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Unity of opposites is possible! Only then, in the point of “something from nothing,” the matter from which this point was created—the Creator’s absence, is annulled, and it becomes completely bestowing, equivalent to Him. The existence of opposites is the reason for the entire creation’s development!
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Researchers say that men are usually inclined to marry women similar to them both in physical parameters and in worldviews.
Similarities attract. This is a law of nature. In our lives, we look for a “twin.” When we get together, we have to choose someone close to our understanding of life, relationships, and things in general.
The law of similarity of form acts in everything on the planet and beyond. The wisdom of Kabbalah states that this is also how we can get closer to the upper nature. If the Creator is a force of love and bestowal, in order to “match” with Him, we will need to attain loving and bestowing qualities as He has.
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Science has revealed that within black holes, there is no time, the laws of physics do not apply, and the gravitational field consumes everything, including the light.
How would we know what is actually inside, and how that “inside” sees us?
Our world is defined by three main parameters: time, space and motion. What is beyond these parameters cannot be attained by us by the means that we use to study things in this world. We definitely can guess, but in order to perform a serious study of what lies beyond, we have to gain a different nature.
We live below the speed of light. Taking the universe into consideration, we seem to be very primitive, as being under something means being completely ruled by it, without a true opportunity to realize a personal “I.”
However, if by a happy chance, we receive an opportunity to come closer to the qualities of light and rise above our nature, we’ll realize and understand all the things yet to know. The wisdom of Kabbalah is practical guidance on how to catch and use that chance.
The people of Israel were assembled from those people who felt their duty to connect in order to comprehend the meaning of life and its purpose, the correction of creation, and the upper force. Therefore, they called themselves “Israel” (“Yashar-Kel“), which means “straight to the Creator.” Abraham chose these people from all the inhabitants of Babylon, that is, from all the nations of the world at that time, and he taught them the main principle of connection: love your neighbor as yourself.
Thus, they rose above the egoism that was constantly growing and swelling like yeast in the human society. However, this growth was purposeful: to ensure a sufficient gap between humanity’s massive egoism and the force of connection above the egoism society is obliged to achieve. When we reach a certain degree of opposition between egoism and connection, then within it, we begin to reveal the upper force, the upper world, and ourselves as belonging to the spiritual world.
The growing egoism is the engine that lifts us from this world to the spiritual world, from reception to bestowal, from hatred to love. If we follow the principles of “love will cover all crimes” and “everyone judges according to his own flaws,” then we can each individually, and as a group together, achieve such a strong connection in which the Creator will be revealed.
Over thousands of years, the group assembled by Abraham in Babylon has changed a lot. Part of it disappeared, dissolved in the nations of the world, and will later be revealed. There were many people among the people of Israel who have attained the degree of the Creator as they were able to overcome their egoism and connect. Over the years, the conditions changed, but the principle remains the same because the laws of the world are constant and unchanging. We only have to learn them and implement them in order to reach the corrected state.
Therefore, it is necessary to study the process that the group of Abraham went through in history, because “the deeds of the fathers will become a sign for the sons.” From this, we will understand the direction in which we move, what is happening to us, and what signs of the deeds of the fathers we can see today, because the eternal principle of love your neighbor as yourself, the law of connection, always works.
From the Ari onward, all the Kabbalists said that we have entered the era of the Messiah, that is, the time of the final correction. There is one last stage of our development left, although it might be quite long. As always, the nations of the world are applying pressure on the people of Israel, and this pressure is designed to force us to connect at least through the path of suffering.
The Jewish people must draw conclusions from their history and connect, following the example of their fathers. Through this connection, we will almost immediately feel relief from the external pressure thanks to our correct reaction to it and efforts to connect. Therefore, all the wars that are arising against us will immediately cease because we will begin to advance without external pressure. If we ourselves reveal our forces for advancement and rush forward, then those who were resisting us, on the contrary, will begin to help.
This will be a correct tendency, corresponding to the single upper force that wants to see humanity in such a connection. However, if we fail to make efforts in moving toward unity, then to the extent that these efforts are lacking, the nations of the world and the negative forces within the people of Israel will rise. They will start a struggle, a confrontation from all sides, in order to awaken us and force us to make the right choice: to understand the reason for this pressure and what we should do.
Today, we are in a very delicate and critical state. I spoke about this danger many years ago, but I did not expect that it would happen so quickly and that already in our time there would be such a special state between all the countries and nations all over the world.
We live in an era of new technologies, global communication, and we have reached a certain inner understanding of what is happening, the responsibility of humanity for our planet and the entire universe. In our time, there are many highly educated people with a broad outlook, not like it used to be before. Almost everyone has the opportunity to travel around the world and see the life of other nations, connecting with the whole world above distances and differences in languages.
