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People’s problems are your own—you only hear about them from others. You mingle with parts of your soul. You will never hear anything that isn’t about you. You perform actions in order to return them to their places in you. They seem external due to your improper perception.
Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt with the onset of famine in Canaan—further advancement is possible only by uniting. Likewise our world today is gradually realizing that salvation lies only in unity. They do not wish to enter Egypt since it obligates them to become one nation.
Small strikes of light create the sensation of reality in us—we feel the world around us and ourselves.
If the desire did not receive small “injections” of light, then it wouldn’t feel itself or the surrounding environment.
There’s nothing besides the will to enjoy which receives small strikes of light.
The beautiful cities, Pitom and Ramses, built for Pharaoh, do not benefit the nation of Israel, but on the contrary, they are fraught with danger (Sakana, from the word “poor” – “Misken“) of forever remaining in Egypt in the state of mutual rejection in a life devoid of meaning.
Then attempts toward salvation begin.
“How is this night different from other nights?” It’s because precisely on this night, the Creator revealed to me the special darkness of this night—and I was able to ask Him to come out of this darkness, egoism—and He answered me.
Otherwise, even when observing all the commandments, one won’t attain intentions for the sake of the Creator. This is why caring for others (Gmilut Hassadim) is so important!
What matters most is changing your intentions from “for yourself” to “for the Creator.”
This is possible through intentions about other’s benefit. Afterward one can think about the Creator the same way.
As soon as egoism saw that a person can come out of its subjugation and acquire the Creator’s quality of bestowal and love, it replaced his work from men’s to women’s—letting him know that there is no need to change the intention, what matters most is the action.
In it you can feel confident.
It is precisely in action without intention that one can feel confident. And make the observance increasingly more complex. The main thing is not to engage in intention—it is for special people!
If you start thinking about intentions, you will immediately feel that actions are unnecessary, and will feel lack of confidence in the intentions.
“One who speaks more about exit from slavery (egoism) is more important”—because he feels more enslaved and by that increases the upper light’s desire for correction and filling.
And he is able to thank the Creator more for exit from egoism since “One must always see oneself as coming out of Egypt.”
“Of the four sons, the one who cannot ask—open it for him!” The one who cannot ask is the one who has no desire. Open the desire for him—he will then ask the Creator and will merit a response.
We lack only the desire and request—a question.
Hence the Creator responds only to this son (desire) out of the four.
It is written, “Open for Me an entry the size of the tip of a needle, and I will open it for you big enough for chariots to enter.”
A person is not required to have a yearning for the Creator greater than the start—the Creator does the rest.
-What did the sons of Israel (small state) want over the course of all the years of exile in Egypt?
-To create unity between them, which they ultimately attained at Mount Sinai (hatred). Without these torments at each and every moment of standing at Mount Sinai, the “400 years of Egyptian exile” won’t be over for you.
When a blow comes, I feel how useful it is for me, since a powerful revelation of evil takes place. These blows pass over me as internal, spiritual disruptions. Yet they strengthen a person the way salt “preserves” meat. These blows bring on healing from egoism.
Pharaoh is the angel of death. Nothing can be done about him. Israel starts to realize that Pharaoh’s entire attitude comes from one source—the Creator, and it is precisely Pharaoh that brings a person closer to the Creator (“to bring closer” and “to make a sacrificial offering” is the same word—he helps us “from the opposite.”
Israel, bestowing for its own sake, uses the spiritual force to fulfill material desires. Egoism clearly does not want to lose them—they become its main means for receiving fulfillment, which has no substitute. Neither does Pharaoh wish to part with them.
The nation of Israel mingles with other nations and learns their occupations, attaining greater success since it knows how to use bestowal for the sake of reception.
The Creator’s force is necessary to pull the egoistic desire, which is so profitable for Pharaoh, out of Egypt.
The Creator must constantly grow in my eyes. Otherwise I will remain in slavery forever and will never be able to connect to the friends.
Egypt is separation. Where am I running? I want to unite above the separation and hatred—Mount Sinai—this is why I come out of Egypt.
This is called exodus.
Pharaoh’s mission is to elevate the Creator in my eyes, so I will be compelled to appreciate the general force of bestowal that rules in nature more and more. For only it will enable us to connect to one another.
