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Kabbalah Is For Everyone Without Exception

962.5Question: Why do you think that anyone who is concerned about the meaning of life can study Kabbalah?

Answer: I base my words on what happened in ancient Babylon where the Babylonian priest Abraham revealed Kabbalah to everyone. He recruited a small group of people that he began to teach Kabbalah to, rallied them into the so-called nation, and later brought them out of Babylon.

But this was not a nation, it was just a group that moved away from ancient Babylonian civilization. As a result, it should present the Kabbalistic methodology to the whole world.

Comment: There are people who would like to study Kabbalah, but while searching they turn to various rabbis, and are dissuaded in every possible way with arguments that only a religious Jew can study Kabbalah and a woman cannot study it at all.

My Response: What can be said about people who do not understand why Kabbalah was given to us? We must take an example from two historical figures Abraham and Sarah who taught everyone without exception. The Torah says so: “And everyone will know Me, young and old. And My house will be called the house of prayer for all nations.”
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From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Exile”

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At The Finish Line Of History

750.03The people of Israel were formed from those people who felt that it is their duty to connect in order to attain the meaning of life and its purpose, the correction of creation and the upper force. That is why they called themselves Israel (Yashar-kel), which means “straight to the Creator.”

Abraham chose these people from all the inhabitants of Babylon, that is, from all the nations of the world at that time, and taught them the main principle of connection: love your neighbor as yourself.

In this way, they rose above egoism, which is constantly growing and swelling by leaps and bounds in human society. This growth is purposeful in order to ensure a sufficient gap between the huge egoism of humanity and the power of connection above egoism, which society is obliged to achieve.

When we reach a certain degree of confrontation between egoism and connection, then within it we begin to reveal the upper force, the upper world, and us belonging to the spiritual world.

The growing egoism serves as an engine that lifts us from this world to the spiritual one, from reception to bestowal, from hatred to love. If we follow the principles that “love will cover all crimes” and “everyone judges according to his own flaws,”then individually and together as a whole group, we will be able to reach such a strong connection together that the Creator will be revealed within it.

Over thousands of years, the group assembled by Abraham in Babylon has changed a lot. Part of it has disappeared, dissolved, in the nations of the world, and is yet to be revealed. There were many in the people of Israel who attained the degree of the Creator to the extent of their ability to overcome egoism and connect.

Over the years, the conditions changed, but the principle remained the same because the laws of the world are constant and unchangeable. We just need to study them and fulfill them in order to reach the corrected state.

Therefore, we need to study the process that the group of Abraham went through in history, since ” the deeds of the fathers will become a sign for the sons.” From this we will understand in which direction we are moving, what is happening to us, and what signs of the deeds of the fathers can be seen today since the eternal principle of love your neighbor as yourself, the law of unity, is always in action.

From the Ari onward, all Kabbalists were saying that we have entered the era of the Mashiach, that is, the time of the end of correction. There is one last stage of our development left, which can be quite long. As always, the nations of the world are applying pressure on the people of Israel, and this pressure is designed to force us to unite, at least through suffering.

Jews must draw conclusions from their history and connect and take an example from the fathers. Through this connection, we will almost immediately feel the fading of external pressure because of our correct reaction to it and our efforts to connect.

Therefore, all the wars that are arising against us will immediately subside, because we will begin to advance by ourselves, without external pressure. If we ourselves reveal the forces for advancement and rush forward, then those who impeded us instead will begin to help.

This will be the correct tendency, in agreement with the single upper force, that wants to see the entire humanity in such unity.

If we do not make efforts to advance toward unity, then to the extent of the lack of these efforts, the nations of the world and negative forces within the people of Israel themselves will rise up and start fighting, confrontation from all sides, in order to awaken us and force us to make the right conclusion—to understand the reason for this pressure and what we should do.

Today we are in a very delicate, acute state. I spoke about this danger many years ago, but I did not expect it to happen so quickly and that already in our time such a special state would develop between all countries and nations all over the world.

We are living in the era of new technologies and global communication and have reached a certain inner understanding of things that are happening: the responsibility of man for the Earth and the entire Universe.

Nowadays, there are many highly educated people with a broad view, not as it was before. Almost everyone has the opportunity to travel around the world and see the life of other nations and connect with the entire world above distances and differences in languages.

Yet in the matter of anti-Semitism, we see that nothing helps: the law that advances humanity to connection acts harshly, one might even say cruelly. First of all, it puts pressure on those who should be the first to lead humanity as one nation that is obliged to do this work, to become pioneers on this path, and to lead the entire world.

