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New Life #1197 – Being a Jew

New Life #1197 – Being a Jew
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

The root of a Jewish person is different to the rest of the world. The root of a Jew is in detachment from the ego. The Jewish people should constantly think about how to benefit others. To be Jewish means to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Jews have been prepared for the integral perception of all reality as one force through nature. From Abraham’s time, Jews were taught how to rise above differences, the ego, and hatred, and attain unity and love. All of humanity needs to develop in this way and feel as one.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1197 – Being a Jew,” 1/7/20

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The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—Israel’s Duty Toward Humanity

laitman_283.02The people of Israel were assembled from those people who felt their duty to connect in order to comprehend the meaning of life and its purpose, the correction of creation, and the upper force. Therefore, they called themselves “Israel” (“Yashar-Kel“), which means “straight to the Creator.” Abraham chose these people from all the inhabitants of Babylon, that is, from all the nations of the world at that time, and he taught them the main principle of connection: love your neighbor as yourself.

Thus, they rose above the egoism that was constantly growing and swelling like yeast in the human society. However, this growth was purposeful: to ensure a sufficient gap between humanity’s massive egoism and the force of connection above the egoism society is obliged to achieve. When we reach a certain degree of opposition between egoism and connection, then within it, we begin to reveal the upper force, the upper world, and ourselves as belonging to the spiritual world.

The growing egoism is the engine that lifts us from this world to the spiritual world, from reception to bestowal, from hatred to love. If we follow the principles of “love will cover all crimes” and “everyone judges according to his own flaws,” then we can each individually, and as a group together, achieve such a strong connection in which the Creator will be revealed.

Over thousands of years, the group assembled by Abraham in Babylon has changed a lot. Part of it disappeared, dissolved in the nations of the world, and will later be revealed. There were many people among the people of Israel who have attained the degree of the Creator as they were able to overcome their egoism and connect. Over the years, the conditions changed, but the principle remains the same because the laws of the world are constant and unchanging. We only have to learn them and implement them in order to reach the corrected state.

Therefore, it is necessary to study the process that the group of Abraham went through in history, because “the deeds of the fathers will become a sign for the sons.” From this, we will understand the direction in which we move, what is happening to us, and what signs of the deeds of the fathers we can see today, because the eternal principle of love your neighbor as yourself, the law of connection, always works.

From the Ari onward, all the Kabbalists said that we have entered the era of the Messiah, that is, the time of the final correction. There is one last stage of our development left, although it might be quite long. As always, the nations of the world are applying pressure on the people of Israel, and this pressure is designed to force us to connect at least through the path of suffering.

The Jewish people must draw conclusions from their history and connect, following the example of their fathers. Through this connection, we will almost immediately feel relief from the external pressure thanks to our correct reaction to it and efforts to connect. Therefore, all the wars that are arising against us will immediately cease because we will begin to advance without external pressure. If we ourselves reveal our forces for advancement and rush forward, then those who were resisting us, on the contrary, will begin to help.

This will be a correct tendency, corresponding to the single upper force that wants to see humanity in such a connection. However, if we fail to make efforts in moving toward unity, then to the extent that these efforts are lacking, the nations of the world and the negative forces within the people of Israel will rise. They will start a struggle, a confrontation from all sides, in order to awaken us and force us to make the right choice: to understand the reason for this pressure and what we should do.

Today, we are in a very delicate and critical state. I spoke about this danger many years ago, but I did not expect that it would happen so quickly and that already in our time there would be such a special state between all the countries and nations all over the world.

We live in an era of new technologies, global communication, and we have reached a certain inner understanding of what is happening, the responsibility of humanity for our planet and the entire universe. In our time, there are many highly educated people with a broad outlook, not like it used to be before. Almost everyone has the opportunity to travel around the world and see the life of other nations, connecting with the whole world above distances and differences in languages.

However, in the matter of anti-Semitism, we see that nothing helps: the law that is bringing humanity toward connection acts harshly, one might even say cruelly. Above all, it applies pressure on those who should be the first to lead humanity, on the one nation that must do this work, that should become pioneers on this path, and lead the whole world.

