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The Great Words of The Book of Zohar

933“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to also sit together.” These are the friends as they sit together, and are not separated from each other. At first, they seem like people at war, wishing to kill one another. Then they return to being in brotherly love.

The Creator says about them, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to also sit together” The word, “also,” comes to include the Shechina with them. Moreover, the Creator listens to their words and He has contentment and delights with them (Zohar for All, Aharei Mot [After the Death], “Behold, How Good and How Pleasant,” Item 65.) 

These are the great words from The Book of Zohar. This is what happens when people go through enormous obstacles and discover how much they hate and dislike each other, to what extent they are lying to each other, and how much they deceive themselves. They like to say beautiful words and then realize that all this is meaningless because after a second, as soon as they say something, they already completely disagree with it, and so on.

When they come close to the right correction and it is revealed to them how much they were at war with each other and how they deceived each other, then from this they return to brotherly love. This is when they say, “How good it is for brothers to sit together.” After all, they feel the manifestation of the Creator between them. Precisely between them. This is the occurrence of the Shechina, the manifestation of the Creator.

They feel how much they bring contentment to the Creator and how He rejoices together with them. By merging with each other and with the Creator, they become one single whole when both the desire and the light that fills them are one.
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From the “Arava” Convention in Europe – Lithuania 2022, Lesson 1, 7/22/22

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A Melody Is a Common Language for Everyone

947Question: What is the elevating force of a Kabbalistic melody (Nigun)? When we sing together, how much does it lift us up?

Answer: It’s not about the melody, but about how tense your hearts are. So the melody itself doesn’t matter. It is only important that we want to express in it how much we strain our hearts and put them together.

The melody is good because it is easily understandable. This is a common language for everyone. It is not expressed in words. And the notes are the same for everyone.
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From lesson 2 “Arava” Convention in Europe – Lithuania 2022, 7/24/22

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Gather the Desires to Bestow

942Question: How does the gratitude we feel toward the Creator as a group not neutralize our intense prayer? How does the feeling that we receive everything from the Creator lead us further to acceleration, active actions, and common prayer?

Answer: You can’t feel it yet because it is still in the desire to receive, not to bestow.

But soon you will begin to feel how much you have gathered your desires to bestow, and the light of the Creator’s bestowal will begin to manifest in them. As soon as you reach the degree of equivalence of the Creator’s minimal attitude toward you, meaning that you will treat Him the same way, you will immediately begin to feel the interaction between you and the Creator.
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From lesson 2 “Arava” Convention in Europe—Lithuania 2022, 7/24/22

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Readiness to Work for Others

938.02Question: In what prayer should those who are physically gathered in the Arava and the entire world Kli be? Is it to dissolve not in this beauty surrounding us, but in another beauty—in a friend.

Answer: The most important thing is to annul yourself after all. Annul and throw yourself into the arms of your friends so to speak. And everyone should do so. It may sound incorrect, but when a person annuls himself, he wants to feel not himself, but only others.

He wants to apply his strength to them. That’s what they want, and that’s what I’m going to do, as if I don’t have my “I,” there’s nothing, just strength, like a machine. I am ready to work for others. They want to connect, I will connect them. What they want, I will do, and I myself have no desires of my own, no goals of my own.

This is what we should, in principle, make of ourselves. We will reach our goal very quickly when we are all united and discover the Creator in connection with each other.

It’s in front of us, and it’s close.
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From lesson 1 “Arava” Convention in Europe – Lithuania 2022, 7/22/22

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Advancing As We Have Been

942Comment: When you enter a state of unity at congresses or gatherings of friends, you feel that you are constantly analyzing how immersed you are in this process.

My Response: This is not euphoria but very serious states that you will begin experiencing as your real life, while everything less important will be “hanging” somewhere below and becoming quite insignificant.

The state of unity will determine all future parts of our life: our relations, science, culture, upbringing, education, family relations, absolutely everything. We will exist at this level.

Comment: Nevertheless, one is afraid he might reject this state. Knowing his nature to quickly run away and wait it out, he is constantly undergoing scrutiny not to let his desire to escape appear.

My Response: Yes, this is good. Here you always have the opportunity to enter this state and control it at all times because you are under the influence of a lot of people who help you.

On the one hand, they don’t enslave you, you are always free to leave because you have a very mature and constant inner scrutiny. On the other hand, you can always enter into this state of mutual bestowal, a feeling of mutual support, and later, into a state of love, which we will achieve. Meaning, you are free!

This constant feeling of freedom—being on the verge of entry-exit, start-stop movement, when every time you can leave, come back and discover some new sensations, leave again and come back—it gives us the opportunity to constantly renew our impressions.

Question: Did you and your teacher experience such states?

Answer: Yes, but I had a different relationship with him, as a student and a teacher, when by annulling myself, I allowed him to take me by “the scruff of the neck” like a kitten, and include myself in his big Kli, in his feelings.

I have been guiding you toward this state for several years. You learned this gradually, in mutual communication with each other, and would succeed in it equally.

