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To Unite Europe

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/13/19

Hundreds of People Just Met to Unite Europe

Europe is in the most dangerous position out of all continents. It currently resembles a modern version of ancient Babylon, which either can start uniting above its growing divisions, or shatter completely.

Yesterday, I returned from a very special European convention in Borovets, Bulgaria, which we held on behalf of Kabbalah Info

It was a gathering of representatives from all European nations, people who came to discuss, think about and work on creating a unified society capable of acting as a model for the kind of unity above division that Europe will increasingly feel a need for.

If we take a bird’s eye view of humanity’s development over 1,000s of years, the European convention was indeed very special. Since the time of ancient Babylon, more than 3,000 years ago, any unified sensation that humanity shared has been in ruins. This is precisely why seeing such efforts of hundreds of people gathering from all around Europe with the goal of uniting above our differences holds profound significance.

At the convention, we discussed how unity can become a reality in Europe, and how the unity of Europe by a critical mass of people who feel the importance of such unity, can become a model for a new era of unity in humanity.

Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), our principle study source, writes that today is the generation of the Messiah, “Messiah” (“Moshiach” in Hebrew) being a force that pulls (“Moshech” in Hebrew) us out of our involuntary egoistic, self-aimed desires, and into the altruistic desire to love, bestow and positively connect with others. In other words, by wanting to unite, we can draw the force dwelling in nature that constantly moves in a unifying direction, which unites us. We thus also achieve a certain extent of balance with nature, and experience positive feedback from such balance.

As today’s world sinks deeper into crisis, lacking solutions to the myriad problems boiling increasingly on personal, social, ecological and global scales, humanity somewhat manages to navigate itself by blurring the vast web of problems in the short term. However, in the long term, a growing sense of helplessness will corner us to face a fact that we do everything we can to avoid: that our lives will not improve by anything we try to change outside of ourselves. On the contrary, we will experience more peace, happiness, confidence and safety when we change ourselves.

Sooner or later, we will need to correct ourselves, changing our outlook on others, the world and nature from egoistic to altruistic, from divisive to unified, drawing nature’s positive influence upon us in the process. When we do, we will discover a newfound balance with nature, a sensation of harmony and perfection through our unity upon our differences.

Those who attended the European Convention in Bulgaria are those learning and implementing the wisdom of Kabbalah—a method for how to achieve unity above division. The time is coming closer to when humanity will feel a need for the kind of unity that this method guides us to, and I’m very happy to see so many people of different backgrounds, ages and genders applying themselves to achieve such exalted unity. As the future appears bleak for humanity if it fails to make a significant shift, there will be a growing demand for guidance on how to live more positive lives from a critical mass of people who have advanced in unity above division. What we went through at the European convention was a major step in that direction.

Bnei Baruch Africa

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/12/19

And these are a handful of my African students, who made a tremendous effort to gather together this past weekend to watch a series of lessons I delivered from Bulgaria as part of our international Kabbalah convention. Yes, you can also learn the wisdom of Kabbalah in Africa.

Next month, I will meet with them and other students from Asia and Australia for a unique online conference. I will broadcast from our studio in Petah Tikva, and they will connect to a global conference call where we will discuss uniting above our differences—the central message of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Unity Convention In Europe—Photos From Bulgaria

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/11/19

Nine hundred students, three days, one heart—our international Kabbalah convention held last weekend in Borovets, Bulgaria, took us to new heights. Above differences in languages, cultural gaps and geographical distances, crowds gathered for lessons and discussion circles, and learned to connect. Have a look at the photos. The results are in the radiant faces of the participants.

European Unity Convention In Bulgaria

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/11/19

Even if you didn’t attend or hear about the Unity Convention in Europe, stop for three minutes to be wowed by this beautiful summary of our international Kabbalah convention, held in Borovetz, Bulgaria.

900 men and women from across the continent gathered to unite above the many differences that separate people. Together they made it. See the looks, the smiles, the excitement, the tears, and ask – only then will all the good between us be realized

Global Protests

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/29/19

From Chile to Lebanon: The world is protesting—but the responsibility is on Israel

In the cedar country, the wave of violent protests has not stopped. Reforms intended to end violence may have been approved, but millions of Lebanese are not calm. Within them, the bubbling demand to replace the government and eradicate corruption continues.

