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“French Jews Defending Their Loyalty To France” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “French Jews Defending Their Loyalty to France

In recent months, there have been voices of French Jews in France and in Israel urging the Jews in France to immigrate to Israel. Their reasons vary, from France’s Covid-19 crisis through the declining economic situation and the dim predictions about the future, to the growing difficulties maintaining a Jewish way of life in France. Still, the main reason why prominent Jews such as the headmaster of the Yavne Jewish School in Marseille, or Ariel Kandel, CEO of Qualita, urge French Jews to leave for Israel, is antisemitism. Their words have aroused considerable ire and objection from Jewish leaders such as Haim Korsia, Chief Rabbi of France, but they nevertheless started a real debate in the French Jewish community.

If they want to neutralize the antagonism against them, French Jews will have to unite among themselves, and then spread the spirit of unity throughout the country! This is their only chance.

I’m all for debates; they help scrutinize which ideas are right and which are wrong, but before we debate, we must be honest with ourselves. So first, I know that most French Jews describe their identity as French and genuinely see themselves as such. However, these days, the whole notion of homeland and patriotism is waning. Second, I think that if French Jews search their hearts truthfully, most of them will find that their stay there is more out of convenience than out of patriotism. That’s not to say that they’re not loyal to France, but that their motivation in choosing where to live has more to do with cultural affinity and affluence than with loyalty to one particular country. In this, they are no different from many other non-Jews today. It’s just the spirit of the time: People live where it’s comfortable.

However, there is a problem. The Dreyfus affair is very vivid in the minds of French Jews, and the growing antisemitism in France is a constant reminder that the affair is not a part of history but a warning for the present. Jews are once again being targeted in France, and despite politicians’ resolute rhetoric against it, the daily reality is growing tougher on French Jews to wear their Star of David necklaces proudly and openly for fear of physical aggression.

It will be a long and painful process, but I think that in the end, the current residents of France will force France’s Jews out of there. It might be a civilized country, but not when it comes to Jews. Even Christians, and many French are very Christian, don’t feel that Jews are a genuine part of France. And if you add to it the millions of Muslim immigrants who are taking over the country, it is clear that Jews have no future there.

There is, of course, a way that Jews can turn the tables and invert the antisemitism into philo-Semitism, but for this to happen, Jews would really have to extend themselves. If they want to neutralize the antagonism against them, French Jews will have to unite among themselves, and then spread the spirit of unity throughout the country! This is their only chance. This would invert the feelings of the rest of the French people toward Jews from antagonism to friendliness, and from alienation to closeness. It may be a tall order, but it is nonetheless in their hands.

For more on this topic, please see my latest publication, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism: Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord

“What Is The Root Cause Of Antisemitism, And How Do You Fight Anti-Semitism Concretely?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the root cause of antisemitism, and how do you fight anti-Semitism concretely?

Antisemitism stems from Jews having a special role in the world, which they are neither aware of nor do they carry it out.

That role is to positively connect “as one man with one heart,” i.e., to develop harmonious unified relations.

If the Jews developed their connections to unite above their differences, then antisemitism would subside and humanity’s attitude toward the Jews would shift to a positive one.

Until the Jews positively connect, people will feel increasing rejection and repulsion toward them. Developing positive connection among Jews depends on developing the “inner Jew” within, which means elevating the desire to connect in a good and kind way toward one another over egoistic desires to use and exploit each other for personal benefit.

This special quality and role that the Jews inherited stems from their foundation as a nation some 4,000 years ago, when Abraham gathered people from ancient Babylon who were willing to unite, since they felt the rampant social division of the time as a major problem that needed solving. Thus, they applied Abraham’s method, which led them to attain the lofty principle of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” By doing so, they became known as the “people of Israel” (“Israel” coming from the words “Yashar Kel” [“straight to God”], i.e., people with an intention to be as loving and giving as the force of love and bestowal itself). They later became known as “the Jews,” from the word for “unity” (“Yichud”). The uniqueness of this quality is that unlike other nations, the Jews had no natural biological root. Instead, they were a group of people from different nations who gathered based on a unifying ideology, and who worked on themselves in order to attain the quality of love for one’s fellow man.

