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Baal HaSulam

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/20/18

“I find a great need to break an iron wall that has been separating us from the wisdom of Kabbalah,” wrote Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag a.k.a. Baal HaSulam (“Master of the Ladder”) for his Ladder commentary on The Book of Zohar.

Today, on the 64th anniversary of his demise, we pay our respects to one of the greatest Kabbalists in the history of mankind. A unique soul that descended to our world to bring us the wisdom of Kabbalah, and bring us closer to a life filled with joy, peace and unity.

Indeed, he was the first to interpret the entire Zohar and the writings of the Ari, the first to adapt the ancient wisdom to every person, the first to publish a Kabbalistic newspaper (The Nation) and spread it publicly. His deep concern for the fate of humanity pulsated in his heart, a concern that dictated the entire course of his life.

Read more about Baal HaSulam in our new archive >>

Rabash: The Last Great Kabbalist

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/13/18

On a cold, rainy night in 1979, I could not sleep, my thoughts troubled me. Suddenly I found myself at the wheel, driving without direction. A large sign cut through my thoughts: “Bnei Brak.” I went in. The streets were deserted. At the corner of “Chazon Ish” Street I ran into a passerby. “Where do you study here?” I asked. He looked at me and answered, “Drive to the end of the street, where you will see an orchard. It’s on the other side of it.”

This is how I came to meet my teacher for the first time, Rav Baruch Shalom Ashlag (the Rabash), the eldest son and successor of Baal HaSulam—the greatest Kabbalist of the twentieth century. From that moment on my life was never the same.

For the next twelve years I served as his personal assistant and disciple, and I absorbed from him everything that I know in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Every day he would lock himself up on the second floor and write. This is how his profound articles were born, which paved the way for anyone nowadays to carve the spiritual path most suited to them. No one before him had written in such a simple and practical manner. Like a father who guides his children along the path, he takes his readers by the hand and guides them until they discover the true meaning of life.

“And once I have acquired the clothing of love,” he wrote to his students at the end of the well-known letter “Love of Friends,” “Sparks of love promptly begin to shine within me.

“The heart begins to long to unite with my friends, and it seems to me that my eyes see my friends, my ears hear their voices, my mouth speaks to them, the hands embrace, the feet dance in a circle, in love and joy together with them…” (the Rabash).

After his departure in 1991, people who felt a burning desire in their hearts to reveal their purpose started coming together. Gradually, the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute was formed, named after Kabbalist Baruch Ashlag. Every morning we study the writings of the Kabbalists, such as The Study of the Ten Sefirot, The Zohar with the Sulam commentary and the writings of Baal HaSulam and the Rabash. We work to share the method with anyone interested, just as my teacher gave me the wisdom of his father.

This evening marks the 27th anniversary of the passing of my teacher, the Rabash, the greatest of the generation. I hope that we will succeed in following his path faithfully.

More about the life story of my teacher, The Rabash >>

Hurricane Florence

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/12/18

North Carolina’s Governor Cooper says residents should plan to be without power for days, as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall early Friday and bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to the Carolinas.

While electrical power may be unavailable, we have a greater power at hand that we should learn how to harness.

As I have been saying for many years, we live in a single, integrated system. It’s hard for us to recognize that all layers of nature are interconnected and interdependent. From earth’s plants and minerals to human thought and behavior, and everything in between.

Within the natural system, humans make for a highly qualitative element, and the way we relate to each other has impact on all the other layers of nature. It is an indirect, and intricate influence. But just as it’s hard for us to identify, so it is vital for nature’s balance.

We don’t fully understand how and why earth’s tectonic plates are shifting after millions of years, earth’s mantle incorporates volatile compounds from the atmosphere, and radiation is coming from the belly of the planet.

But if we saw the inner workings of nature’s system, we would see how much of it relies on human relations. We would see that nature’s law of balance and homeostasis must be kept on the human level as well.

