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Anti-Semitism Inside Radical Islam In America In Their Own Words

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 3/12/19

The wave of incitement against Jews has moved from Europe to Islamic centers in the U.S., according to a special research conducted by investigative journalist Zvi Yehezkeli for Israel’s channel 13.

Anti-Semitism fueled by radical Islam is alive and kicking in America. On the streets, they speak English and sound welcoming to all. In the mosques, they encrypt their anti-Semitic agenda in Arabic.

Even when this is happening so close to them, it’s still very difficult for American Jews to realize that their calm and peaceful life is being threatened, and things will only get worse. It is especially difficult for the younger generation of American Jews to grasp.

There is no doubt that many moves will be decided after the election of the next U.S. president. However, it is also a mistake to think that the State of Israel will be their place of refuge, since no one can promise us that the situation will be better for Israel.

If we Jews do not rekindle the same kind of connection that has established our nationhood, and has been dormant for some 2,000 years, anti-Semitism will never stop.

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Anti-Semitism Propoganda

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 3/11/19

When I look at the resurgence of anti-Semitic propaganda, I see a desperate demand of people to free themselves from their sense of dependence on the Jews.

Both Jews and non-Jews will ultimately have to realize that liberation from hatred depends on the transcendence of all humanity above the divisive egotism.

Human unity is the only solution to all the evils in the world. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains the intricate dynamic of the human network, the root of anti-Semitism, and the means to achieve unity.

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Bari Weiss On Anti-Semitism

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 3/5/19

New York Times editor Bari Weiss is writing a new book on ways to combat rising anti-Semitism in the world by renewing Jewish values. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, anti-Semitism can only be uprooted by harnessing the Jews into action. When Jews in Israel and around the world join together as one, they will be “a light unto the nations” – a model of unity for all peoples. This will help the nations of the world to unite, and in this attain the purpose of creation.

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Caring Society

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 3/1/19

One day thirty years ago, when I lived in Bnei Brak, I was walking down the street with my wife. On the way we saw a little girl standing alone, helpless at a traffic light.

Suddenly my wife left me, took the girl by the hand and helped her cross the street. When she came back I asked her in surprise: “Do you know her?” “I don’t,” she replied, “but I would like other people to treat my daughters the same way.”

This example has been etched in my memory ever since. The basic understanding that if we begin to treat each other well, all of us will only gain.

So why doesn’t it happen? The narrow ego of each and every one of us does not allow us to take a step toward the other. I can’t smile to my neighbor; I can’t be patient to the driver next to me on the road, I can’t take care of another child as if it were my own.

And yet, despite the ego, we can forge an environment with different values. We can reach a social consensus that we should treat each other well, because this is the only way we can coexist and raise our children in a more pleasant and safe atmosphere.

Then, we will feel far more relaxed when our children go outside, the roads will be more peaceful, and we will cease to feel that our lives are like a battlefield.

It is possible and it depends on us. Let’s create a warmer atmosphere between us. After all, we are not animals, we are human beings.

A Month of Jew-Hatred

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/27/19

A month of hatred has landed on world Jewry: swastikas and graffiti throughout the United States, anti-Semitic slogans in every European city, desecrated graves in Eastern Europe, and the horrible attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi. These are only some of the cases reported in the media.

How is it possible that in 2019 anti-Semitism is erupting in every corner of the world? How are Jews still persecuted? How is it that the same hatred reigns in Argentinians, the French, Americans and Russians? How could it be that the brilliant Jewish mind, which had just flew a spaceship to the moon and picked up an Oscar, has not managed to defeat the thousands-of-years-old hatred towards us?

The problem with anti-Semitism lies in our lack of understanding its root cause. Since we never treat the root of it, it keeps coming back to haunt us wherever we go.
Kabbalists, on the other hand, have always pointed to the root of anti-Semitism as well as the solution for it. For them, the resurgence of anti-Semitism in our time is neither surprising nor is it a passing fad.

The anti-Semitic hostility towards the Jews is an expression of an inexplicable feeling, an inherent demand that lies in humanity. This is why Jews are typically blamed for all the evils in the world. While very few anti-Semites can articulate their claim, a deep-seated demand towards the Jews is subconsciously brewing in every person in the world.

We Jews are deluding ourselves. We believe the hatred stems from envy: Jews are smart, successful and innovative, they control the media, banks and commerce. But these are no more than superficial justifications that both we and our haters use in order to rationalize the hatred.

This is precisely what the greatest Kabbalist of the previous century, Yehuda Ashlag, wrote about: “Israel is hated by all nations, whether it is due to religion, race, capitalism, communism, cosmopolitanism, and so forth. This is because hatred precedes all other reasons, and yet each one resolves his hatred according to his own psychology.”

