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Meeting with MK Yoav Kisch

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/16/19

I was happy to meet with member of Parliament Yoav Kisch – יואב קיש (Likud). We spoke at length about the growing social schism in Israeli society, and the need for a cohesive and unifying element.

Yoav was one of the founders of the People’s Unity Caucus in the Knesset, and led the “Day of Unity in the Knesset” – a dialogue between ministers and Knesset members with representatives of “Israeliness.” I was very impressed by his willingness to create a spirit of mutual responsibility in the Knesset, as well as his many efforts to strengthen the ties between the divided segments of the public, and support positive initiatives that are promoting a dialogue of connection.

We share the urgency for Israel’s unity specifically in our time, and I support his efforts towards strengthening this unity. It is precisely from the Knesset in Jerusalem – which currently presents division and resentment – where an example unity and connection should radiate to all.

Unity Event

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/14/19

Yesterday my students came from all over Israel for a special evening of connection, with great food, a live performance of Baal HaSulam melodies, along with quotes from the sources and a workshop about what it means to be united as one. Enjoy the photos!

Daycare Toddler Abuse

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/8/19

Daycare toddler abuse – where does this evil come from?

Why Don’t Kids Leave Home?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/6/19

The Ethiopian Challenge Within Israeli Society

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/4/19

They may look like scenes taken from major US cities like Chicago or LA were racial tensions between a black minority and the police sometimes erupt, but in this case, the protests and riots are taking place across Israel after an unarmed Ethiopian teenager, Solomon Tekah, was fatally shot by an off-duty cop. The shooting and ensuing social unrest opened up a new fissure in the already-cracked Israeli society. It reveals the deep separation tearing us apart and putting Israel in jeopardy. However, this painful eruption also provides an opportunity to turn things around for good through education, the only comprehensive solution possible for this crisis.

The immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel began in 1950 through the efforts of the Jewish Agency. Two additional massive waves of immigration followed, Operations Moses and Solomon in 1980 and 1990 respectively. Since their arrival, the Jews of Ethiopian origin in Israel number around 150,000 people. Almost half are now part of a new generation already born in this country, and yet their living conditions are far less favorable than the average Israeli population in terms of standard of living, education and job opportunities.

As an immigrant myself, my acclimatization to Israeli life was relatively easy and convenient in comparison, as was that of most of the immigrants from the former Soviet Union. But there cannot be a comparison between immigration from Russia and immigration from Ethiopia since the cultures are vastly different. In the 1970s, I vividly remember how I was thrilled to witness the arrival of Ethiopian Jews in such enormous proportions. To me, it seemed to somewhat signify the end to the exile of the people of Israel from the land of Israel, which our forefathers dreamed of.

Unfortunately, members of the Ethiopian community did not discover in Israel conditions that suited their mentality and culture. Despite the efforts that have been made in recent years to fully integrate them into Israeli society, there is still much work to be done. The painful wound of feeling marginalized has not stopped bleeding since the very beginning and no band-aid treatment will cure the illness today. On the other hand, an all-inclusive educational solution to this problem is required as an important precedent to complete the healing of the general rift in Israeli society and the fragmentation that destroys us on a daily basis.

The latter is the main role of the entire Jewish community: to urge Israel to develop a correct attitude to its situation, to recognize the divisive drives within us that hold us back, which make us connect to stigmas and nationalities instead of transcending them with unifying values above the differences. What the Ethiopian community can reveal to us all is the extent to which we live in denial of discrimination, and the true extent of conflict and separation between the Jewish people.

Raising awareness of how divided we really are should ultimately make us want to seek out a solution: the education of values that will rebuild us as a unified society above our differences, “as one man with one heart.” We need no more than to be aware of the division that tramples our unity. The heart of the current debate should therefore be the realization of our division, how much it hurts us, and the need for us to unite above it.

As long as the relations between us remain distant and there is considerable friction between the ethnic groups and sectors, then the Ethiopians should continue to organize themselves, unite more and continue struggles for their rights.