The planet is awakening and working to bring us into balance with each other and with the rest of nature.

Read more in “Why Nature Will Always Win” >>

Rosh HaShana Blessing

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/9/18

I wish all of us what we lack most, love and connection between us!

It has always saved our people, it is in our DNA. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is what we must realize between us for the entire world.

Happy Rosh HaShana!

UK Racism Posters Against Israel

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/7/18

Bus stops across London were defaced with posters in the colors of the PLO flag declaring “Israel is a racist endeavor.” Apparently, these unauthorized ads protest the British Labor Party’s decision to adopt the definition for anti-Semitism by the International Organization for Holocaust Remembrance.

Among the eleven clauses of the definition are four clauses that define a certain criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. One of those who opposed them was Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. His anti-Semitic remarks in recent months have stirred a public outcry to the point that British Jews have threatened to leave the U.K. if Corbyn wins the upcoming elections.

In light of the steep rise in violent incidents towards the 270,000 Jews of Britain over the past three years, the adoption of a new international definition of anti-Semitism is crucial there. But Corbyn’s last minute decision to adopt the clauses of the definition will not change things. Corbyn’s hatred for Jews flows in his veins by nature. And he’s not guilty of it. It is like an illness that doesn’t let him rest.

And Corbyn is not the only one suffering from this illness. The “anti-Semite” may arise in every person, in any time, by any trigger. It is like a wild animal within, demanding to release its strong aversion towards the Jews, whom it identifies as “the source of all evil.”

Therefore, we can write formal definitions on paper, but they will not alter human nature. Precise formulated phrases cannot balance the negative attitude towards Jews that is naturally embedded in the nations of the world, and especially in those who harbor anti-Semitic sentiments.

In the Book of Zohar, the greatest book in the Wisdom of Kabbalah, it was written 2,000 years ago that hatred of the Jews will last for thousands of years until a balancing force flows into the world. Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag, who wrote the commentary on the Book of Zohar, describes it as follows: “the Israeli nation had been constructed as a form of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the human race across the world, until they develop and recognize the pleasantness and tranquility found in the kernel of love of others.”

Until this happens, the world may point blaming fingers towards Jews in any event that happens: murderous terrorist acts in Europe, the September 11 attacks, the spread of AIDS, economic crises, and even natural disasters.

Rav Kook wrote: “Any noise in the world happens primarily for Israel” (Letters of Rav Kook). The ancient Jewish sages wrote that “no calamity comes into the world, but for Israel” (Tractate Yevamot), and Tikkun 30 in the corrections of the Zohar writes that “the Jews cause poverty and ruin and robbery and killing and destruction throughout the world”.

The natural system drives all of human society towards a central pressure point – demanding the Jewish people to unite in order to fulfill their spiritual duty. To do that, the Jews were given the method of connection – the wisdom of Kabbalah, which can help them become a model for all nations.

Then, a balancing force will finally spread throughout the world, soothe the hatred towards Jews, and unite all of humanity into a global community. If British Jews were to become aware of this principle and share it with the people of their country, they would bring about a true revolution.

From Israel’s Prime Minister

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/26/18

Dear Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu,

Thank you for your warm words about my book in Hebrew Why Do They Hate Us?.

Further to your letter, it is my hope that the people of Israel will become familiar with the beauty and depth of the wisdom of Kabbalah and will use it to help reach a brighter future.

With regard to writing a sequel entitled Why Do They Hate Us?, I promise that it will be written, but to justify this, it is important that we focus on the fulfillment of our role to set an example and be “a light unto nations,” for all nations of the world.

You may download the book in Hebrew or the booklet in English with a similar message: “Who Are You People of Israel?”.

Translation of the letter to Dr Laitman from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

PRIME MINISTER

June 19, 2018

Dear Dr. Laitman,

I thank you for sending me a copy of your book Why Do They Hate Us?, which deals with the phenomenon of anti-Semitism from the perspective of Kabbalah.

