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Two Systems: Abraham And Nimrod

232.05Kabbalah says that there are two systems inside a person. They exist within us and must exist in society. But society cannot properly adapt to these systems. Therefore, in the days of ancient Babylon, Nimrod’s system developed—capitalistic, and the group system of Abraham—Kabbalistic.

In our time, they are beginning to gradually find each other and connect with each other. The fact is that the system of Abraham must be realized in all people, in the general system, according to the principle Love your neighbor as yourself. Nimrod’s system is decaying, as we find that egoism, if not balanced, is the greatest evil.

Therefore, only now, after 3,500 years, they are beginning to converge as we begin to understand that it is necessary to balance both systems. They are balanced in the form of receiving for the sake of bestowal.  Receiving is a property of Nimrod, bestowal is a property of Abraham. This is how they should be realized in society today.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/13/19

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As One Family

933Question: Man has developed throughout history, and at some point, he had time to think about the meaning of life. The desire to comprehend the hidden forces of nature woke up 3,800 years ago in the inhabitants of ancient Babylon.

The primary sources say that before that all of humanity was like one family, although we understand that by the time they were written, life had already existed for tens of thousands of years, and people were killing each other. It is not clear what does “like one family” mean?

Answer: The fact is that the friendly relations between the Babylonians were due to a certain historical development. In those days in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and the Euphrates, external conditions favored a peaceful life. The abundance of water and the flooding of rivers contributed to a good harvest.

People ate fish, garlic, baked barley bread, and raised cows and sheep. Nature was so generous to them that they did not have to win back its fruits from each other. Therefore, they lived in relative balance with each other.

The Torah says that “there was one language and one dialect throughout the whole earth.” This means that people understood each other. It is not about the language. They did not need more than what they had.

On one hand, nature favored them and in return for a little effort on their part, gave them everything. On the other hand, they were not yet so selfish as to take from nature more than necessary. It was a correct, beautiful, natural existence. In Kabbalah, this is called the zero level of egoism.

There was ]complete understanding between the Babylonians, as in a normal family. Then suddenly there was a surge of egoism, and they immediately wanted to divide into classes: the rich, the poor, the strong, and so on. So, all sorts of insignia appeared among them.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/13/19

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The Essence Of The Level Of Erev Rav (Mixed Multitude)

547.06Question: If Israel are people who descended from Abraham, then when did the Erev Rav (Mixed Multitude) appear?

Answer: The Erev Rav appeared in the time of Abraham. Practically, they were constantly developing and became even stronger in Egypt. Egypt does not mean a geographical place but a person’s spiritual state.

The group which Abraham assembled in Ancient Babylon moved to another place, meaning ascended to another level, to the Land of Canaan (Eretz Canaan). This means that its level was constantly changing.

When they reached such a state that they began to feel themselves in Egypt, that is, under the burdening of egoism, the force called the mixed multitude (Erev Rav) was revealed in them and pulled them back.

The fact is that until you reach final correction, this force runs parallel to you, helps you with its opposition, and points out your flaws like any opponent shows where he can harm you. That is, the Erev Rav gives you an understanding of where you can improve yourself.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/22/19

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Abraham—The Great Reformer

740.02Question: Who taught Abraham? Why did he become such a wise man?

Answer: Abraham is the twentieth in the line of disciples starting from Adam. Adam lived 5,781 years ago and passed on the spiritual method through his disciples through twenty generations until it reached Abraham.

There was nothing special about Abraham except the fact that he found himself in a state where the entire Babylonian people who were comprised of various tribes suddenly felt an explosion of egoism, and people hated each other.

Then Abraham started to investigate this phenomenon and came to the conclusion that it was due to a sharp increase in egoism and that something must be done about it. He revealed the method of correction where it is necessary to build a system of connections above the egoism. He began to call all the Babylonians to this.

Since he was a great priest, some of the Babylonians listened to him and followed him. Later, he took them from Babylon to the land of Israel, but most of the people remained there and later scattered around the world.