There is no way around this law. The upper light, the upper forces are arranged in such a way that as soon as the people of Israel, the group assembled in the time of Abraham from all the nations, are united again, all the roads are opening for them. There are no difficulties, but to the contrary, there are forces of nature ready to help them and elevate them to the spiritual level on their shoulders. And following them, all of humanity will be happy to connect.

This is how the upper governance works, and this is how it will be. Everything depends on Israel as Baal HaSulam writes in the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar, only they have the freedom of choice.

Israel are those who are drawn to come closer to the Creator. They feel obliged to lead themselves and all of humanity to a common connection and spiritual elevation. Any person in the world, any nationality, black, white, red, yellow, all four layers in humanity—1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th—belong to one nation, which is obliged to achieve connection and adhesion with the Creator.

Therefore, there is growing pressure on this corporeal group called Israel all over the world, even though they do not understand what is happening to them. After all, they abandoned this work of bringing themselves and the whole world to adhesion with the Creator a long time ago. Humanity also did not receive the awareness that the world is undergoing a purposeful development that leads it to complete correction; therefore, it does not understand the reason for its hatred. The Jews are confused about what is wanted from them, and out of their great egoism, they dream only of peace and prosperity. The nations of the world feel as if Jews are hiding something from them, not allowing them to come to a good life.

Therefore, these two groups feel lost in the dark where aggression emanating from the nations of the world collides with the hatred and fear felt by the Jews. It is clear that this is no good for either of them: great suffering awaits those who commit violence and those who persist in not wanting to hear about correction. Therefore, it is our responsibility to explain the situation to both groups and push the correction process forward as much as possible.1

Those Who Were Resisting Us Will Help Us

If Jews begin to connect, the nations of the world will accept it gladly because they will see that through this connection, they can get closer to the essence of creation. With the very point, the very desire, from which anti-Semitism is now growing, they will feel that the right movement has begun because they will begin to receive illumination on this Reshimo.

Anti-Semitism is the feeling of lack in the nations of the world, the need to receive light through the connection of the Jews. It is the most ardent anti-Semites who will be the first to join the Jews. We have already seen such dramatic overturns in history.2

The Upper Force Does Not Change Its Plans

Today, American Jews already recognize the problem of anti-Semitism exists and is growing dangerously. On Sunday, January 3, a protest march against the growing anti-Semitism will be held in New York. Many accuse Trump as if he is to blame for the growing  anti-Semitism.

However, we need to understand that no one here can help. We know that America is a very strict country, and if some legislation is passed, it will be enforced the next day. The law is guarded by courts, prisons, and the police. However, in the case of anti-Semitism, there is nothing they can do. We will see that all the actions of the government and the attempts to extinguish anti-Semitism will have no effect. After all, we are dealing here with the law of nature.

In the coming days and weeks, we will witness the futile attempts of the American government to fix this problem. This will seem to be the weakness of Trump and the left will certainly take advantage of it by accusing him of being unable to protect the Jews. However, no measures will work. You can set up millions of police patrols and pass new laws, but it will not help.

The upper force must force the people of Israel to unite, and it will do so. It will not retreat even if only a small handful of people will remain from Israel and the rest are killed. However, the small group that remains will achieve connection and will be the beginning of a new humanity. All the nations will then connect around it and come to correction.

We will see that no government in the United States, neither right nor left, will be able to extinguish anti-Semitism. It is a force from above.3

In light of the growing anti-Semitism in America, can we be sure that moving to Israel guarantees a quiet life and protection from anti-Semites? Yes, but for a very short time. But if we do not convince the Jews around the world and in Israel to start connecting, the next stage will be tough, unprecedented sanctions against the state of Israel by all countries, including the United States.

We will feel as if we were under siege in Israel. This, too, will last for a short time, and then, if this also does not help convince the Jews of Israel to connect, as Baal HaSulam writes, we will be thrown out of this land and scattered again.4

Working for Idols and Working for Unity

I am not trying to assess how my words will be accepted by every part of society. A lifetime will not be enough to study this. I only need to learn how to come to correction and how to awaken the whole world to it to the best of my ability. That is all. I do not analyze their condition, religion, faith, science, or culture. Everything is much simpler. The whole world is divided into two parts: working for idols and working for connection. The upper force is unity, connection.

