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My Thoughts On Twitter 12/12/18

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I check myself—is my prayer complete? I must try to do my best in helping the group to achieve the goal. And when I feel this burden slipping off me, that I am no longer able to keep carrying it, I cry out to the Creator for help—and He helps me, grants the property of bestowal.

Mass riots will move from France thru the EU because egoists can’t be close in such tight dependency. First, they need to be taught how to be close to each other and then brought together to that extent. They should accept the migrants only in the degree of readiness to live together

The Creator created a desire/Soul and planted egoism in it. Egoism split the Soul into repelling parts that must be united by love over hatred. Rejection increases love in the degree of difference between man and the Creator. In this difference of love over hate man finds the Creator
From Twitter, 12/12/18

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Two Paths Of Spiritual Work

Laitman_524.01Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Friends”: But how can one consider one’s friend greater than himself when he can see that his own merits are greater than his friend’s, that he is more talented and has better natural qualities? There are two ways to understand this:

  1. He is going with faith above reason: once he has chosen him as a friend, he appreciates him above reason.
  2. This is more natural—within reason. If he has decided to accept the other as a friend, and works on himself to love him, then it is natural with love to see only good things. And even though there are bad things in one’s friend, he cannot see them, as it is written, “love covers all transgressions.”

Question: What is unique about each path: working with friends in faith above reason or by natural development?

Answer: Faith above reason appears when a person receives a force from above to see others as greater than himself, closer to the Creator. Therefore, he starts treating them with more respect and care, becomes more cautious, as if in similarity with the Creator.

Gradually, acting on the basis of the fact that the Light obligates him to do so, his attitude toward his teacher and his friends, toward everything that relates to his spiritual advancement, becomes his permanent state.

A person changes, and the influence from above that he felt before seemingly dissipates and becomes integrated into his life.

Question: Should we not concern ourselves about these two paths?

Answer: We should only be in anticipation, in anticipation of receiving the upper Light, the force of bestowal. Our work consists of us wanting to show in advance that we are already in it, like a child playing an adult with toy cars, dolls, etc.

Question: What does the Light change in us through its influence?

Answer: Our relationship with the environment and with the Creator.

I see that I can use a friend correctly for our common goal. As a rule, I see him already not as an object for the application of my efforts, but as part of the Creator. After all, I cannot relate to the Creator directly, but I can to the friend. He is virtually an external sphere of my applied efforts sent to me by the Creator.

Question: Why is it better to see my friend within reason than in faith above reason?

Answer: It is more natural, since faith above reason enters a new degree. I receive the force that lets me relate to the friend as to the Creator. I see myself as the only one who has something to change and to correct. Everyone else is just acting out the will of the Creator since they actually are in adhesion with Him.

It follows that my faith above reason becomes my natural state.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/30/18

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“The UN Partition Plan And The Rebirth Of Israel: Where Are We Now?” (The Times Of Israel)

My article “The UN Partition Plan and the Rebirth of Israel: Where Are We Now?” published in The Times of Israel.

71 years ago, masses of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora gathered around radio transistors, fascinated by the most dramatic vote in Israel’s history. After long nerve-racking hours, in November 29, 1947, an American announcer’s concluding statement sliced ​​through the tense silence: “33 in favor, 13 against… The proposal is accepted.” The establishment of the State of Israel was declared.

If you would ask the previous generation of Jews where they were on November 29, 1947, one would answer with a memory of the burst of joy, dances and hugs, and another would cry, recalling their Holocaust story of survival. They would reminisce how cars honked, horns blew and cheers rose in the streets, and how the dream of a Jewish state took shape before their very eyes.

On the night of the announcement, we felt together, united as one. Since then, however, we have gone through 71 years of regularly surfacing wars and internal conflicts. We certainly have achievements to be proud of: a flag and an anthem, an army, an air force, and a flourishing hi-tech industry. Yet, have we become what we dreamt of, i.e. one people, whole, united, with an independent and free country? Also, what if there would be a vote at the UN today about whether or not the State of Israel should exist? Would anyone be willing to sign a similar resolution today?

There is an abyss between the dreams of the past and the reality of the present. We lost something significant along the way. Although we returned to the Land of the Patriarchs after 2,000 years of exile, and tried to renovate a Hebrew culture within its borders, our efforts have been insufficient. After 71 years, we have failed to find the bond among Israeli society and Jews worldwide that would make its initial moment of joy complete and lasting. Moreover, voices of resistance to the existence of the State of Israel get louder from one year to the next, claiming that the Jewish state has completely lost its right to exist and even call for its boycott.

However, Kabbalists think otherwise.

