each time you explain it in detail all the way to the end.
My Comment: It lives in me, I feel it as being the most relevant topic. Also, each time it becomes more and more relevant. I nevertheless hope that despite the thousands of times we have spoken about it, at a certain thousand-thousand-thousand-and-first time, it will finally “click.”
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/18/18
New Life #94 – Health and Nutrition
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The quality of the connection between people also determines the quality of the food they eat. When we eat a schnitzel, we “drink” the attitude of the person who has prepared it for us. Anything that is truly served from the bottom of a person’s heart cannot harm the body. Even the damage caused by fast food can be neutralized by a positive attitude. If a person weren’t corrupt, the tomato wouldn’t rot either. The food crisis will bring the food business to an end and the demand for workers in agriculture and healthier food will prevail.
From KabTV’s “New Life #94 – Health And Nutrition,” 10/30/12
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