“What Can Be Done To Stop What Appears To Be The Rising Incidents Of Antisemitism In The United States?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What can be done to stop what appears to be the rising incidents of antisemitism in the United States?

The way to stop anti-Semitism in the United States is the same as how to stop anti-Semitism anywhere in the world: to raise awareness of the root cause of anti-Semitism in order to invert hatred into love.

Kabbalistic sources explain both such a cause and solution to anti-Semitism. It is because Kabbalists perceive developmental processes unfolding in our world, and can both warn people of oncoming threats, as well as offer a remedy to prevent such threats from materializing.

For instance, Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the most renowned Kabbalist of the 20th Century, tried convincing European Jews in the 1930s to leave Europe because he foresaw the oncoming disaster. Both following his example, as well as taking heed to the alerting recent rise in anti-Semitism worldwide, I also feel the need to communicate the message about the root cause of anti-Semitism and its solution both to Jews and non-Jews, and I extensively write and speak on the topic with the hope that, at the very least, a future mass tragedy can be prevented.

In relation to the United States, I have lectured to Jewish communities in the United States at various intervals over the last 20 years. During the 2000s, I was laughed at when I mentioned that anti-Semitism was going to become a growing issue in America.

In the 2010s, after anti-Semitism’s immense exponential growth, both in the amounts of anti-Semitic crimes and threats, as well as in anti-Semitic sentiment, I explained how all signs were pointing to the next Holocaust emerging in America.

At the turn of the decade, after a string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey in a relatively short time period, Jewish lawmakers started acknowledging how a “slow-rolling pogrom” was taking place in New York.

Until a sharp sudden rise in anti-Semitic attacks within a relatively close radius took place, I saw little response to this message from the Jewish people. It is written about us, that we are a stiff-necked people, i.e., we have a tough skin that makes it very hard to penetrate such awareness into our perception.

In any case, in order to prevent a future dystopian scenario for the Jewish people in the United States, as well as elsewhere, the message is the same for all Jews: we need to unite, according to the tenet “love your friend as yourself,” in order to become “a light unto the nations,” i.e., a conduit that passes the positive unifying force dwelling in nature to the world. If the message doesn’t become accepted through education, explanation and promotion, then anti-Semitic blows and suffering will rise, “softening our stiff necks,” undesirably increasing our ability to absorb such a message.

That is the state we first reached some 3,800 years ago in ancient Babylon, under Abraham’s guidance, which granted us the name, “the people of Israel” (“Israel” from the words, “Yashar Kel,” which means “straight to God” [“God” being the same as “Nature” according to Kabbalah, i.e., a positive force that connects all elements of reality]). Also, according to the same unifying tendency, we were later named “Jews,” from the word for “unity” (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]).

Today, we are reaching new global proportions of anti-Semitism that the world has never seen, since today’s world is more globally-integrated than ever before. Due to anti-Semitism emerging as a natural phenomenon in non-Jews, toward a subconscious expectation for the Jews to pioneer a process toward more positive human connection, then we can expect a future where everyone other than a few Jews will be anti-Semitic.

Therefore, we Jews first and foremost need to show everyone how unity above the growing hostile divisions in society is not only a possibility, but that there is a method of connection to guide our every step of the way. By implementing such a method on ourselves, we send positive unifying ripples throughout humanity’s consciousness, and invite an opposite attitude from anti-Semitism upon ourselves in return. In other words, by witnessing increasing positive connection, and subsequent rises in happiness, support and confidence in society at large, the general attitude toward a unified Jewish people would become favorable and encouraging.

However, if the Jewish people will continue rejecting, ignoring or remaining unaware of the message of the need to unite, then instead of seeing unity form in society’s mainstream, we can expect unity to form more and more in society’s fringes, i.e., as Nazi and fascist unity. Such unity is dangerous, since it is built on uniting around the hatred of the other, and it becomes the infrastructure that can lead to the manifestation of horrific events, as exemplified by the Holocaust.