Kabbalists describe anti-Semitism as a law of nature. It stems from the inherent connection between Israel and the nations of the world. The role of the Jewish people is to pave the way for unity above all differences between human beings. Human unity is the only solution to all the evils in the world, and nature directs the whole of humanity towards unity.

Hence the forecast: anti-Semitism will continue and intensify until we internalize and fulfill our function in the world – to serve as an example of unity for the rest of humanity. This is how we will become “a light unto the nations,” since “the Israeli nation had been constructed as a kind of gateway through which the sparks of purification will flow onto all of mankind throughout the world, until they can perceive the pleasantness and serenity that exist in the kernel of love of others.” (Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag, “The Arvut“).

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World Kabbalah Convention 2019 Photos

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/14/19

Trade Fairs & Convention Center – Exhibition Grounds (גני התערוכה – מרכז הירידים)

Thank You

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/26/19

Thank you to the Czech photographer Vladimír Brunton who gave me a piece of his work, which he adapted with his original and unique technique: layers of photographs that were developed on handmade Japanese canvas.

Spacecraft To The Moon—Check, Oscar—Check, Anti-Semitism—Check

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/24/19

Spacecraft to the moon—check. Oscar—check. Anti-Semitism—check.

Israeli pride was on full display this week: marching up the red carpet to receive an Oscar, and sending a spaceship to the moon.

As usual, the Jewish mind continues to make breakthroughs in science and culture. Good for us! Really, well done!

But humanity expects more of us. Humanity expects us to give it the unique product that only we can produce, the product that is deeply embedded in the Jewish DNA, and is the most necessary for human life on the planet right now: the wisdom of how to connect people.

Depression is increasing worldwide. Many countries are battling political, economic and social crises. The material abundance that exists is distributed very unevenly. Labor security is undermined; governments are zigzagging; waves of immigration are blurring peoples’ sense of identity while fueling racist and violent movements; alliances that have shaped the West since World War II are collapsing.

Technology has turned the world into a small global village, but has also created a web of interdependence that necessitates us to coexist. In potential, we have everything, but in practice, there is one thing missing: good human connections. Everyone agrees that unity is necessary, but no one knows how to mend the broken pieces.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the nations of the world expect us, Jews, to set an example for a new social order based on connection and unity. Whether consciously or not, they have a deep-seated demand from the Jews to lead such a way of life.

“The Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over.” Baal HaSulam explains in the article “The Mutual Guarantee,” where he describes the nature of the connection between Israel and the nations of the world, “until they can understand the pleasantness and tranquility that are found in the kernel of love of others”, he said.

Therefore, every moving film, every life-saving drug development, every brilliant technological innovation – ultimately do not satisfy the world’s inherent demand towards the Jewish people. In fact, the Jewish success may escalate the outrage.

The fact is that even after Israel won first place in the Eurovision song contest, successfully launched a spacecraft to the moon and won the Oscar for best short feature film, an airplane captain told an Israeli worker at Ben-Gurion airport: “I do not shake hands with a Jew,” reminding us that anti-Semitism is alive and kicking in 2019.

Now is the time to use all that Jewish genius to kickstart a human revolution that will generate enhanced connection, and facilitate reconciliation between people at all levels of human society.

When we work towards unity – every song we sing or film we shoot will penetrate the heart of the world like an arrow. And when humanity takes the littlest step toward this new level of human connection, they will shower us with love and appreciation in return.

Valentine’s Day

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/14/19

What is love? Among the masses, love has a very loose definition. It’s a source of inspiration of music, literature and poetry, yet its true significance is basically unknown to the majority. “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself” is the general force that controls our reality, but what does love really mean?

Such love is not the kind we grasp in the corporeal world, which is an animalistic, material, egoistic manifestation enabling us to enjoy one another. Parents instinctively love their children, and children instinctively love their parents, to the extent that they both receive what is mutually expected.

Meanwhile, love between the sexes is simply the quest for hormonal fulfillment. It may suddenly disappear, or on the contrary, awaken out of nowhere. This refers to nothing more than an attraction that pertains to the animate level.

True love, on the contrary, is eternal and rooted above our earthly desires. It is born when we understand and realize that we belong to a single global and integral system, nature and humanity, where we depend on each other above egoistic calculations of self-benefit. It refers to the interconnected system we are parts of, which is sustained as a whole above the differences, as in a single family.

In a family, there is no person greater than or lesser than another. All members are equally important. That is how we need to see humanity, where each person is essential to complete the perfect picture of nature where we appreciate, value and support each other. That is the key for any relationship’s success.

