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Answer: If necessary, we should think about physical assistance to a friend as well. But these are additional, extreme cases.
In principle, we are talking about spiritual help where I understand that by thinking about, supporting a friend, and inspiring him with the greatness of the goal, confidence, and my support, I help him advance. And so it should be, each one with respect to everyone at least in the ten, in the group.
Question: Is mutual guarantee a part of the self-cancellation, annulment?
Answer: Of course. In order to fulfill the principle of mutual guarantee, a person must first cancel himself. Otherwise, how can he think and care about others?
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/9/22, “Working in Mutual Responsibility,” Lesson 6
Answer: If you could really, truly see the ten above yourself, you would not hide from it, but would look through it at the whole world, then you would simply see the Creator.
Then the ten would turn into a spiritual Partzuf, a spiritual Kli (vessel), and you would turn into its Malchut. The Creator would fill all the first nine Sefirot, and that would be the end of it.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Adhering to the Friends” Lesson 3
The answer is that he wishes to achieve Dvekut [adhesion] with the Creator, called “equivalence of form,” meaning not to think of his own benefit. Thus, why is subduing a difficult thing? The reason is that he must revoke his own worth, and the whole of the life that he wishes to live will be only with the consideration of his ability to work for others’ benefit, beginning with love of others, between man and man, through the love of the Creator (Rabash, Article No. 30 (1988) “What to Look For in the Assembly of Friends”).
If I want to achieve adhesion with the Creator, and adhesion with Him can be according to the form, then I must completely annul my “I,” and do everything I do in life with the intention of loving everything that surrounds me. Only in this way will I achieve love for the Creator and gradually reveal Him to the extent of my love for others and be able to reach adhesion with Him.
We understand that the replacement of our egoism with the quality opposite to it is mandatory, necessary. Therefore, our work in the group is salvation for us! If it were not for the group, we would not have a transitional state—from love of the created beings to love of the Creator. I would not be able to do anything. I would be absolutely opposite to the Creator without any ability to come closer to Him and to start moving toward Him in any manner.
The group exists precisely so that I can start connecting with it, enter it, and annul myself toward it. To this extent, I begin to come closer to the Creator.
I have every possibility to control myself and be aware of how I am coming closer and what I am doing with this. And all of this is thanks to my connection with the friends.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2
Comment: Back in school when we studied food chains we learned that when a seed falls into the soil, the soil sustains the growing grass, a hare eats the grass, a wolf eats the hare… If there is no grass, there is no hare, and so on and so forth. If all sparrows were exterminated, crops would be eaten by parasites and millions of people would die of hunger.
Today almost the entire system of chains has been broken. For example, new computers are assembled in China, but chips come from Taiwan and Malaysia, displays arrive from South Korea, and some parts are sourced from Europe. If you need 20 parts, but have only 19, there will be nothing.
There is a warning that 2022 will be even worse. They clearly see it coming, but can do nothing about it. They feel an onset of something! Some agricultural leaders predict that they will shut down certain countries and eat only what they have nationally.
My Response: No, it won’t happen. We are so deeply interconnected with each other through fertilizers, pesticides, assembly, and processing everything. It won’t happen.
I think the majority of the world’s countries, especially the developed ones, will be unable to survive on their own. There is no such thing as a “closed cycle” today.
Question: What are we facing now?
Answer: Well, we are being forced. I am ready for anything except to share and cooperate. The worst thing is to depend on others!
Comment: I see. Our intellect is egoistic. But even an egoistic mind seeks safety. Still, we feel the need for communication and cooperation. We know the world is interconnected. I think everyone understands it today. Everyone!
My Response: Who will be cooperating? Who listens to whom? Bring heads of state together? No one will be able to agree with anyone on anything!
Question: Then, draw a picture of the future world for us please. When will we get there?
Answer: At some point we will get to the point where people realize that the Jews are at fault for everything. This is really so. We do not bring the world to the realization of evil and its correction.
I can’t keep silent since this is the most painful and urgent problem. You cannot replace it with anything.
Question: What shall we, the Jews, do for the world?
Answer: Rise above ourselves and show the world an example of unity. “Above ourselves” means above our egoism that is greater than anybody else’s.
Look at how we treat each other! It’s so hard for us to be together even when we are faced with great fear and external pressure. We cannot rise because the external pressure, the external hatred, pressures us.
We don’t stick together. Don’t you see what’s going on here in Israel? Nothing can help us. I can’t blame the government or local upbringing for that.
Comment: By and large, you can blame the Creator for that.
My Response: The Creator does His job. As to us, we must act against Him.
Comment: In other words, the Creator brings us against each other, cultivates our egoism more and more, but we have to act against Him.
My Response: That’s right! But we’re unable to.
Comment: Sooner or later, as you say, the responsibility of our people is to show the world an example of unity.
My Response: If we don’t realize this, there won’t be any “sooner or later.” It will go on and on. There is no set date. It won’t happen. It will only occur when the Jews realize their mission.
Question: What will make them realize it?
Answer: I don’t know. I cannot envision such a state! But it simply can’t be otherwise!
Suffering is constantly growing. Perhaps the realization of some things, but not yet no matter how much we write, no matter how much we talk about it.
Question: So one way or another, will it also come from above, but no one knows when?
Answer: Not from above. Everything, certainly, comes from above, but our reaction has to come from below. Our normal response is still missing.
Comment: So, your formula is simple: “The Jews have to show an example of unity” and then the world will be on the right path. Kabbalists knew it, you realize it, but only a few people in the world understand it.
My Response: Yes.
Question: So, how do you want to be heard? Tell me please how?! How?
Answer: We have to start screaming to the Creator! Crying to the Creator that people do not hear us. And He will help us, when we have a truly serious desire.
Even in Germany 80 years ago they stayed until the last moment and didn’t feel any danger. Nor do they feel it now or realize that so many things depend on it.
I think it will come to a point when the world will start demanding. We have to disseminate more and more the knowledge of Kabbalah, the wisdom of correction of the world, so that nations of the world demand from the Jews and the Jews will address the Creator for the sake of all of humanity.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/18/21
What Is The Role Of Jews In The World? – Talk With Richard S. Hirschhaut
Can We Overcome Jewish Resistance To Uniting?
Can Jews Become A Role Model For Humanity? – Talk With Prof. Stephen Bronner