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Coming Back to Each Other

747.01Question: For the last 2,000 years, Jews have been in exile caused by unfounded hatred. The State of Israel was founded only 74 years ago.

Throughout all this time, sages wrote thousands of books, and in all of them it is said that only the unity of the people, love for one’s neighbor, and mutual solidarity will save us. This will give us the opportunity to return to the Land of Israel. Yet, although we have not reached unity, we have returned here. For what purpose did the upper force bring us back?

Answer: We were brought back with the goal that we are obliged as a people, not yet on a spiritual basis of unity, but at least on a geographical and historical basis, to begin to unite from below upward, that is, from purely corporeal definitions to more exalted, spiritual ones.

Thus, we must reach a state where we unite spiritually, and in accordance with this, the upper force will be revealed within us.

According to Baal HaSulam, we were given this land as collateral. All this is for us to begin to return to each other, to our spiritual roots.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/26/22

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Switching the Channels of Your Own Perception

423.02Question: Man’s perception is divided into two parts: himself and the rest of the world. His whole life is built upon these two planes, which are separated from each other. Why?

Answer: Because we are created in the egoistic desire of “I”: I desire, I want, I exist. If this desire was not in us, we would not feel either ourselves or the world at all  in the form in which we exist.

The problem is how to compare ourselves and the world around us so that it is clear to us what we do perceive correctly, what we do not see in the correct way, how one can bring oneself closer to the correct perception of the world, and how to change the perception of the world inside you.

We cannot change the world, but we can change ourselves, our perception so that the world would seem to us the way we want. I can, like on a computer or TV, change channels and see a different world.

Question: Are the perception of the external world and of oneself opposite things?

Answer: It depends on the way you calibrate yourself.

Question: Is the purpose of this separation to connect everything back?

Answer: Yes. In fact, the world is not a multi-channeled, not multi-phased, but we inside ourselves, we are. Therefore, it all depends on how I switch myself, what exactly I want to see in the world, how much I can bring myself closer to the correct picture of the world, how much I can separate the wheat from the chaff, that is, separate the true, correct perception from the false, distorted one, and exist in this way.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 4/29/22

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Incomprehensible Questions

507.04Who is the Creator that I should listen to Him?” is a question in the mind. And the second question: “Why do you need this work for the Creator?” is a question in the heart.

But neither of these can be answered. It is just important for a person. He says that this is the preparation of desires for the mind and for the heart, which is in him, and due to it he moves forward.

Question: So when an altruistic force aimed at the need to unite, to love one’s neighbor, etc. manifests in a person,  then he asks the question: “Why do I need this? What is the benefit for me?”

Answer: There is no answer to that. After all, if we speak from the correct understanding, then there is no benefit to a person whether he is in this world or in the spiritual one, since from the point of view of egoism he cannot evaluate both worlds.

We always subconsciously feel: “After all, this is the future world, the upper world, the light, the Creator, and this is our world.

What is special about it? What do I risk when I lose it? What is there in it that I still do not know? I do not want it anyway.” But that is not how the question should be asked. The right question arises in people when they are seriously engaged in working on themselves.

And if you just believe in God, as it usually happens, then these questions are really incomprehensible. People study the Torah, touch it slightly, and everything seems to be clear to them: I have to do certain actions and due to this I will receive the future world.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22

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From the Egyptians

555Question: It is written in the Torah that the sons of Israel took all the Kelim (vessels) from the Egyptians. For what?

Answer: They took from the Egyptians, from their past states, all the intentions and desires, everything, that relate to egoistic use in order to correct them into the quality of bestowal and love.

We can say that they took the experience of the past work in egoism. Meaning, everything that we go through in our world, we then use all those states with the right intention.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/19/22

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Questions about Spiritual Growth

565.01Question: What is “Passover“?

Answer: Passover, “Pesach,” is from the word “stepping over.” This means stepping from the world in which egoism operates to the world in which altruism operates.

Question: On the eve of Passover four questions are asked. What are these questions?

Answer: These four questions relate to the four degrees of egoism that exist in every person. They symbolize our desire to get out from under the force of general egoism, which is divided into four degrees.

Therefore, the youngest in the family, the smallest, the one who is just beginning to grow, asks questions about his spiritual growth. This is the allegory.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/19/22

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Moses—The Point that Pulls Out of Egoism

186Question: Who is Moses? What is this force in a person?

Answer: Moses comes from the word “Limshoch – to pull out.” According to the legend, the daughter of Pharaoh Batya found him in the water and pulled him out.

Moses, who grew up in the house of Pharaoh, matured and broke away from them and became the leader of the tribe, which in ancient Egypt was called the Jews. The whole being of Moses, his whole mission, was to educate and lead this group that in the future will be called the people of Israel.

According to Kabbalah, inside each person there is an inner point that pulls him from egoistic into altruistic life, from the fact that he exists by himself like a small animal and thinks only about filling his temporary egoistic desires for food, sex, family and knowledge, i.e., everything that makes up our world.

And the desire called Moses pushes him to the next attainment—reaching the root of his existence. This is the manifestation of the point of Moses, from the word “Limshoch –to pull out” from the sensation of our world into the sensation of the spiritual world.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/19/22

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“What is the root of depression?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the root of depression?

Depression is rooted in our nature, which is a desire to enjoy.

If we fulfill the desire to enjoy with a suitable fulfillment, then we feel good. But if we do not give the desire to enjoy what it wants, then it starts eating us alive, and we call that feeling “depression.”

Ultimately, the solution to depression is in finding a way to bring our desire to enjoy fulfillment that is constant and increasing.

This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches: how we can receive that which will make us feel good and better all the time. It is a sensation like nothing we have experienced in our world. Think about being hungry, and then you get to eat as much of your favorite food as you want, and in addition, the pleasure from the food together with your hunger just keeps increasing the more that you eat.

In order to fulfill ourselves completely, we need a new fulfillment that extends from the same root as our depression, our empty desire, and which can thus become fully compatible with that desire.

Based on the video “Depression’s Causes and Solution [in 2 Minutes]” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Damir Samatkulov on Unsplash.

What Can We Learn from Pharaoh?

509Question: What can you learn from Pharaoh?

Answer: Everything except direct work for the Creator.

In general, Pharaoh is everything! He even teaches us how to work for the Creator. Only we do not understand how he teaches us.

However, everything that exists within us, everything that leads us forward, twists us, trains us, builds us, and directs us—all of it is Pharaoh.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 5/17/22

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Foreword to The Book of Zohar

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Vol. 1, Part 2, “Inner Observation,” Chapter 1, Item 1 

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