People are thus either attracted to or repelled by Jews due to this unifying quality that dwells in them. If the Jews develop positive relations and friendships with one another above their differences, they will awaken that tendency to unite in the tectonic plates of human consciousness, and humanity will also find that it gains the strength to unite above its growing divisiveness. If not, then humanity will increasingly feel that the Jews are behind their problems, and antisemitism will continue rising as a force of nature that surfaces in order to awaken the Jews to re-discover their unifying role in the world.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

The Hague International Criminal Court Is Against Israel

293In the News (AssociatedPress): “The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, potentially clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions. …

“The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a “reasonable basis” to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. ”

Comment: This is happening while thousands of people are being killed in Syria and nobody knows what is happening in Lebanon. Look at what is going on in the world!

My Response: It is the one thing that people least understand, but what should be clear is that when it comes to demands, Jews are naturally held to a higher order of magnitude than everyone else, a higher spiritual standard. This is because based on their internality, their internal preparation, the Jews must behave in such a way that all this in the world does not happen at all.

But if it does happen, who is to blame? The Jews! There is no doubt about it! If something bad happens in the world, it is the Jews who are to blame! And we need to agree with this.

Question: Is this your statement?

Answer: This is my statement, because otherwise there is no answer for who we are. Eventually we need to explain who we are to ourselves by ourselves. Why do we constantly try to say that we are like others while others say, no you are not like everyone else? They tell us that they have a special demand from us, that we have a certain method of correction for humanity, but we don’t show it to anyone. We don’t implement it on ourselves, and eventually all the problems and all the suffering that humanity undergoes are actually your fault.

It isn’t just our fault, but it is the result of our disrespect to everything that happens around us. We need to appreciate and understand our powers, our role, our capabilities, and the dependence of all of humanity on us.

As a person who studies the general state of nature, providence, nature’s plan, and everything that the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about, the original internal methodology of the Jewish people and humanity as a whole, I would say that basically I agree with this approach. There is nowhere we can escape to. It is the law of nature! It is therefore pointless to resist it.

The Hague International Criminal Court? There will be a thousand other different courts and the consequences of their decisions will all be bleak for us.

Question: Are there only enemies around us and we need to defend ourselves?

Answer: We need to behave so that there will be only friends around us.

Comment: That would probably be preferable.

My Response: Not that it would be preferable, but that we must!

Comment: But in the meantime…

My Response: There is no meantime! We must begin to understand how nature is built, how the plan is built, how all of humanity is moving, how it is managed by one unique law, and what we have to do about it. We have the ability to influence everything!

Question: Does this mean that we are expected to start now?

Answer: Of course! We should have started thousands of years ago.

Question: And then this global mess would not have happened?

Answer: Yes. What is the purpose of all the suffering?

Comment: I know your answer.

My Response: There is nowhere we can escape from it! But I see how in response to what I write and try to explain everywhere I go, people brush me off. The Jews brush it off! We simply need to agree, to agree with the law of nature that has been right before our eyes for ages, which Kabbalists write about and not only Kabbalists.

There are no compromises in the laws of nature. We need to understand that we either operate as we should according to nature, or nature operates on us.

Question: What should we do so that everyone will be our friends?

Answer: We need to connect between us. By doing so we will not need to depend on anyone! No one needs to help us do so. We only need to establish the right connection between us. To come together all of us, to establish a normal state, that no one will want to run away from, to feel as a nation, to ascend above the divide and then everything will be fine!

Question: In the world?

Answer: Both for us and in the world.

Question: Are you speaking about this small point called Israel?

Answer: Of course, only about that. We don’t need to worry about anything else in the world. Everything in the world will happen as a result of what happens in this point, and it will also be so in The Hague International Criminal Court.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/23/19

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“Justice Is Blind, Until It Concerns Israel” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “.Justice Is Blind, Until It Concerns Israel

Israel is once again singled out as it was recently announced that it is threatened to be put on the docket 0f the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged war crimes. Meanwhile, the actions of blatantly oppressive regimes are being conveniently overlooked. So how can the “special treatment” toward the Jewish nation be explained if not by the motivation of antisemitism? We have to understand where the hatred comes from. It is not the result of what we do, but what we fail to deliver: unity to the world.

The international community looks at us through a magnifying glass. They hate us and want to see an end to the Israeli enterprise. Hostile organizations are rising up and multiplying against us day by day, and those who showed some restraint in the past, in line with the previous US administration’s friendly policies toward Israel, now feel more comfortable to act in step with the new White House.

We can continue fighting those who are not on our side, our instinctive reaction is to hate back, but this only confuses our vision and blurs our thoughts. We need to understand hatred from a deeper level, from an internal goal-oriented role demanded of the Jewish people.