Abraham was a great reformer. He gathered a group that sought to reveal the single force of nature in the connection between them, and those in whom this need did not develop, remained in Babylon.
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From KabTV’s “Ask the Kabbalist” 3/20/19

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The Kabbalistic Criterion Of Generation

933Question: A generation is a collection of people living in a certain historical period of time. It can be identified according to three criteria: one shared historical era, shared specific patterns of behavior, and a certain shared collective life experience in it.

In what periods would you divide generations based on the laws of nature?

Answer: Observing our history over thousands of years, it is possible to divide the eras according to some specific criterion. Since I am engaged in the science of Kabbalah, I divide everything that happens in our world, including generations, according to humanity’s aspiration to the goal of creation.

Therefore, the period starting from ancient Babylon when the method of Kabbalah was created under the leadership of the ancient Babylonian priest Abraham, who made a spiritual revolution and called people to unite on the principle of “love your neighbor as yourself,” is very important for me.

Remark: In the holy books, this generation is called the generation of the diaspora.

My Comment: Indeed, it gave impetus to the dispersion of people around the globe. The next generation is the generation of the exodus from Egypt, the realization of egoism as evil, the rise of the group of Abraham above their egoism.

Question: Ten generations passed from Adam to Noah and from Noah to Abraham. What did the sages base their judgement on dividing these generations and giving them names, for example, “the generation of the desert”?

Answer: We are talking about a group of people who lived in the urge to find the meaning of life, to reveal what governs humanity, the reason and purpose of its origin, and where it goes. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to determine what can be called a generation. I believe that it is the aspiration that people have regarding the purpose of creation. That is how I divide all historical intervals into generations. They are very different at that. There are generations that may be a thousand years old, and there are those that change over the course of several decades or even less.
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era” 5/21/20

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Who Is To Blame For The Destruction Of The Temple?

95The 9th of Av symbolizes the destruction of the Temple, which occurred because of the unfounded hatred in the people of Israel. And we see that throughout history there have been and are some groups within the Jewish people who are at war with one another. This is the very same hatred.

The Jews are the people that Abraham gathered in Ancient Babylon when there was hatred between people. He taught that there is only one remedy against hatred: to rise to love above all hatred that had grown to the heavens like the tower of Babel.

Some of the inhabitants of Babylon followed Abraham and he took them from Babylon to Canaan, to the land of Israel. The rest remained in Babylon.

Abraham taught his disciples to live by the law of loving one’s neighbor as oneself. This main rule “love will cover all crimes” separated them from all other peoples of the world who remained in Babylon and then scattered throughout the Earth.

And those who followed Abraham were representatives of all nations, but they were able to unite together and become the people of Israel, which means “straight to the Creator” (Yashar-Kel), that is, straight to unity, to love one’s neighbor. They strived to get closer and become brothers, and to some extent they succeeded.

They had to go through the Egyptian exile, through many trials on their way, but it only strengthened them. They became closer and really became one people; they called themselves Israel (“straight to the Creator”) as a sign that they were striving for one power—the power of love.

But egoism does not calm down, it awakens again and confuses a person, so over time, various groups began to form in the people of Israel that opposed the method of Abraham. They wanted to live under capitalism so that everyone would do what they wanted instead of living as one community. Real wars and struggles began between them.

Throughout history, the people of Israel have been at war within themselves, and the reason is always the same: “for” or “against” unification. This was the case when the First Temple and the Second Temple were destroyed. All the downfalls were only because some groups called for uniting and covering all crimes with love, while others were against and did not agree.

This continues to this day. That is why the people of Israel have been subjected to exile, much suffering, and dislike by all the peoples of the world. After all, other peoples also came out of Ancient Babylon, only they forgot about it.

Today both Jews and the nations of the world are scattered throughout the Earth, and no one knows what love for one’s neighbor is. Since then, egoism has grown terribly in Jews and in the nations of the world. It is necessary to awaken the root cause in all to find out what is happening to the world, why the nations of the world still have grievances against the people of Israel, and what the mission of the people of Israel is. This needs to be explained to everyone.

