“Yom Kippur In An Interdependent World” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Yom Kippur in an Interdependent World

For the first time in history, the world today shows us how much it is one complete whole—that all human beings are inextricably bound together and thus have no choice but to take care of each other. We increasingly discover day to day how interdependent we are. This is the reason why this Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, is a reckoning period like no other.

Through world events such as wars, climate change, and the pandemic, we now see with perfect clarity that all we do, whether good or bad, will affect everyone, so we need to carefully examine our thoughts and deeds.

We are used to evaluating our actions, but we should also evaluate our intentions toward others: Are my intentions for my own sake or for the sake of others? Where do I stand in relation to the Upper Force whose nature is total love and bestowal?

During the Ten Days of Repentance in which Yom Kippur is the climax, when we fast, pray and ask for forgiveness, we arrive at the point where we review all our memories and measure them against the rules that we are obliged to keep to see where we have failed. Of all these precepts, the most important one is “love thy neighbor as thyself,” the great rule of the Torah.

A key part of the customs of the Day of Atonement, the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar, is reading the book of Jonah the Prophet. In the story, God orders Jonah to tell the people of Nineveh, who had become very hardhearted toward one another, to correct their relationships if they wanted to survive. However, Jonah fled his mission and took to the sea in an effort to escape God’s command.

Like Jonah, we avoid our mandate and refuse to unite. It is our divisions, frictions, quarrels that trigger humanity’s imbalances and destabilization. Therefore, our stubborn refusal to draw closer to one another is the sin we need to repent for.

Each person should hold himself accountable for what he or she does from day to day. But on Yom Kippur we sign off on the year, we close the balance of what we did for the whole year so we can start a new year with the clean feeling like a newborn. The measure of our individual success or failure is not the most important thing. What matters more is the process of soul-searching that we apologize for our missed opportunities and start again from scratch.

Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Judgment. Who exactly is judging us and what is being judged? First of all we need to examine and judge ourselves. However, instead of waiting the whole year to go through this process, we should make this assessment daily. Before we go to sleep, we should also close the account for that day and ask the Creator to forgive us for all we did and did not do.

Our intention for a clean new beginning should be to conduct ourselves carefully in order to avoid hurting anyone, and to make every effort toward good connection with all human beings. And if we truly and wholeheartedly ask for forgiveness for the harm we have caused to others, then we are ready to turn to the Creator and ask Him for total forgiveness. Mending our human relations is the precondition for mending our relationship with the Upper Force.

On the one hand, during Yom Kippur we are supposed to feel sorry for our shortcomings. But in this sorrow we are also happy because we then open the opportunity to apologize and finish the year in a beautiful and clean way, a way in which all our debts are covered.

We live in a special time called the “Last Generation,” the period of the emergence of a new world. This period is characterized by the spiritual search for the correction of our egoistic attributes of self-benefit to transform them into attributes of care, cooperation, and giving to others.

Hopefully, the whole world will swiftly come to understand the change we need and make the decision to bury all weapons and only focus on the development of connection and love between us. Surely then we will reach the state of general love and the revelation of the Creator to all creatures. However, first the people of Israel must lead the way. As Rav Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Zohar, wrote in his essay entitled “The Arvut” (Mutual Guarantee): “It is incumbent upon the Israeli nation to qualify itself and the rest of the people in the world to evolve into assuming this sublime work of love of others.”

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 7/7/19

213Question: What does it mean to be careful of underestimating any particle of creation and trying to see the Creator that manages creation through every particle in it?

Answer: The most effective, simplest, and healthiest thing is to get closer to the attribute of the Creator, to study and to explore it. Then you don’t get confused.

Question: Sometimes what I don’t wish for impacts my development best. Why is that so?

Answer: Of course, because I don’t understand what I really need, meaning what is best and most beneficial for me, because I am in my egoistic attributes. It is therefore best to do what Kabbalah books advise and then I will surely reach the goal faster.

Question: How can bad attributes turn into good and beneficial attributes like the Creator initially planned them? Where do human efforts come in or is it a miracle?

Answer: Of course our efforts are necessary and play an important role. We are the ones who do it and not the Creator. In fact the Creator doesn’t exist.

There are two forces in nature, the negative force and the positive force. We just need to use them correctly. When the two forces cooperate mutually and correctly, we can take what we need from each of the forces.

Question: I would like to complete three laws of dialectics by a fourth law that can be expressed by what Hillel said when he entered the framework of the wisdom of Kabbalah, “everything that is rational is real, and everything that is real is rational.” If reality doesn’t become rational, it ceases to be reality.

Answer: I agree. Both you and Hillel are right.

Question: How does the level of attainment of different friends in the ten affect its spiritual height?

Answer: The spirituality of the ten is the degree of their unity. So according to the degree of its unity, the whole ten begins to feel the upper world and the Creator who is revealed between them but each one in his individual way.

Question: When will humanity mature? Is our society like fruit on a tree waiting and counting the days and months until it ripens?