With all due respect to the United Nations, the justification for the existence of the Jewish state was created when our patriarch Abraham gathered a number of students from the Babylonians who had a desire to discover life’s source. Together, they discovered the method to transcend to a higher level of existence, which was characterized by peaceful bonds of love, unity and mutual responsibility above each individual’s inborn differences, which balanced this group with nature. That is, as nature operates according to laws of interconnection and interdependence, Abraham’s method revealed how people could rise above their differences, connecting on the same level of interconnection and interdependence as nature itself. Therefore, the realization of Abraham’s method and its transmission to humanity is the mandate we received from nature, both for our existence as a nation and for the people of Israel.

The long years of exile have alienated us from living according to Abraham’s method, and we have existed as any other nation. However, toward the end of the 19th century, a remarkable change took place. The Jewish people began to feel a strong need to return to their land and establish an independent state. With perfect timing, Abraham’s method—the wisdom of Kabbalah—also began to be rediscovered to all. In that context, Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) and Rav Kook, the great Kabbalists of the 20th century, determined that our independence as a Jewish State depends directly on the attainment of our independence from our corporeal life of differences and divisions. “As long as we do not raise our goal above the corporeal life, we will have no corporeal revival because the spiritual and the corporeal in us cannot dwell in one basket, for we are the children of the idea” (Rav Yehuda Ashlag, “Exile and Redemption“).

In other words, it is impossible to build an Israeli society based on values ​​and principles stemming from our inborn, corporeal and egoistic natures, even though it seems as if we succeed in other countries. We returned to the Land of Israel for the sole purpose of building a society bonded by threads of love, unity and mutual responsibility above our inborn egoistic traits, and then to pass this ability to unite above differences to humanity, who indeed feels the increasing need for such unity in our times. This is the only justification for our existence in this land.

71 years after the most dramatic vote in Israel’s history is a time when anti-Semitism lifts its ugly head. At present, unfortunately, our main unifying element is our common fear of our enemies. Instead of unifying out of our characteristic positive, creative and innovative thrust to implement the method of unity that our ancestors once realized, we instead experience a negative, passive and transient form of unity only at times of anti-Semitic threats or attacks.

However, we needn’t despair. We should use this broken reality as an epic opportunity to rebuild our shared life as a nation on solid foundations sustained by what originally united us. If we want to celebrate like we did 71 years ago, we can do so by realizing our unique potential to unite above our differences. Until we do, anti-Semitism will continue intensifying as the world waits for us to unite and invite everyone into an expanding circle of unity and love, in balance with nature.

How Do We Organize Ourselves For Prayer?

laitman_263While I am thinking about myself, I cannot think about the group. Let’s do this exercise: I do not ask for anything for myself and I do not think about myself. I cut off every thought, desire, and action directed at myself, to prevent them from developing and acting.

I have a terrarium with poisonous snakes, but I do not let them slither out. As soon as even the smallest snake pokes its head out, I immediately cut it off. This is called restriction. That is, I reveal that the Creator has put various egoistic desires into me that I need to limit; I need to lock up my “I,” my egoism, and cut off the heads of all egoistic manifestations. Until I cut off all their heads, I will not begin a spiritual action  because I have a serpent’s head.

I have only one request for myself: to make a restriction and cease to exist so that my “I” disappears. Faith above reason and spiritual calculations start to act upon this.1

Restricting my egoism does not mean ceasing to feeling it. It continues existing. Moreover, it is enormous and constantly trying to break through. But each time, I lock it up as if it is gone. This is continuous work, which is called “restriction.”

This does not mean that I stop feeling my egoistic desire—I feel it a lot! But I put myself above it, as if it is nonexistent. This means that I receive a restricting force: I have a 1,000 kilogram screen against 1,000 snakes, which keeps them locked up.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/26/18, Lesson on the Topic “How Do We Organize Ourselves For Prayer”
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2 Minute 42:00

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 228

Laitman_049.01Question: I came across the wisdom of Kabbalah only because a magician who taught me how to enter “the astral” through meditation recommended it to me. This magician remembers his last five incarnations and has already evaluated several Kabbalistic books: Etz Chaim (The Tree of Life) and  Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot) in practice.

I have two questions for you:

  1. How do you feel about entering the upper worlds through mediation?
  2. How would you explain what we do without a group of ten? Perhaps these tens are not necessary? Do you think that this way frightens people from studying Kabbalah?

In any case, thank you very much for your immense effort and may the Lord bless you!

Answer: Kabbalah teaches that egoism is the foundation of our nature, and departing from it into the higher nature means acquiring the property of bestowal over egoism until there is love. The question is: do you become a person loving everyone except for your egoism?

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/12/18

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Lesson on the Topic “Prayer” (Preparation for the Virtual Convention 2018)

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Disclosing a Portion, Covering Two”

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