However, in the matter of anti-Semitism, we see that nothing helps: the law that is bringing humanity toward connection acts harshly, one might even say cruelly. Above all, it applies pressure on those who should be the first to lead humanity, on the one nation that must do this work, that should become pioneers on this path, and lead the whole world.
There is no way around this law. The upper light, the upper forces are arranged in such a way that as soon as the people of Israel, the group assembled in the time of Abraham from all the nations, are united again, all the roads are opening for them. There are no difficulties, but to the contrary, there are forces of nature ready to help them and elevate them to the spiritual level on their shoulders. And following them, all of humanity will be happy to connect.
This is how the upper governance works, and this is how it will be. Everything depends on Israel as Baal HaSulam writes in the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar,“ only they have the freedom of choice.
Israel are those who are drawn to come closer to the Creator. They feel obliged to lead themselves and all of humanity to a common connection and spiritual elevation. Any person in the world, any nationality, black, white, red, yellow, all four layers in humanity—1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th—belong to one nation, which is obliged to achieve connection and adhesion with the Creator.
Therefore, there is growing pressure on this corporeal group called Israel all over the world, even though they do not understand what is happening to them. After all, they abandoned this work of bringing themselves and the whole world to adhesion with the Creator a long time ago. Humanity also did not receive the awareness that the world is undergoing a purposeful development that leads it to complete correction; therefore, it does not understand the reason for its hatred. The Jews are confused about what is wanted from them, and out of their great egoism, they dream only of peace and prosperity. The nations of the world feel as if Jews are hiding something from them, not allowing them to come to a good life.
Therefore, these two groups feel lost in the dark where aggression emanating from the nations of the world collides with the hatred and fear felt by the Jews. It is clear that this is no good for either of them: great suffering awaits those who commit violence and those who persist in not wanting to hear about correction. Therefore, it is our responsibility to explain the situation to both groups and push the correction process forward as much as possible.1
Those Who Were Resisting Us Will Help Us
If Jews begin to connect, the nations of the world will accept it gladly because they will see that through this connection, they can get closer to the essence of creation. With the very point, the very desire, from which anti-Semitism is now growing, they will feel that the right movement has begun because they will begin to receive illumination on this Reshimo.
Anti-Semitism is the feeling of lack in the nations of the world, the need to receive light through the connection of the Jews. It is the most ardent anti-Semites who will be the first to join the Jews. We have already seen such dramatic overturns in history.2
The Upper Force Does Not Change Its Plans
Today, American Jews already recognize the problem of anti-Semitism exists and is growing dangerously. On Sunday, January 3, a protest march against the growing anti-Semitism will be held in New York. Many accuse Trump as if he is to blame for the growing anti-Semitism.
However, we need to understand that no one here can help. We know that America is a very strict country, and if some legislation is passed, it will be enforced the next day. The law is guarded by courts, prisons, and the police. However, in the case of anti-Semitism, there is nothing they can do. We will see that all the actions of the government and the attempts to extinguish anti-Semitism will have no effect. After all, we are dealing here with the law of nature.
In the coming days and weeks, we will witness the futile attempts of the American government to fix this problem. This will seem to be the weakness of Trump and the left will certainly take advantage of it by accusing him of being unable to protect the Jews. However, no measures will work. You can set up millions of police patrols and pass new laws, but it will not help.
The upper force must force the people of Israel to unite, and it will do so. It will not retreat even if only a small handful of people will remain from Israel and the rest are killed. However, the small group that remains will achieve connection and will be the beginning of a new humanity. All the nations will then connect around it and come to correction.
We will see that no government in the United States, neither right nor left, will be able to extinguish anti-Semitism. It is a force from above.3
In light of the growing anti-Semitism in America, can we be sure that moving to Israel guarantees a quiet life and protection from anti-Semites? Yes, but for a very short time. But if we do not convince the Jews around the world and in Israel to start connecting, the next stage will be tough, unprecedented sanctions against the state of Israel by all countries, including the United States.
We will feel as if we were under siege in Israel. This, too, will last for a short time, and then, if this also does not help convince the Jews of Israel to connect, as Baal HaSulam writes, we will be thrown out of this land and scattered again.4
Working for Idols and Working for Unity
I am not trying to assess how my words will be accepted by every part of society. A lifetime will not be enough to study this. I only need to learn how to come to correction and how to awaken the whole world to it to the best of my ability. That is all. I do not analyze their condition, religion, faith, science, or culture. Everything is much simpler. The whole world is divided into two parts: working for idols and working for connection. The upper force is unity, connection.