Therefore, I hope that Jews in general, and especially American Jews, will start noticing that the ball is in our court, and that we need to play the game well: to prioritize our unity in order to spread unity onward. If we do so, we will experience a better general state in America and around the world. However, if we fail to realize what the wisdom of Kabbalah is saying on this pressing issue, then the state will become much worse.

Meaning Of Life, Part 5

Laitman_115Push to the Revelation of the Purpose of Creation

Question: Is the meaning of life from the point of view of Kabbalah in the revelation of the Creator within a person precisely when one exists in this world, in this body, that is, when one leads an ordinary human life?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is it felt like a great pleasure? After all, it is written in all Kabbalistic sources that the purpose of creation is in bringing pleasure to the created beings.

Answer: Bringing pleasure through what? It is through the revelation of the Creator.

Question: So, does it mean that the Creator, nature, initially develops us so that we would advance from the shallow basic pleasures to social pleasures?

Answer: Yet nevertheless, moving from small pleasures to bigger ones, a person goes through suffering.

Question: Is it suffering that becomes a push toward the revelation of the purpose of creation?

Answer: Yes. The feeling of lack, that I need to reveal more, to understand more, and to feel more drives us forward.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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laitman_528.04Increase the Influence of Light

Question: When many people have freedom of will is it difficult or impossible to predict their future?

Answer: I would not say that many people have freedom of will. They have a chance, but they do not use it.

In order to understand how to they must study Kabbalah. They have to be in the group and cause a special energy and force to move in a certain direction under its influence. They don’t have that.

Question: Does a person who is engaged in studying Kabbalah evoke a certain type of influence from nature?

Answer: He increases the influence of nature. And so, nature leads us forward, constantly influencing us. But if we are in a group, then it increases its impact and thereby accelerates our internal development.

Question: What should we come to?

Answer: In our internal state, we must come to similarity to the Creator, to the property of bestowal and love. Nature leads us to this. But so far humanity advances through blows and suffering. If you move forward yourself, then you turn these sufferings into goodness and love.

Question: Is the property of bestowal and love manifested as unity between people?

Answer: It is from unity that we get the strength that develops us in a good way.

Remark: It turns out that nature, with all kinds of suffering, makes us somehow unite and become similar to the Creator.

My Comment: But if we don’t want to suffer and start studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, we begin to understand where nature should lead us. We see that we are not close to the Creator. This is what we feel as sufferings, although in fact they do not exist.

Then we can strive for unification, call upon ourselves the highest reforming light, which will develop us faster than anything else.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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“Is Jewish Kabbalah Similar To Sufism?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is Jewish Kabbalah similar to Sufism?

Sufism and Kabbalah both discuss the need to develop an attitude of love for another as life’s guiding principle. Sufism, however, does not explain the structure of the system of creation and its conduct. It is better suited to the masses because it speaks about the solution to human and spiritual problems on the level of our world.

Sufism does not explain the structure of the upper world with the precision that the wisdom of Kabbalah does: Sefirot, Partzufim, Olamot, Ohr, NRNHY (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, Yechida), KHB ZON (Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, Nukva), Tzimtzum, Masach, Ohr Hozer, and all the rest of the concepts. Only in Kabbalah are such “celestial mechanics” described.

Why are such descriptions needed? They are needed when one begins to attain the upper world. A person in attainment of the spiritual system cannot make inner order and clarification if relying solely on emotion or the teacher. For such a person, the teacher transforms from a person to an internal characteristic, and he perceives and emphasizes the inner layer of reality that Kabbalists call “the Creator,” while lowering the priority on the reality we perceive with our five senses. The progressive attainment of such a reality requires deeper definitions and emotions, and one must work with more subtle and measured states.

I am no Sufism expert, but it seems to me that it is a part of Kabbalah. Moreover, if we penetrate more deeply into true Sufism, then it would possible to discover the dividing line beyond which the wisdom of Kabbalah is imperative. According to its foundation, Sufism is the correct study for leading the person precisely toward the goal, but up to a particular limit.

