Michael Laitman And Prof. David Patterson Talk – The Responsibility Of Being A Chosen People

Prof. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Dallas, Texas, meets with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman to discuss the reasons for anti-Semitism and the role of Jews in the world.

As author of the book, Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins (2015), Prof. Patterson mentions that one of the main reasons for anti-Semitism is the secretiveness of Jewish culture and the ability of the Jewish people to communicate with God, which the Jews hide. Moreover, Prof. Patterson states how this divine ability is what makes the Jews a chosen people, separate from other nations of the world.

Dr. Laitman elaborates on what it means to be a chosen people: i.e. it is to convey to the people that they are chosen. This can be done by showing an example of a loving attitude, according to what is written, “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). If so, still, why Jews? It stems back to the origins of Jewish people.

The group of Israel (from the words “Yashar Kel” [“straight to the upper force”]) as a collective of 70 nations, was gathered by Abraham around the principle “love covers all crimes” atop of the great crisis in ancient Babylon called the Tower of Babel.

According to Abraham’s teaching, there are two forces operating reality: continuously evolving human ego (“negative”), i.e. ego as the desire to enjoy at the expense of others, and the force of connection between people (“positive”). Apparently, by connecting these two opposite forces and setting “positive” above “negative” it is possible to reveal Godliness, a single force of love and bestowal, called in Kabbalah “the Creator.”

After the Jews left Babylon, the human ego continued evolving. They thus revealed the unfounded hatred between them and could no longer cover it with love. Therefore, Jews lost their connection with the upper force, forgot their method of connection, and dispersed all over the globe.

Because of the current global crisis in every area, the world requires the method of connection above the ego, revealed by Abraham, and the Jews, even if they are unaware of it, are the carriers of this method. From now onward, the people of Israel have to reactivate their connection and show an example to humanity: to be the so-called “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6): to teach and share an educational method for everyone to be able to learn how to live harmoniously in today’s world. If the Jews fail to fulfill their role, anti-Semitism will rise even more, but if they succeed, the entire world will receive an opportunity to reveal the sublime upper force of love and bestowal through their unification, and live a new life of happiness, confidence and perfection.

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