To achieve connection, there is a simple method: we awaken the force of unity by connecting with each other above our egoism, in spite of it. To the extent of this connection, between us we reveal the force of connection to the Creator, the revelation of the upper force.

There are two forces in nature: positive and negative. The positive force of connection is concealed, and the opposite, negative force of egoism is revealed. If we try to connect in the ten above the force of rejection, the force of our egoism, then the positive force awakens and helps us. This force is concealed in nature, but we discover it by our efforts and thus move toward connection.

Then, within our connection, we will clearly reveal the upper force, which is called the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.

This is our program. There are thousands of different spiritual methods, beliefs, and opinions in the world. We do not dig into them because it does not matter. After all, there are only two forces in the world that need to be brought to balance. This is the balance we create in the group through our connection.

The method of Kabbalah is very practical and concrete, and we can implement it.

Therefore, there is no point in trying to understand other philosophies because they are not based on the upper force. They say that a person should try to change himself as if he already has positive qualities. Kabbalah states that initially there is nothing positive in a person, only negative—one’s egoism. The evil inclination controls a person from one’s birth: “Man is born a wild ass,” and we must try to connect above egoism.5
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/20, ”The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism”
1 Minute 0:30
2 Minute 1:04:50
3 Minute 1:07:00
4 Minute 1:10:40
5 Minute 2:06:10

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“Not Only The Deal Of The Century, Here’s The Peace Deal Of All Time” (Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Not Only the Deal of the Century, Here’s the Peace Deal of All Time

As soon as Trump’s “Deal of the Century” for peace between Israel and the Palestinians was launched, the controversy arose. It was expected, considering what is at stake: the solution to the most complex and longest running conflict in the world. The proposal could pave the way for a new Middle East but the ball for its realization is in Israel’s court.

There is no doubt that in the coming weeks and months there will be many for and against the proposal, and as politicians do, there will be a lot of protests and spins both from the right and the left to inundate the media with the sole purpose of standing out and standing apart.

It Is in Israel’s Interest to Support the Plan

Despite all the background noise, it would be highly advantageous for the State of Israel to agree to the plan. As long as the US protects us, we need to be wise and take advantage of the opportunity given to us, even though the Palestinians oppose it.

The truth of the matter is that a peace agreement is highly unlikely to be signed between Israel and the Palestinians at any time in the near future. We have witnessed many unfruitful plans and attempts throughout the years. At this stage, the maximum that can be realistically discussed are maps and the annexation of West Bank settlements.

In order to look deeply inside the vision offered in Trump’s detailed 80-page plan, we need to consider how we could catalyze and complement it. There is a need to combine Trump’s plan with an additional force, one that could connect and bring people together.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, true peace will come from above, as it is written, that “He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He in his mercy create peace for us and all of Israel.’’ Peace between us and all other nations will come only when we will first be united peacefully among each other, with friendship and internal solidarity. We will then fulfill our destiny to bring peace to the world.

“Israel is a light unto the world. The hearts and history of our people are woven together. The Land of Israel is an ancient home, a sacred place of worship, and a solemn promise to the Jewish people that we will never again repeat history’s darkest hour,” stated President Trump at the launching ceremony of his peace plan. Other world leaders also highlighted the importance of a strong and safe Israel to humanity during the remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau that took place just days before at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

Why Is There So Much Attention on Israel from the Nations of the World?

The international community’s attention toward Israel is no coincidence. What does the world expect from us? Subconsciously, they expect from us to be united. Through our unity, will we become “a light unto the nations.” As Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) wrote in his essay, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: “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.”

The founding tenet of the Jewish people is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Brotherly love and mutual guarantee are the keys to our security and prosperity. When we rise above our conflicts and disputes, we unleash a positive force in nature that neutralizes threats and bring about tranquility. It is the force that maintains the balance of creation, and its absence among us causes society’s decline.

We could achieve peace if we would rekindle the brotherly love we cultivated centuries ago and share the method for achieving this with everyone. Peace among us would bring about global peace. The sensation of solidarity among us would bring about political security and national strength. This is how we would exemplify ourselves as “righteous,” and the nations would want to be like us.

