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I was happy to meet with our newly elected Mayor of Petach Tikva, @ramigrinberg who came to our headquarters. We spoke about strengthening the sense of community in the city, since proper relations between residents are the foundation for a healthy society
We also discovered that his sister is studying with us, and that his cousin was studying at one of our branches in Israel. It turns out we are all connected in a single network.
This is the secret of the wisdom of Kabbalah, and this is also the hope for all of us as citizens, to live as one family. and a strong city.
A talk with Len Saxe About #Antisemtism
One who wishes to accelerate the movement, while in ascent, in order to gain importance of being near the Creator, imagines a descent, suffering due to distancing from Him. But now he feels close to the Creator.
Thus in ascent one studies the descent and the difference between them, light and darkness. And does not wait until a descent comes from above.
From Twitter, 6/20/19
Spiritual advancement depends on the extent to which we nullify ourselves to complete zero in front of the group. Every time I return to the thought of the need for self-annulment, I am again horrified. I myself would have never thought of such an idea; of course, it comes from the Creator either directly from above or through the environment by all sorts of means.
I myself am unable to want to annul myself by measuring my spiritual advancement with this measure of self-annulment. I find myself increasingly remote from spirituality, and my friends increasingly successful. It really discourages, deters, and annoys me.
However, on the other hand, I must understand that it needs to be so. If I do not retreat from such states and if I thank the Creator each time for reminding me of my work again and again, then “each and every penny accumulates into a great sum,” I advance and will some day succeed.
It does not even matter whether or not I see my success, but every time I get an awakening to the truth, to my nullification in front of the group, I take another step forward to the palace of the Creator, and therefore, I should be joyful.1
Beforehand, I had the desire to enjoy, egoistic knowledge. Then this place empties; it is this complete poverty that makes it possible not to demand fulfillment in understanding and feeling but to rise above them and ask for the ability to fill this emptiness with dedication to the Creator through the group. It turns out that I disconnect from the corporeal state, rise above it, and fill my desires with the greatness of the Creator. This is rising to the upper floor, to faith above reason.
It is impossible even to compare these two states: reason and faith above reason. Everything I understand and feel is within reason, and above reason there is something that I do not want to understand and feel: I want only to bestow to the Creator and feel how my friends in the group bestow to the Creator. Therefore, we are building a new state called “the upper world.”2
It is good that I feel emptiness and a lack of craving for and no use of spirituality. However, I simultaneously imagine the greatness of the Creator and the pleasure that I bestow to Him precisely by doing the work for Him without any reward. This should be very important to me.
The Creator purposely builds a state for me where I do not feel and do not understand Him, I do not feel any taste in Him. By this, He frees up a place in me cleansing it from the garbage of this world so that I begin to fill it with the greatness of the Creator.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/6/19, Lesson on the Topic “The Absolute Zero”
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 5:30
3 Minute 8:10
Question: If a person is in the intention for one’s own sake, should he try to change his intention to an intention for the sake of bestowal in order to gain the quality of bestowal through his own abilities, or must he attract the light with only his egoistic motivation, without trying to change himself, but wanting the light to change him; is that enough to acquire the characteristic of bestowal?
Answer: A person cannot determine with certainty his interconnection with the upper light. Therefore it is said: “You must do everything in your power to do to change yourself to resemble the Creator.”
Question: Can a person acquire the characteristic of bestowal with only an egoistic aspiration?
Question: There are some waves outside us that pass through our five sensory organs. They become processed by the brain, and inside us, as Baal HaSulam writes, that there is some kind of lens that scrolls this reality on a screen and I see it as particles of matter.
Is he saying that if a person looks at these waves, he sees them as particles, and if he does not observe them, then they behave as waves?
Answer: This is about the wave and particle nature of the light. A few thousand years ago, Kabbalists already knew from their attainment that these were simultaneously waves and particles. If we are dealing with the receiving light, then we quantize it, and if we are talking about general fulfillment, then we measure it in waves, in properties.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 11/26/18
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Lesson on the Topic “Holding Onto The Goal Above The Ascents And Descents”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Items 46 – 49
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