Yom Kippur: The Story of Jonah

High Holidays

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/18/18

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, follows Rosh Hashanah. On this day, we fast and pray for our correction. One of the most meaningful parts of the day is the reading of the Book of Jonah. It is with good reason that this part of the Yom Kippur service is so significant. The Hollywood-style storyline of the book contains a message that if heeded, can lift humanity from the global sludge we seem to be submerged in and brighten our future.

Here is a short booklet about the High Holidays that I hope you will enjoy reading. Please also feel free to print it out and distribute in your community.

Gmar Chatima Tova

Advancing Toward Integral Reality

laitman_294.2A ten is all that exists in all of reality, in all the worlds. All of creation, which has evolved from the four stages of direct Light, is called one “ten.” Malchut of the world of Infinity, in which there are ten round Sefirot full of infinite Light, is a ten. There is nothing besides it. And the Creator is the Light of infinity filling this ten, Malchut.

Then this system of ten circles, the Sefirot, undergoes all sorts of changes. The program of creation transfers this ten from a round complete state into a fragmented one.

As if to calculate the integral when the continuous surface is divided into an infinite number of squares, the system of ten “circles” is broken to divide the work between multitudes of people, between all parts of the system, so that everyone will complete his or her private work and become similar to the Creator. After all, one cannot do all the work right away in one go.

The system is transformed from an “integral” to a “differential,” in which the work is performed in parts. Ten stages of work are distributed among the five worlds and are additionally divided more and more. Each of us performs some kind of work in his cell. As a result, all parts of this work are integrated again, combined into one integral work, like an integral from zero to infinity.

All these breakages, contractions, and descents are made in order to give each fragment its infinity in its completeness from its individual properties.

In the first state, it was impossible to do it because we were all interconnected in an integral, infinite form. It is impossible to shatter the created being that is opposite to the Creator so that it can attain the Creator from its opposite, antagonistic state and leave it “round.” After all, the circle is already perfection, a smaller or a bigger Creator.

Therefore, it is necessary to break this circle to give each fragment different properties, sides, angles, that is, restrictions. Now, from these restrictions, one must begin to attain eternity, perfection, integration, connection of all with all. This gives a feeling of the Creator and true perfection. It is impossible to get into the third state bypassing the second, the shattered one. This is all our work.

It is necessary to strive to get from state 1, through state 2, to state 3. Correction begins when a ten is organized and appears in front of us. That is, the correction began from Abraham, and now each of us at some point falls into a place where he has a ten. This is how the advancement toward the integral, true system of the upper force begins.

It is necessary to get used to this perception of reality. It helps one’s mind get over the feelings, like a patient gets an X-ray image that he cannot argue with—it is a fact, and he has to take medicine and get treated. This is an objective reality that is above our emotions and we must work with it.1
1Minute 0:10-7:33
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/12/18, Lesson on the Topic “Dissemination of Kabbalah”

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Suddenly, The Fog Will Dissipate…

laitman_294.3A lot of intelligent work is required in order to work above reason, much more so than work within reason. Working above reason does not presume that a person becomes stupid, disregarding his intellect; on the contrary, he rises above it. He understands everything, feeling, analyzing, and grasping everything, but in addition, he acquires yet another, even higher reason in the next degree, a step plus one. This is called “faith above reason.”

A person does not only know how to conduct actions. He understands where they stem from, why they are this way, what their internal mechanism is, and thus, this attainment obligates him to perform actions. He becomes smarter and doesn’t do anything without a reason, but searches for the root and the cause. This is “above reason,” meaning rising to a higher reasoning, and it is called “the view of the Torah,” when a person searches for how to activate the Light in which the mind and force of the entire creation can be found.

This is an ascent to a new degree, each time like a new creation. A person cannot do this by himself, but he can perform all the necessary actions that will cause such an effect from above, and suddenly new knowledge, feelings, and understanding will open up—the fog will dissipate. Therefore, it is said: “Everything that you find within your power to do, that do!”1

The mind is simply there to serve our egoistic desire, helping a person seek pleasure and avoid trouble, like an animal. Also, if a person understands that he acts within his egoistic desire and is unable to rise above it, then he wants, unlike an animal, to attain the mind of a human, Adam, that is, to be similar to the Creator. He then begins to act not for the purpose of fulfilling his desire for pleasure, but to become similar to the upper force.

This is a different level of existence where a person feels a different reality. He reveals that there is a network of forces of bestowal rather than reception operating in the world. He integrates into the system of connections between people and reveals all the connections in reality through it, a perfect and eternal system that works according to a single principle of mutual bestowal. And a person wants to belong to this network called the Creator.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/12/18, Writings of Rabash, Vol. 2, Article 2 “What Is, “Return, O Israel, Unto the Lord Your God,” in the Work?” (1991)
1 Minute 27:20
2 Minute 36:20

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Rabash: The Last Great Kabbalist

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/13/18

On a cold, rainy night in 1979, I could not sleep, my thoughts troubled me. Suddenly I found myself at the wheel, driving without direction. A large sign cut through my thoughts: “Bnei Brak.” I went in. The streets were deserted. At the corner of “Chazon Ish” Street I ran into a passerby. “Where do you study here?” I asked. He looked at me and answered, “Drive to the end of the street, where you will see an orchard. It’s on the other side of it.”

This is how I came to meet my teacher for the first time, Rav Baruch Shalom Ashlag (the Rabash), the eldest son and successor of Baal HaSulam—the greatest Kabbalist of the twentieth century. From that moment on my life was never the same.

