Entries in the 'Nations of the World' Category

Why Are Jews Considered Smart?

Laitman_049.01Remark: You said that in order for a person to become an aristocrat, it takes the upbringing of many generations.

My Comment: This is no longer the case. Today, people have a lot of free time to devote to learning. Several generations of people who study a lot and for a long time will grow up to be completely different people.

Why is it believed that Jews are smart? In fact, they are not smarter than others. But they have been propagating the study of the Torah and Talmud for several thousand years.

There was not a single child who would not learn how to read, who could not read and write, and did not study these books all the time. These books laid out judicial laws, all sorts of problems that needed to be resolved. This was their intellectual training.

I am sure that within 100 to 200 years we will see that humanity will become the same. The fact is that whatever one nation went through in 2,000 to 3,000 years, others will go through in 200 years.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/24/19

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The Future Of The World, 15 Years Ahead

laitman_941Question: How do you see the future development of the world 15 years from now? What will come to the forefront? What is Israel’s role in it?

Answer: The desirable path of development is the awareness of the Israeli people, together with our groups in the world, and the so-called progressive humanity that the most important thing is to unite and to show the world an example of unity.

When we manage to unite with each other at least a little bit, then the upper light will pass through us and it will be felt at all levels of humanity. People will feel that real life and the possibility of progressing to the next stage of development, exiting to a new level of existence, is in unity.

Being in this corporeal world, we will at the same time begin to penetrate into higher matter, into higher existence, into those areas where not our brain operates, but the commands that control it.

I hope very much that we will begin to feel this in the coming years. It is at our doorstep, but it depends on us how much we will be ready to adapt this knowledge and sensations.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/13/19

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If We Don’t Get It…

Laitman_417In the News (Jewish Virtual Library): “To date, 27 states have adopted laws that are designed to discourage boycotts against Israel. Separately, the U.S. Congress is considering making anti-boycott legislation as well in reaction to the BDS movement [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions – anti-Israel].

Question: Pro-Israel lobbies press for this legislation. