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The Last Generation At The Doctor’s Appointment

962.1Today, the world suffers from the fact that people do not have enough money, respect, and health. A person no longer thinks about elevated goals, but worries about the most vital things and how to suffer less.

We need to embrace these sufferings and give them the correct direction toward the Creator to correct this lack of understanding, like a mother takes care of a sick child who does not understand his illness. He just feels that he is sick and cries from pain. The mother should take him to the doctor, give him medicine, and provide all the necessary care.

This is how we should treat all of humanity. The Creator is the doctor, He is the source of all the abundance that we need to pass on to people. We need to learn how to do this, how to hear from the doctor how we should treat the child and persuade humanity to take the medicine in order to recover.

All of us are tightly connected to this world, are aware of all the news, and understand what is happening to it, and therefore we feel its sufferings. From this, we should understand our work as the last generation. Today, everyone gets the same treatment from the Creator and we must see ourselves between these two forces: the Creator and the created beings.

Our task is to implement their correct connection and to help them understand each other so that the Creator understands the created beings, the created beings understand the Creator, and together they develop in the correct direction.

We need to understand that the epidemic is not a blow but a push toward our development. All these forces come to develop us and lead us to connection and through this connection to a feeling of the common, upper force of nature. We have to contact this upper force of nature and this has nothing to do with any religion.

Soon we will see how much humanity needs this connection with the upper force and the upper force itself needs it, and also how much we are ready to connect. Then all of life will improve. This is called the correct connection between all parts of reality.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/20, “Concerning Above Reason”

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The Locomotive

749.02The world-wide Kabbalistic group is a huge spiritual force, the Kli. Had we not lived in the times of the last generation, then in accordance to this force, we would have risen to very high degrees a long time ago. But the fact is that we need to pull a lot of people with us, just like a locomotive that pulls a whole train, dozens of cars, behind it; we must possess enough power for them all.

And so, we make an effort to try to achieve connection between us that corresponds to the whole of humanity, which must follow us. I hope that we will be able to quickly achieve the required force that can unite all of humanity and gradually bring everyone to the stage of final correction.

The Bnei Baruch world group must pull the whole of humanity with it into the spiritual world. At the same time, each ten is concerned with pulling the other tens. Each ten has its special character that distinguishes it from the rest, and this adds to the overall work not only in strength, but also in quality.

The Creator has arranged it so that only through the connection between us can we achieve the necessary strength not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively; we acquire a special quality that allows us to pull everyone after us.

After all, all of humanity is one Kli, one soul, in which one point has received the desire for the Creator and feels the force that attracts it. All the other points, all of humanity, do not feel drawn to the Creator, but they are attached to me, and I am obliged to pull them up with me.

This may seem like a heavy burden to us now, like a heavy load that we have to bear. But as we move forward, we will understand that this is what gives pleasure to the Creator, and if we feel that He is great, then we will gladly bear this burden without feeling any heaviness. After all, we bring joy to the Creator precisely by advancing, not one ten, but all of humanity.

This is precisely the source of the Creator’s joy. All the desire to enjoy is concentrated there and we are only Galgalta ve Eynaim. AHAP, which we need to pull along, receives the light of Hochma and delights the Creator. Therefore, we will gradually see that it is with the help of all of mankind that we can give pleasure to the Creator.

And if we do not prepare ourselves to pull the whole world with us, we can be removed from this role. There is a risk here. When one is given some satisfaction in corporeal life, he may forget about spirituality. If a person does not make an effort above and beyond to reach correction, does not convince himself with the help of society that he must come to be corrected, then there is no point in his spiritual existence and he is brought back down into material existence.

We are given a chance to achieve the degree of a human, to become Adam, similar to the Creator. Being similar to the Creator means pulling the whole of humanity toward correction. This is our work, and that is why we are called servants of the Creator. This is a very high privilege, a special and honorable mission. And if a person neglects it, then he is removed and replaced with someone else.

Lesson after lesson, gathering after gathering, workshop after workshop, we will realize more and more that there is a vast number of people, humanity, that our group has to lead. So, it will gradually become clear that we are the locomotive that pulls the whole train of many cars to the goal. Gradually, everything will begin to add up to one picture and become manifested in feelings.

Currently, we do not yet feel that we are connected to all of humanity or that we have the power to pull everyone along like a train that runs on its tracks toward the Creator. We must ask the Creator for strength and receive it within our connection. This is how the locomotive works and is able to pull the cars along with it.

