Question: Kabbalists write that the mission of the people of Israel is to pass the method of connection to the whole world. But to do this, they must first unite within the framework of the nation of Israel.
What is this term “God’s chosen” and why are the people of Israel exposed to external and internal impacts, division, and pressure?
Answer: The fact is that the mission of the people of Israel was revealed in ancient Babylon to absolutely all Babylonians, which means, to all earthlings. But only a small part of them wanted to know what it was.
The rest of them have not yet been developed to such a moral level to understand that connection between people is really the task of humanity, in order to come to a perfect state.
Therefore, only a small group of disciples followed the ancient Babylonian priest Abraham, from which a whole nation later grew. In fact, it is not a nation. For example, I can become an Italian citizen, but, according to my origin, I cannot become an Italian. But anyone can become a Jew, and then it will be written: “Jew.” You can be of any nationality, and all this is crossed out when you become a Jew.
A Jew is not your material (animal) origin, but your goal in life, your philosophy of life, your burden that you take, to show yourself and others that you are correcting yourself, bringing an element of correction into the world, and contributing to the correction of humanity. All people should rise to the level of the Creator by uniting with each other and becoming one single whole.
At the same time, “love thy neighbor as thyself” as the main commandment of Judaism is the only fundamental law. If other principles aren’t based on it, if a person is not guided by it in his activities (no matter what he does in life), he is not considered a Jew. He’s just nobody. Call him whatever you want.
The term “Jew” comes from the word “ever” (“transition”), the transition from egoism to altruism. “Judaism” from the word “Ihud” has a deeper meaning, the connection between man and the Creator.
“Israel” (“Yisra-El“) in translation means “straight to the Creator” and is applicable to a person who directs himself directly to the Creator, to the quality of bestowal and love. It is like an image of someone who takes upon himself the method of correcting his nature in order to reach a connection with everyone for the sake of equivalence of form with the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up—Return” 2/19/10