If we don’t encounter changes on our path, it means that we are not asking for them. All spiritual advancement can happen only through revelation of the previously formed needs and requests.
From Twitter, 4/24/19
After we enter Egypt, we start working only on our unity. This is our only goal: the Creator should reveal Himself in the center of the group. Therefore, we descend to Egypt realizing how necessary the unity is, but we are absolutely incapable of attaining it. We do not want to go there, but we have no choice because we feel that if we do not go for this connection, there will be famine: we will be left with nothing and will never reach spirituality.
This is all possible due to the connection between Jacob and Joseph. As soon as Jacob finds out that Joseph lives in Egypt, he thinks only about how to meet him.
A typical egoist does not think about unity, he just wants to reveal the Creator, to reach the upper world, to feel eternity, perfection, spiritual attainment, to feel immortal and not like an animal destined to die. Those are the dreams of a small egoist. Egypt, the Pharaoh, need to be added to this small egoistic desire in order to really attain the upper world, that is, the purpose of creation.
This requires adding immense egoism, a lot of properties, to our desire to enjoy, which is why we are forced to descend into Egypt. The Creator organizes this for us, as promised to Abraham, and without it, we would be unable to reach the land of Israel.
The Creator showed Abraham the land of Israel, the desire to receive pleasure completely corrected for bestowal in which the creation is merged with the Creator, the end of correction. Abraham asked if it were possible? Where will such a desire come from? There is neither such a great desire to enjoy nor to bestow corresponding to it. He did not have the three lines, only one, a small illumination from the upper light, which was enough for him.
You can enter the land of Israel only with the three lines. If the left line, the Pharaoh, grows, then the right line will grow accordingly. And by connecting the two lines together, you can reach the land of Israel, the desire fully aimed at bestowing to the Creator.
The Creator told Abraham that He would take care of it, and He brought the whole group of Abraham to the condition called “Egypt” and then led them out and gave the Torah. All this was possible because from the very beginning Abraham had an intention to unite. He thought that this could be done individually.1
Pithom and Ramses are beautiful cities for Pharaoh, but poor and miserable for the people of Israel. Pharaoh and Israel are two opposite poles. I observe from Pharaoh’s side and then from the Creator’s side. If I observe from Pharaoh’s point of view, I see how wonderful my egoistic desire is, which can be enjoyed in my country, Egypt.
If I overcome this egoism, if I do not want to enjoy myself in Egypt but want to rise higher, then I cry out, not to the Pharaoh, but to the Creator, asking for help and salvation. The Creator then elevates me from the state of Pharaoh to another state, and from there I see that everything I have built, these cities, are not at all beautiful, but miserable. I feel no benefit in anything I have done, that is, I have not approached perfection and bestowal at all. Therefore, I cry to the Creator and ask for my correction. Through the feeling of the miserable cities of Pithom and Ramses, the Creator brings me to correction.
I will then see these cities built by me in Egypt differently, in a spiritual form. When I complete these miserable cities with corrections, with the light of Hassadim, building the intention of bestowal upon my desire to enjoy, I will turn all Egypt into the Garden of Eden (paradise). Then, it will not be Egypt, but the land of Israel.2
The exodus from Egypt is an escape, with eyes closed, to unification; this possibility suddenly opens up before us like the Red Sea. I jump into the unity, into the Red Sea, and I cross it. After that, we begin to work consistently on our connection, on mutual guarantee, on our unity: either we unite or this will be our burial place.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/15/19, Pesach (Passover)
1 Minute 1:13:10
The portal Breaking Israel News published my new article “Passover 2019: The Exodus from Israel – A Record-Breaking 1.5 Million Israelis Travel Overseas for the Passover Season“
“Why is this night different from all other nights?” Passover Haggadah.
You won’t see this in any other nation. Paradoxically, during the Passover holiday, which celebrates the exodus of Jews from Egypt and entrance into the land of Israel, there are a record-breaking 1.5 million Israelis doing just the opposite—exiting Israel and flying abroad—a number 11% higher than one year earlier in 2018.
Why are so many Israelis choosing to leave their country for the holiday season?
Many say that Israelis themselves have made it cheaper to holiday abroad than to stay in Israel. But why would we do that? Why would we let such a situation materialize where we make it more expensive to go on vacation in Israel than to scatter elsewhere for the holidays?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly fine to take a vacation. But when nearly a fifth of a country’s population leaves during a holiday that marks the entrance of its people into its land, it’s bound to raise eyebrows.