We are the ones who fail to rise above the hatred and rejection between us, and the nations of the world reflect the state of our relations. In fact, the hostility against us is not because of our necessity for self-defense, but due to our lack of awareness of what the world demands from us: to connect and provide the world with the system for ultimate connection.

The nation of Israel was created differently from all other nations. Ours is a nation established to serve as a source for humanity’s future connection, for and of every nation in the world. It is why Israel was created and it is our destiny. Moreover, it is what the world subconsciously expects of us. They instinctively feel Jews know how to achieve peace and prosperity in the world and are not sharing it with them, so their complaint is manifested as antisemitism.

Understanding our background is therefore key to understanding that the Jewish people is not a nation in the common sense of the word, but a group of people from many different tribes and cultures who subscribed to an idea. This common vision was the fact that there is one force that governs the universe, the force of unity, the only power that can connect us above our differences.

We agreed to unite “as one man with one heart” at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and received the code of law for conducting a society whose members are united at heart. The task we were given is as valid now as it was then, and the world demands that we carry it out. Is Israel detrimental to the world? We are as long as we do no not overcome our deep divisions and get closer to each other. Thus, the only solution to end the animosity against the Jewish nation is becoming one unified people. As Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag wrote during WWII in his 1940 paper The Nation:

“It is also clear that the enormous effort that the rugged road ahead requires of us mandates unity that is as solid and as hard as steel from all parts of the nation, without exception. If we do not come out with united ranks toward the mighty forces that are standing on our way to harm us, we will find that our hope is doomed in advance.”

Therefore, if we can find this desire to unify within us and fan its flames, we will become a positive force that will permeate the world and hatred against us will vanish.

“What Politicians “Want”” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “What Politicians “Want”

When you examine how Republicans and Democrats treat Israel, it is easy to tell the difference: Republicans are palpably pro Israel, while Democrats give Israel a cold shoulder. We, in Israel, may feel their attitude as a reflection of their “feelings,” but there is no such thing in politics. In truth, neither Republican nor Democrat politicians care about Israel; if it were up to them, they would casually kick us out of here and into the Mediterranean Sea.

What politicians do want is to be reelected, and in order to be reelected, they must cater to their constituency’s taste. If their voters favor Israel, so will their messengers in the House of Representatives. If their voters dislike Israel, so will their reps.

In addition to the above, there is one person in the White House with a real agenda when it comes to Israel: Barack Hussein Obama. He is the one pulling the strings in the current administration, and the Biden-Harris title is just a front. Obama’s odium toward Israel is religiously, geographically, and politically motivated. We must have no illusions about this.

Nevertheless, Israel is not helpless. We may not be able to change the opinion of politicians about Israel, but we can change the opinion of their voters, and this is what really counts. If we, in Israel, unite above our (countless) differences, we will dissolve any hatred that the world currently feels toward us, and it does. The world’s eyes are always on Israel, often even more than on domestic affairs. People feel that what happens here affects them personally. The loathing we are showing to each other here radiates throughout the world and its ripples ignite conflicts and wars the world over. This is why Jew haters blame Israel and Jews for causing all the wars. They don’t really think that we start wars everywhere on the planet, but they feel that it’s our fault.

And the truth is that they’re right. We are starting wars by fighting among ourselves. The world constantly pays us attention; we project hatred; the world absorbs the hatred we project; and the hatred starts wars. We think that the world has forgotten about the “nonsense” of that Biblical obligation of Israel to be “a light unto nations,” and the world, too, may not think about it consciously. But the fact that the world is always looking at us, always examining our every move, and always judging us by a higher standard than it judges the rest of the nations, is because it expects us to be “a light unto nations.”

Actions are not determined by people’s words, but by people’s feelings. They feel that we, Jews in general and Israel in particular, are a source of trouble. The only way we can stop being a burden and a menace in the eyes of the world is if we reinstate the unity that had made us into a nation, stop projecting hatred, and the stream of hatred threatening to drown the world will stop. We may not want to unite with our brothers, but we cannot say that there is nothing we can do against Jew hatred. In fact, we are the only nation on Earth whose fate is solely in its own hands.

For more on this topic, please see my latest publication, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism: Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord

What Does The World Expect From The Jews?

508.1Question: We understand that Jews are a special people, they have been given great strength. Why was it given to them?

Answer: Jews are not a people, but an assembly of all the peoples of the world. After all, representatives of each of the 70 peoples who inhabited that part of the earth joined Abraham, who lived in Ancient Babylon.