Answer: When you can love everyone, the sweet fruit will be revealed, the fruit of the tree of the Garden of Eden. You will pick it and feel its sweetness.

Question: Is the feeling of the Creator, connection between people, like the feeling of waking up from a dream?

Answer: Yes. At first I want to lose consciousness and fall asleep, and then it is the opposite, I want to wake up and see.

Question: Is the transition to the spiritual world related to the sufferings of the body?

Answer: No. of course you grow tired of the study. You need to work and to study with the ten and to put lots of time and effort into it, but these are not sufferings.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/7/19

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Time For Spiritual Advancement

631.5Question: How long can it take for a person today to acquire the power of the Masach?

Answer: We cannot say anything about acquisition of the Masach in our time, because this is a special time when people are not moving towards the spiritual alone, as it was in previous generations.

Now for the first time, literally billions of people in the world unconsciously aspire to the Creator. They do not understand it, but they strive for Him. Therefore we cannot say specifically how the correction will take place in our so-called last generation.

Question: Can several participants in this process have a Masach at the same time?

Answer: I think that the Masach should appear in parallel for many and they will be able to help each other.

Question: At the end of September we are planning a big virtual congress with thousands of participants. When so many people gather and study certain materials related to the construction of the Masach at the same time, can it cause them to acquire the Masach?

Answer: Yes. This can cause the Masach to appear in many people, and generally move all participants forward into spiritual space.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 8/20/21

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“And Joshua Did Not Draw Back His Hand”

186Prophets, Joshua, 8:26-28: And Joshua did not draw back his hand that he had stretched out with the spear, until he had completely destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, a desolation to this day.

Question: What does it mean that while the battle is going on Joshua’s hand hasn’t been drawn back?

Answer: The raised hand symbolizes the direction of a person, his intention: to destroy these desires so that there is not a single one left that could ever be used in some way.

It is written: And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, a desolation to this day. To this day means never to use egoism again. That is, we are talking about a part of egoism that is corrected precisely by its destruction.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/19/21

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Why Do Some People Become Kabbalists While Others Become Philosophers?

88Question: The fact that the ancient philosophers Aristotle, Plato, and later Spencer took a lot from Kabbalah is evidenced by the mention in their theories that the human community is a living organism in which everything is interconnected.

Why did it happen that some became Kabbalists and attained the upper world, while others remained philosophers?

Answer: If a person initially has a point in his heart, then it pulls him to enter the upper world in one’s senses. And if this point has not yet awakened in him, it means that he does not yet have an embryo that manifests itself from within, this spiritual instrument, this organ of sensation of the upper world. And therefore, he develops an attitude toward the upper world through understanding.

This is how philosophy arose, which is built only on abstract constructions of some forms, all kinds of reasoning, but, in no case, on an explicit, sensory, cognitive penetration into this matter, because they have no connection with it.

People who have a point in their heart and strive for sensation of the upper world go through very serious stages of their own correction because they need to become like the upper world in their properties: to move from the property of receiving to the property of bestowal, from the property of hatred to the property of love.

This is a very difficult inner tragedy that a person experiences in order to achieve such a state after many years of serious, persistent work on oneself. And not the same work as in philosophy or in other methods where self-restraint prevails. Here, the attraction of a special upper force, called the upper light, is carried out, which corrects us.

The one who does this becomes a Kabbalist. He senses, sees, and clearly cognizes the upper world, the upper system that controls us. And the one who cannot develop these properties in himself, since their rudiments have not yet appeared in him, which, perhaps, will appear in the next cycle or after several cycles, becomes a philosopher. This is how humanity develops.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Seekers” 9/16/09

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Connecting To The Creator

963.8In one of his articles Rabash says that we should see the Creator who guides us to Him behind every friend. We should perceive the friend as if the Creator is behind him and then we will see that the world suddenly becomes transparent, airy, and there is nothing other than you and the upper force, that “there is none else besides Him.” While everything else is but His presentation so that you will gradually focus on the Creator and see everything else as His attributes.

You will eventually reveal Him, and then you will see all the actions in the world on the levels of inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and the human level, everything that happens before you, as the bestowal of the Creator who develops your attributes. By developing these attributes correctly with regard to the Creator, you begin to develop inside you the essence of the levels of still nature, the vegetative, the animate, and the human level, Aviut (desire) on the levels 1, 2, 3, and 4.

This is how you measure your connection to the Creator that can be on level 1, which is the level of still nature; level 2, which is the vegetative level; level 3, which is the animate level; or level 4, which is the human level. You connect all that to the Creator and then eventually everything is revealed to you. This is how we should actually assess good and evil.

Comment: But we need to ascend to this state in order to assess things internally this way and connect to society.

My Response: It all depends on the extent a person who has heard this from me gradually begins to clarify and implement this in life and to relate to the world responsibly, because he relates to the Creator through everything around him.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/21/19

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