Righteous Among the Nations

One who is righteous is one who loves and wishes to be connected with everyone, justifying every single person.

Why? It is because evil emanates from the individual alone and not from another, as it is written in the Talmud, “Every person judges others to the extent of his own deficiencies.” A person is a small world, wrote our sages in the Midrash Tanhuma. Thus, everything that a person considers bad and harmful is actually a derivative of his own distorted perception of reality, because the egoism which is inherent in the person, the desire to enjoy at the expense of others, projects a negative reality before his eyes on many different levels.

But it is enough for us just to sincerely desire to transmit goodness and confidence to all of the world’s inhabitants in order to attract the upper force of nature that will correct all imbalances. Exactly how could this be possible? Our effort to connect the Jewish people enables the achievement of the desired goal by drawing the force of connection from above. The force of connection in Israel can radiate a positive power capable of permeating every person in humanity.

We have been given the method of connection, the wisdom of Kabbalah, for the sole purpose of connecting in human society “as one man with one heart.” By achieving such a state, we will become capable of providing a positive unifying example to the rest of the world. The unification of the Jewish people will lower the flames of hatred among the nations of the world, unifying humanity as one global community. That would not only be a big deal, but the deal of all time.

The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—What We Should Learn From History

Dr Michael LaitmanWe have all studied history in school and have heard about what happened in the past. But now we are learning about the inner mechanism: why did things happen, who put history in motion and for what reasons, and what we can do to go along with history and with the system of nature—the Creator. Because disasters happen due to our inadequate involvement. This is what history teaches us.

It is written that “the deeds of the fathers will become a sign for the sons,” so today we must scrutinize why we behaved incorrectly and how we could have changed history if we had acted differently. We can change our fate to benefit ourselves, the world, and the upper force—this is the purpose of our studying.

This is not just a history lesson we used to have at school but a different way of understanding why the governance comes down in such a way and how to respond to it correctly. If we would be able to generate the right response today, which nature is obliging us to do, we would be able to achieve the most positive results.

The whole process is predetermined from the beginning to the end and there is only one line meant to bring the whole egoistic desire, the whole corporeal nature, to the spiritual, perfect, corrected degree. This makes everything that is happening clear. If we reflect on historical occurrences along this path, on what took place, we will see that in each case, our incorrect response has led to catastrophic consequences for us.

The supreme force of nature is spinning the flywheel of history and as far as nature is concerned, we are all equal and must reach the same goal whether we want to or not.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/8/20,” The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism
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“Would A Liberal, Progressive Iran Be Better For Israel?” (Newsmax)

My article in Newsmax: “Would a Liberal, Progressive Iran Be Better for Israel?

Could a more liberal and progressive Iranian rule or neutralized Iranian threat bring peace to Israel in the Mideast?

A popular leaked video shows an anti-regime demonstration where a group of protesting students in Iran carefully avoided stepping on United States and Israeli flags on the ground as they walked by, suggesting their different views to their rulers.

Besides this video, the world has trouble peeking into the populist revolt brewing in the heart of the Islamic Republic, because the Iranian regime blocks access to various networks, and churns out deceptive media.

However, the Iranian economy in crisis, rising unemployment, declining morale, and rebellion of the younger generation, become increasingly apparent. Iran’s youth flood the streets in protest over their economic situation and the rule of Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Untapped Potential of Iran’s Youth

30 years ago, I was in contact with a number of Iranians.

I was impressed by their intelligence, sensitivity, wide-ranging education, and their attraction to enlightenment, culture, science, literature, music — everything marking progress and development.

When Ali Hosseini Khamenei assumed the position of Grand Ayatollah, he took for granted that the younger generation would submit to the same draconian rule that has been dished out since 1979, especially since such rule is the only kind that they would be raised with.

However, such rule fails to take into account the global nature of our world with its ease of access to information, and the extent of the younger generation’s awareness of its restrictive conditions compared to the rest of the world.

Young Iranians, who feel that they host immense unrealized potential, have become envious and inspired by Westerners, wanting similar kinds of opportunities.

Not markedly religious and certainly not extremists, they realize that they could find success in any field given the chance.