They agreed to unite to reveal the Creator and get out of the crisis that arose as a result of hatred that flared up between all small nations.

Therefore, the Jews are a collection of 70 nations of the world who united among themselves. And if today they can unite again and reveal the property of the Creator in themselves, then at the same time they will pass this opportunity to the whole world.

In the meantime, the whole world instinctively hates them for the fact that they have a method of unification, but they do not implement it. The peoples of the world subconsciously feel that the Jews have some kind of secret that they hide. This is a very useful and necessary thing for everyone, and they have it.
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Natural Anti-Semitism

961.2Question: What is natural anti-Semitism?

Answer: Natural anti–Semitism is what exists in the peoples of the world today. They subconsciously hate the Jews because they have a method of connection and are not revealing it to the world because they do not know it themselves.

The Jews cannot even imagine what is hidden in them, and therefore they are perplexed why they have been hated for so many millennia, from the times of Ancient Babylon. This phenomenon is already 3,500 years old.

The peoples of the world, in general, also do not understand why they should hate the Jews. Whether the Jews are poor or rich, talented or cornered, they are hated always. Each time they are beaten for something else, but there always is some reason.

The problem is that neither one nor the others, neither the nations of the world nor the Jews, know what the cause of anti-Semitism is. We need to reveal this. Kabbalah talks about this, but people are still unwilling to listen. This is very difficult to take in. However, we are trying to explain in any possible way.
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My Thoughts On Twitter 1/31/21

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#Antisemitism in the world grows to the degree the world’s egoism needs correction. The remedy for it is in the Jews’ own possession—it lies in their commitment to redeem humanity from the evil of #egoism. The problem is revealed, and if it isn’t corrected by having people come closer to one another, #Antisemitism arises.
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“The International Holocaust Remembrance Day Does Not Serve Its Purpose” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “The International Holocaust Remembrance Day Does Not Serve Its Purpose

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on January 27, is always a good opportunity for predictions and summaries regarding trends of antisemitism in the world, and this year is no exception. This year’s report, published by the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, stresses the encouraging fact that no deadly attacks were perpetrated against Jews outside of Israel, though it was mostly because the attacks were thwarted before they were carried out, or were carried out but ended with injuries, some very serious, rather than fatalities. At the same time, the report stresses that Jewish life in Europe is being hampered by bans on kosher slaughtering and other Jewish customs. In essence, European countries are telling the Jews that they are unwanted there. In the US, the Jewish community is growing accustomed to an atmosphere that resembles that of Europe, and nine out of ten Jews are troubled by the growing antisemitism there. But perhaps most notably, online antisemitism has become ubiquitous, and conspiracy theories against Jews spread like brushfire whenever negative developments occur, and 2020 had plenty of those.

It is a very detailed report, covering more than 140 pages. But all those details cannot hide the fact that it is meaningless. It solves nothing, changes nothing, and serves nothing other than the people who wrote it. And since this report changes nothing, its writers can rest assured that next year, they’ll have a job compiling another such “alarming” report, which will be just as (in)effective.

For the past two millennia, since the ruin of the Second Temple, we have been blaming the world for our woes while we ourselves have done nothing to solve them. Instead, we count the times we were tortured, expelled, and exterminated. But for the past two millennia, documenting the nations’ cruelty toward us has done nothing to abate it.

Our forefathers were not like that. They did not blame the ruin of the First Temple on Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon, although he was the conqueror who destroyed it. Likewise, our forefathers did not blame the ruin of the Second Temple on Titus, the commander in chief of the Roman legion in Jerusalem. Instead, they blamed both devastations—the second of which was in many ways as horrific as the Holocaust—on themselves, and their own misconduct toward each other.

Even though our forefathers knew that Titus breached the walls of Jerusalem and exiled the people, they wrote that the Temple was ruined because of unfounded hatred, because we hated each other for no reason. Even some years afterwards, the great Rabbi Akiva, whose disciples wrote the Mishnah and The Book of Zohar, taught that “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the gist of the Torah. Nevertheless, since that time onward, we have been cultivating a narrative of victimhood, that it’s not our fault that we are tormented, expelled, and murdered. Why is the narrative different? Did Nebuchadnezzar and Titus not expel and murder us? They most certainly did, so why did our forefathers place the blame with us and not with them?