For the next twelve years I served as his personal assistant and disciple, and I absorbed from him everything that I know in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Every day he would lock himself up on the second floor and write. This is how his profound articles were born, which paved the way for anyone nowadays to carve the spiritual path most suited to them. No one before him had written in such a simple and practical manner. Like a father who guides his children along the path, he takes his readers by the hand and guides them until they discover the true meaning of life.

“And once I have acquired the clothing of love,” he wrote to his students at the end of the well-known letter “Love of Friends,” “Sparks of love promptly begin to shine within me.

“The heart begins to long to unite with my friends, and it seems to me that my eyes see my friends, my ears hear their voices, my mouth speaks to them, the hands embrace, the feet dance in a circle, in love and joy together with them…” (the Rabash).

After his departure in 1991, people who felt a burning desire in their hearts to reveal their purpose started coming together. Gradually, the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute was formed, named after Kabbalist Baruch Ashlag. Every morning we study the writings of the Kabbalists, such as The Study of the Ten Sefirot, The Zohar with the Sulam commentary and the writings of Baal HaSulam and the Rabash. We work to share the method with anyone interested, just as my teacher gave me the wisdom of his father.

This evening marks the 27th anniversary of the passing of my teacher, the Rabash, the greatest of the generation. I hope that we will succeed in following his path faithfully.

More about the life story of my teacher, The Rabash >>

New Life #1042 – Respect And Disrespect In Relationships

New Life #1042 – Respect And Disrespect In Relationships
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Love is a result of respecting the habits of others more than my own and conceding for the sake of connection. Disrespect deletes and harms the other. It destroys the confidence of children who need to be trusted to exist independently at times. Absolute love, on the other hand, leads to disrespect and even hatred. Relationships based on shared obligations are also difficult to hold together. The ironclad rule is “love covers all transgressions.”. In spite of differences, we concede during communication, we speak only about positive things, we think constantly about how we can express love toward the other. and we explain that we expect reciprocity.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1042 – Respect And Disrespect In Relationships”, 7/31/18

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/18/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic “Yom Kipur”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapter 1Item 1

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati 69 “First Will Be the Correction of the World”

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My Thoughts On Twitter 9/17/18

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Correction starts by organizing the Ten and realizing the laws of HaVaYaH in it. See Rabash’s articles about the group. The Creator brings every person whose soul is ripe for correction to this state.

In state 1 it’s impossible to attain revelation of each part in its individual qualities of the whole light of infinity, since there’s no integral inclusion of the desires.
Creation must reveal its opposition to the Creator, State 2, to attain equivalence to Him, State 3.

State 3: As a result, all parts reconnect into 10 circles, but in full adhesion/similarity to the Creator. All the breakings, restrictions and connections are necessary to reveal each parts’ individual qualities of the whole light of infinity, the Creator.

State 2: 10 Sefirot break and desires are corrected: from light to heavy, in similarity to the Creator
The system goes from integral to differential, where the work is consecutive. For each part of Malchut, spiritual work is connecting with other parts to reveal the Creator.

State 1: 5 phases of the direct light’s expansion are built by the world of infinity, HaVaYaH, the 10. Everything happens only in this system. The Creator is the light of infinity filling Malchut. HaVaYaH comprises 10 spheres, sefirot. The program of creation is to make HaVaYaH equal the Creator

The film The Social Network in the Age of the Third Reich was awarded the COMMENDATION laurels prize at the Focus International Film Festival of independent films in North America.
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From Twitter, 9/17/18

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Choose For Yourself: To Die Or To Be Born

laitman_276.01We are all trapped in this world like in a submarine with no way out: either we will kill each other or everyone will annul their egoism and the submarine will expand and turn into a new world.

At first, this place seems horrible, dark, and cramped. Yet, if one annuls one’s egoism, Malchut, and relative to it increases Bina, then this dark, oppressive place becomes a mother’s womb.

Then it will expand even more, transforming into an entire world since we are adding Malchut to the properties of Bina, as a result of which Bina expands boundlessly, embracing the entirety of reality. We begin to constructively use the powers of Malchut and Bina, bringing Malchut to the likeness of Bina. Malchut, which becomes similar to Bina, amplifies bestowal 620 times.

I discover in the tight, oppressive place a governance that is opposite of me and is demanding me to bend, to annul my egoism. I am unable to do that. I scream and pray, but in the end, I nevertheless find the strength for it. Then, in this self-annulment before the force of bestowal, I see how good that force is.

Prior to it, I did not see its goodness. It seemed to me that there is nothing good in bestowal, that only receiving is good. However, out of desperation, after finding myself in a confined, dark, horrible place, as if buried alive in the ground, I decide to change myself in order to enter a new world.

After all, a grave is the same as a mother’s womb. I perceive it as a grave until I find the force of Bina there and identify myself with it. Then it transforms into a mother’s womb.

I have ten minutes in this grave until I suffocate from lack of air. The only way out is to quickly find the force of Bina and transform the grave into a womb. I have to make every effort in order to find that “There is none else besides Him,” which brought me to this state and is concealed within it. I must establish a connection with Him in order to start using the desire to bestow and thus develop in the new world.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/3/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Conception”

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To Obtain The Common Soul

Laitman_115.04Question: What is the difference between the state when I attach other parts of the common soul to myself and the state when I become attached to them?

Answer: If I attach other parts to myself, it means I am the upper one for them and I am obliged to take care of them as the upper one. I have to receive their desires and pass fulfillment to them.

If I become included in them, it means I am the lower one. Then I annul myself and receive from them something they fulfill me with. I do it without any criticism, like an embryo in its mother’s waters.

The perfect work within the corrected net in the final correction means that I receive from all and give to all. Then I obtain the whole vessel of the common soul in its entirety, from zero to infinity.
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From the conversation in Iceland 5/23/18

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