Therefore, they harbor a lot of pent-up energy with which to come out and demand change.

They disagree with the billions of dollars being spent on weaponry while seeing no hatred or enemy threat from the West, questioning why they should suffer because of the ruling faction’s unrealistic aspiration to control half of the world, which falls short year after year. As they see an increasing number of civilians being killed, as well as tightening sanctions on the country, they see a bleak future.

Where Is Israel in This Picture?

If the protesters were granted their wish, a more liberal and progressive Iran, would the Iranian threats on Israel also become old news?

No. There would still be no meaningful change in the Mideast.

According to the wisdom of “Kabbalah,” reality consists of multiple layers. At the deepest layer we are all inextricably linked together, in our every thought and desire. Furthermore, the people of Israel, as written in “The Zohar,” have a non-negotiable role to play in this network.

The balance of forces in the world rests upon the people of Israel, on whether or not we perform our role: uniting with each other in order to pass the unifying tendency onto the rest of the world. Our unification has the power to open the door to a harmonious reality in the Middle East and the world. In other words, as is written about our role, we must become “a light unto the nations,” and until we do, we will find no peace.

When we unite above the naturally-surfacing divisive tendencies, we draw a positive force dwelling in nature, called “light” in the language of Kabbalah. A peaceful, safe, calm, happy and loving global atmosphere needs such light, a radiating positive energy fueling a willful joint effort to unite above division. Without it, no regime change will help.

When divided, we provoke a negative force. It severs our positive ties and makes us agree to divisive ideas and opinions. The more we continue letting our divisive drives surface, the stronger the hatred grows against us, haunting us with portrayals like the Iranian nuclear threat.

In the meantime, the Iranian threat, together with other anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli expressions running rampant in today’s world, are necessary to ensure that we do not become complacent and indifferent, and instead actively seek a solution to the growing discomfort. In other words, the intensifying negativity toward us from the world forces us to face questions about our identity, responsibility, and what we need to change.

Jewish unity is the answer.

There is untapped potential in our unity that would bring about nothing less than a perfect life for everybody — the Iranians and ourselves included. I thus hope that we start waking up to the call for our unity sooner rather than later, and by so doing, spare ourselves and the world much suffering.
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The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—Understanding Historical Causes And Effects

laitman_294.1Throughout history the same forces act, resulting in same reactions. The new book: The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism shows that there are always causes and effects leading to the same turn of events.

This book must change our approach and teach us to see all the occurrences happening in this world in the light of Kabbalistic interpretation. The problem is that people do not understand what is happening to them. We study texts written 2,000 years ago without any knowledge of what has been happening during those 2,000 years and we draw incorrect conclusions.

The book The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism does not just recount the history of anti-Semitism. It, however, provides us with a foundation, reveals the cause of what is happening, and explains how we can change this process in its core.

The Jewish people are not the only ones who should receive this education and open their eyes to what is happening, the whole world needs to as well. The current events are caused by the same forces within the people of Israel and the whole of humanity within the common integral system. There is a single source pulling us toward the end of correction. If we are ready to move toward it, then we advance by means of “accelerated time,” by the light, and if not, then we advance by “in due time,” by the path of suffering.

The heroes that emerge on this path or the events that unfold are unimportant; what is important is that we can change the nature of this process, shifting it from the path of suffering to the path of light, which is good both in the eyes of the Creator and in the eyes of the person.

We exist within nature, which is a set of laws descending from a single source. This source consists of only one law, which we must learn thoroughly. We will then have no more issues with it just like with electricity or math: knowing the underlying law, one can derive thousands of applications from it.

All we have to do is learn the fundamental principles:
1. The world is an egoistic desire.
2. There was a group that rose above egoism and therefore received the name Israel (Yashar-Kel, straight to the Creator) because it wished to achieve the force of bestowal, the upper force.

This is the determining factor of the entire history of the people of Israel.

Anti-Semitism arises in other nations because they have never possessed the force of bestowal. But the people of Israel who once achieved the power of bestowal later fell from this level, and therefore they hate bestowal even more than the nations of the world. This determines the current state.

