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My Thoughts On Twitter 7/24/19

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

The Israeli people’s insensitivity to the wave of #Antisemitism Antisemitism that has already covered nearly the whole world, as well as their insensitivity to the increasing animosity toward them by #Jews in the diaspora—is an enormous threat to their existence!

The word “MITZVA“—commandment is rooted in the word “TZAVTA”—connection between people and between people and the Creator. There is no instruction from the Creator other than fulfilling the Commandment, MITZVA, of uniting among us and with the Creator.

Unknown to themselves, Jews are the ones that hold the method of the world’s correction, Kabbalah. There is no other force acting in the world besides the Creator. Since He has endowed only Jews with the possibility to change the world, he has unwillingly made them responsible for the state of the world. Don’t blame the world, but correct it!

The Creator pits the nations against the #Jews and the Jews against themselves, until they realize that it’s the upper force governing them and obliging them to unite, and through them, uniting the nations of the world. Israel is foolish to waste money and energy on propaganda to persuade the nations to change toward the state of #Israel.

Kabbalah, the method of egoism’s correction, was concealed so the nation of #Israel would intermix with the nations through earthly desires. This is why it had to leave the connection with spirituality or go into exile. That was how the #Jews intermixed with the nations, and correction became possible since the times of the Ari, the 16th century.

A #Jew hates himself for the spiritual structure that exists in him, which is called “Jew”—Yehudi, from the word “Yihud,” unity. He would like to show the world, “I am removing this quality from myself, now I’m the same as you”—but this quality cannot be removed! And that’s what perpetually bothers him…

If #Jews do not consciously come closer to one another in order to transmit the Creator’s light, the force of unity of all nations, to rise above the egoistic animate nature, then that same force of nature, the Creator, compels them to do this by awakening hatred of them #Antisemitism, in the nations.

With His light, the Creator brings out the breaches of connections between us, setting us against each other, bringing out our polarities, consequences of the soul’s breaking, so the need for unity will become more evident, for our sake and for the sake of the world’s correction. #Antisemitism brings us closer, but it is not correction!

Jews have been hated throughout all times. The hatred began the moment Jews fell from brotherly love into unfounded hatred—that is when anti-Semitism was born in the world. We are hated for the bad relationships among us since the world’s correction depends and transpires only through our connection.

Based on the fact that two natures, spiritual and corporeal, manifest and exist in us (Jews and non-Jews, but aspiring to the soul), we must show everyone how to ascend to the spiritual nature by uniting among us in groups.

Mourning the destruction of the #Temple means experiencing pain in the heart that must be felt due to one’s partaking in the destruction. Correction is possible only after recognizing the cause. #Mourning is not about a date, but about a state that prepares us for correction. We are already in the period of correction.

Even the smallest correction inside Israel cannot happen if it does not incorporate the nations of the world. Because it is precisely for them, the nations of the world, that all correction is carried out, as written, “Israel went into exile only in order to attach the souls of other nations to them.” #Israel

Every Jew, like any person, involuntarily does not wish for suffering and hatred from the society in which he lives. He wants to dissolve in society and to be treated as normal—and will therefore always be for America or for Europe, and against #Israel. And he will hide in this!

With the destruction of the Second Temple, the nation fell from the spiritual degree to the corporeal one. It no longer feels the spiritual world and exists only in our world. And their attitude to the “point in the heart” (spiritual aspiration) in them became egoistic—that is, the #Jews hate themselves, their spiritual root!
From Twitter, 7/24/19

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Why Is There So Much Anti-Semitism On The Internet Such As In YouTube Comment Sections And Social Media? (Quora)

Michael Laitman, On Quora: Why is there so much anti-Semitism on the Internet such as in YouTube comment sections and social media?

I don’t think that there is a particularly unique role of the Internet in relation to the rise of anti-Semitism. It is simply a platform for people to express whatever they feel, and they can write as much as they want there. However, anti-Semitic comments on this electronic medium are merely an expression of anti-Semitic sentiment that has been around for generations, regardless of the Internet.

Anti-Semitism is a natural phenomenon depending solely on the Jews. The world is under nature’s governance, and Jews hold the potential to be above nature in their ability to bring themselves and the whole of humanity closer to the revelation of the upper force.

What does it mean that the Jews have the ability to be “above nature”? It means that the Jews became known as “Jews” through the spiritual unity (“love your friend as yourself”) they discovered under Abraham’s guidance in ancient Babylon (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]). Such unity is considered as above nature, because

  • Human nature is a desire to enjoy for self-benefit alone.
  • Unity with and love for others is foreign to human nature, and thus
  • Achieving unity among people requires a special revelation—of the upper force, a connecting force of
    love and bestowal—in order to rise above our nature to the second, spiritual nature.

The Jews lost contact with this spiritual nature about 2,000 years ago when they went into exile and dispersed around the world. However, the fact that the Jews once attained spiritual unity remains latent within them, and as the need for such unity starts becoming sensed on a global scale—with a lot of problems revealing worldwide that have no comprehensive solution but in rising to a higher, spiritual level—then there is an increasing demand on the Jewish people by the nations of the world, who subconsciously expect a solution to their problems from the Jews. Thus, anti-Semitism rises in order to pressure Jews around the world to wake up to their role.

“Tisha B’Av, Rising Above the Straits” (The Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Tisha B’Av, Rising Above the Straits

American society is fragmented to pieces. The polarization of the political spectrum did not start with the recent controversy involving the current US administration and four Democratic congresswomen labeled as “anti-Israeli” and “anti-Semitic.” But the dispute certainly highlighted the abyss between the Right and Left in a way that has dragged Jews and Israel into the brawl from both sides. Now is precisely the time for Jews to connect above differences and provide an example of unity to all.