Under this model, we do not erase any inclinations or flaws in us. We are only concerned on how to rise above them in order to connect under the canopy of true love, the kind of love that covers all hatred and rejection, everything that divides us. Building that cover is the condition to attain a new sensation of boundless love, any day, any time.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Today As Yesterday

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 1/27/19

“Never again.” A powerful statement with deep personal meaning to me since childhood when I started asking questions about why most of my family perished under the Third Reich and what the future would look like for my people, I was compelled to get to the bottom of why the Holocaust happened. On the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we need to face the reality that, in spite of all the suffering the Holocaust brought, hatred against Jews is still alive, strong, widespread, and on the rise.

How can we make sure history doesn’t repeat itself if we fail to understand where the hatred of Jews comes from? While we commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day around the world, I suggest that there is something deeper about our history as a people that we must remember so we can assure ourselves and our children that “Never again” truly means never again.

A recently uncovered book from Hitler’s personal library revealed his intention to extend the Nazi tentacles to include North America in the grip of his Final Solution plans, which were prevented only by the victory of the Allies. If such a thing nearly happened then, how hard is it to imagine the potential for a similar operation in today’s globalized world?

Every year, we remind ourselves that history must not be repeated. However, truth be told, we are witnessing very similar conditions to those before World War II, this time with rampant bigotry and hatred against Jews across the entire globe, basically everywhere. According to a survey recently released by the European Commission, nine out of ten European Jews report feeling that anti-Semitism has increased over the past five years and almost a third of them avoid attending Jewish events or visiting Jewish sites because they do not feel safe. In the US, the FBI reports a rise in the incidence of anti-Semitic acts since 2016. Out of all religion-based hate crimes, 58% targeted Jews or Jewish institutions.

The trends show that history is not necessarily a good teacher and we have failed to learn our lessons well. There is still time to correct our mistakes in this test of life. The clock is ticking for us, and until we scrutinize and internalize the reason for the constant pressures against us, we will not be able to make a course correction to eradicate anti-Semitism.

Over many centuries, our ancestors fought to maintain their unity above their growing selfishness. But two thousand years ago, they succumbed to unfounded hatred and were exiled from the land of Israel. Since then, Jews lost the ability to be a light unto nations because we lost our unity. This was the starting point of anti-Semitism as we know it.

Our unity determines the state of the world and its fate. Through our unity, we allow the world to connect as we let the positive, uniting force of love above differences stream into this need of the world. Conversely, our separation denies humanity such a soothing power and invokes within it hatred toward Jews when they are deprived of the calming force. The failure to deliver the ability to unite above differences causes the nation’s aggression toward Jews and is the subconscious reason why they perceive us as the root of all evil.

Our sages explain the phenomenon of such hatred toward us with these words: “No calamity comes to the world but for Israel” (Yevamot, 63a). Jewish leaders throughout the ages have circulated this message widely. They did so as a reminder that the only remedy capable of protecting us from trouble is the power of connection which we Jews can provide.

Rabbi Kalman Kalonymus wrote in Maor va Shemesh (Light and Sun): “When there are love, unity, and friendship between each other in Israel, no calamity can come upon them.” Similarly, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain wrote in Shem mi Shmuel (A Name out of Samuel): “When Israel are as one man with one heart, they are as a fortified wall against the forces of evil.” The Midrash (Tanchuma, Devarim [Deuteronomy]) states likewise: “Israel will not be redeemed until they are all one bundle.”

In a nutshell, “love your neighbor as yourself,” brotherly love, and mutual guarantee are the keys to the security and prosperity of the Jewish people. When we unite above our conflicts and disputes, we unleash nature’s positive force. It is the force that maintains the balance of creation, and its absence among us causes human society’s decline. In his “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) called this force “reforming light,” and explained that it can balance our self-centered nature and thereby heal human society.

Only if we rekindle the brotherly love we cultivated centuries ago and share the method for achieving this with everyone, will the world stop hating and blaming us for all its troubles.

In his essay, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Baal HaSulam writes that “the Israeli nation was established as a conduit to the extent that they purify themselves [from egoism], they pass on their power to the rest of the nations.” Therefore, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day can be more than a commemoration of the millions who died. It can also be an opportunity for us to remember that we have a method for connecting the world, a true means to prevent the atrocities from recurring.

At this time when anti-Semitism is intensifying across the globe, we must strive to rise above our differences and draw the positive force that will connect us, unite the world, and uproot all hatred. Now is our time to radiate light to the rest of the nations, the light of unity, peace, and balance through our shining example of reuniting above all our differences.