To achieve connection, there is a simple method: we awaken the force of unity by connecting with each other above our egoism, in spite of it. To the extent of this connection, between us we reveal the force of connection to the Creator, the revelation of the upper force.
There are two forces in nature: positive and negative. The positive force of connection is concealed, and the opposite, negative force of egoism is revealed. If we try to connect in the ten above the force of rejection, the force of our egoism, then the positive force awakens and helps us. This force is concealed in nature, but we discover it by our efforts and thus move toward connection.
Then, within our connection, we will clearly reveal the upper force, which is called the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.
This is our program. There are thousands of different spiritual methods, beliefs, and opinions in the world. We do not dig into them because it does not matter. After all, there are only two forces in the world that need to be brought to balance. This is the balance we create in the group through our connection.
The method of Kabbalah is very practical and concrete, and we can implement it.
Therefore, there is no point in trying to understand other philosophies because they are not based on the upper force. They say that a person should try to change himself as if he already has positive qualities. Kabbalah states that initially there is nothing positive in a person, only negative—one’s egoism. The evil inclination controls a person from one’s birth: “Man is born a wild ass,” and we must try to connect above egoism.5
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/20, ”The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism”
1 Minute 0:30
2 Minute 1:04:50
3 Minute 1:07:00
4 Minute 1:10:40
5 Minute 2:06:10
The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—What We Should Learn From History
The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—Understanding Historical Causes And Effects
The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—Awaken Mercy In The World
The Times of Israel published my new article “Not Only the Deal of the Century, Here’s the Peace Deal of All Time”
As soon as Trump’s “Deal of the Century” for peace between Israel and the Palestinians was launched, the controversy arose. It was expected, considering what is at stake: the solution to the most complex and longest running conflict in the world. The proposal could pave the way for a new Middle East but the ball for its realization is in Israel’s court.
There is no doubt that in the coming weeks and months there will be many for and against the proposal, and as politicians do, there will be a lot of protests and spins both from the right and the left to inundate the media with the sole purpose of standing out and standing apart.
It Is in Israel’s Interest to Support the Plan
Despite all the background noise, it would be highly advantageous for the State of Israel to agree to the plan. As long as the US protects us, we need to be wise and take advantage of the opportunity given to us, even though the Palestinians oppose it.
The truth of the matter is that a peace agreement is highly unlikely to be signed between Israel and the Palestinians at any time in the near future. We have witnessed many unfruitful plans and attempts throughout the years. At this stage, the maximum that can be realistically discussed are maps and the annexation of West Bank settlements.
In order to look deeply inside the vision offered in Trump’s detailed 80-page plan, we need to consider how we could catalyze and complement it. There is a need to combine Trump’s plan with an additional force, one that could connect and bring people together.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, true peace will come from above, as it is written, that “He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He in his mercy create peace for us and all of Israel.’’ Peace between us and all other nations will come only when we will first be united peacefully among each other, with friendship and internal solidarity. We will then fulfill our destiny to bring peace to the world.
“Israel is a light unto the world. The hearts and history of our people are woven together. The Land of Israel is an ancient home, a sacred place of worship, and a solemn promise to the Jewish people that we will never again repeat history’s darkest hour,” stated President Trump at the launching ceremony of his peace plan. Other world leaders also highlighted the importance of a strong and safe Israel to humanity during the remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau that took place just days before at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
Why Is There So Much Attention on Israel from the Nations of the World?
The international community’s attention toward Israel is no coincidence. What does the world expect from us? Subconsciously, they expect from us to be united. Through our unity, will we become “a light unto the nations.” As Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) wrote in his essay, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: “The Israeli nation was established as a conduit to the extent that they purify themselves [from egoism], they pass on their power to the rest of the nations.”
The founding tenet of the Jewish people is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Brotherly love and mutual guarantee are the keys to our security and prosperity. When we rise above our conflicts and disputes, we unleash a positive force in nature that neutralizes threats and bring about tranquility. It is the force that maintains the balance of creation, and its absence among us causes society’s decline.
We could achieve peace if we would rekindle the brotherly love we cultivated centuries ago and share the method for achieving this with everyone. Peace among us would bring about global peace. The sensation of solidarity among us would bring about political security and national strength. This is how we would exemplify ourselves as “righteous,” and the nations would want to be like us.
Righteous Among the Nations
One who is righteous is one who loves and wishes to be connected with everyone, justifying every single person.
