Another devastating week of shootings in the U.S. Pittsburgh, Florida and now Thousand Oaks. How many more disgruntled people are out there that are slightly unbalanced, have access to weapons and are trained to use them?
America should recognize its problem is now much greater than gun control laws – it has become a culture that is desensitized to obscene levels of violence, with mass shootings becoming the daily reality.
U.S. authorities must form an overall strategy for healing their toxic, violent-breeding culture. We must understand the fundamental issue we are dealing with here once and for all. The human ego is growing and we must create a balancing force by changing the social climate and the way people relate to each other.
In the meantime, today we are sending our condolences to the families of the victims and the entire Thousand Oaks community.
The South American immigrant convoy has reached Mexico and is debating whether to stay there or keep moving towards the U.S. border. President Trump, on the other hand, had already deployed 5,200 soldiers to the Mexican border to stop the “invasion.”
If you had to make the decisions about immigration, how would you deal with it?
Undoubtedly, much of the uniqueness of the United States comes from being established as a nation of immigrants, by pioneers who came from Europe and built the world superpower.” However, this is nostalgia. The world has changed and today’s immigrants come with different reasons and motivations.
It’s interesting to consider what would happen if the United States would initiate an open border policy welcoming everyone in. What would happen the next day? How would Americans deal with millions of people coming into their country?
My heart goes out to immigrants who flee their country because they are truly being persecuted or denied of basic human rights. Yet every country has its laws and they should be respected. If there are American families or individuals whose heart is aching for the immigrants, why not give them legal aid to help them welcome an immigrant or even a family of immigrants into their homes? This is what I would recommend President Trump do in the short term.
In the long run, however, I recommend a thorough integration program as part of the U.S. immigration policy. Such a program would be a precondition for immigration, and would train every immigrant to learn the language, to familiarize him/herself with the local culture, study the laws, the social norms and so forth. Before they begin with the program, immigrants would have to demonstrate a genuine desire to be absorbed into the society and contribute to it.
Thank you to my students in Tbilisi, Georgia, for the warm hospitality and sense of family that is rooted in you. It is heartwarming to meet our female and male students from every corner of the Earth who study the wisdom of Kabbalah, spread its method, and receive everyone with open arms. Together we embrace the whole world! — with Shimon Karmon, Michael Sanilevich, and Ilan Ben Zion.
“Are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy.” These were the first words on a flyer that was placed this week in mailboxes in Cary, North Carolina.
This flyer is not the first and certainly not the last. Just two weeks ago, Jewish students at UC Davis were surprised to discover anti-Semitic posters on campus that read “every time some anti-white, anti-American, anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it.”
The posters on campus at least blamed Jews for something specific. They accused them of trying to thwart the appointment of Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh. However, you’ll find a different reason in every flyer: Jews are guilty of mass immigration, destroying the economy, corrupting the government or what have you.
Throughout history, Jews have been persecuted and accused of almost anything. Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag writes about this phenomenon: “The fact is that Jews are hated in all nations, whether it is due to religion, race, capitalism, communism, cosmopolitanism etc., the hatred precedes all of the reasons.” Why is that? Because the Jewish people have an obligation to fulfill towards the world. And as long as we ignore it, we will be hated and persecuted.
Unfortunately, most Jews are not aware of their unique function in the evolution of society. As Kabbalah explains, the Jewish people act as a central “hub” within the network of humanity. This is why they were integrated with the world throughout history. When Jews from all walks of life engage in unity above all differences, they enable positive connection across the whole of humanity. On the other hand, when they succumb to conflict and separation, they hold humanity back from its next level of development.
Subconsciously, anti-Semites recognize the unique function of Jews within the human network. However, like little children, they find it difficult to explain their feelings and formulate their demands. Thus, they push, harass and even attack, as they try to call for attention to their distress. We call it anti-Semitism, but in fact, they seek pain relief.
What we see and feel in our world are only consequences that come from a deeper layer of nature. Kabbalah uncovers the natural laws that shape the evolution of human society and how they manifest in the relationship between the Jews and the rest of the world.
“You should know that there are many sparks of sanctity in each of the friends. When you collect all the sparks of sanctity into one place, as brothers, with love and friendship, you will certainly have a very high level of sanctity from the Light of Life, for the time being.” Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag
We had our first Virtual Kabbalah Convention this weekend with participants from all over the world. Here are some numbers: there were 170 physical Bnei Baruch groups connected, 27 virtual groups connected (not including beginners), a total of 3,482 men and women from the Middle East to the Far East! Thank you all for being with us.
Hurricane Michael Devastation Only Tip of the Iceberg
Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years. (AP)
Nature has not gone crazy – we’ve gone crazy. Scientists have been warning us for many years but since we are not making any significant changes in our life, the situation will continue to escalate.
Former Vice President Al Gore warned that “time is running out” after the release of a U.N. special report that gives the world 12 years to head off climate calamity by radically transforming “all aspects of society.”
The conclusion from the report is simple: if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced by 2030, the Earth will be irreversibly damaged. You can also add blows from the rest of nature, such as tsunamis, floods, storms, fires, extreme cold and heat waves, melting glaciers, and more.
In order to understand the bleak situation we’re in, we need to understand the reason for what’s happening.
Earth Is a System of Forces That Must Maintain Balance
The natural system we live in is a system of forces operating at different levels of inanimate, vegetative, living and human beings. It is a closed, integral system, where even the most remote elements are completely interconnected. The relationship between the pieces is so interdependent that each part affects the entire system.
Think of our body as an example for a harmonious system. When any organ is out of balance, it throws the whole body out of balance and causes an illness. Physicians examine the balance across the systems in our body, and when they receive the test results, they diagnose the state of our body in relation to the norm. If certain parameters are too high or too low, it means that our body is not in good health.