We have just entered the period of time called “Bein ha-Metzarim” (“Between the Straits”), which begins on the 17th of Tammuz and ends on the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av), during which we commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples. This special time could never be more pertinent than now. The ruin of the temples, in fact, symbolizes the shattering of our human relations—a true reason for mourning—but we can also find joy in the situation if we recognize it as an opportunity to rebuild ties of unity between us.

Repairing the current political divide in America, especially during the already exacerbating campaign climate of the 2020 election, has nothing to do with Trump, specific members of Congress, or either side of the political spectrum. The problem is much wider and deeper. The divisions are between American Jewry and the Israeli nation, between Muslims and Jews, and within US society as a whole. The myriad aggravations signal an urgent imperative for change in human relations that Jews must initiate and lead by rising above all the divisions that separate us.

Why must Jews lead the charge? It is because the Jewish people possess precisely what America and the world desperately needs: the key for a cohesive and harmonious existence. Jewish unity must now be our first priority. It is the historical purpose of Jews to demonstrate unity within their ranks as a model of corrected social relations for others to follow.

We became a nation at the foot of Mount Sinai only when each person present accepted the condition of being “as one man with one heart.” In the centuries that followed, Jews practiced principles of connection enabling them to rise above their differences for the creation of ideal social cohesion and unprecedented human development. It was only during the long exile that followed the ruin of the Second Temple that this unity was forgotten.

Therefore, why should we mourn the destructions of Tisha B’Av at this particular time?It is because, since the 16th Century when the great Kabbalist, the Ari (Rav Isaac Luria), declared the opening of the process of correction for all humanity, our negligence in repairing the shattering perpetuates the destruction. By delaying this process we block the building of the Third Temple, meaning the correction of the shattering in our connections. Our state of shattered connection is what’s truly considered the ruin of the Temples, a state in which we have lost consciousness of ourselves as a single entity.

Thus, there is both great joy in our opportunity for correction that the shattering brings us while, on the other hand, there is sorrow over our fragmentation under the forces constantly emerging to damage our connection. Our state is a manifestation of the principle that, in spirituality, we always encounter two opposites in the same place in order to advance.

Now is the time to be proactive. We Jews, the bearers of the tenet “love your neighbor as yourself,” must rise to the challenge, put down our internal disputes, and unite above them. As King Solomon stated: “Hate stirs strife, and love covers all crimes” (Proverbs, 10:12). This is the true and positive call to action that we should take from this special period of reflection. It is the one act that will guarantee our safety and happiness in America and wherever we live.
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The Structure Of The Universe, Part 4

232.09Restriction—Malchut’s refusal to accept the Light

Question: If the development of the world would have stopped at the first stage, would we be like animals with no independent desire to receive?

Answer: Yes.

Question: And if everything had stopped at stage four and not developed any further, then even though this desire was independent, we still could not control it?

Answer: It is still not an independent desire because even though it breaks and aims toward the pleasure on its own, it is directed toward the pleasure dictated by Keter. It wants to be fulfilled according to its nature. This desire realizes that it wants the same thing that Keter wants.

Malchut feels that she receives from Keter and chooses what she wants to receive from it. It is precisely because she herself wants to receive from Keter that she continues to develop internally and realizes that she is not free, that she is controlled by these pleasures and desires. Meaning, the plus and the minus control her completely.

Thus, the property of freedom emerges in Malchut. She does not want to submit either to the lack of fulfillment or to the desire to be filled. She wants to feel independent because it feels that this property is present in Keter; he is the first, nothing is before him.

Now, a few more states develop in Malchut: she feels as an imperfect creation, she wants to become similar to Keter, similar to her Creator.

She feels that the Creator is absolutely free and is above bestowal and reception. But she is controlled by either the lack of fulfillment or by being fulfilled. Meaning, she has no freewill, no independent “I,” and the influence of both the plus and the minus control her completely.

She begins to feel that she has no freedom, that she is fully controlled. We call this feeling the revelation of the evil of one’s own nature, which is subject to either pleasure or the lack thereof.

This feeling brings Malchut the sensation of shame from the fact that she has no freewill and that she, in principle, is fully controlled. It is the feeling of being under complete control that gives rise to the need for an independent action. This stops her so much so that she stops having any kind of contact with the Light.

This state is called Tzimtzum (restriction). The sensation of the creature that it is completely controlled and has nothing of its own, nothing independent, forces it to restrict its actions, its desire. It wants to stop completely.

The creature is ready to eradicate the previous state, when it was fully controlled, in itself, to extinguish it. Therefore, this state is called restriction. In other words, when Malchut feels that there is no opportunity to act freely, she is ready to do anything to avoid feeling controlled.

Question: Does the shame that Malchut feels come from being completely controlled or from being opposite to the upper force that created it?

Answer: It is practically the same thing.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 11/27/18

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New Life #426 – Security And Jews Against Jews

New Life #426 – Security and Jews Against Jews
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Israel is not a natural nation but a collection of people with different origins, views, and inclinations who share a single spiritual root. Jews speak out against Jews because we do not know who we are and where we came from. The wisdom of Kabbalah contains the truth about the nation of Israel and its spiritual constitution based on “love thy friend as thyself.” Our unique spiritual root requires that we attain the upper force through unification. Humanity is thirsty for our guidance and blames us for all the evil in the world. It obliges us to learn who we are and what our role is. We are to be like one circle and include the whole world.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #426 – Security and Jews Against Jews,” 8/14/8

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 7/24/19

Lesson Preparation

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 134

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Lesson on the Topic “Tishaa BeAv (Ninth of Av)” 

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