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“Did The Ten Commandments Come From God?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Did the Ten Commandments come from God?

The true meaning of ten commandments eludes us in this world, and it is common to refer to them simply as God’s instructions for human morality. However, the ten commandments mean something else entirely.

The ten commandments are limitations that we apply to the use of our nature, the desire to enjoy, which in the wisdom of Kabbalah is called “Malchut.” In the language of Kabbalah, these limitations are a “Masach” (“screen”) and “Ohr Hozer” (“reflected light”) placed on Malchut, which in short means applying an intention to love, bestow and positively connect to each other and to our common source. When our desire to enjoy, Malchut, accepts these limitations, it becomes the place for the dressing of the ten Sefirot, and so it is called “the Ten Commandments.”

A commandment, which in Hebrew is “Dover,” stems from the Hebrew root of the word “utterance” (“Dibur”), which is born in the Peh (mouth) of the Partzuf (spiritual entity), known in Kabbalah as the “Peh de Rosh” (i.e., the place in our soul where we act on our decision to resemble the spiritual quality of love, bestowal and connection, and which receives the ability to love and bestow according to the strength of the intention to bestow). These actions are performed in the world of Atzilut, the highest of the spiritual worlds that is closest to the pure quality of love and bestowal, the Creator’s quality.

We receive the ten commandments only after connecting to each other “as one man with one heart” in order to rise above the raging egoistic desires that resist connection, and which make us hateful of one another. That massive egoistic quality is represented in the Bible story by Mount Sinai (“Sinai” from the Hebrew word for “hatred” [“Sinah”]). If we fail to positively connect to each other in order to rise above the ego that divides us, then we also cannot discover or observe any of the ten commandments. We have to be on a spiritual level of attainment, namely the level of “Bina,” one of the ten Sefirot which represents the pure quality of bestowal, in order to have the ear (Bina is the spiritual root of our sense of hearing) to hear the ten utterances from Mount Sinai. In other words, we need to attain a certain level of equivalence of form with the Creator in order to observe the ten commandments.

We can reach a spiritual level where we will discover and observe the ten commandments by first undergoing a preparation period in this world, where our main emphasis should be to achieve connection “as one man with one heart,” and only then will we observe the commandments. Otherwise we will lack the ability to understand them. In short, “love your neighbor as yourself” is the foundation of all spiritual attainment and ascent to a spiritual level.

Based on the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on June 3, 2014, Shamati 66 “The Giving of the Torah.” Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Clint Adair on Unsplash.

The Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife”

962.3The Tenth Commandment says: “And you shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” This means that you must reach a state where you change the initially egoistic desire into an altruistic one, fully achieve the property of bestowal called “receiving for the sake of bestowal,” and all of this huge infinite desire becomes “your wife.”

To desire “your neighbor’s wife” means to receive for your own sake. If you are directed at the Creator, then any desires that are not directed at Him are forbidden for you.

This commandment corresponds to the act of creation: “It is not good for a man to be alone.” If you want to reach the Creator, you cannot be alone. You must connect all the great desire, which is called feminine, to yourself, to the property of “Adam.” And only by combining the screen with the desire do you fully become like the Creator.

This is what it says: “Husband and wife, and the Creator between them.” This is the state when these two opposite qualities are combined and the Creator fills the vessel of the soul.

As for our world, we must abandon any hope that something right will happen in it if we do not start to change spiritually. Then other signals will come down to our world from above and make it better. But only as a result of spiritual correction! No other way!

We see how for thousands of years we have tried to do something good here but in the end we only destroy the world. Humanity is so lost, confused, and exhausted that it does not know what to do.

I look at the leaders of the world. They want to achieve something, they constantly plot behind the scenes, but in fact they are confused like small children who are lost and are about to cry. That’s how we are in this world today. Therefore, the science of Kabbalah is now spreading. If we reveal the Ten Commandments for ourselves, we will find ourselves eternal, perfect, and equal to the Creator, and then we will see that everything we have gone through was for our benefit.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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“What Is The Role Of The Ten Commandments Today?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the role of the ten commandments today?

