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“The Futility Of Leading The World In Vaccinations” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “The Futility of Leading the World in Vaccinations

As far as vaccinating its population, Israel is leading the world by such a huge margin that the country in second place, the UAE, is just over half as successful as Israel, and the United States, where the vaccinations are manufactured, is at a distant no. 5, with a vaccination rate that is eight times slower than that of Israel, per capita. Astounded world leaders send delegations to Israel to learn what it is that we are doing right. But while leaders are in awe, the rest of the world is far less impressed, and, stranger still, the infection rate is not declining despite the vaccinations and despite the closure. Why are the vaccines not working?

Instead of admiration, we’re getting admonition from all sides. People are blaming Israel for denying vaccines to the Palestinians. It’s not true, of course, but the truth doesn’t matter. If the Palestinians were to get them first, before any Israeli person, people would say that Israel is trying to eliminate them. Since they’re not getting them fast enough (in some people’s opinion), people are saying that we want them to die of Covid. Either way, their woe is our fault. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it’ll always be until we start doing what we must.

Our success in vaccinating the population is remarkable, but it’s not something we should brag about. If we were smarter, we would have done it more quietly and not showed off the numbers. Generally, I don’t see any cause for pride; we’ve created a huge national debt, a huge deficit, and I don’t think that the hope that in a few months the economy will recover thanks to the vaccines and we’ll be able to pay off the debt has any legs to stand on.

It’s great that we’re vaccinating the population but we didn’t do the most important thing, so the vaccines will not help. As long as we don’t follow nature’s laws, nature will keep steering the nations against us. Nature’s laws dictate that Israel will set an example of unity, but we are busy declaring new political parties every other day. We are not an example in the eyes of the world; we are a mockery. A typical comment by a non-Jew to a tweet that one Jew wrote against another stated: “I was told that it’s usually Jews who hate Jews the most.” They look at us with pity.

It’s not as if they don’t know what they want from us. Deep down, the most rabid antisemites feel what they are looking for in Jews. When they blame us for causing all the wars, as did Mel Gibson, for example, they are actually saying that we could prevent these wars. And indeed we could, if we only set an example of unity. But when we set an example of mutual disgust and hatred, this is what the world absorbs from us. Will it be a wonder then that at some point the nations will decide to get rid of us?

It’s not as if we never did anything right. Judaism is based on the most laudable values. We are the only people who became a nation only after they committed to love one another “as one man with one heart”; we are the only nation whose motto was “Love your neighbor as yourself”; and we are the only nation that was tasked with being “a light unto nations,” to set an example of love of others and mutual responsibility.

This is the example that antisemites want us to give. Henry Ford, clearly one of the most notorious antisemites in American history, wrote in his book The International Jew—the World’s Foremost Problem, “Modern reformers, who are constructing model social systems, … would do well to look into the social system under which the early Jews were organized.” Likewise, Vasily Shulgin, a senior member of the Russian Parliament before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, was known for his rabid antisemitism. In his book What We Don’t Like About Them..., he wrote about Jews: “Let them … rise to the height to which they apparently climbed [in antiquity] … and immediately, all nations will rush to their feet. They will rush not by virtue of compulsion … but by free will, joyful in spirit, grateful and loving, including the Russians!”

There are more examples but the message is clear. Our job, the job of the Israelis, and the job of every Jew, is to set an example of unity. Whenever we do anything else, it is interpreted as an act against the nations, and we interpret their counter reaction as antisemitism. Therefore, if we want to eliminate antisemitism, we must eliminate division among us. This is what nature’s law demands of us. If we do this, we will inoculate ourselves against any misfortune, including viruses, wars, economic crises and every other misfortune, since we will be in congruence with nature.

“Why We Are Stoic About Two Million Covid Fatalities” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Why We Are Stoic about Two Million Covid Fatalities

Over the past year, some two million people have died of the coronavirus disease. Yet, how alarmed are we? Let’s face it; we’re not. We’re terribly anxious over the shutting down of businesses, movie theatres, sports arenas, schools, and other such deprivations of entertainment and engagement, but what about the two million victims of the virus? We’re quite stoic about it.

Indeed, if you consider the global population, two million fatalities from Covid-19 is not a lot. We treat it like a natural phenomenon, a case of force majeure so to speak, so we are pretty calm about it.

But there is a bigger problem here: We are oblivious to the purpose of the plague, and because of it, we are already brewing the next blow, which will be more painful and more widespread than even the coronavirus. If all we care about is not being able to go to bars and movies, then we are bringing on ourselves a worse disaster than the virus, something that will force us to look for the root of these catastrophes, and not pin our hopes on vaccines that are only good until the next, resistant mutation comes along.