The protests in Lebanon are the latest in a series of insurgencies around the world—from Hong Kong to Quito in Ecuador, from Barcelona to Santiago in Chile—all share a common ground: despair from the government and the desire to make ends meet with a shred of dignity.

This is reminiscent of the “Arab Spring” demonstrations in 2011, at the end of which some Arab regimes crumbled. That rage did not subside, it just got worse. And today, a single match is all it takes to detonate a barrel of explosives; to drive millions of people to the streets.

If we had a bird’s eye view of the situation, we would find good in all the evil that unfolds. Humanity is gradually discovering a better attitude towards life. Understanding that there is no real benefit in excessive consumption, that with all the technology and abundance that exists, we lack an inner, deeper meaning in life. At times, the essential questions arise, but no one has any clear answers. After regimes change and the anger seems to subside, the questions fade and life returns to its imaginary course.

From one protest to the next, we are gradually recognizing that without changing human nature, which favors self-interest at the account of others, no protest will bear fruit. If we don’t start rebuilding human relations from the ground up, if we do not connect to each other positively, the result will not be good and this will be felt at every level—familial, social and political.

So who can bring about such a significant change? Who holds the method for unifying human beings above all differences? The Jews. Why? Because hold the key to the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah – the ancient method of human connection. A method that was handed down from one generation to the next, and now it’s time to shake off the dust and start realizing it.

Maybe the connection to the Jews sounds far-fetched at the moment. But in six months or os, try asking the Lebanese who is to blame for their situation? They will point to us, their Jewish neighbors. And not only them, but even the citizens who take to the streets in Chile, Barcelona and Iraq. And it doesn’t matter at all that there is no direct link between political instability and dissatisfaction with the governments, and blaming the Jews.

The truth is – they are right. The link is invisible, but it’s there. There is an inherent relationship between Israel and the world’s nations. As written by the early Kabbalists: “No calamity comes to the world, but for Israel”, or as it is written in the Book of Zohar‘s commentary that when the Jews fail to carry out their role, “they cause of poverty and sword and robbery and killing and extermination throughout the world.”

Simply put: All the evil that happens in humanity originates in the role of the Jewish people. The only question is what degree of suffering a person or an entire nation feels. If the pain is still tolerable, they find ways to solve the problem or live with it. But if the suffering increases, it takes the form of violent protests. And when the suffering becomes too great, a burning feeling of hatred starts brewing. At first it’s irrelevant to the Jews; but as it increases, it becomes sharp, focused, and toxic – against the Jews.

In the eyes of the world’s nations, Jews are seen as the world’s greatest corruptors, robbers, and scammers. And only by destroying the Jews – they think – they make life peaceful. However, as the Kabbalists wrote, all of humanity is a single network, and all parts of it are interdependent.

Therefore, if the Jews begin to activate the method of human connection among themselves at first, they will serve as a conduit through which the positive and unifying influence will flow through the entire network, to the whole world, and they will be “a light unto nations.”

Can We Overcome Jewish Resistance To Uniting?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/23

/19

I met with Joshua Goldstein, Chairman of the US Division of Herut North America, to discuss the origins of anti-Semitism and the essence of being Jewish.

The wisdom of Kabbalah states that Jews have a specific role—to reestablish and reveal to all humanity the method of building positive connections between people above the constantly growing human ego, and by this reveal the upper force of love and bestowal.

Why should we believe it? Is there any practical proof that this is what Jews are obliged to do? What if they don’t want to do it?

The laws of nature don’t ask anyone to agree with them. They just exist and function. The states laid out in nature unfold, and according to natural development, today we face a deep and comprehensive crisis of human relations caused by the tremendous growth of the human ego. If it keeps going this way, we’ll destroy ourselves.

Therefore, the only way to deal with the current situation is to implement the method of connection revealed by Abraham to the group of people collected out of 70 nations living in ancient Babylon 3,800 years ago: the Jews. This means that the Jewish people have a specific place in the structure of nature giving them an explicit duty, and if they refuse or fail to perform their role, the whole world will react with extreme pressure and forceful demand for Jews to bring the system to balance.

Therefore, indeed, the role of the Jewish people is that they have to develop a sense of a single unity and drive the whole world toward connection.