The ten commandments represent desires to positively connect among each other and with our common source.

The Giving of the Torah takes place at the foot of Mount Sinai after the people of Israel accept the condition of Arvut (mutual guarantee)—to be united “as one man with one heart.”

Mount Sinai represents an enormous amount of hatred (“Sinai” stemming from the Hebrew word for “hatred” [“Sinah”]), rooted in our egoistic self-centered quality. We can rise above the immense ego and hatred, which divides us from each other and causes all the world’s ills, if we follow a single small desire that wishes only to love, bestow and positively connect. That small desire is called a “point in the heart” in the wisdom of Kabbalah: a tiny desire for spirituality within our “heart,” which represents the totality of our egoistic desires. In the Bible, this point is called “Moses,” which in Hebrew is “Moshe,” since this point “attracts” or “pulls” (“Moshech” in Hebrew) us out of our divisive ego and into the harmonious spiritual quality of love, bestowal and positive connection.

Mount Sinai is a gigantic amount of ego and hatred, similar to the Tower of Babel, but bigger because it is on a later degree of egoistic growth. The people of Israel standing at the bottom of Mount Sinai means that we are ready to rise above our divisive ego in order to unite. In other words, we agree to unite parts of our individual egos into one big mass, and not fear it even though it is a huge amount of hatred, because our focus is entirely on longing to positively connect with a mutual love and care for one another above our egoistic drives that itch away at us, which make us want to do everything but to connect in such a way.

When we unite in such a way, we form a demand for the revelation of the spiritual quality—love and bestowal—in our unity. The tendency to unite forms a true need for the spiritual quality of love and bestowal to dwell among us, what in the wisdom of Kabbalah is called a “Kli” (“vessel/tool/receptacle”) for spirituality. That is, the more we direct ourselves at connecting to each other, the more we discover our ego resisting connection, and this dual-motion eventually leads us to a true need for the spiritual quality of love and bestowal to dwell in our connection, since we increasingly find that without such a force, our ego forever blocks us off from each other. It is written that “From the love of the created beings, we come to love of the Creator.” We thus accept the condition of “Love your neighbor as yourself” and by doing so, discover the laws of spiritual connection that the ten commandments describe.

Based on the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on June 3, 2014, Shamati #66 “The Giving of the Torah.”
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

The Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Kill”

962.2Comment: The sixth commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.” The upper force, God, says: “Thou shalt not kill.” On the other hand, when the nation entered the land of Israel, He said, “Destroy all who live there, from the old to the children and the animals, everyone must be destroyed.”

My Response: The commandment “Thou shalt not kill” implies “do not kill the human being in you.” It does not imply anything else. Even the greatest King of Israel David fought for 40 years and took an active part in battles where tens of thousands of people died every day.

Therefore, we need to understand what “Thou shalt not kill” means. In our world, the same Creator created such conditions that it is impossible to do without “killing.” The world practically stands on murder. You kill animals. You kill people. You kill yourself. You are killing everything. So “Thou shalt not kill” are beautiful words that we can twist as we like.

The Torah means “thou shall not kill the human in you.” And all other problems that exist between us in our lives, we must gradually correct. There is no absolute law of “Thou shalt not kill.” There are even laws where a person is sentenced to death for certain crimes.

According to the Torah, there are four types of death: stoning, hanging, strangulation, and burning.

Any law in our world does not come from the Creator but from people. There is always a thick supplement to it that explains the letter of the law.

Question: But there is, for example, the law of gravity. Do these laws of physics have any other applications?

Answer: No. You are talking about a physical manifestation that we call the law of nature. It does not depend on us and is carried out directly, whether we like it or not.

A commandment is a law that is given to a person to fulfill so that he would resemble the upper nature that you clearly do not see but in which these laws are manifested in the same way as the law of gravity in our world.

Spiritual laws are laws of the existence and functioning of the corrected soul. That is, you reveal these laws within yourself.

Question: Is it possible to articulate at least one central law?