The root cause of the plague is our corrupt relations toward each other. These relations aren’t just smashing the fabric of society, as we are seeing now all over the US. Exploitation and ill-will are destroying the fabric of our entire world. They are deleterious to our society, to our planet, to our health, and to all animal species. They prevent us from cooperating for the benefit of all of humanity; they do not let us work shoulder to shoulder to save our planet. The distrust does not let us mend the wounds of our society, which leads to violence, aggression, bigotry, poverty, depression, substance abuse, and wars.

Our mistreatment of each other causes us to mistreat everything around us: the soil, the water, the air, plants, animals, and people. All of them suffer because we hate each other, and they react accordingly. This is why storms are growing more intense, fires more widespread and common, and plagues spread faster and appear sooner than ever before. The message from all of them is clear: Fix your relations or your relations will destroy you.

We haven’t the prerogative to be stoic about Covid-19’s victims because doing so destroys our future. If we correct our relations, it will calm the ordeals that I just mentioned and we will find peace, and peace of mind. Otherwise, we’re in for a very bad year, and an even worse decade.

“Why Israel’s World Lead In Vaccination Is Meaningless” (Times Of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Why Israel’s World Lead in Vaccination Is Meaningless

Israel has leapt ahead of other countries in the global efforts to inoculate its population against COVID-19 with the fastest vaccination rate in the entire planet. What Israel has yet to discover is that such an effort will be ultimately useless until the nation realizes its role and capacity to cure humanity from all its illnesses, as it holds the only lasting antidote to health, (as well as the key to peace and success): our unity.

Around 12% of Israel’s population has already been vaccinated with doses of the Pfizer vaccine as a result of a well-oiled 24/7 campaign and an efficient healthcare system. Vaccine distribution efforts in Israel are by far faster and more successful compared to those of other developed countries such as the US and European nations. But as much as we would like to believe that this is the panacea to get rid of the coronavirus, we will soon discover that the miracle cure to the pandemic does not lie within the biological sphere but instead at the human level, in the right connection between people. A method for reaching that goal is the real example Israel should give to the world.

Why is this successful immunization program not enough? It is not sufficient because it gives us the false impression that only through such measures are we protected from diseases, while nature is trying to teach us that we cannot sit on our laurels until we address and fix the root cause of the problem: our lack of alignment with nature’s balance, wholeness, and perfection. Our human intolerance, hostility and egoism cause imbalance within multiple levels of nature—inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human—which negatively boomerangs back upon us in the form of diseases. Our hatred of one another thus harms the system we all share and is reflected back on us in the form of all kinds of problems and crises.

So what is the true role of Israel I have mentioned? It is to pioneer the implementation of the method for attaining unity above division between people to the point of reaching the tenet “love your neighbor as yourself.” Israel’s role is to lead the way in moving humanity toward the attainment of unity and recovering balance with nature that has been lost as a result of our fractious, egoistic and self-centered human relations.

A method for realizing this goal is set out in the wisdom of Kabbalah and this knowledge has been inherited by the people of Israel through the generations so that they will become a conduit for the worldwide expansion of unity. As Rav Yehuda Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar wrote, “It is upon the Israeli nation to qualify itself and all the people of the world to develop until they take upon themselves that sublime work of the love of others, which is the ladder to the purpose of Creation.”

As the press of nature increasingly tightens humanity’s interconnection and greater rivalry and conflict surface between people, the conditions become ripe for humanity to learn how to organize our increasing connection positively, how to unite above the growing divisions.

Jews need only come to the realization that by starting to relearn and implement our historic and unique method for achieving unity and by disseminating this know-how to all, they will bring harmony to themselves and to the world at every level of nature. Such unity will radiate a positive unifying example throughout the entire planet and then the people of Israel will truly become “a light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6). Therefore, Israel can and should provide the role model for humanity to follow in order to reach the goal of achieving immunity from all its suffering and pains through healthy human connection.

“The Pandemic Unmasked Humanity’s Utmost Desire” (Thrive Global)

Thrive Global published my new article: “The Pandemic Unmasked Humanity’s Utmost Desire

If we constantly keep in mind that our good future depends on our relationships based on mutual care and solidarity, we will experience a fruitful and happy new year, full of positive emotions, purposeful revelations and learning experiences.