We have to keep advancing as we have been.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. The State of Perfection” 1/26/13

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Condition for Jumping

938.03Question: What did Rabash introduce into his texts that they again and again bring me an inner trembling that cannot be endured?!

Answer: You can communicate with a person at different levels of desires but with the Creator only if you give yourself completely to Him. From above, we are never given a half but only a full Kli (full desire). And therefore, although we divide it into NaRaNHaY—zero, one, two, three, four levels of desire, this already refers to the state when a person completely cuts himself off from personal reception and works for bestowal.

This is where we need to see how we are approaching this and whether we have any part in it or not, but so that it will not seem impossible or very far away to us.

In general, we are on the threshold of this state. A little effort and we will be in it. And the fact that we feel how high and far it is, this is very good for us to make the jump.

Question: How can we make the attack? By aiming t he hearts of one regarding the other?

Answer: Drawing these forces in relation to each other is possible only when everyone gives an example of how devoted he is to others.
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From the “Arava” Convention in Europe – Lithuania 2022, Lesson 2, 7/24/22

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Where Should the Appeal to the Creator Come from?

938.07Question: How can one form the request to cancel the egoistic shell and exit to the real internal connection of the hearts? What is this request? How to express it?

Answer: This is a question that has no answer. You yourself, by your own efforts should get close to feeling how you need to ask in order to deserve an answer. In the meantime, you have not earned an answer because your demand is not yet sufficient either in strength or in content.

Look how it is written in the fifth excerpt, Maor VaShemesh: “The most important is true connection and love and affection among the friends. This causes all the salvations and sweetening of judgments. When you gather together in love and friendship, by this, all the judgments are removed, sweetened with mercy, and complete mercy and disclosed Hassadim [mercy/grace] are revealed in the world by connecting.”

This is what you need to think about. The appeal to the Creator must come from connection, from the correct relationship between us. It is incredibly hard, but this is how it should be arranged.

And what are you asking for? You have to reach a state where you have done the maximum that you can to get closer to your friends and found that there is still a gap between you. Feeling this gap, you shout to the Creator to help you jump over it. Then it will work.
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From the “Arava” Convention in Europe—Lithuania 2022, Lesson 1, 7/22/22

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Losing Myself in the Friends

938.05Question: You said that one needs to lose oneself in the friends. How can this be done?

Answer: Losing yourself among friends is, of course, not easy, but this is what we must do. It is when your egoism disappears, and you feel only your friends but not yourself.

Rabash writes about this in his Letter 8: “I simply exit the corporeal vessels and it seems to me that there is no reality in the world except my friends and I. After that, even the ‘I’ is cancelled and is immersed, mingled in my friends, until I stand and declare that there is no reality in the world—only the friends.” He has such a letter, and it is worth reading it.
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From the “Arava” Convention in Europe—Lithuania 2022, Lesson 1, 7/22/22

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Ready to Raise the Shechina from the Dust

260.01Shattering is indeed an opportunity for correction. And therefore, when Kabbalists saw the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, everyone wept and the greatest sage Rabbi Akiva laughed. He was sure that now there was an opportunity to start building the Temple, that is, a place for the revelation of the Creator between us.

The external shattering shows us that there is a shattering within us. If we reveal how severe our external shattering is, then we understand how we are shattered internally and have the opportunity to raise  Divinity from the dust.

This is the state in which we find ourselves; we reveal that we have neither strength, nor understanding, nor any clue of how to start building our connection called the Temple, that is, the place where the Creator can be revealed. Therefore, we can also rejoice that we have recognized what we lack.

Many have been complaining lately that we have no chance, no strength, no way to reach connection. It is good that we have come to recognize how much we are opposite to the qualities of the Temple, the place suitable for the revelation of the Creator. After all, our task is to build a vessel (Kli) where the Creator can be revealed.

It is good that we understand that this is not in our powers and capabilities because we are completely opposite to this. So, we can only demand, pray, and ask.

We must try to get closer to each other against our egoism as much as possible and then cry to the Creator that we are not able to complete this action, and He must complete it for us, uniting us into one spiritual Kli in which He can be revealed. As it is said, “The Creator will finish this work for us.”

The very first task is the revelation of Divinity, the place where the Creator will be revealed. This place is built on the connection between us. If we in the ten are not able to connect as one man with one heart, then we are in a state of shattering. But if we are already aware of this state and do not agree to remain in it but want to correct the nature of our relationship, then we are ready to raise the Divinity from the dust.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/26/22, “The Ruin as an Opportunity for Correction”

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Order of Correction

938.03Question: Which of our actions will become the needle that pierces the wall between us and the Creator?

Answer: It is only in the connection between you that you will gradually be able to feel what in fact stands between you and the Creator. You have to work on connection and then you will feel what else separates you from the Creator.

Therefore, it is written: “From love for the created beings to the love for the Creator. The correction takes place in this order.
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From the “Arava” Convention in Europe – Lithuania 2022, Lesson 1, 7/22/22

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