Violence and disorder are out of the question. However, within the framework of the law, any public activity they will be persistent with will eventually seep through. As a first step to preventing unfair treatment and restoring security, there is room for internal consolidation. However, this is merely a stepping stone in order to move toward creating a more stable and peaceful society based on the principle of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

4th Of July, Time To Celebrate And Reflect

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/4/19

American pride is at its lowest since it started to be measured about two decades ago. That is the conclusion of a recent Gallup poll showing that only 70% of US adults say they are proud to be Americans. Fewer than half (45%) are “extremely” proud. This marks the second consecutive year that this percentage falls below the majority of the population. The discontent is mainly attributed to the current state of the political climate and social wellbeing. Therefore, this 4th of July marks a good opportunity for reflection on the future Americans want for the country before the divisions intensify to a painful climax. Only a common sense of unity can avert such a dire path.

America’s escalating politically-based divisions are becoming increasingly virulent every day. The situation seems so volatile that a social explosion could ignite suddenly if political passions manifest as physical violence or killings from one side or the other. Of course, we hope that this will not happen because it could rapidly destabilize the entire country.

Today, America is under major pressure from inside and outside the country. Internally, immigration policies and their implementation are increasing political and social tensions; the divisions between immigrants of European origin and others are becoming more dramatic; and the rapidly-growing Muslim population is reshaping American society. There are many different interest groups in America that hold no perception of themselves as part of one unified body under the same roof.

As part of the evolution of any society, human egoism grows and every group makes exaggerated demands for its own benefit at the expense of others. If no efforts are made toward uniting for the sake of a common enterprise, then I fear for America’s positive future. Money, weapons and laws will all be of no help.

Externally, Europe is distancing itself from America and moving closer to Russia and China, losing its independent hegemonic power and strength in the international arena. Such a scenario might become a dangerous situation for America considering the ability of foreign interests to debilitate the US industry and social fabric for their own gain.

President Trump has taken US economy to record level highs but it is insufficient without the implementation of a social agenda for more national cohesion. So far, there are no signs pointing in that direction. Therefore, internal political forces will take advantage of this vacuum to create even more tensions and separations to the point of a social outburst.

Given the current state of affairs, what does America’s positive future depend on? America’s positive future depends solely on strengthening its social fabric so that people can disagree and maintain their differences while still allowing the wellbeing of the American family to prevail above their feuds. Unity should be the centerpiece around which other agendas gravitate.

Conversely, a coldhearted and hostile social atmosphere enslaves each interest group to their selfish demands and blocks their entrance to the pursuit of liberty, happiness and a prosperous and peaceful life for all. That lofty goal can only be achieved when the common interest is fulfilled by every stakeholder.

As written by foremost Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag, “if all the nations of the world consent that no man should care for himself but only for others, war shall cease to exist” (“The Writings of the Last Generation”).

US Antisemitism

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/1/19

“If you asked Jews twenty years ago whether a Holocaust could happen in America, you would get a unanimous answer: “impossible, not in America,” said Dov Hikind, founder of Americans against Anti-Semitism. “Unfortunately, a holocaust is possible in America. It may not look the same, but if we post a petition calling for Jews to be sent to concentration camps in America, many will sign.”

If there was a time when we were certain that the Holocaust could never return, and that anti-Semitism was a passing phenomenon, then we should sober up and understand that things will only get worse.

In the United States they throw coins at Jewish children because “Jews love money”; a group of ten attacked a young Jew in Berlin; the head of Chabad was attacked in Argentina; an Israeli pavilion was destroyed at an exhibition in Prague; a bullet was shot at an 80 year old woman next to a synagogue in France, and her head was harmed. We can go on and on.

Clearly, these examples from the past two weeks are only the tip of the iceberg. Behind them are hundreds and thousands of cases that are never reported. “Jews are attacked physically and verbally – and people are silent,” Hikind concludes.

In order to deal with the growing problem of anti-Semitism, we must understand the root of the phenomenon, or in simple terms: What makes people hate us?

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the irrational hatred of the Jewish people over generations stems from the special role of Jews, to show all of humanity how to unite. We carry a method of human connection, the key to a good and happy life for all people.

As long as the Jews do not fulfill their role, all sorts of suffering increases in the world. Subconsciously, the whole world feels dependent on the Jews, and this is expressed through accusations, slander and a burning hatred, as it were, without justification. But the truth is, that they are right.

The Jews have nowhere to escape. We must begin to recognize the role and responsibility on our shoulders, and realize the rule of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Only when Jews will demonstrate how to achieve a higher level of human connection, they will alleviate the hatred of the world towards them. And the sooner the better.

How Do You Define Anti-Semitism?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 6/26/19

Why Is There Constant Pressure On The Jews?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 6/26/19

Why Did The Holocaust Happen?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 6/25/19