Gradually, this state will become clearer, and I hope that after the holidays we will begin a different kind of work between ourselves and with all of humanity. We will begin to feel this connection within us and in accordance with it, our responsibilities and forms of work.
From the Rosh HaShanah Convention 9/19/20, Lesson 2

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A Hundred Years Of Jewish Wisdom

557Remark: There are several Jewish wisdoms that are said to change the future of our children.
The first one: “’Experience’ is the word a person uses to call their own mistakes.”

My Comment: Yes. Experience has to come, be born, from one’s own mistakes. If there are no mistakes, there is no experience. It cannot be that a person reaches any correct conclusions if he did not make mistakes.

Question: Is it possible that a person does not make mistakes?

Answer: No. A person cannot do the correct thing if he has not made a mistake in it before.

Question: Does he have regrets that he made mistake?

Answer: It is this regret that produces a correct action.

Question: Do we pass this experience to our children?

Answer: You want to pass it to your children, but they must make mistakes.

Question: Will they have their own experience?

Answer: Of course.

Question: Does it mean that our experience will not help them?

Answer: There is no need. Each generation must make mistakes and come to the correct conclusion and thus move forward.

Remark: That is, everyone has absolutely their own experience. It is the experience of mistakes.

My Comment: Without this, you do not receive clear information, data, sensations, anything, if you did not experience it in all these situations.

Remark: Quote: “If you accidentally got angry, give the anger a chance to stay overnight—just keep quiet until morning.”

My Comment: From our life, we see that this is good. This is called “the one who shuts his mouth during the conflict with the other.”

Question: How can a person do that?

Answer: Through exercises.

Question: What happens in the morning? Will I not be as angry as I was before with this person?

Answer: No, on the contrary, maybe you will be grateful to him.

Remark: Quote: “There are two methods to rise above your neighbor: the first is to rise above yourself, and the second is to put down your neighbor. It is not advisable to use the second method. Rather than digging a pit for someone else, throw these forces at creating a hill for yourself.”

My Comment: It is always worthwhile to rise above yourself. You are growing in this way. Thus, there is no need to pay attention to the other, even from the egotistic point of view. Instead, rise above yourself to some new, more perfect state.

Question: Is it possible to rise above myself at all?

Answer: Of course, every minute.

Remark: Usually, we do something very different, we put down the other.

My Comment: You use the other in order to rise above yourself by accepting his point of view.

Question: Is this called that I annul myself?

Answer: I annul my previous self in order to make an upper one out of myself.

Question: This quote has an interesting ending. It says that if you use the second method, that is, put down the other, you are building a hill for yourself. Does it mean a grave mound?

Answer: Of course.

Question: In other words, if you put down the other, is this in fact your death?

Answer: Yes. On the contrary, rise above others, use this opportunity. Use the other, his criticism, his attitude toward you, let go of yourself, bend down, and then you will rise above yourself.

Remark: Quote: “Do not be too sweet or they will eat you up. Do not be too bitter or they will spit you out.”

My Comment: I say what I think is right. This is what I have “on a platter,” as they say, this is what I give you. You choose: is this sweet or bitter for you, or you can throw it away altogether. Let people see that this is who I am.

Question: What about the fact that people want to see you sweet and you are bitter? A person needs to follow somebody. They are looking for someone to follow.

Answer: Well, it is not necessary to follow me. In any case, I am like this, I will not change! I believe that what I say anyone can understand.

Whether he agrees or not is up to him but at least he will understand. I speak my opinion, I do not alter myself to his opinion so that he will listen to me or respect me and make sure that he is right. I do not do that.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/22/20

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The Function Of The People Of Israel

254.02Remark: Baal HaSulam, answering the question of what the whole world expects from the return of the people of Israel to their land, wrote: “It is not in other teachings, for in that we never innovated. In them, we have always been their disciples. Rather, it is the wisdom of religion, justice, and peace. In this, most nations are our disciples, and this wisdom is attributed to us alone.” [The Writings of the Last Generation & the Nation]

My Response: Indeed, until recent times we were disciples of other nations and did not succeed in other sciences. Our only occupation was spiritual exaltation. And only during the last 100 – 150 years, when we had moved away from the inner part of the Torah, were we lost in the other sciences, in business, and so on.

