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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.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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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.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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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.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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“May My Name Be Upon You”

237Question: Why is it prohibited to pronounce the four-letter name of the Creator “Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey”?

Answer: Prohibited in Kabbalah means impossible.

It cannot be pronounced because it has no realization in the language but can only be realized inside the spiritual desire. There are many other names of the Creator: Elokim, Adni, Shadai, etc.

The name of the Creator does not mean that it is His name at all. This is what I call Him from my qualities, because in me, inside, the soul consists of four parts: Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey. When I receive light in them, it creates a combination of my desires and light. This is what I call the feeling of the Creator or His name.

I call it according to my feelings. Therefore, there is nothing special or exalted in this name to be afraid of. On the contrary, you need to attain it, get into it, so that it becomes completely yours, as it is said: “May my name be upon you.”
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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Desires That Do Not Strive For Correction

622.01Question: What is the difference between the Egyptians and the mixed multitude? What do the Egyptians inside us want? Are they also egoistic desires?

Answer: The Egyptians just want a good life without any connection with the Creator. This is the usual consumerist attitude toward our world, like with most people. But there are also people who say: “No, we will do what the Creator wants from us,” that is, all kinds of commandments. The Creator’s desires are called commandments.

“We will fulfill these commandments, but not to be similar to the Creator, not for the sake of bestowal and love (after all, all the commandments boil down to “love your neighbor as yourself “), but in order to earn the future world by ourselves.”

Question: When the counting of the twelve tribes was taking place, the mixed multitude was not included there. Are they not related to correction at all?

Answer: No, the mixed multitude is those desires that we do not want to take with us from Egypt, to raise them from there. We cannot lead them across the Yam Suf, Final Sea (Red Sea). Although they chase us and try to bring us back to Egypt by force, we go on further and they either drown at theYam Suf (Red Sea) or return to Egypt.

Question: In the Midrash Raba (Great Commentary) it is written that the mixed multitude provided horses for the chariots of Pharaoh to catch up with the Israelites. What does this mean in spiritual work?

Answer: This means that they give everything to any egoistic forces so to stop those people who want to get out of Egypt.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/2/21

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Malchut—Meeting Place With The Creator

936Comment: The commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” corresponds to the act of creation “Let the heavenly waters flow into one place.”

My Response: Heaven is the quality of Bina, from which all the upper light descends, and these streams (32 in total) slowly descend into one common soul that we must form out of ourselves.

As a rule, we gather all our actions, thoughts, and feelings together and aim them at the Creator. But here it says that He directs all His streams of water to us, to Malchut.

Malchut is the spiritual place where all souls who want to come into contact with Him gather. This is a place of meeting with the Creator. Both we and the streams of water from the Creator rush there.

The upper waters are the upper light, the light of Hassadim (the light of mercy).

In fact, all the commandments that are repeated in two ways, referring to the act of creation, first speak of a movement from below-up, from the souls to the place of meeting with the Creator, and then from the Creator to the same place of meeting with the souls, explaining how we should come to our common place of meeting.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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Grow Out Of Yourself As Adam

742.03Comment: The commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” corresponds to the act of Creation: “Let the earth sprout vegetation, seed yielding herbs and fruit trees producing fruit according to its kind in which its seed is found, on the earth.”

My Response: Earth (Adamah) comes from the word “domem,” something inanimate, absolutely dead, dust. On the other hand, here we mean Adam: the earth from which Adam grows like the Creator.

When you think of the Sabbath day, which you need to come to as to the end of the whole epic of existence in this world, you start to grow. Then a spiritual sprout appears in you, which gradually increases and becomes a tree.

Man is called a tree similar to the Creator. That is, the plant represents something that changes.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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The Commandment: “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me”

239Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me: The meaning is that you will not have any other pointer in the world to direct you to the goal of your life, to the goal of creation. There will be no other quality before you except for the quality of bestowal and love, which is the symbol of the Creator whom you will worship.

What does worship mean? To see this as the highest value, the highest importance!

Comment: But life functions in such a way that I am, on the contrary, torn apart by a million desires, both mine and of others.

My Response: That is why you are commanded to make sure that all your desires and movements, in whatever direction, are tied to attaining the Creator. He must be your only goal in everything you do!

Question: What should I do for this?

Answer: First of all, you should want it to happen. And then see how you can arrange your life in such a way.

As a summary of your life, you must come to the conclusion that the Creator will be in front of you as your close partner, as a friend, as a ruler and ruled by you. You must enter into such a connection of mutual love, mutual adhesion, with Him, that there is none else besides Him. He will take over your entire world including your wife, your children, and your boss.

Comment: But we must get to this.

My Response: Of course. This is what life is given for!

Question: So what should I do?

Answer: You should realize the commandment “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me.” In principle, it is realized in a group, through studying Kabbalah, when a person gradually begins to understand how to implement it. In general, the entire science of Kabbalah is intended for implementing this commandment.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain

534Zohar for All, “Yitro”: “You shall not bear the name of the Lord your God in vain.” 

We are talking about the complete and absolute aim only toward the Creator. Do not associate Him in any way with any other actions. Not in any way!

On the contrary, all actions, thoughts, qualities, and intentions should be directed toward Him! No matter what they are.

“In vain” means: do not take Him apart in parts for your life. Direct everything only at Him and at His level. Then as a result of your work, you will see how much this world was created in order to elevate you to the Creator.

Comment: In fact, this phrase sounds like a superstition.

Answer: No! “You shall not take the name of the Creator in vain” means: do not pull Him for yourself over small things. On the contrary, bring all the little things in life to Him.

A person should align all his actions, thoughts, feelings, aspirations, and plans with the fact that there is one Creator, the one and only, and we must come to Him.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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The Commandment: “I Am The Lord, Your God”

610.2Question: The first commandment says: “I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Who is God? What is it?

Answer: It is the highest, intelligent, omnipotent, eternal, perfect force of nature.

We attribute it only to the nature of our world because we do not see more. In fact, it fills everything, includes the entire program of creation: the beginning, its goal, its realization, and its end.

All this together is called the Creator, and only in relation to us.

We cannot talk about the Creator, about God, about the upper force, that He is omnipotent, eternal, or give Him whatever epithets we want. They need to be played out, discussed, why they are exactly so and not different, why there are so many of them.

Therefore, without paying attention to these names, we can talk about Him, but only in relation to ourselves, as the great souls, the Kabbalists, knew Him and told us about Him.

Question: As the consequence of the commandment “I am the Lord your God,” the act of Creation: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” takes place. What is the connection between them?

Answer: The manifestation of the Creator from above downward in relation to us in the act of Creation is the manifestation of the light from the world of infinity, which builds itself a vessel. This vessel is the original creation.

It is still far from the creation that should eventually be created because it is like a drop of seed and it is not clear whether something will develop from it or not. But it has almost everything in it, except matter. Therefore, it must be, so to speak, stuffed with everything necessary.

But all the information, absolutely all His properties, everything that is called “He Himself” is in this vessel.
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