Simchat Torah

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/20/19

What is the Essence of Simchat Torah?

While We’re Far from the Real Simchat Torah, Here’s a Good Reason to Celebrate the Joy and Happiness of Simchat Torah Right Now

At its core, the Tishrei holiday cycle expresses our shift as a divided, egoistic society to one of connection, altruism and balance with nature’s quality of giving. Its final day, Simchat Torah, celebrates the favorable outcome of this shift.

Although the basis of Simchat Torah is far from where we see our society heading today, it’s an opportunity for us all to think about where we are as individuals and as a society in relation to this harmonious state. We can rejoice in our recognition of the real cause of all our problems—our egoistic nature—and that we have the means at our disposal to redirect this nature to a positive direction. That’s already a major step towards the reformation the Torah speaks about.

Therefore, we have a very good reason to be happy this Simchat Torah. Let’s use the opportunity to consider how we can train the light’s quality of giving, love and connection among each other, and show that there is indeed a positive alternative to the escalating divisions, struggles and conflicts around the world.

May it be a happy holiday to all!

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What Is The Feast Of Tabernacles: Sukkot?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/16/19

What does it mean to follow the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot?

It means agreeing to erect a Schach, a thatched roof made out of plant scraps, which connects us under a single idea of unity, “as one man with one heart,” above differences.

By sitting in a Sukkah, a temporary dwelling, under its Schach, and wanting to enjoy from the Ohr Makif (surrounding light)—nature’s positive influence that emerges when we try to resemble its perfectly unified form—it is considered as enjoying in the shade of the Sukkah.

We respect the shade, i.e., our egoistic desires that detach us from each other, together with the understanding that we can be united only above our egos.

Therefore, we cover our egos with the Schach, i.e., concepts of loving and caring for others, concepts that are as scraps to our egos, holding zero egoistic importance. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Schach is also called a “Masach” (“screen”).

Below the Schach are our egos. Above it, we unite.

The Schach represents our common desire to love, bestow, and connect positively to each other, to be as one with everyone.

The Sukkah resembles the place of our unification, our common soul of Adam HaRishon where we all connect as one.

Therefore, following the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, means engaging in a common effort to erect a Schach roof, which gives us the confidence to be held together by nature’s unifying force, which turns our temporary dwelling, the Sukkah, into a sturdy, safe and secure structure.

In our organization, the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute, we learn the inner processes connected to festivals such as Sukkot. With the method of Kabbalah, any person can undergo these processes independently of calendar dates and times, discovering their true meaning together with the revelation of higher perceptions and sensations of reality. We invite anyone interested to get started with our introductory materials and courses.

World’s Largest Sukkah

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/15/19

1,000 Square Meters of Love: The World’s Largest Sukkah!

The world’s largest Sukkah can be found on the roof of Kabbalah.Info in Petach Tikva. The giant thatch spreads over 1,000 square meters, and is built according to the guidelines of Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (a.k.a. Baal HaSulam).

Hundreds of people from Israel and around the world gather every evening in our Sukkah to celebrate together under one roof. Over 10,000 people will celebrate in the “World’s Largest Sukkah” throughout this holiday.

Thousands of miles may stand between our hearts as everyone is stuck in their own worldview, but once a year we come together and a thatch of peace covers all our differences, revealing the beauty and splendor of the connections between us.

Happy Holiday!

Baal HaSulam

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/10/19

Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag is known as Baal HaSulam (Owner of the Ladder) for his Sulam (ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar. Baal HaSulam dedicated his life to interpretations and innovations in the wisdom of Kabbalah, disseminating it in Israel and throughout the world. He developed a unique method to the study of Kabbalah, by which any person can delve into the depth of reality and reveal its roots and purpose of existence.

Baal HaSulam was born in Warsaw, Poland on Sep 24, 1884. At the age of nineteen he was ordained as a rabbi by the greatest rabbis of Warsaw, and for sixteen years he served as a Dayan (Jewish orthodox judge) and a teacher in Warsaw.

Baal HaSulam’s teacher was Rabbi Yehoshua of Porsov. In 1921, Baal HaSulam immigrated to Israel and settled in the Old City of Jerusalem. The word of his coming quickly spread among Jews who emigrated from Poland, and he soon became known as an authority in Kabbalah. Gradually, a group of students formed around him, attending Kabbalah lessons in the wee hours. Later on Baal HaSulam moved from the Old City and settled in Givat Shaul, which was then a new neighborhood in Jerusalem, where for several years he served as the neighborhood rabbi.