Until the last fifty years or so, we lived in relative balance on Earth. In other words, this nice home that feeds and sustains us, was relatively “healthy.”
The illness emerged as we breached our balance with nature. We have been emitting carbon dioxide, polluting the oceans with non-biodegradable waste, fertilizing the soil with chemicals, feeding cattle and poultry with antibiotics, and the list goes on. The chemical and non-natural compounds don’t break down in the soil or the air, and ultimately we feed on them again and again. As a result, new diseases emerge within us and around us.
Why Earth Is Sick
As long as the human ego controls our actions, the situation will only get worse. Greed drives corporations to use toxic substances in agriculture and medicine, and the integrity of nature is the least of their priorities. Governments are subject to tycoons, and scientists conduct their research according to the interests of the heads of industry and commerce.
Thus, we’ve thrown the natural system out of balance, and as a result we witness “natural diseases.” Just like a person who shows symptoms that indicate he is on the way out of his health range, our planet is getting sick. The “physicians of nature,” the scientists who study the various climatic conditions, are noticing that we are facing a terrible outbreak of disease.
Even if it seems that the climate is wonderful in one region and stormy in the other, this is all temporary. The planet is round and the natural system is integral. Ultimately, just like a foot infection can gradually spread throughout the body, the diseases of nature will spread throughout the planet.
But instead of working towards balance with nature, we continue to work for the short term benefit of the rich and powerful. In turn, inequality and polarization grow within human society, and society as a whole grows increasingly out of balance with nature. As the gap continues to grow, the blows of nature will cost us a great deal of suffering, sickness and death. Just consider the amount of damage that one earthquake can cause.
The Human Ego Blocks the Healing Process
Ultimately, climate destabilization will force us to change our ways. We will have to become conscious and wary of our balance with nature, and our connection with each other inside this integral system.
In fact, this change should have happened from the middle of the twentieth century, as we began to be bound through global interdependence in commerce, industry, economics, media, and so forth. The human race should have begun to act in mutual responsibility. That is, to take care of the needs of all mankind, while maintaining balance with nature.
But the reality is that we cannot even deal with our global challenges and their rapid spread because our own ego stands in the way. The human ego doesn’t care about climate change and is ready to trample any agreement on its way to getting its hands on every single penny.
Therefore, it is the human ego that we must balance first if we are to reach any stable agreements between us. Treaties such as the “Kyoto Protocol” or the “Paris Agreement” only serve to show us the futility of any attempt to solve our problems without taking the human ego into account.
Balance with Nature Starts with Balance between Us
To change our fate on this planet, we must begin with harmonizing the connection between all human beings.
The world is a single creation, and even our psychology and our inner forces interact with nature in ways that we don’t see or understand. Our thoughts and our intentions have a lot to do with our balance with nature.
We’re at a unique point in human development, where everyone can begin to see the need for harmonious human connections on a global scale, and yet, we don’t have the power and method to make that happen.
This is why the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed today. Authentic Kabbalah is not a new or ancient religion, it’s not mysticism and it’s not a philosophy. Rather, it is an empirical method that teaches us how we can achieve balance with nature through activating our deep wiring for human connection.
Everything depends on the relationship between human beings. When we realize that and begin to consciously act on that, the whole system of nature will give us positive feedback. We will begin to sense that we are a global human family, and Earth is our only home.
Tragic Barkan Killing Bursts Bubble of Coexistence
The tragic killing in the Barkan industrial zone, where Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi were murdered, has left us with nothing except to embrace our grief. To embrace the lost children, the broken parents, the suffering siblings.
Along with the sorrow and pain, a dream has vanished. The bubble of coexistence between Jews and Arabs was shattered, and the illusion of life based on mutual respect and cooperation blew up in our faces. But was there ever coexistence between us to begin with?
True coexistence will occur only when the people of Israel are united. The Jewish people was created when Abraham gathered representatives from the various tribes and clans who lived in ancient Babylon, some 4,000 years ago. They were all strangers and very different from each other, but they preferred to maintain unity over the division.
Their efforts to connect with each other above all differences evoked a positive, powerful and connecting force from nature itself. It is only the discovery of this natural force that allowed the people of Israel to live in unity and coexistence. As Rav Kook writes: “the secret for the unity of the world lies within Israel.”
However, the unity was shattered and the people of Israel parted and dispersed throughout the world for two thousand years. Only when we reawaken the connecting force that lies between us will we rise above our egoistic nature and be able to live in coexistence – within our country, with our neighbors and with all the nations of the world.
Before we correct the human ego, we can sum up the talk of living in peace and coexistence as a naive aspiration and nothing more. Coexistence and connection between human beings requires the capacity to rise above the growing ego, not any temporary cooperation.
Human egoism will only grow and continue to complicate our lives. It is the natural course of human development. If we do not balance the ego, it will lead us to a bitter future. The horrific murder in Barkan is another eruption of the human ego, and unfortunately, will not be the last case.
The Barkan industrial zone will no longer be marketed as a symbol of peace in the chaos of the Samaria region. But if the people of Israel set the example of unity, Israel will become a symbol of peace within the chaos of the world. Then, we will not only live in coexistence, but in global coexistence. We will feel ourselves as one united people, and we will shine like a lighthouse to the world, fulfilling our duty to become a “light unto the nations.”
I’m happy to see that students of our online Kabbalah university came to Pocono Springs, Pennsylvania, for a “Spiritual Bootcamp” with their instructors, where they experience the power of connection in the most ideal conditions. Thank you to the delegation that made the trip from Israel, and thank you to all my students who have volunteered so much of their time to make this event so special.