Why? It is because evil emanates from the individual alone and not from another, as it is written in the Talmud, “Every person judges others to the extent of his own deficiencies.” A person is a small world, wrote our sages in the Midrash Tanhuma. Thus, everything that a person considers bad and harmful is actually a derivative of his own distorted perception of reality, because the egoism which is inherent in the person, the desire to enjoy at the expense of others, projects a negative reality before his eyes on many different levels.
But it is enough for us just to sincerely desire to transmit goodness and confidence to all of the world’s inhabitants in order to attract the upper force of nature that will correct all imbalances. Exactly how could this be possible? Our effort to connect the Jewish people enables the achievement of the desired goal by drawing the force of connection from above. The force of connection in Israel can radiate a positive power capable of permeating every person in humanity.
We have been given the method of connection, the wisdom of Kabbalah, for the sole purpose of connecting in human society “as one man with one heart.” By achieving such a state, we will become capable of providing a positive unifying example to the rest of the world. The unification of the Jewish people will lower the flames of hatred among the nations of the world, unifying humanity as one global community. That would not only be a big deal, but the deal of all time.
Recent times has seen waves of tragic events around the world. One of the saddest tendencies is mass shootings in the US, many of which have been carried out by the young generation.
What makes a person kill at such an early age?
We live in an information society. While parents work hard 24/7 to run for the recent innovations, children are left home alone with their phones and dozens of informational channels constantly influencing them. However, all these channels don’t give them a real sensation of being here and now, being loved, being taken care of. Therefore, first, antisocial behavior is the way to attract attention to themselves, to be seen.
However, if we look closer, we’ll see that the problem is rooted much deeper. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, today, humanity in general reaches a point where it needs to start developing greater awareness of the nature enveloping it: the force of love and bestowal.
The younger generation, especially teenagers, feel this necessity the most. It is expressed in such questions as: “What is the meaning of life?” “How can I turn my useless existence into something great and valuable?” “How can I become needed by my parents /friends/society?” Children ask these questions and, unfortunately, don’t get answers. They are not stupid, they are not criminals, this is just how the inner pressure affects them, and they have no method of how to deal with it.
Therefore, in order to prevent today’s youth from supporting different kinds of antisocial behavior, society itself must teach them how to exit the false paradigm of this world, how to understand reality, deal with influences of the information society, and uncover the meaning of life – the entrance to the upper world and higher existence.
Baal HaSulam, Building the Future Society, Chapter 3, Item 8: The entire world is one family. The framework of communism according to the Torah should ultimately encircle the entire world in an equal standard of living to everybody.
We need to reach a level where we will have the feeling that the whole world is one family, that everyone around me is a relative, people who are close and dear to me, and even more dear to me than I am to myself. All of humanity must exist by this principle.
However, the actual process is a gradual one. Each nation whose majority accepts these basic elements practically, and who have already been brought up to bestow upon their fellow person and will have a sound cause for fuel, may enter the framework of the international communism right away.
By its natural development, nature pushes us to consciously change our attitude toward our neighbor.
Answer: That we are trying to implement the law of universal love, which is the Creator Himself, in society so that it is interconnected according to the law of the Creator.
Then if you ask, “What is the Creator?”, I will answer you, “Look at how our society is assembled, how it connects within itself. This assembly is the Creator.”
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19
Baal HaSulam, Shamati, Article 34, “The Profit of a Land”: However, we must know that in that state, when they cannot say that the Creator imparts only good, they are considered wicked because suffering makes them condemn their Maker.
In principle, as it is said, a person should bless the Creator both for the good and for the bad because everything bad that we feel is necessary only to develop in us a sensation of the upcoming good fulfillment.
There are no transgressions and no sufferings. They are all later filled with pleasure. Therefore, we need to prepare correctly and in advance for suffering and for pleasure. We will then have one continuous revelation of the Creator in enjoyment and pleasure.
Only when they see that the Creator imparts them pleasure do they justify the Creator. It is as our sages said, “Who is righteous? He who justifies his Maker,” meaning one who says that the Creator leads the world in a righteous way.
Righteous is a person who can justify the actions of the Creator in any state. He corrected his desires to such an extent that he can not feel anything bad in them, even though the Creator might seemingly send him negative feelings.
But he is so connected with the Creator that he perceives all feelings that come from this source as positive. He covers his feelings with the understanding from whom he receives them, and therefore, everything is a joy for him. He can get pleasure from any signal from the Creator.
Question: Does he feel suffering?
Answer: No, he does not feel it because his suffering is covered with the sensation of the Creator as a giver.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19
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Lesson on the Topic “Love Covers All Transgressions” (Preparation for the Convention in Desert)
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 98
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Gatehouse of Intentions,” Item 30
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