Baal HaSulam spent the years 1926-1928 in London. During his time in London he wrote the commentary to the Aris Tree Of Life Panim Meirot uMasbirot, which he printed in 1927. Throughout his stay in London, Baal HaSulam conducted extensive correspondence with his students in Israel, which were assembled in 1985 in a book titled Igrot Kodesh (Letters of Sanctity).

In 1933, Baal HaSulam published the tractates Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah), HaArvut (The Bond), and HaShalom (The Peace).

Baal HaSulams two major works, the result of many years of labor, are Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot), a commentary on the writings of the Ari, and Perush HaSulam (The Sulam Commentary)on The Book of Zohar. The publications of the 16 parts (in six volumes) of Talmud Eser Sefirot began in 1937. In 1940 he published Beit Shaar HaKavanot (The Gatehouse of Intentions),with commentaries to selected writings of the Ari. Persuh HaSulam on the Zohar was printed in 18 volumes in the years 1945-1953. Later on Baal HaSulam wrote three additional volumes containing commentaries on The New Zohar, whose printing was completed in 1955, after his demise.

In his Introduction to the Book of Zohar, Baal HaSulam writes as follows (item 58): And I have named that commentary The Sulam (ladder), to show that the purpose of it is, as with every ladder, that if you have an attic full of goods, then all you need is a ladder to reach it, and then all the bounty of the world is in your hands.

Baal HaSulam wrote a series of introductions that prepare the student for proper study of Kabbalistic texts. Some of these introductions are Preface to the Book of Zohar, Introduction to the Book of Zohar, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Preface to the Sulam Commentary, General Preface to the Tree of Life, and Introduction to Talmud Eser Sefirot.

In 1940, Baal HaSulam published the first and, as it turned out, the last issue of the journal HaUma (The Nation). The journal was shut down by the British Mandate authorities after having received malicious information that the journal propagated communism.

Baal HaSulam encountered enormous difficulties printing his books. We can learn of the importance he ascribed to printing and disseminating Kabbalah from the 2003 Israel Award laureate Prof. Shlomo Giora Shohams description of his meeting with Baal HaSulam in the early 1950s.

“I found him standing in a dilapidated building, almost a shack, which housed an old printing press. He couldn’t afford to pay a typesetter and was doing the typesetting himself, letter by letter, standing over the printing press for hours at a time, despite the fact that he was in his late sixties. Ashlag was clearly a tzaddik (righteous man) – a humble man, with a radiant face. But he was an absolutely marginal figure and terribly impoverished. I later heard that he spent so many hours setting type that the lead used in the printing process damaged his health.”

This excerpt was published on Dec 17, 2004 in Haaretz newspaper, in a story by Micha Odenheimer.

Baal HaSulam did not merely put his ideas on paper; he acted vigorously to promote them. He met with many leaders of the Jewish settlement in Israel of the time, leaders of the Labor movement and many public figures. Among these figures are David Ben-Gurion, Zalman Shazar, Moshe Sadeh, Chaim Arlozorov, Moshe Aram, Meir Yaari, Yaakov Hazan, Dov Sadan and the great poet Haim Nahman Bialik.

According to Ben-Gurion, he met with Yehuda Ashlag several times, and was apparently surprised:

“I wanted to talk to him about Kabbalah, and he wanted to talk about Socialism.”

(Ben-Gurion Archive, Diaries, Aug 11, 1958).
In his essay Three Meetings and In Between (Amot, Tel-Aviv, 1963, p.49), Dov Sadan writes:

“Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, among the greatest Kabbalists of the time, aimed at turning the fundamentals of Kabbalah into a historic engine of our generation. Through his socialistic perception, which is based on the above, he sought contact with the Kibbutz Movement.”

It might be surprising to think that Baal HaSulam sought connection with the Hebrew Labor Movement and its leaders, considering the mental and educational chasm between them. However, deep study of his writings reveals a fascinating and intriguing figure of an erudite who was very much involved in the events of his time, both in Israel and the world over, a figure whose ideas are considered revolutionary and daring even to this day.