The fundamental difference between Jews today and Jews back then is that our forefathers, both leaders and regular folk, knew why they belonged to the Jewish people. They knew that being Jewish does not mean superficial observance of customs, but rather an oath, a commitment to be a role model nation. They knew that being Jewish means striving to love your neighbor as yourself, forging mutual responsibility within the nation, and setting an example of unity above divisions for the world to see. Back then, we had countless disputes, as we do today. But back then, we knew we had to keep our nation’s unity above the rifts, whereas today, we vilify each other for not admitting that we are right, and hunker down in our opinions.

Our forefathers knew that we had to project unity, and that if we did not, foreign rulers would come and punish us. We, on the other hand, do not give a second thought to unity, and when foreign rulers come and punish us, we blame each other for it, not realizing that by doing so, we only strengthen and embolden our oppressors.

Nothing has changed since the inception of our nation. We are still beaten when we beat each other, and succeed when we unite. Until we learn this lesson, organizations and offices will continue to publish pointless reports that no one cares about besides the people who make a living writing them. These reports will not prevent the next cataclysm, but our unity will. The choice, as always, is in our hands.

You can find more on the meaning of unity for the people of Israel in my books The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism: Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord, and Like a Bundle of Reeds: Why Unity and Mutual Guarantee Are Today’s Call of the Hour.

“What Israel Can(not) Expect From The Jews In The Biden Administration” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “What Israel Can(not) Expect from the Jews in the Biden Administration

When the Biden administration takes office, it will be one of the most, if not the most Jewish administration in US history. No fewer than eleven senior positions will be occupied by Jews, including the Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Treasury, Chief of Staff, Director of National Intelligence, and quite a few others. Moreover, all three of Joe Biden’s daughters-in-laws and son-in-law are Jewish, as is Kamala Harris’ husband.

The Democratic Party is infested with sworn and vociferous antisemites and Israel bashers, but this is completely inconsequential to American Jews, whose vast majority supports the Democratic Party. Moreover, quite a few American Jews support specifically those antisemites and Israel bashers.

You’d think that Israel would be thrilled about such proliferation of Jews in key positions in the new administration, but Israel has no reason to celebrate. The chasm between American Jews and the State of Israel has never been deeper or wider. The Democratic Party is infested with sworn and vociferous antisemites and Israel bashers, but this is completely inconsequential to American Jews, whose vast majority supports the Democratic Party. Moreover, quite a few American Jews support specifically those antisemites and Israel bashers.

This leads to a very simple conclusion: They are Jews only by name. They do not understand the meaning of Judaism or the spirit of being Jewish, and the fact that we are labeled under the same religion, Judaism, is merely a formality.

When it comes to the Jewish state, Israel has nothing to look forward to. Today’s Democratic Party is nothing like it was a few decades ago. If Jews feel comfortable hobnobbing with people who try to destroy Israel’s ability to protect itself, then they don’t care about Israel; if they rub shoulders with rabid antisemites, then they do not care about Judaism. Actions, we know, speak (much) louder than words.

This leaves Israel with only one option: to rely on itself. Militarily, economically, or in any other sense, Israel is very vulnerable. But if the people of Israel unite, they will have all the power they need to overcome any ordeal. It is with good reason that antisemites not only hate, but also fear our power. They feel that we are far stronger than we feel about ourselves. But they are right, and we are the ignorant ones. Our power lies in our unity, and the only reason we feel weak is our division. If we overcame our division and united even though we cannot stand each other, but simply because unity is more important than how we feel about each other, we would immediately find that our enemies are gone. We wouldn’t even have to fight them. In fact, they would not only be gone, but they would sincerely seek our friendship. This is the power of our unity.

If this feels unrealistic, it is only because we haven’t tried, and because our egos blind us to the fact that everything that is united is stronger than everything that is apart. If we allow ourselves to see it, we will understand that our duty to ourselves, to our children, and to the world is to rise above our quarrels and abhorrence and unite despite the rifts. Then, our unity would be as strong as the hatred we had overcome, since the intensity of our hatred would compel us to forge a union that can override that hatred. This would be a kind of unity that the world has never seen, but that it will be eager to emulate once we achieve it. And when the world is eager to learn our kind of unity, the nations will turn from enemies to friends.

Clearly, the ego will never let us agree to this concept, but this doesn’t make it any less true. Just as reason denies quantum mechanics, but we all use it everywhere—from microwaves to missiles—and it works without fail, so will unity. If we only dare apply it, it will work.

For more on the meaning of unity for the people of Israel and for the world, look up my book Like a Bundle of Reeds: Why Unity and Mutual Guarantee Are Today’s Call of the Hour.