The idea is that with all of us there are different levels of ego. Sufism stops at a deep level of ego. Yet for people with a big ego, Sufism is not enough. Such people need a greater weapon against themselves, and thus need the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Unfortunately, Sufism has stopped its development for some time. Today in the Muslim world, it is not wanted at all. This is a great shame because once there was a connection between Jews and Muslims through Sufism.

Why Are We Advancing So Slowly?

laitman_599.02Question: The Creator is perfection. Why then do we advance so primitively, so slowly, and with such suffering?

Answer: It is because we are not moving.

You can move toward the Creator only if you will connect more and more. The device that reveals the Creator is as many different people as possible connecting together and ready to destroy all the differences between them in order to find the Creator.

If the Creator is a single, unified force, a uniform field, then you must make sure that there are no differences between you; that is, you must connect in spite of your differences. In this case, you become a detector of this field, and the Creator is revealed in you.

Question: Can I influence the Creator from this point of observation? How can I do it?

Answer: You can influence Him only in one direction so that He will quickly lead you and all of humanity to His revelation and draw you closer to Him.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/24/19

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laitman_272The Problem of Foretellers of the Future

Question: Today, almost all the media write that we are on the verge of a third world war. Does humanity have a fate and has it already been set that there will be a war?

Answer: No, it is not set. Nothing is set except for the final state. And each of us steers our own boat to come to it.

Question: But there are people who can predict future states? How do they see them?

Answer: No, they cannot be 100% sure of their predictions. The future can be changed.

In addition, it also depends on the kind of person and the kind of future. If you are talking about an ordinary person, you can see his future because he does not participate in its formation because he is on an animal level.

Question: So people who feel finer matter can see what will happen to this person?

Answer: Of course, like when you look at a child, you can tell what he is doing and what he is going to do.

In addition, all futurologists and fortunetellers are also at the animal level, but with more sensitive qualities. They are even more like animals than that person. After all, animals feel nature very clearly. For example, a dog next to the owner feels that it is with him.

Question: That is, people who are close to nature, to the animal level, can feel future states?

Answer: Of course. But this is not something that a person can change.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

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627.2Life After Death

Remark: In all kinds of mystical teachings, life after death is explained in great detail. In religions it is quite simple. They describe the same life as here, with the same problems. That is, everything that is familiar to a person here, they transfer there.

With reading Kabbalistic sources, it is very difficult to understand what is happening. Practically nothing is explained about reincarnations.

My Comment: It is not because Kabbalists do not want to but because it is impossible to do so.

Gradually a person comes to this by oneself and begins to feel some kind of movements within because sensations, knowledge, and all kinds of definitions are gathering within the person bit by bit. Yet again, when this truly occurs within one will be unable to convey it correctly to anyone. Therefore it is written, “What will be revealed to you, you shall see and no one else.”

Question: So, it means that it is impossible to explain, show, or tell to a person about life after death?

Answer: No, but it does exist.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/22/20

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic Bestow Contentment to the Creator” 

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My Thoughts On Twitter 1/21/20

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One who wishes to become independent has to attain a close-knit and correct connection with the Creator. Freedom in the upper world will give us freedom in this world, since it is not just a spiritual world, but it projects forces upon us that allow us to withstand anyone. Then no one will be able to harm us in any way.

Humanity needs the wisdom of Kabbalah to attain the revelation of the upper force. Mankind’s development was fraught with disasters, epidemics, and wars, in order to compel man to ponder the #meaning of life. Kabbalah provides the answer. By attaining the upper force at every moment, we will find out what we are living for.
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“Has There Ever Been A Holocaust In America? Do You Think It Could Ever Happen Here?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Has there ever been a Holocaust in America? Do you think it could ever happen here?

There has never been a Holocaust in America before. However, if we look at the accelerating increase of anti-Semitism crimes and threats in America in recent years, then a Holocaust in America is a definite possibility. Moreover, today’s America holds many striking similarities to Nazi Germany of the 1930s, which I detail in my recently released book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism.