Person wearing a protective mask against Covid-19. Rennes the 2020-09-19.Personne portant un masque de protection contre le Covid-19. Rennes le 2020-09-19.NO USE FRANCE

As a new year starts people are eager to leave memories of the pandemic way behind, but the virus is relentless. Even when millions of Covid-19 vaccines have already been administered in America and around the world, some preventive measures such as mask-wearing should remain for some time according to health officials. How will a mask covered society affect our personal interactions, particularly within the young generation? We will soon discover that trust and closeness will not be conditioned by the use of masks or the lack of wearing them. Progress at all levels will depend on good connections with others, on our internal desire to build meaningful relations.

The use of masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has transformed people’s mindset globally. With the exception of some Asian countries already accustomed to using face masks to prevent contagion of infectious diseases, the measure has awakened controversy in the US and other countries where people have been told to get used to wearing masks as the “new normal.” After a year of partially covering our faces due to the pandemic, new research from European and North American experts revealed that it complicates social interaction between people since it disturbs “emotion reading from facial expression.”

The results of the study indicated that emotional states such as happiness, sadness, and anger were misperceived as neutral. And people disgusted were misinterpreted as angry. These findings were not meant to question the use of masks or not but to evaluate its psychological impact on human interactions. People will slowly start to realize what happened to them during this time since the virus appeared, as the changes unfolded, and why the world experienced such a dramatic transformation.

What should be done to move forward? Our progress will not be conditioned by mask-wearing or social distancing. It will depend on our ability to realize that the pandemic is activating our utmost desire: our need for connection with others as our world is revealed as increasingly interdependent.

As social animals, our longing for deeper and closer relations with others have become more visible, more authentic and qualitative. What has the virus taught us the hard way? It shows us that we had to keep distance between us since we were not in good connection with each other, were incapable of living together in brotherhood and positive relations. So we will not be able to get closer again until we internalize this principle and change direction toward a more balanced society.

Who are most affected by the lack of social interaction? Undoubtedly, the younger generation. Some of us may have forgotten what it means to be young, the first kiss and embrace. Therefore, it is hard for us to grasp what today’s youth experiences now. They feel harsh restrictions inside, they disagree with whoever wants to stop and limit them, they even curse the supreme force, nature, for bringing such a situation upon the planet. They are willing to get rid of anything in their way regardless of the consequences just to live the moment to its fullest.

Nature knows how to fix us. From a sociological level it could have been a much sharper blow. Imagine a world where human connection would not exist at all, in which our contact between relatives, couples, children, and parents completely vanished. A sort of complete disconnection in which we wouldn’t be able to breathe, would feel helpless, alone, empty. As painful as it is to remain distant from each other, the pandemic is still giving us an opportunity to change by conducting us to the right direction.

So, how can we not lose hope after a year of the pandemic? It is possible through our positive thoughts toward connection. If we constantly keep in mind that our good future depends on our relationships based on mutual care and solidarity, we will experience a fruitful and happy new year, full of positive emotions, purposeful revelations and learning experiences. We will know how to live properly, shortening the distance between us, connecting our hearts.
— Published on January 4, 2021

“Corona-Time Education” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Corona-Time Education

One of the best indications we have for the state of any society is its education system, or rather. Since the beginning of Covid-19 and the disruption of the schooling system, the negative phenomena that infested schools have penetrated our homes and placed a very unpleasant mirror before us. Now we are experiencing firsthand what our children have been “learning” at school.

With no place to vent aggression, domestic violence and abusive language toward parents and vulnerable siblings have increased dramatically, and parents are aghast at what they are seeing. But they are seeing now what their children have been living through for years. Better now than never.

If there is any lesson to be learned from the pandemic as far as education goes, it is that the education system teaches nothing but bad values.

Nevertheless, now that we see that our education system is fundamentally flawed, I hope it will incentivize us to make amends. Now I hope we understand that the education system must, first and foremost, teach youngsters how to communicate with one another positively and constructively. Any person, however intelligent, will not be able to succeed in today’s society unless he or she knows how to communicate constructively with others.

Constructive communication requires much practice, and a profound realization of the interdependent nature of society. We cannot succeed in life if we think only of ourselves. We also cannot succeed if we forget about ourselves altogether. Currently, we are immersed in narcissistic tendencies and feel it is legitimate to ignore other people’s feelings and care only about our own. While this may feel good when we exercise it, it produces loneliness, depression, and anxiety when others exercise it toward us. For this reason, self-absorption is not a sustainable approach if we want to maintain a healthy society. Balance is the key.

Changing the education system alone will not work. You cannot expect children to change if they come home at the end of the day to a family where the parents inculcate egocentrism. There needs to be an overall effort in society to change the social paradigm. Now that we see the results of a sick education system, I hope it will give us enough of an impetus to change the way we operate on all levels of society. Otherwise, children will grow up just as they have been educated, become parents themselves, and the vicious cycle will continue with worsening consequences until life becomes Hell on earth, if it isn’t already.