However, there is a small group, Bnei Baruch, that is trying to explain all of this to humanity. History is unfolding rapidly day after day. We must keep up with this process in order to understand what is happening to us in this scenario, the acting forces and the consequences they are causing, and we must deliver this message to the rest of humanity.

Our common salvation depends on it because the world is now in a very dangerous state: both the people of Israel and the nations of the world. Baal HaSulam warned us about the possibility of the third world war, and it was no exaggeration. We must realize that we have the opportunity to avoid a true catastrophe.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/8/20, “The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism
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“What Does Cause Some Jews To Endure Poverty In Israel?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does cause some Jews to endure poverty in Israel?

When the country’s citizens make no effort to strive for a warm, family-like sensation, they let a high tension atmosphere develop that chokes its citizens from one day to the next. Such relations give rise to a country with great wealth and amassing poverty.

The Cause of Poverty: Not Sensing Each Other as Members of a Single Family

Israel’s “rich country, poor citizens” state is bigger than merely an economic situation, and thus cannot be solved at the economic level alone. It requires the implementation of connection-enriching programs through its education and media systems, regularly explaining how all Israeli citizens are members of a single family, and which aims to pass a family-like sensation among everyone.

It might sound like a socialist idea, but it’s not. We saw such examples in history, and they all failed. The reason was because they did not to take nature’s laws into account.

The laws of nature are integral laws of interconnectedness and interdependence. They guide us toward more and more connection, and in our times, the connections we need to form are at the level of our attitudes to each other: that we develop a feeling toward strangers as if they are members of our own family. By aligning our attitudes to each other accordingly, we guarantee ourselves a harmonious future.

2 Steps to Solve Poverty: Disagree With Division and Promote Connection

The first step toward a change of attitude to each other is disagreeing with our present separation. Social division is the principle cause of poverty, and our disagreement with this situation makes room for a new desire to appear—a desire to change our relationships so that we feel ourselves connected like members of a single family.

By activating and encouraging the desire for family-like connection to spread among society via educational and promotional means, we would then start seeing the erasure of our emotional remoteness, and likewise, its symptoms of poverty.

The Kabbalistic Explanation as to Why There’s a Growing Gap between Rich and Poor

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the state of imbalance between rich and poor takes place due to an imbalance between Ohr Hochma (light of wisdom) and Ohr Hassadim (light of mercy), i.e., when there is a lot of Ohr Hochma and only a little Ohr Hassadim.

What are these two lights in relation to this current situation? Ohr Hochma signifies spiritual abundance and wealth, while Ohr Hassadim expresses the desire to give that abundance and wealth. Ohr Hassadim is a condition that prevents the desire to keep receiving more and more for personal benefit to imbalance our systems. In other words, Ohr Hassadim can be thought of as a regulating device that warms the heart, which otherwise becomes continually colder in an encasement of egoism without such conditioning. Therefore, when we apply Ohr Hassadim upon our instinctive desire to devour everything for self-benefit, we build a new sense, a tool that gives us the ability to receive the Ohr Hochma in a balanced manner. In this way, we can have a country where all its citizens experience spiritual abundance and wealth. Without such a regulator, we then continually head in an egoistic direction and bear witness to the “rich country, poor citizens” situation we are in today.

Moreover, without the Ohr Hassadim regulator that aims to give the abundance to others in society, then not only the poor citizens feel as if they are deficient, but also the rich feel a constant lack. More wealth is never perceived as enough wealth, and thus they continually seek how to increasingly fulfill themselves. This is how the pressure of the Ohr Hochma is felt. When we aim to receive for self-benefit alone, then pleasures we receive ultimately encounter an empty space within us, like a black hole that extinguishes any self-aimed pleasure we absorb.

Therefore, whether or not we have a little or a lot depends on our attitudes to each other.

Abundance Reaches Everyone When Society Becomes as a Single Family

We can organize our relationships in order to create an abundance that fills the space between us. When we open ourselves up to others, we become conductors of that abundance, like hubs and nodes in a network that pass signals to each other, and then our lives becomes rich and diverse.

Therefore, the more the idea of our need to connect as a single family upon our innate division spreads among society, both rich and poor, then the more we will find that there is plenty to go around for everyone.