Historians attribute the destruction of the First Temple to the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and the Second Temple to the Roman Emperor Titus. However, Jews believe that the destruction was caused by conflicts within the people of Israel itself. And indeed, the reason for everything was unfounded hatred and disunity. By our resistance to unification, we caused the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

All our misfortunes are caused by the fact that we do not get along with one another and cannot achieve unity in the people of Israel.

Outwardly, it seems that the imperial troops and enemies are to blame for the destruction, but in fact, we ourselves, by the presence or absence of connection between us, set these empires for or against our existence and see the natural result. A foreign external force only executes the sentence, but we ourselves activate these forces within our own people. So we have no one to blame for our bitter fate but ourselves.

And today the same thing is happening: Persia (today’s Iran) and other Arab countries are against us, and all because there is no proper connection within us, and this creates a world of division and hatred among all.

Other nations may also have internal enmity, but there is no such hatred as there is in the people of Israel, because we hate the Jews within ourselves. The inner Jew is the desire that requires us to unite above our egoism and show the world that it is possible to live in peace, tranquility, and unity, and this will be the correction of the whole world.

This is what the Jew inside us says, but we do not want to listen to him. Only Kabbalists who study the science of Kabbalah, in which it is clearly spelled out in black and white for thousands of years, know that the Torah is based on its great rule: love for one’s neighbor as oneself. But no one wants to listen to them.

After all, unification sounds very beautiful in words, but as soon as people try to implement it, they become convinced that it is simply impossible and that it requires all of a person’s attention and one’s whole life. And people are not ready for this. This requires either a special integral education or very great suffering, which will make people give up their egoism and get closer to one another.

For more on this topic, read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour, and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord.

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From KabTV’s “Global Perspectives” 7/26/20

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749.02People with Two Opposite Roots

Question: What can unite completely different people if each one stays with their own ideological direction?

Answer: They can only be united by striving for one common Creator, who through Abraham, summoned them in ancient Babylon to unite above all differences, as it is said: “Love will cover all crimes,” in order to become one unified spiritual nation.

Jews are not an ordinary nation. If we start studying their DNA and other physiological differences, we will see that they differ from each other. In what aspect are they the same? Only in the fact that they come from one single root, not physiological, not genetic, but spiritual.

This is a specific nation in which there are two opposite roots: animate and spiritual. Their animate roots are very diverse as they come from seventy nations of ancient Babylon. And their spiritual root is one, because in the time of Abraham, representatives of different nations united and became a single spiritual nation with a single spiritual root: with the Creator in themselves. They should return to that state.

Comment: It’s hard to imagine how everyone can have the same Creator. Everyone has their own Creator. He says to someone: “You must come to Israel.” And to another: “You should sit in America and wait for the Messiah there.”

My Response: If we do what the science of Kabbalah says and not what philosophies and all sorts of spiritual streams invent, which only tear the Jewish mass to pieces, then we will know what the truth is. Love will cover all crimes.

For more on this topic, read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour, and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord.
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From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 8/12/19

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laitman_750.01Antagonism within the Jewish People

Comment: Throughout the course of human development, there has never been a nation that has been subjected to greater persecution than the people of Israel. Some people say this is irrational. From your materials, I see that this, on the contrary, is rational.

My Response: Super-rational! This is the law of nature.

Question: What is the root of this hatred? As far as I can see, it lies in creation itself.

Answer: Man was created an egoist, but he was given a method of correcting his egoism. It is found in the people of Israel, that is, in a small group of people organized in Ancient Babylon in the time of Abraham, as described in the Torah (Bible), by Flavius Josephus, and in many other Jewish and non-Jewish sources.

In the hands of the Jews is a method of uniting peoples, rising above egoism, reaching the highest comfortable level both in earthly existence and in the unearthly. This means that even during material life, a person can begin to feel the next level of existence and dissolve the boundaries between the earthly and the upper world.

Since this is all embedded in our methodology, the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Jews tried to implement it, especially after leaving Egypt during the time of the First and Second Temples.

This happened in a constant struggle between them. After all, there were groups among the people who advocated the implementation of this method of connection and achieving a spiritual level, a sense of the upper world in this world, and groups who believed that it was impossible or not necessary because, as they thought, there are still other opportunities for a comfortable existence.