There is no way to bypass this law. The upper light, the upper forces, are organized in such a way that as soon as the people of Israel, a group gathered during the time of Abraham from all nations, unite again, all paths open up before it. There are no obstacles; on the contrary, there are forces of nature ready to help them and lift them to spiritual degrees on their shoulders. After this all of humanity will be happy to unite.

This is how the upper governance is arranged and this is how it will be. Everything depends on Israel, as Baal HaSulam writes in the Introduction to The Book of Zohar, because only they have the freedom of choice.

Those who are aspiring to come closer to the Creator are called Israel. They feel obliged to bring themselves and all of humanity to a common connection and spiritual ascent. Any person in the world, of any nationality; black, white, red, or yellow; and all four layers in humanity; the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th; belong to one nation, which is obliged to reach unity and adhesion with the Creator.

Therefore, all over the world pressure on this corporeal group called Israel is growing, although they do not understand what is happening to them. After all, they have long ago left this work of leading themselves and the entire world to the adhesion with the Creator. Humanity, too, has not received the knowledge that the world is undergoing a purposeful development that leads it to complete correction and therefore does not understand the reasons for its hatred.

The Jews are confused and perplexed about what they want from them, and because of the great egoism, they only dream of peace and prosperity. The nations of the world feel that the Jews are concealing and hiding something from them, and not allowing them to come to a good life.

That is why these two groups feel lost in the dark, where the aggression coming from the nations of the world bumps into the hatred and fear that the Jews feel.

It is clear that this does not benefit either of them: great suffering awaits both those who commit violence and those who are stubborn and do not want to hear about correction. Therefore, it is our duty to explain the situation to both, and to push the correction process forward as much as possible.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/20, ”The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism,” Chapter 1

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Abraham—Great Sage And Thinker

740.02Question: Did such a Torah character as Abraham ever live in our world?

Answer: Indeed, there was such a character in history. Abraham promoted the wisdom of Kabbalah, which he revealed to the residents of Babylon. He led several thousand people away from there and they joined his ideology. Rambam, a researcher who lived in the 12th century AD, more than two thousand years after Abraham, writes about that.

Abraham, who was a priest in ancient Babylon, discovered that creation has a certain path of development, a purpose, a beginning and an end. He revealed that there are forces that develop the whole of nature, especially man. This happens according to the law of the development of egoism on the part of nature and according to the law of development above egoism on the part of man, when he rises above the egoism growing in him.

The very idea and the entire system revealed by Abraham is called “Kabbalah.” He was the first to describe it in The Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzira).

Prior to that, he was an idol worshipper, like all the other Babylonians, and moreover, one of the main priests of King Nimrod. He and his father had their own business. They made statues of various idols and sold them. This is all described in the book of those times, The Great Commentary.

This business is thriving to this day. Even today people sell red strings, holy water, amulets, and so on. But then the quality of “Abraham” grows above all this, which helps a person to rise. Thus, this is also useful.

Question: What happened to Abraham that he abruptly changed so dramatically?

Answer: He discovered that his fellow citizens suddenly began to change. Instead of asking for health, fertility, or a good harvest, they began to wish each other evil, to compete, to hate each other. Each wanted to suppress the other.

Previously, a person wanted to feel good and others did not bother him much. Now he began to want to be bigger than others, better than others, stronger than others. Humiliation of others became a pleasure for him.

This is the result of increased egoism. People stopped communicating, stopped understanding each other. Everyone wanted to become the greatest, to subdue everything and everyone.

Looking at these terrible metamorphoses in the family, in society, everywhere, Abraham began to ask the question, “What is happening?” Then he revealed the entire perspective of the development of humanity. He realized that egoism, which is growing in us, is not just progressing, but developing in order for us to work with it in a different way.

Abraham was a great sage and thinker of that time. He thought, “What is all this for? Is it in order for me to hate others and for them to hate me? What is next? As a result, we will destroy each other, we will go to war against each other. No, nature is not like that. It is global, round, takes care of everyone, includes everything. It is like a mother!” When a person observes nature, he sees that.

Question: Why does it push people into conflict with each other and they kill each other?

Answer: It is not nature that pushes people, but human egoism. Nature itself is arranged very harmoniously.

This is the conclusion that Abraham came to. He realized that the only evil in the world is our egoism, which is constantly growing in us in order for us, despite its growth, to enter into harmony with nature, connect with it, rise above our egoism and begin to use it for bestowal, love, and connection with each other.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #17

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The Tower Of Babel—The Rise Of Selfishness

115.05Question: During the construction of the tower of Babel, which symbolized the growth of selfishness, there was a mixing of languages. This means that people stopped understanding each other, although they spoke the same language.

What does it mean “inside a person”? Does he cease to understand himself?

