The Passover Haggadah Of The 21st Century

laitman_749.01The coronavirus is a consequence of our malfunction that manifests itself on a biological level. These are no longer weather cataclysms on the inanimate level, and not even an epidemic of the plague that raged in the Middle Ages.

Many problems are coming to humankind in order to bend it and convince it to leave the egoistic “Egypt.” And we will want to exit it. The people of Israel passed through 49 gates of impurity in Egypt, and it was OK. With help of the ten Egyptian plagues, they came out of there, escaped at night in the darkness from all troubles.

And now, the same is happening with all of humanity passing through 49 unclean gates. We ourselves hold on to these impure gates, we love Pharaoh and want to stay with him. We don’t to throw him away; we cling to the hem of his garment.

But ten plagues will come and force us to escape from the slavery of egoism. If I am getting blows by holding on to Pharaoh, then I have no choice, I have to start letting him go little by little, more and more, until I completely get rid of him and run away. And Pharaoh will open the door for us and say: “Go away! Get out of here!”

Soon we will see this performance on the stage of all of mankind in general. The Passover Haggadah is being practically realized in this world. But we have an opportunity to accelerate our actions and go through them quickly, pleasantly, with understanding. It all depends only on us.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/26/20, “Connecting the World in the Last Generation”

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“COVID-19 Sent Us Home And Cleaned Up The Mess” (Newsmax)

My article in Newsmax: “COVID-19 Sent Us Home and Cleaned Up the Mess

If you were a parent with teenage children, and you had to leave the house for the weekend, how terrified would you be that when you returned you’d find your tidy home turned upside down? And what would you do if you came back and discovered that your nightmare has come true? This is exactly what we humans have done to our home, Planet Earth: We’ve messed it up and turned it upside down. In comparison to the damage we’ve done, you could say that Mother Nature’s “punishment,” which is largely a “Go to your separate rooms” order, is more than mild; it is compassionate!

Mother Nature is silent; she speaks with actions, not words, but she is a dedicated teacher. If we are attentive, she will usher us into a new world of happiness and prosperity. If we are obstinate, her punishments will grow continuously harsher.

The first lesson she gave us was to stay home. By doing so, she told us that we have been nasty to each other and nasty to our home. Miraculously, within a few short weeks, she cleaned most of the mess and the water and air became clear and clean.

But being shut in our houses for a few weeks did not prove to us that we simply have to change. It only stopped our destruction of the planet and finally managed to show us that we had been doing wrong to Nature. However, it did not articulate what it is we have to do in order not to keep on being so malevolent.

This will be our next lesson, which we will experience in the weeks and months to come. As economies all over the world reopen, we will find that many of the businesses that were the backbone of our society and fueled our mindset of extreme self-entitlement and narcissism have lost their charm. They will go bankrupt not because the government did not support them, but because the public has lost interest in those gadgets and accessories.

As a result of the shift in people’s mindsets after the prolonged lockdown and its impact on businesses, unemployment rates will remain dangerously high with no sign of relief. On the contrary, as more and more jobs become automated, joblessness will only increase, posing a palpable threat of violent social unrests, hunger driven riots, rampant homelessness, a drop in school retention and other social problems that will undermine the stability of society.

These COVID-19 aftershocks will compel governments to adopt more society driven policies. Policy makers will have to take into consideration the needs of the unfortunate; they will have to provide them with both decent incomes during the time when they cannot sustain themselves, and they will have to help them become better educated so they can integrate in the new world. In this way, the virus will teach the authorities to think more socially and establish a more considerate economic system.

Here, too, as in the lockdown lesson, the quicker we learn, the less painful and more successful the lesson will be.

In the new world, the most required career will be teaching. People will need teachers in the professions required in the automated era, but the most required teaching subject will be social skills: people who will help us learn how to communicate in a society whose values are radically different from the hostile environment we hopefully left behind.

The virus has made everyone equal: From heads of state to janitors, from tycoons to street sweepers, everyone is vulnerable. This is a humbling and healthy experience for all of society. It allows us to truly place ourselves in the shoes of others. We would not have come to it were it not for the virus, but now that we have, we will never want to go back. This is why we will need teachers—to enhance and develop our social skills of empathy, solidarity, and mutual responsibility.