We have built all the technology to lead an affluent life with abundance to everyone. The only reason for people’s misery today is our lack of education, our lack of mutual responsibility and our excessive self-absorption. Even poverty is not a curse from above; it’s a result of carelessness for one another, a lack of education of the poor and of the affluent. When we don’t understand that we are all parts of the same society, we close our doors before each other until the streets become battlegrounds. In the end, neither the rich nor the poor will enjoy living in such a country. Education toward mutual responsibility is the first step toward healing society; everything else will be mended afterwards.

The Lessons Of 2020

963.1The coronavirus epidemic has made such an explosion around the world, as if a world war broke out, and has led to an economic crisis and sense of despair and fear. Why have people still not realized the need to rebuild the world by making significant changes in society?

The fact is that everyone is acting out of their own personal, individual egoism. Therefore, no one cared about what was happening in the world and with other people, what was important was only what concerned him personally. We were watching how others were suffering, and were not very impressed. The main thing is that we feel good and we can confidently exist and succeed.

But here we suddenly find ourselves in a different world and feel that society, the environment, the country, the people, and the world, everything has become interconnected and dependent on each other. We pass on a deadly virus to each other, we cannot travel freely and are forced to obey lockdown orders.

On the one hand, we had to break the useful ties that existed before and allowed us to fly around the world, travel, and get to know each other. In addition, we were forced to isolate ourselves even more, put on masks and gloves, and keep the distance of two meters between each other.

Some new mandatory rules that we do not like very much were put in action. It is as if nature is telling us: “You cannot behave as before, you must distance yourself from each other. You cannot go where you want and travel around the world, you cannot send your children to school and kindergarten.”

We feel that nature is placing a wedge between us and teaching us what the connection between us should be. In order for the connection to be new, good, and correct, it must comply with the new laws that the coronavirus is teaching us. If we abide by these laws, then we can communicate with each other; and if we do not comply, then we must not approach each other.

Nature is beginning to teach us new forms of communication between people, and soon we will realize that this is for our benefit. I can only connect with people if I act for their benefit and not for my own benefit. This is the lesson nature teaches us. Through the quarantine, through the inability to communicate, fly, and travel, it shows us that we can be in touch only on the condition that we care about each other and think about the good of others.

You are welcome to go out for a walk, to visit others, to communicate, only if you think kindly about each other and take care not of yourself, but others. This is how nature will gradually teach us good relationships.

This will happen quickly and painlessly if the media cooperate with Kabbalists who understand how to behave in order to help nature change human society, to move it to the next stage, and to convey to all people what form of relations we should come to.

“Each man will help his neighbor” to establish a connection between us above hatred so that we understand that the future is impossible without good relations. It depends on us whether we get to them in a short and easy way or in a long way of suffering, including world war.

It depends on Kabbalists and the media how quickly humanity will go through the transition period and establish new connections between people so that nature will cease to put pressure on us and limit us. We will not need any external pressure because we ourselves will understand what is good for us.
From KabTV’s “The World” 12/27/2020

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My Thoughts On Twitter 1/3/21

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

The announcement of total #quarantine is an admission of complete failure, total chaos in the system of the government’s decision making. Everyone thinks so! This will continue until people realize that the solution lies in social unity, rather than direct war with the #virus.

The #pandemic has separated everyone from everyone at all degrees of connection. But it is precisely through this that the need for true connection between everyone will become apparent. After realizing this, humanity will start to work on itself.
From Twitter, 1/3/21

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Turning Over The Pages Of My Soul

622.02We must see all relationships between us as coming from the Creator, from the general force. However, I can work with some relationships and I cannot work with others. According to this, I must either get closer to people or distance myself from such relationships.

As much as possible, sooner or later, I try to relate to everyone with love. This is how I sort the whole world: something is closer, the other thing is farther. First of all, I build relationships with my friends in the ten. Then we can expand this circle to the worldwide Kabbalistic group, both men and women. And then, I extend this attitude to the whole world, to all of humanity, and then to all of nature in general.

The main thing is to every moment position myself in the center of reality and strive to relate to it as the Creator, that is, to develop myself into a man, Adam. Therefore, I always check whether I am similar to the Creator or not, as if turning over pages within myself, figuring out what I am composed of, how to arrange my attitude to everything, how to aim myself, and whether to come closer or to distance myself.