Thus, in our time, everything has turned upside down. We learn from the peoples of the world all kinds of philosophies and religions, and from us they learn sciences.

This is why we need to restore the correct correspondence between us and other peoples, becoming, as it is said, the light for the peoples of the world. We must reveal to them what the science of Kabbalah actually brings, how it is possible to reach an understanding of the world in which we exist, and how to come to its correction.
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Fast Transition To Change

214Question: To introduce the method of connection, one needs to implement several practical tips. First, use the media. This is the instructive and educational stage.

We see how mass media today influences and shapes public opinion. Therefore, it is possible to change public perception by constantly advertising that everything depends on the unity of people. Then this value will be more important than any personal qualities of an individual.

Second, open—and this already exists today—research centers for studying the unification of humankind.

Third, the upbringing of children in schools. Indeed, only knowledge is given in them today but not upbringing.

It is also necessary to develop specific training programs for the unemployed, inmates, people living alone, and other segments of the population.

How long do you think it would take to implement all this? And how long will it take to learn new communication skills between people?

Answer: If people see this as an urgent, collective necessity for humanity, which is practically facing the threat of destruction, then this will be realized very quickly and accepted in the shortest period of time. It can be hours, days, or weeks. It all depends on how clear it becomes to people that a terrible fate is hanging over them.

Question: Will suffering be the catalyst for this process?

Answer: Undoubtedly! Only that! Man is an egoist. If he feels good, he will not lift a finger. And it takes energy to lift a finger.

Remark: But he wants to get better.

My Reply: Depending on where it is better: “Do I understand what is better? Am I sure of this? No, I will look at others for now.”

Unfortunately, this will not work in a positive way. We see that a person is used to lying on the sofa. And only if he is approached by someone with a stick does he jump up.

Question: Is it still possible to positively come to changes in human psychology regarding relations with other people?

Answer: I hope so. At least such an example should be given to humanity. I work in this direction as much as possible. True, I am not engaged in the dissemination of Kabbalah among the broad masses, but I teach Kabbalah as a method of correcting certain special individuals who have an internal predisposition for this. I hope that in this way it will be possible to educate true teachers of the generation. And that generation is already taking shape.

Question: I know that Kabbalists are not engaged in predicting the future. Still, could you specify a time frame for when will the people of Israel be able to become a conduit? How long can it take?

Answer: I think that this will happen within the next few years. This will require some pressure from above, but in principle, people can grasp this very quickly. All the conditions for it exist today.

Therefore, visit our website and try to master our materials. This science will definitely come in handy for you anywhere any time, and you will not get away from it. Correcting the world is the goal of all humanity. And first of all, our goal.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 12/9/19

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Methodology From Moses

200.02Question: There are several stages of learning the method of connection.

The first stage is explanatory when a person must receive information about the current situation, about the crisis that has engulfed all spheres of our life.

The second stage is acquiring knowledge. A person begins to understand his egoistic nature, what the freedom of choice is, what the correct perception of reality is, the general goal of nature that he must achieve, etc.

The third stage is educational, sensory, when people studying the method of connection should be divided into small groups, in tens, in which they will be able to feel everything that has been explained to them in practice.

The fourth stage is going out into the world and working not only in a small group, but also with all of humanity.

What could you add here?

Answer: I can only say that I have not added anything new here. My explanation that humanity should be divided in tens and correct itself though them in general unity, and then in a larger form, comes from Moses, who, upon receiving the Torah, immediately began to unite the nation.

The fact is that by trying to unite above egoism, we begin to feel the common force of nature, which is called the Creator. The revelation of this force in us leads to a spiritual ascent. We begin to feel the entire universe, all of nature, the spiritual worlds, the system that governs us.

Thus, we rise from the animate level governed from above, to the level of man (Adam). Adam comes from the word Domeh, similar, to the Creator. We come to a level equal to Him. We must ascend to this state of complete similarity to the Creator.
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Do I Need To Start Teaching Kabbalah To My Family?

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Answer: Quite right.

Question: And first of all should we start with our loved ones?

Answer: No. We gather in groups based on our desire for self-correction. The people who come to us study together. Between them, a new system of correction appears. But these are not people close to us and not relatives.

Question: Doesn’t it make sense to start with family? Usually people begin to create family relationships with an egoistic attitude in order to receive care, love, and attention. And when they don’t get it, conflicts arise. Maybe it is better to start with the family?

