“Landmarks—A New Book”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 5/5/22

After many years of learning about the spiritual meaning of the Jewish holidays ‎according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we thought it was judicious to bind together ‎selected source excerpts on the topic from the greatest kabbalists throughout the ages, ‎and primarily Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), and his firstborn son ‎and successor, my teacher, Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (RABASH).‎

Landmarks: The development of the soul in the cycle of the year was compiled so as to pave the way for all our friends, Kabbalah students ‎from around the world, who aspire to be Israel—Yashar El [directly to the Creator], ‎namely to aim themselves directly to the upper force, the power of bestowal and love.‎

In Hebrew, the word Hag [holiday/festival] comes from the word Hug, meaning a circle. ‎As the hands of a clock repeatedly return to the same numbers, we, too, experience ‎spiritual states in a cyclical process. It begins with the exodus from Egypt, which we ‎celebrate on Passover, symbolizing the beginning of the process, and ends with the final ‎correction on the holiday of Purim.‎

Each holiday and festival in the cycle of the year is like a landmark symbolizing an ‎important stage in the development of the soul. Through these stages, we come to know ‎ourselves, build ourselves, and experience the spiritual process over and over again.‎

I am thankful to my devoted students who collected and translated the excerpts herein for those already ‎on the path, and for those who are yet to come. I hope that reading them will help us ‎advance the entire world toward redemption.‎

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