Through this inner work, I calibrate my instruments of perception, my soul, my inner violin, so that only a good melody sounds from me in relation to everyone. This is how I become a man, Adam, similar to the Creator.

This is a long path, but we can move forward step by step because we are already ready for this work. The whole world needs it since it is driven to despair by the coronavirus pandemic. Gradually, people will begin to realize that there is no choice, that we must relate to each other in a good way, which is the correction of the world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/25/20, “Concealment”

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2021—The Year Of The Awakening Of Humanity

229We are entering the year 2021, which will reveal to us how closed the world is, how it is connected in one common system, and as we suffer together, the solution can only be common too.

All this will be revealed in 2021, which will be the year of the awakening of humanity. It will become obvious to everyone that it is impossible to succeed by using your egoism. On the contrary, the success depends on how much we break down the egoistic partitions that separate us.

As we manage to do this in the ten, we will have an impact on the whole world. And the whole world will also begin to feel that it is enough wasting money on weapons. The only thing worth investing in is bringing people together. This is the elixir for all diseases.

We will not need any vaccines or drugs against the virus. This is not a coronavirus pandemic but an epidemic of global egoism unfolding in the world. And there is one cure for this disease: our connection.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/20, “Annulment and Submission”

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“Wake Up Humanity, Before The Waves Drown Us” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Wake Up Humanity, Before the Waves Drown Us

Most of the summaries of 2020 (the few who even attempted it) speak of 2020 as a tragedy, as if their lives have been stolen. In my view, this is an immature perspective. When a little boy plays outside with his friends and his mother calls him in to finish his homework, the boy thinks she is a terrible mother, but we grownups know better. We are like that boy, throwing a temper tantrum at Mother Nature’s insistence that we do what we must. Nature didn’t do anything bad to humanity; she only called us in to do our homework. And as we all know, if we don’t do our homework, we will fail the test. And when the test is about our lives, it is not one we want to fail.

While we were home, in the first lockdown that Mother Nature imposed on us, we should have started doing our homework. We should have realized that she had sent us the virus that sent us home only because we have been bad to one another, like brothers who cannot get along and fight so much that their mother has no choice but to send them to their separate rooms. She hopes that after some time alone, they will realize that they shouldn’t treat each other as they did and will resolve to find a way to get along.

After some time, the mother lets them out, since she is their mother, after all, and wants them to enjoy life. However, instead of making peace, they start fighting even worse than before. The poor mother has no choice but to punish them more severely, hoping that this time they will learn. The children know that when they are quiet, Mother is nice to them. But the brothers hate each other so fiercely that they forget what is best for them the minute they see each other, so they start bickering again.

This is where we are. Nature’s blows are like the mother’s admonition or punishment and we are the obstinate children. Instead of learning, we’re counting on the vaccines to enable us to take off our masks so we can swear at each other once again, eliminate the social distance so we can beat each other up, and hail this emotional carnage as “freedom” and “normalcy.”

Every time Nature sends another punishment, it’s like a wave that hits us and forces us to retreat. During the retreat, we are supposed to reflect on our behavior with each other. But we don’t. Finally, the water recedes and we come out of our shelters only to squabble, humiliate, and exploit each other even more than before. This makes the next wave more substantial, aiming to force us to reflect. If we don’t start reflecting soon, the waves will drown us. They might come in all sorts of ways; Nature is very creative when it comes to punishments, but there is no reason for us to experience them first hand. We can choose instead to discover her creativity in giving and in caring.

Look at the coronavirus. We haven’t even vaccinated everyone from the original strain, and we are already dealing with two new strains, from the UK and from South Africa, both of which are much more contagious, and to which we don’t know if the vaccine already approved will work. It is a sign that Nature will not let up. She will not stop until we learn.

Look at how we’re treating one another with the vaccine. Why do countries that cannot afford to buy it have to beg for it? Haven’t we learned that we are all in this together? Haven’t we seen that an infection anywhere is an infection everywhere? Dispensing the vaccine to all the countries, none excluded, is our first test in mutual responsibility. So far, we’re failing.

As I see things now, I think that we will live with the coronavirus and its mutations for many years to come. It’s come to teach us to live differently, with more care, consideration, and responsibility for one another. Until we learn, it won’t go away. The waves will come and go, but the more we stall in learning, the more poignant the waves will become. In the beginning, the virus didn’t affect children; now it does. In the beginning, it affected mainly our lungs; now it affects our brains and hearts. What more do we want it to do to us before we learn what it is trying to tell us?

Remember the mother allegory: If we don’t stop fighting, Mother Nature will send us to our separate rooms or find other ways to punish us, which will be more and more painful.