Answer: Can you teach them to bestow? Are they willing to hear this? Do they agree that you should give first and only then receive? Or maybe even come to a state where you give and by this you receive.

Question: I perceive giving, first of all, as love and care for others. But I observe that there is little love in people. In them there is the thirst to receive this love.

When I first became acquainted with Kabbalah, I realized that Kabbalah is the source that through the growth of your consciousness that can help you receive this love. Like a battery to which you connect and draw energy from.

I would like to share these tools with others. Where should I begin? What should I advise them to study or read?

Answer: For this, we have a huge database in 70 languages  since our students live all across the globe. We have a great library with free access from the Internet.

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Answer: You can’t do anything. We just need to give our materials. It is better to study what is written according to the method for beginners. Then, within a short time, people will be able to understand what it is about correctly and clearly without any misconceptions.
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On The Anniversary Of The Ari’s Departure

laitman_961.2We are honored to have had such a teacher Baal HaSulam who was the next incarnation of the soul of the great Ari. It is said that the Ari was Mashiach ben Yosef, that is, he connected the entire previous Kabbalah with the current state of the end of correction, with the generation of the era of the Messiah, for us.

Therefore, as soon as the Kabbalah of the Ari was revealed, the Kabbalists left all other streams of Kabbalah and accepted his method. This was not due to the fact that the method of the Ari was more understandable or that he rose above others in his comprehension, but because of the connection of his soul with the end of correction.

The soul of the Ari is directly connected with the end of correction, and therefore, through him and his teachings, we can also establish a connection with the final corrected state and correctly realize ourselves, all of us together and each one of us individually.

Baal HaSulam writes in the “Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot“: “You have not a generation without such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Indeed, that Godly man, Rav [teacher, great one] Isaac Luria [the ARI], troubled and provided us the fullest measure. He did wondrously more than his predecessors, and if I had a tongue that praises, I would praise that day when his wisdom appeared almost as the day when the Torah was given to Israel.”

Indeed, we are unable to measure the height of the Ari just as an infant cannot measure the actions of adults. But everything that we have today came from the Ari, and through his soul, we receive the highest impact and corrections. Baal HaSulam and Rabash stand behind the Ari in this chain.

The Ari himself did not write a single book—they were all written by his students. Some of the records were hidden in his grave and some were secretly kept in a chest, and thus, they came down to our time. Of course, a higher power and a higher design were at work in all this.

Otherwise, how is it possible that a higher desire would suddenly awaken in a merchant such as the Ari who traveled between Egypt, Israel, and Damascus and engaged in trade, and force him to settle in Israel and devote himself to Kabbalah.

All information about the Ari is very inaccurate: there are two synagogues in Safed named after him, and it is not clear which one he belonged to. Everything is very vague as if we are not talking about a person. There is no information about his family, wife, children, whether he had any descendants. Nothing is clear. Of course, no one has freedom of choice and everything that happened to the Ari was dictated from above, by the Creator.

Before the Ari, only a few select individuals were secretly engaging in Kabbalah. And after him, Kabbalah came out of hiding. The life of the Ari in Safed was not easy due to the many opponents of Kabbalah. After all, he began to reveal Kabbalah and to organize groups.

He was helped by the fact that Ramak, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero ,who had great authority in Safed, interceded for him, and he understood that the method of the Ari came from true, deep comprehension.

The Ari is unique in that he revealed the science of Kabbalah in a completely new way. It was he who introduced such concepts as the ten Sefirot, the direct and the reflected light, Malchut, the Masach, and precisely determined the structure of the worlds and Partzufim. All this is described in the book The Tree of Life written by Chaim Vital from the words of the teacher.

Chaim Vital studied with the Ari for only a year and a half before his teacher’s death. And during this year and a half he managed to obtain sufficient knowledge for twenty books. It took three more generations to collect and print these books. It is obvious that there is some kind of higher, superhuman power behind all this.

After the Ari, Kabbalah was revealed because he brought a special inner, spiritual strength to the world. And besides, his teachings began to slowly spread. It does not matter that he taught only in a small town in Safed. This spiritual power, which he brought closer to our world through his soul, began to be felt all over the world.