The threat of the virus will not dissolve so quickly. We will need it for a while longer, if only to remind us of the pain caused by disobeying its lessons. But the more we grow into the paradigm of giving, the less we will need the bullying guard at the exit from the old world. So one day, in the foreseeable future, we will discover that we have entered a new world of hope, confidence, and joy.

Like A Seed In The Ground

laitman_571.03Question: If egoism is constantly developing, does the point in the heart of a person also develop along with the egoism?

Answer: Certainly, the point in the heart expands and is nourished like a seed in the ground. If the seed has a nourishing environment, then it grows, but whether the environment is providing content for the seed depends on us. We must provide the right connection between the seed and the nutritious environment.

The environment is us, our friends, a large world group, and eventually all of humanity also. To the same degree that we make up the system more or less, our seed will grow. The seed is composed of the small particles of each one that we add to a ten.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 2/9/20

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Protection Against Fears

laitman_565.02Fear that grips and paralyzes a person now is caused not by today’s situation, but by thoughts about what might happen next. But do not worry too much; we are all under the control of an upper force, and everything will go according to its plan. And it has nothing to do with religion. A religious person doesn’t ask about the meaning of life, he has no doubts what to do. The science of Kabbalah awakens questions in us, which are not in religion.

There is no need to worry about something that might happen because it is not us who determine events, but the general force of nature. Where it directs us, there we will go. And such an attitude, which is not naivety or fanaticism, gives us an inner protection, which frees us from the fear of the unknown.

Everything is clarified only in thought. A man lives inside of his thoughts. Now in almost everyone there is an intense spinning whirlpool of thoughts and fears about the future, which haunt one day and night. And the only way to protect ourselves is to cling to the program of creation, which leads humanity on to the highest stage, so we will understand and feel what we are living for, why we are developing, and what the goal is that we are heading toward.

And then everyone will calm down with this goal and everybody will be fine. Everything will be clarified only in thought, so sit calmly and think. Visit our science of Kabbalah website, start reading what is written there. There is no need to memorize or remember anything, simply try to feel it, realize it, and sense it through the heart and mind in order to develop the human in yourself.

The human in us is what identifies itself with nature, with a higher thought, a higher program, the upper force. Nature is the Creator, it includes everything. Try to develop such feelings and thoughts in yourself to feel this nature around you, to know the Creator. Try to come out of yourself and connect with the whole universe, with this thought that encompasses the entire universe.

Then we will see why all this is happening. After all, we are not little bugs crawling on the ground, but humans from whom nature wants to make something great, to give us an opportunity to understand it and to connect with it. This is an amazing opportunity!

A virus is not a disease, but a medicine. Look how many changes it has already brought to the world: the air has become cleaner and fresher and people are not being poisoned while working in factories that pollute the atmosphere, soil, and water.

It is reported that due to the quarantine, the water in Venice’s canals has been cleared enough that fish have even re-entered it. The Earth wants to live, just do not interfere with it. And you are worrying about what will happen to you in a month. Don’t be afraid, everything will settle. Just precede the blow with the medicine. Visit our website, you will find many explanations of how to first of all calm down. I wish you all the best.
From KabTV’s “A New Life 1214” 3/19/20

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Movement By The Original Sources

Laitman_522.03Question: Baal HaSulam, in the Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot, writes that only while reading the original source do corrective lights act on us. And how do we attract light during a workshop if we don’t read anything?

Answer: All the time, we go by the original source according to the articles of Rabash, Baal HaSulam, or the Ari.

We take the most vivid passages from there so that they excite us, clash us, and give us the concept of contradictions and on the basis of these materials, we could better study the issues that we touch on.

We by no means teach anything other than the original sources; together we find out what is written in them and pass it through ourselves. In this case, a lot of internal actions are performed.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/1/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 5/6/20

Lesson Preparation

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Writings of Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Society,” (1984)

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Lesson on the Topic “Concerning Above Reason” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 17

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Selected Highlights

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