Thus, in the people of Israel, there has always been a great opposition of opinions up to the point of civil war. This continued until the complete exile during the period of the Second Temple. Therefore, there was no need for anti-Semitism from the peoples of the world who did not like Jews. Before the advent of the Christian and Muslim religions, they were practically non-existent.

Question: So the hatred was between the Jews themselves?

Answer: Yes, there were many different currents within the people.

Comment: For example, during the Roman Empire, the people were divided into Sadducees and Pharisees. Then the Maccabean war was underway not with the Greeks, but with the Jews who had adopted Hellenism.

My Response: Even during the period of the First Temple, large groups of people formed who were antagonistic to each other.

Comment: In addition, it was not the Egyptians who prevented the Jews from leaving Egypt but a layer of Jews called the “mixed multitude” (Erev Rav).

My Response: It must be said that although during the Crusades or in medieval Europe there were pogroms and persecutions of Jews by the surrounding peoples, the source of it came from hatred between groups in the Jewish people themselves.

All this is based on the spiritual principle. Among the Jewish people, there are those who believe that Jews should fulfill their spiritual function, meaning reveal the Creator in this world for themselves and for other peoples. And there are those who say: “No, we can exist as others. And our religion is given to us to fulfill on a normal, everyday level.” This is what is happening today.

Question: So, the dispute is about what is chosen by God? Do I have to fulfill some external commandments and for this I will have future peace and power over all peoples, or do we have to unite and spread the method of connection among all the people?

Answer: And with this, as it were, to serve them, to become a light for other peoples. In fact, this is a big job, to care for the correction of the whole world.

*For more information on this topic, I suggest you to read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: Why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism.
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From KabTV’s “System Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/22/19

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The Tower Of Babel As The Essence Of Relationships Between People

Laitman_115.05Remark: The book of Genesis describes how people built the tower of Babel: They built it high. Those who raised bricks rose from the east side of the tower, and those who went down came down from the west side of the tower.

And if someone fell and died, they did not pay attention to him. But if a brick fell, they sat and cried, “When will another rise instead.”

My Response: Here allegorically it speaks about the Babylonians’ egoism having increased to such an extent that they did not respect human lives, but only valued a person’s work.

If a person could not bring benefit and his productivity fell, it was better that he simply die, disappear, such people were not needed. That is, they were purely pragmatic toward each other.
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From Kab TV’s “Systematic Analysis of Israeli People Development,” 6/24/19

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Mass Awakening

laitman_963.8Question: You said that the point in the heart was rarely revealed in people in the past, but now it happens more often. Is the massive awakening of points in the heart in a large number of people connected with the establishment of the state of Israel?

Answer: It depends on the general development of egoism.

It grew within Jewish people a long time ago already in ancient Babylon and so; they discovered the science of Kabbalah. Jewish people—are a group made up of representatives from all the small nations that inhabited Babylon. These were people with a special kind of egoism who wanted to attain the upper world. They responded to Abraham’s call for such a development.

Abraham, a Babylonian priest, was one of them. Following him, people yearned for their spiritual development. Why did they respond to Abraham’s call? It was because their egoism was much bigger than that of the rest of the Babylonians.

Since then, over several millennia, egoism has increased in many people; therefore, so many come to Kabbalah. Look at our friends around the world, how they respond to it.

Nowadays, a huge number of people, already millions, are interested in Kabbalah. Traveling around the world, I constantly meet people who know, watch, and listen to me.

Just a month ago, I was in Greece. I have been recognized many times in different places. The landlady from whom I rented a house for several days said: “I know you. You are ‘from there.'” The same thing happened in a hotel in Chisinau, the owner of which, seeing me, exclaimed: “Oh, I did not expect at all that you would come to our hotel!” And it has happened in many countries.

This suggests that many people are already yearning for and are interested in the development of their soul. And therefore, we must disseminate this method through the Internet each in our own language.

You will see how much easier it will become for you because every person you bring will work together with you on a common problem.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/9/20

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