Answer: In fact, people not only do not understand each other, but they also do not understand themselves. It turns out that a person lives without realizing why, for what, or in connection with what.

To the extent that he becomes an egoist, he gradually moves away from nature, opposes himself to it. He has nothing to replace this loss with. It turns out that he, in general, loses from both, this and that side.

Question: What happens in a person when he builds the tower of Babel in himself? What is this condition?

Answer: The construction of the tower of Babel is what Nimrod imposed on the people to raise their selfishness. Selfishness must reach a state where it prevails over all other human properties.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/11/21

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Moving To The State Of Temple

747.03Question: What is the destruction of the Temple? Where is its place in the chain of all the various spiritual states? Is this a state that a person or all of humanity goes through?

Answer: The destruction of the Temple is a great act. First, it is necessary to reach the state of the Temple where humanity is already at a certain spiritual elevation and needs to move on. Further advancement is impossible without the destruction first because, in principle, we move only when we discover some faults and malfunctions in our current state. Only then do we begin to investigate, measure, and correct them.

Therefore, the whole path began long ago, from scratch, with the appearance of a small egoism in ancient Babylon and with the subsequent exit from egoism by a group of Babylonians led by Abraham.

This group aspired to a connection between each other, which is the correction of humanity. It went through certain stages on its path: It entered a great egoistic development called the Egyptian exile and left it with a desire to rise above egoism since it recognized it as evil. Then it went through tremendous hardships and corrections in the forty-year ascent from egoism to the first altruistic stage, which is called forty steps or forty years of wandering in the desert.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States”

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Two Kinds Of Desires In A Person

562.02Question: The generation of Abraham is called the generation of separation, discord (in Hebrew “Dor Haflaga“). The people who followed Abraham began to be called “Israel” and the rest were called the nations of the world. What is this division into two kinds of desires within a person?

Answer: Yearning for connection between people is an altruistic quality. The desire to dominate people is an egoistic quality.

Abraham initiated the principle of dividing humanity into two groups: a small, insignificant group of egoists who wanted to rise above themselves were called Yehudi (Jews, Israelites) and a group called the nations of the world.

These are two types of desires within a person: egoistic desires that are already corrected and ready for use and uncorrected desires that cannot be used.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/11/2021

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Nimrod Is A Property Of Selfishness

561During the reign of King Nimrod (from the word “Mered,” rebellion) in ancient Babylon several vectors of human development were simultaneously manifested there.

On one hand, Nimrod is like a tough, treacherous, oppressive ruler. On the other hand, people became more aggressive, demanding, and selfish toward each other.

In addition, Abraham’s father Terah began the so-called separation of the gods. He sculpted all kinds of figurines and told the Babylonians that each of them represented some kind of deity to whom one should pray, anoint, and light candles.

From a spiritual point of view, these are some unknown forces in a person that he wants to somehow please, understand, and cope with. This is the worship of deities.

It is said that Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord. This means that he wanted to pull people out of their primitive animal state and raise them higher, incite their egoism, competition, and thirst for all kinds of gains.

Question: Against whom did Nimrod rebel?

Answer: In principle, there was no one he could rebel against, except against nature itself, which lulled people. He did not want that. He wanted his subjects to be selfish, competitive, move forward, and move his kingdom forward.

Comment: In general, this is a positive property. After all, we want our children to compete and develop in this way.

My Response: Competitions can also have a different character. A person can compete for not being selfish and not to conquer everyone and everything.

“Nimrod” in a person is a negative property that to this day develops in mankind at an indomitable speed.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/11/21

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The Role Of Abraham In The Spiritual Development Of Humanity

115.06The Torah began to be uncovered when humanity was already able to start taking a reasonable, realistic attitude to its life, to its development.

The first time this happened was during the time of Adam HaRishon, then in ancient Babylon after twenty generations of students from Adam to Abraham who became the spiritual leader of Babylon and went against the natural egoistic development of the Babylonians who were a collection of seventy nations on Earth.

Abraham tried to understand this system, was able to perceive it, and passed it on to his students. His father was a great spiritual leader of the Babylonians. Abraham was able to raise the people of Babylon by explaining to them the spiritual essence of existence. Those who responded to it followed him and left Babylon.

Abraham explained that all of nature was created in such a way in order for man to consciously bring it to an absolutely completely connected system based on the principle of loving thy neighbor as thyself, in spite of one’s egoism.

Egoism is given to us specifically so that we can lead ourselves from hatred for each other to a state of love among us. In principle, the idea is very simple, to build love over all disagreements. That is what he taught them.