Thanks to this, a Kabbalist such as Baal Shem Tov appeared in Russia, who continued the work of the Ari and began to speak of the same concepts: worlds, Sefirot, Partzufim. It is customary in Hasidism to call this the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, but in essence, the foundation was laid by the teachings of the Ari.

Baal HaSulam wrote that he was the next incarnation of the soul of the Ari, that is, he had a direct connection with him and was able to directly comprehend everything that the Ari had attained. The next reincarnation of the soul is like the inheritance of the entire spiritual attainment of the father, which is passed on to the son.

Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot“: “There are not enough words to measure his holy work in our favor. The doors of attainment were locked and bolted, and he came and opened them for us.” Restriction, Masach, reflected light, the Ari describes not only how the light spreads from top to bottom but the specific development of the desire, its stages of coarsening, the connection of this process to the power of the screen. Therefore, he belongs to the generation of the correction and is considered the Mashiach (Messiah) Ben Yosef, after which the correction of Malchut herself begins, the era of Mashiach Ben David.

Maybe even before the Ari, Kabbalists reached the same heights, but they did not receive explicit understanding in the form of connection between the lights, the Kelim, and the screens. Their understanding came as a revelation from above and not from within their own Kelim, allowing them to build the world through their comprehension. Therefore, after the Ari and beyond, everyone can study Kabbalah and gradually comprehend what was revealed to him.

Without explaining how the desire works with the Masach and the reflected light, it is impossible to implement the correction. Therefore, the Kabbalists before the Ari made only preparation for correction, while the Ari revealed the work from the bottom up and revealed the method of correction, practical Kabbalah, to us.

The day of the departure of a Kabbalist is the day of his ascension. Therefore, on this day we want to be connected with the Ari, with his soul and his technique in a special way, even more than before, and we celebrate the day of his memory. In fact, this is a joyful day because his soul has realized itself and has risen to a higher level. Therefore, Kabbalists never grieve for the departed.
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Team Building Guide, Part 8

laitman_530Principles of Forming a Team: Stop Gossip

Remark: Seventh rule: Any kind of gossip is prohibited in the team. Even criticism is possible only at a predetermined time, with special preparation.

My Comment: This is obvious. According to the previous condition that we see only ourselves and not others, what criticism can there be? It means that I criticize myself. Or I criticize the way I see others in myself. It is because I never see anyone else.

Question: How often do you recommend having meetings where we start criticizing each other and making claims?

Answer: Sometimes, as an exercise. Maybe once a month. No more than that.

Question: And until then should I keep everything to myself?

Answer: And until then do exercises: Everything I think about the other, I think about myself.

Remark: You said that in the early stages of team development, it is best to express criticism not directly but through responsible individuals. After all, if I tell a person directly, as an egoist, he will not accept it, and there will be a conflict.

My Comment: Yes. It is better to do this indirectly.

Question: Isn’t it better to have direct honest relationships between colleagues?

Answer: Maybe. But it depends on the stage of training.

Question: So, would you not advise criticizing directly at the initial stage?

Answer: No. Only when you have accumulated a sufficient number of mutual clarifications, collisions, and connections, when you begin to understand each other deeper, better, and the goal becomes more obvious and necessary, then you can move to this level of relationship.

Question: Do we need to determine in advance some topics that we will not talk about since we know they will cause conflicts? For example, politics, religion, and family. Or, on the contrary, should we reveal all this between us?

Answer: No. We do not talk about anything that might be received poorly by others. We should not bring up such topics until we have done so well that we simply stop seeing others as something other than ourselves. Then all this will go away. There will be no reason for restrictions.

Remark: Indeed, the difference between genders, between man and woman, national and religious differences are seated so deeply in a person that until he rises above them, it is better not to touch these topics. This can destroy any team: in business, in sports, everywhere.
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552.02Principles of Team Building: Seeing Your Flaws in Others

Question: The sixth rule: everyone judges the friend according to his own flaws. This is a very ancient principle.

At that moment when a person clearly sees the flaws of the other, what can cause him to understand that this is his uncorrected perception?

Answer: Only public opinion. If everyone around him understands that everyone sees in the other his own flaws, his own corruption, he begins to gradually understand that this is really so that he does not see anyone but himself. Thus, he begins to correct himself.

Question: Are there any exercises that will help me realize that this is in me?

Answer: Only if you hear it from others. It all depends on public opinion. You do not see yourself. You always see others, rather, yourself in others.
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