Hatred of Jews began with the dawn of our nationhood. The moral values that guide us, and the strict loyalty to our separate identity from other nations, were as thorns in the eyes of our opponents. Esau’s hatred to Jacob preceded Pharaoh’s decrees in Egypt, and those are directly related to Haman’s extermination plan in the Persian kingdom, based on the pretext that “their laws are different from those of every people.”

Traditional anti-Semitism—with its many distorted images of Judaism—gave rise to blood libels in the Middle Ages and influenced the racial theory that led to the Holocaust. Nahum Sokolov, one of the founders of Zionism, called it “world hatred for the people of the world.” Sokolov and many others believed that hatred of Jews would pass when we establish an independent state, but they were wrong. Israel’s distorted presentation as the enemy of humanity shows that anti-Semitism will not disappear from the world easily.

We do not lower our heads before the anti-Semites, old or new. We fight the lies about us, and invest efforts in disseminating the truth. At the same time we continue to fortify our strength and build our state. I agree with the main insight that stems from your book, according to which the small state of Israel must continue to adhere to its moral destiny as a beacon of light to all nations of the world.

And allow me to offer a friendly suggestion, that you should write a follow-up book entitled Why Do They Love Us?. Many countries admire our achievements in matter and spirit. They seek to deepen their collaboration with us. Our innovations in science and technology benefit the lives of millions of people on all continents. May these achievements pave the way for the redemption of humanity from its misery.

Best of luck and much success in your fruitful endeavours.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu

The Prime Minister of Israel
 
#israel #antisemitism 

Women Leaders

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 8/28/18

Chances are that your next CEO will be a she and your next congressman will be a congresswoman.

After thousands of years of oppression, women across the world are occupying key positions in all spheres of society. What is the root of the meteoric rise of women in our time and where does this lead human society?

The ever-evolving human desire drives the development of men and women alike. Over the past 60 years, we have witnessed a conspicuous change in women’s desire. Women wish to be less and less involved in household management and child care, and are increasingly expanding their involvement in other areas of society.

At the same time, the world is pushing towards greater equality, and women assume roles and responsibilities previously only filled by men. Technology also plays a significant role in helping free up women’s time. Just as diapers and baby formula were a tremendous help for mothers, emerging robotics and artificial intelligence solutions will reduce the burden of household management to a level we have never seen.

But it’s no wonder that women integrate seamlessly into the hyper-connected world. As the world becomes more interdependent, it demands the intervention of women, as though it were asking them to put their unique qualities into practice.

A woman’s character is much more responsible, stable and consistent. She is capable of absorbing many changes and coping with long-term challenges – a quality that comes from her natural ability to carry an embryo and develop life within her. A man, on the other hand, is better at short-term moves.

A woman is capable of holding onto a large number of tasks as well as carry them out successfully. A man, on the other hand, is more successful in linear processes aimed at a narrow goal. This is why most scientific breakthroughs, for example, manifest through the male brain.

Men and women are also different in their attitude to failure in life. Figuratively speaking, a man can be as strong as iron – and yet one blow can break him. The woman is easier to bend – but like a flexible tree branch, she is much harder to break. The mutual completion of each other’s qualities is the key to building a healthy society in the new era.

The integration of women in the leadership of society and other systems of human life is becoming necessary. The maternal qualities are expanding from the personal home to the global home. The female nature and drive to create a supportive and embracing environment will be expressed in society in creating healthy and proper conditions for bonding between people. Without such an environment that only women can design and manage, the men will continue to quarrel like children.

Trump $200 Million Investment In Israel

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 8/27/18

And a new king rose to power, and his name was Trump. And he ruled Israel with an iron fist, imposing economic sanctions on its citizens and stifling its international trade. And the United Nations celebrated as they finally managed to delegitimize Israel.
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Such a horror scenario seems far from today’s reality. Trump is seen by many as an avid friend of Israel in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile toward it. However, the man who declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, who continues to protect Israel’s position in the international arena and who cherishes the Jewish people – is certainly holding the reins. With each passing day, Israel’s future seems to be dependent on his continued support.