The global nature we exist in still obliges all its parts, material and spiritual, to eventually come to this state. Those Babylonians who understood this and followed Abraham called themselves Jews from the word “Yichud,” connection, a bond between themselves, or Hebrews from the word “Ever,”  “Ma’avar,” those who moved from an egoistic attitude toward the world and each other to an altruistic one.

Thus, in addition to the seventy small nations, a group was formed under the leadership of Abraham, which did not unite with the rest of them, but said: “We are one people.” They called themselves Israel from the word “Yisra-El,” straight to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/19/21

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The War Of Gog And Magog, Part 4

275The Force that Leads to the Intention for the Sake of Bestowal

Comment: The 16th century Kabbalist the Ari wrote that the numerical value of the words “Gog” and “Magog” is 70. This probably explains what was written in The Book of Zohar that Gog will bring all the 70 nations of the world with it to Israel.

My Response: This is a complete Kli (vessel). The Creator will lead all the desires created by Him to a common state where they will have to discern all the opposite relationships among themselves in order to ultimately unite into harmony.

Comment: And the prophets write that Gog will gather all the nations of the world and lead them to war against Israel.

My Response: Yes, because Israel is not considered one of the 70 nations, it is not among them, but arises as the sum total of all the nations of the world when in an attempt to fight among themselves, they begin to understand, under the influence of this force called Israel, that it is drawing them to the Creator (Yashar-El—straight to the Creator). In this case, Israel leads all the nations of the world through the war of Gog and Magog to the Creator.

Question: As we know, Abraham created a group of 70 nations assembled on an ideological basis in Ancient Babylon, and they became the people of Israel. And then all of the 70 nations of the world began to fight against the people of Israel. It turns out, as it is said in Kabbalah, that “the people of Israel” means intentions and the “70 nations” means desires?

Answer: Correct.

Comment: And since the Creator Himself is the property of bestowal and love, then, in principle, this property should win.

My Response: Israel is the representative of the Creator in this world because it gives direction to desires. There are 70 desires that must unite with each other with the intention “straight to the Creator.”

Question: Does “Israel will win” mean that every desire of the nations of the world will be given the correct intention for the sake of bestowal?

Answer: Yes. In no way does it imply here that someone is destroying someone else. It is just that these 70 desires that exist in every person and in general in all of humanity have an egoistic intention to act only for their own sake.

And Israel is the force that is able to show, convince, prove, and lead all these desires to gaining intention for the sake of bestowal, to mutual bestowal and love. And then all these so-called 70 nations of the world, i.e., all the desires that are in every person, are directed to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/30/21

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Within The Framework Of Spiritual Action

747.01Comment: About three and a half thousand years ago, according to the Torah (Exodus Chapter 5),Moses demanded from the Pharaoh of Egypt to release the Israeli people from slavery in the name of God. But Pharaoh did not listen to him and ten plagues fell on Egypt.

From an academic point of view, it is believed that there was no such event, and even if there were, it was not on the scale described in the Torah. In religion, of course, nothing is tested, they just believe that it happened. Kabbalah does not consider these events as historical events at all but asserts that they are about spiritual processes that the people and Moses himself went through.

My Response: First, the Torah does not speak about individual people, but about the solely internal issues of all mankind. Secondly, we are not talking about physical problems, although they may have been manifested in material life in some way. But that is not the point at all.

Originally, all of humanity was created from an egoistic desire to enjoy. This desire goes through certain stages of its birth and development to the point where people begin to understand that they can no longer remain in egoism and must somehow get out of it.

The group that Abraham led from Ancient Babylon to the land of Canaan, or rather his descendants, the sons of his grandson Jacob, came to Egypt. As described in the Torah, they lived there for a long time and went through different stages, good and bad. But, in principle, the Torah speaks about the internal states of these people.

Moreover, when we talk about the people as a large number, we do not mean their number, but their spiritual power. That is, all this must be perceived and weighed within the framework of spiritual actions.

The same goes for the Egyptian executions. Executions are actions where a person or an entire group comes together under the blows of their egoism.

First, egoism must put pressure on them. Therefore, when the Pharaoh, symbolizing the ego, enslaves them, and when they feel they are servile, they are obliged to somehow connect between themselves to help one another. After all, if a person is beaten, he begins to shrink internally. This brings him to a completely different state where he tries to free himself from the ego. This attempt at liberation from egoism is the way out of Egypt.

But to get out of Egypt, this group must agree to be willing to rise above the ego. As a single spiritual union, called Partzuf (system), they must undergo a special purification from egoism.

Since this spiritual structure consists of ten parts, ten Sefirot, their purification consists of ten releases from the ego, which are called the ten blows or Egyptian plagues.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 1/30/20

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