Answer: “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a general law of nature. It is on a level above what we can observe with our earthly qualities.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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The Commandment “You Shall Not Steal”

420.06Question: The act of creation: “Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is upon the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; it will be yours for food” corresponds to the commandment: “You shall not steal.”

What is this seed-bearing herb?

Answer: People must grow using their properties all the time just like a plant emerges from the ground.

We must turn over the soil, plow it, meaning wrap the property of egoism in the property of altruism and add water, the property of bestowal, the property of love. Only then will the next level be reached from the seeds, our embryos. The earth is the right environment for growing seeds.

Question: How is this connected to “You shall not steal”?

Answer: “You shall not steal” means “you shall not act.” Make it so that something grows out of you in spirituality and do not steal from spirituality for yourself. All this so that you have the intention to bestow, to always grow upward and not snatch spirituality for actions with the intention to receive.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar,” #11

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The Commandment: “You Shall Not Steal”

550When I walk on the spiritual path, I contact the Creator through my corrected properties. I am already ascending and I can take action in the upper world, I feel the Creator, and opposite desires appear in me because the impure side is always ready, so to speak, to help you, to drag you somewhere away. And now you have to be careful “not to steal.”

From the spiritual point of view, “You shall not steal” means do not steal from the direction toward love and bestowal, toward holiness, to the side of your egoism: “Hold on! Stay on guard!”

Do not steal from your spiritual self to your impure self. On the contrary, drag everything from your faulty, impure properties to pure, upper, light ones. The opposite is called theft.

Question: And in our life?

Answer: Corporeal life is nothing! Kabbalah even does not speak about it because the level at which we exist today is not considered real at all.

Question: Professional thieves surely justify their actions?

Answer: All of them can be justified because in this world we have no freewill. Therefore, in this life there is no reward, no punishment, no hell, and no paradise. I can either calm or disappoint everyone depending on who expects what.

If you end your life at the level at which you live, then you have neither paradise nor hell, you simply die like any other animal.

And if you have developed your soul from what we call the point in the heart to the first smallest ten Sefirot, this remains forever and continues to develop from one cycle to another.

That is, you are reborn in this world, reach a certain age, again come to Kabbalah, and again begin to develop your soul until you reach the full height of the level of the world of infinity. You may need several lives. But only this remains from life to life.

Therefore, after all our past lives before this present one when we only felt the first attraction to Kabbalah and began to realize it, only this one remains. Only from this one will we have impressions that are bigger than just informational data.
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Reach The State Of Shabbat

294.3Zohar for All, Item 444: Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy

Saturday is Sabbath, which comes from the word “Lishbot” (to rest, to stop working). This does not mean a strike, but an abrupt cessation of all activities, and it implies actions for the correction of the soul.

The state of achieving complete correction of the soul is called “Shabbat” – Sabbath. Over the long history of the world, we have been moving toward the correction of our souls. This is the first generation that has begun to do so, and Kabbalah is revealed to everyone.

Detachment is becoming apparent in the world today, it’s all inclusive nature is manifesting, and all for the sole purpose of leading a person to complete despondency, to the need to open his soul and begin to develop it.

We can say that we are now on the eve of Shabbat. That is, from the first revelation of the Creator to Adam, who lived 5,781 years ago, until the end of the whole program, which runs for 6,000 years, there are only 219 years left. But you can reach the Sabbath state earlier.

It is a state where the whole world rises to the next degree, to the feeling of eternity, infinity, and perfection.

We can accomplish this critical transition in a very easy, beautiful way if we explain to everyone what the science of Kabbalah allows us to do and how it is easily and simply implemented.

If we do not choose to advance the easy way, we will still have to reach the sixth day—the state of eternity and perfection, the elevation of our souls—but through very harsh, drastic, dramatic events that may involve world wars.