But behind the show of sympathy for Israel, Trump is a shrewd businessman. Like a good salesman, he first grants you a sweet taste while making sure he can demand a handsome payment afterwards. In his outlandish way, Trump is paving the way – on both the Israeli side and the Palestinian side – for a peace deal that could grant him a level of prestige that no U.S. president has ever achieved before.

However, Trump is destined to fail in this area just like all his predecessors did. Peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible only if it is based on the laws of nature.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, peace between human beings in general is only possible through the activation of nature’s inherent binding force, and any plan that doesn’t take it into account will fail.

The people of Israel are the only nation founded on unity that’s based on the laws of nature. They lived by the natural system of human connection for hundreds of years until they went to a long exile, wandered the world and lost their foundation.

The creation of the Jewish people was nature’s way of making a mini-model of unity among humans that would later be extended to the whole of humanity. Therefore, Israel’s conflicts with its neighbors and with the rest of the world will gradually escalate until the people of Israel fulfill their natural role.

Thus, the only way to achieve a viable, lasting peace agreement is to first reawaken the foundation of the Jewish people. Otherwise, Trump’s efforts will fail miserably, and he will gradually change his attitude toward Israel.
So, going back to the negative scenario we began with, Israel’s troubles will intensify to an unbearable degree, until they have no other choice but to painfully evoke the power of unity from the depths of nature with all their might. And only then, peace will come to Israel and spread to the rest of the world.

However, a far more ideal scenario would be to awaken unity in advance, easily and pleasantly, by initiating an educational program that raises awareness of the unique role of the Jewish people and trains them to fulfill it.
Therefore, it would be a good idea for Trump to invest the $200 million he slashed off Palestinian aid in implementing an educational process that would drive Israel to activate the peace plan inherent in nature. This would be Trump’s best shot at going down in history as the person who brought peace to the region.

Question From Gaza

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 8/24/18

Yesterday in the daily Kabbalah lesson, Ahmed from Gaza sent me a question: Why is Israel constantly bombing us? Don’t the leaders understand they’re putting us through hell? Things are bad here anyway. He added with great pain: What can I do spiritually to bring peace and goodness among everyone?

This is a big problem, Ahmed, I replied to him. A very big problem in that we do not understand each other. Even though we are all subject to the same higher force, and we can be brothers, the ego games in politics instigate war between us.

Let’s clarify together the method of correction, we will examine it in depth and simply implement it. The whole method depends on the connection between human beings. I do not blame the Jews or the Arabs here, as long as we, the two peoples, have not changed or understood what is before us. Governments are only an expression of the nations.

Therefore, I hope that there will be more people like you in Gaza and other places, and we will work together. I will be happy to work on connection together. The correction of the world cannot happen the things are going today.

And what about the bombings? We’ll pray together that it will not happen again. There is no one to blame other than us, those who know what the correction of the world depends on. Therefore, those who hear this must act. If we disseminate to everyone the knowledge that the correction depends solely on the connection between us above all opinions, above all the differences, above all the events of history; if we try to reach a real connection, above the human power, then the world will look completely different. Not only in Gaza but throughout the Middle East, throughout Asia, Europe, anywhere in the world.

It all depends on spreading the awareness that connection is the correction, and in that we have no differences of opinion. This is common to those who believe in the original Islam and those who believe in the original Judaism, that is, the wisdom of Kabbalah. Abraham, our common ancestor, founded both. Yet, over time, each nation turned to its own egoistic direction, and now we must start correcting it. I hope that ahead of us is a mutual and successful process of connection.

Read more about this here >>

Spiritual Meaning Of The Month Elul

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 8/24/18

Before Rosh HaShanah there is the month of Elul.
An entire month in which we need to check how much
we are drawn to the revelation of the Creator.