“Is Jewish Kabbalah Similar To Sufism?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is Jewish Kabbalah similar to Sufism?

Sufism and Kabbalah both discuss the need to develop an attitude of love for another as life’s guiding principle. Sufism, however, does not explain the structure of the system of creation and its conduct. It is better suited to the masses because it speaks about the solution to human and spiritual problems on the level of our world.

Sufism does not explain the structure of the upper world with the precision that the wisdom of Kabbalah does: Sefirot, Partzufim, Olamot, Ohr, NRNHY (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, Yechida), KHB ZON (Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, Nukva), Tzimtzum, Masach, Ohr Hozer, and all the rest of the concepts. Only in Kabbalah are such “celestial mechanics” described.

Why are such descriptions needed? They are needed when one begins to attain the upper world. A person in attainment of the spiritual system cannot make inner order and clarification if relying solely on emotion or the teacher. For such a person, the teacher transforms from a person to an internal characteristic, and he perceives and emphasizes the inner layer of reality that Kabbalists call “the Creator,” while lowering the priority on the reality we perceive with our five senses. The progressive attainment of such a reality requires deeper definitions and emotions, and one must work with more subtle and measured states.

I am no Sufism expert, but it seems to me that it is a part of Kabbalah. Moreover, if we penetrate more deeply into true Sufism, then it would possible to discover the dividing line beyond which the wisdom of Kabbalah is imperative. According to its foundation, Sufism is the correct study for leading the person precisely toward the goal, but up to a particular limit.

The idea is that with all of us there are different levels of ego. Sufism stops at a deep level of ego. Yet for people with a big ego, Sufism is not enough. Such people need a greater weapon against themselves, and thus need the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Unfortunately, Sufism has stopped its development for some time. Today in the Muslim world, it is not wanted at all. This is a great shame because once there was a connection between Jews and Muslims through Sufism.

The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 3

749.02The Highest Desire—Israel

Question: Evolution constantly separates some parts of nature. It turns out that a group of people called “Israel,” which has a certain path of development, is selected by evolution. Then, all kinds of small groups called “tens” comprise that group.

Why is it impossible to work with the whole of humanity? Why is it necessary to be locked in a small group of people?

Answer: The fact is that the soul, that is, the general desire created by the Creator, is divided into many different levels and sublevels. For example, if we take its highest, most sensitive level, then, it is, in turn, the most egoistic and at the same time closest in its effect to the light back and forth. That is, it is directed to the light and the light is directed to it. Light is the Creator’s influence on a desire.

Therefore, in the first place, it is this highest desire that begins to develop, which because of its aspiration for the Creator is called “Israel,” meaning “directly to the Creator.” Being closest to Him, it must first come into contact with the Creator and then through it the influence of the Creator passes on to other desires.

Remark: We know that it is unrelated to nationalities since the group of Israel was assembled from the least egoistic representatives of various tribes of ancient Babylon.

My Comment: I would not say that they were less egoistic. On the contrary, they felt more detached and more susceptible to all kinds of bad states. As a result of this, they felt that they were obliged to attain the meaning of life, or, allegorically, that they must attain where it comes from, who rules them, and how they can change their lives.

Therefore, they gathered around Abraham who called them to spiritual attainment. He explained to them that this is possible only if they begin to work together on unity among themselves.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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The Method Of Correction, Part 11

laitman_942Who is given the technique of correction?

Question: In the article “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings,” Baal HaSulam writes that the Kabbalistic methodology was given to one kind of people, but with the goal that they pass it on to all other people.

It turns out that from the whole creation, after hundreds of thousands of years of development, the Creator singles out a certain group of people who were predisposed to this?

Answer: He takes representatives of all the people of the world, collects them into one group, which he calls “Israel,” meaning “straight to the Creator,” and gives them this technique so they realize this goal and pass it on to everyone else.

The correction technique consists of a person acquiring the properties, meaning the properties of bestowal, when I put the desires of the other above mine.

Question: If the Creator is a property of bestowal, then He does not think about Himself?

Answer: Of course. He does not even have a single thought about Himself. We, on the other hand, always think about ourselves. Above these thoughts, we build thoughts about others.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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