“Remember the Sabbath Day” means remember that we exist in a temporary state and that we must make all the corrections during our lives in order to reach the eternal and perfect state. Therefore, “remember” means “implement.” Every moment you should implement this idea and move closer to it.
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To Make Yourself Like The Creator

237Comment: The act of creation, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” corresponds to the commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

My Response: We are very close here to the revelation of the Creator to people. You must examine and analyze exactly what the Creator is, what kind of force it is.

This is the recognition of the evil of one’s own nature, the ascent of a person above himself so that his sufferings and pleasures do not prevail over truth and falsehood in him. Truth should always be higher than even the greatest suffering. This is what truth or falsehood is.

When can I check if I am holding on to the truth? In my heart I can feel pleasure or suffering, and in my mind I perceive everything as true or false.

The most important thing is that the truth, that is, advancement toward the Creator, toward the truth, the light, infinity, should be higher than falsehood, sufferings, and pleasures. Nothing can bring me out of these three states regarding the truth. This is when everything is measured correctly. Then “do not bear false witness” is realized. Then you know for sure that you are checking yourself correctly, that you are your own judge, your own witness.

Question: Is “false witness” possible in feelings? At the level of truth and falsehood, can it be the opposite?

Answer: Yes. And then this commandment is broken down to many other qualities: make your own judgments, place guards at all your gates so as not to deviate from the correct goal.

Question: Do I establish this control within myself?

Answer: Yes. Therefore, we say that the Ten Commandments are broken into many parts, like any law.

Comment: Why is it said in the act of creation “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”?

Answer: It is only in this way that you make yourself in the likeness to the Creator: when from all your qualities you gather bit by bit correct qualities regarding hatred and love, truth and falsehood, pleasure and suffering. The main thing is that there is truth, and from these particles of truth you create the image of the Creator from yourself.
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“The Sun Is Your Father, The Moon Is Your Mother”

239Comment: The fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” corresponds to the act of creation: “Let there be lights in the firmament within the waters. These are the lights of your father, the sun, ZA, and of your mother, the moon, Malchut.”

My Response: AVI (Aba ve-Ima) are the upper father and mother. They symbolize the sun and the moon, which influence the Earth, make it turn and develop, give rise to the plant, animal, and human world.

As a result, these two great lights: the Sun, the light of Hochma, and the Moon, the light of Hassadim, as our father and mother, develop us to the level where we use the light of the Moon (Hassadim) to absorb all the light of the Sun (Hochma).

Question: Should the actual father and mother be respected?

Answer: They must be respected within the earthly framework. Perhaps this commandment sounds like some kind of ethics and nothing more. We see in our world how animals very quickly separate from their parents after a few months, maybe six months to a year, and that’s it.

While man has a purely egoistic attachment between children and parents. Children exploit their parents, thus developing this interconnection. It seems to us that this is a kind, good quality. In fact, this is pure egoism on both sides.

Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar: “The Sun is your father, the Moon, your mother.” Are these our real parents?

Answer: Yes, because it is from them, our spiritual father and mother, that the upper governance descends upon us, due to which we become human beings.

We absorb all the power, all the light, all their qualities, and reach their level, that is, we rise to the level of Hochma and Bina in full interaction between them and become equal to the Creator.

As a result we, ourselves, begin to control both the moon and the sun, these two sources of life relative to our soul.

By absorbing all the qualities of Hochma and Bina, we become equal to Keter, the highest degree of the Creator.
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“Let There Be A Firmament”

509Comment: The commandment “Thou shall have no other gods before Me” corresponds to the act of creation: “And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament.’”

My Response: “Let there be a firmament” means that there should be a clear division between those who take you away from the Creator and those who help you. You must determine who is helping and who is not and even turn your enemies seemingly into helpers in this movement toward Him.

As a result, the “firmament” should become the border through which you constantly reallocate everything that you have in this world to Him, everything that is in you and in others. You attribute everything to Him!

Question: And later, will the firmament be no longer needed?

Answer: Yes. It descends to the level of our Earth and everything becomes one single heaven. From the point of view of Kabbalah, this is Tzimtzum Bet (Second Restriction), the ascent of Malchut to Bina and their connection with each other.
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