Cheaper overseas holiday costs aside, what can be clearly stated about today’s Israel is that it is very different to the nation that once exited Egypt to enter the land of Israel. It is not a nation bonded by a common will to unite above its divisions in order to realize its spiritual potential. On the contrary, today’s Israel looks more like a loose collection of individuals each out for earthly satisfaction.
This also explains Israel’s significant “brain drain” problem, where hordes of Israeli scientists, academics and intellectuals choose to leave Israel and live abroad: When material gain is the guiding star of our lives, then offer us more money, honor or power somewhere else and we’re on the next plane out of here. Without any inclination to unite, and with our sights set no higher than on individual gratification, there is nothing ultimately tying us to our homeland.
What is the big deal then? Is there any reason why Jews should stay in Israel?
Call it destiny. Here in the land of Israel, we are meant to reveal what our ancestors once revealed: the light of unity. We are fated for our role, which is to unite (“love your neighbor as yourself”) and to spread that unity to the world (to be “a light unto nations”). Fulfilling our ultimate spiritual potential is the single reason for us to remain in the land of Israel. Embedded in our genetic makeup, stemming from our ancestral heritage, is a tiny desire for uniting above all the surface materialistic desires. This is the point we must awaken in each other while we are here.
Moreover, when we discover the immense joy and happiness available in the attainment of the light of unity, our need to look for greener pastures will disappear. Kabbalists describe the intensity of such spiritual pleasure to be like the size of the universe compared to the size of a grain of sand found in material pleasures. After feeling such perfection in unification, the desire for other fulfillments will wane and we will also feel less of a need to travel in pursuit of pleasure.
After the 1.5 million Israelis return from their overseas holidays this Passover season, I’d recommend that they each ask themselves “What did we gain from this holiday?” And to the expected answer, “We had a great time!” probe deeper with the question from the Passover Haggadah itself, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” In other words, did anything really change in our lives? Also, what’s next? Are we just going to continue to bounce from one pleasure from the next, one fun holiday after another until we die? Or, can we start advancing toward a much more qualitative pleasure, one that doesn’t fade but which constantly grows—the eternal, spiritual pleasure discovered by the people of Israel when we entered the land of Israel long ago?
We have everything we need right here at home. We have each other. We just need to learn how to correctly connect, and we’ll discover the ability to travel far beyond anywhere in our entire world—to an eternal world of harmony and perfection.
Answer: In the corporeal world, our eyesight or hearing only capture a certain range of waves. There are waves above and below our eyesight and sound waves greater than 20 kHz and below 20 Hz, but we do not sense them. However, we know they exist and we invent in instruments that let us expand the range of our sensations.
Here we do not just expand, but create a radically new organ of sensation in us that works not for reception, but for bestowal.
The force that we feel in our new sense organ, the similarity to which we build ourselves, is called Boreh, from the words “Bo” (come) and “Reh” (see).
There is something else above it that we do not perceive, called Atzmuto (the self of the Creator). There is a definite border to which we perceive something, but not above. We clearly feel this border.
Question: Is there any information about Atzmuto?
Answer: For many generations, for 6,000 years already, we have been only in the attainment of the Creator. But when all of humanity comes to His full attainment and enters into the sensory organ outside of itself, that is, in addition to the five corporeal sensory organs, and when it feels the five spiritual sensory organs built on bestowal, then we will pass onto a higher dimension called Atzmuto.
From KabTV’s “The Essence of the Science of Kabbalah,Part 5” 11/12/218
New Life #218 – Adolescence: The Consolidation of Identity
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
Changing our early lives and adolescence is of critical importance for our development. We can help our adolescent children in developing a self-identity, an openness to change and social communication. If we go through the right educational process with a child, adolescence will not be felt as a sharp jump. Show adolescents examples of how we relate to every phenomenon “from two sides,” in a balanced way.
The adolescent will recognize negative and positive impulses, attractions and rejections that people have. In childhood, we sculpt a human image for a child, during adolescence we help him or her build a human spirit in themselves. At the end of adolescence, an internal decision must be made that success lies within the connection between people.
From KabTV’s “New Life #218 – Adolescence: The Consolidation of Identity,” 8/1/13
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