Unprecedented Speed of Anti-Semitism’s Rise

The recent period around the turn the decade into 2020 has given us some very aggressive examples of anti-Semitic acts across New York and New Jersey.

In a letter dated December 29, 2019, of the New York State Senator, Simcha Felder, New York State Assemblyman, Simcha Eichenstein, and two New York City Councilmen, Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yeger, addressed to New York City Governor, Andrew Cuomo, they described how:

“Anti-Semitic hate crimes have grown to frighteningly high numbers over the past several months. During the past several days in particular, identifiably Orthodox Jews in and around areas we represent have been targeted with a rash of violence unseen in modern history. Orthodox Jews are being regularly assaulted, menaced, stabbed and murdered in increasing numbers. This has been appropriately described as a ‘slow-rolling pogrom.’ We are writing to ask that you declare a state of emergency. … Simply stated, it is no longer safe to be identifiably Orthodox in the State of New York. We cannot shop, walk down a street, send our children to school, or even worship in peace.”

Moreover, former Democratic New York State Assemblyman and radio show host Dov Hikind mentioned that “If you were to ask Jews 20 years ago if a Holocaust could happen in America, you would get a uniform answer: ‘it’s impossible, not in America.’ Well, that’s not the case anymore. What will happen next?”

In the 2000s, I spoke about anti-Semitism in the US as a forthcoming problem, and was laughed at.

In the 2010s, when anti-Semitism began its exponential climb in the US and around the world, and started becoming acknowledged as a problem, I then talked about the next Holocaust taking place in the US.

Today, at the turn of the new decade, we can see how the awareness of the possibility of the next Holocaust taking place in America is coming to light.

Indeed then, as Dov Hikind asked, what is next?

The Fateful Shift from Division to Unity

The laws of nature are bringing human society to tighter connection, and the Jewish people, whether knowingly or unknowingly, host a method to make a key shift in realizing such connection positively—the ability to unite above all the fiery social division, as is written in the words, “love will cover all transgressions,” in order to pass such an ability to all people of the world, i.e., to be “a light unto the nations.”

Nature is demanding us to cease being a destructive and divisive force, and start becoming a positive and unified force.

If we fail to initiate the beginning of the Jewish people’s correction, by starting to implement unity above our differences, we will feel increasing pressures. The pressures would not only be in the US, but everywhere in the world, including the State of Israel where we could expect more and more sanctions and constraints. We would then continue strengthening our security until we would feel stuck in our little fortress with enemy forces surrounding us from all sides.

And if that would fail to prod us to unite, then we could expect such events as even an elimination of the State of Israel, and such disasters where, as Kabbalists have written, only a small group would remain to unite above our divisive drives.

“If the total ruin that they are destined to bring upon the world is still not evident to the world, they can wait for a third world war, or a fourth one … and the relics that remain after the ruin will have no other choice but to take upon themselves this work, where both individuals and nations will not work for themselves more than is necessary for their sustenance, while everything else they do will be for the good of others.” – Yehuda Ashlag, “The Writings of the Last Generation.”

The sooner we realize that our unity causes the unity of human society as a whole, and that by so doing, we will experience a wholly different positive, harmonious, peaceful and appreciative response from the world, then the sooner we can reverse the foreboding trend of anti-Semitism and find ourselves in a harmonious world. By uniting, we carry out our role in the world, and establish a newfound balance of forces between humanity and nature.

The First Step toward Unity

The first step toward unity is that we understand the need to save ourselves from destruction together with the need for adaptation with nature’s connecting tendency. If we do so, then we will see incredible phenomena unfold before our very eyes: a complete inversion of anti-Semitism to its opposite—a love and appreciation for the Jewish people who bring unity and light to the world. There would simply be no reason for anyone to hate Jews since people would know how to unite, and united people do not hate each other, nor the ones who teach and encourage their unity.

We need no long painful paths to reach such a state. By starting to think and act in a direction of the unity of all Jewish people right now, we can start pioneering an epic and historical positive transformation.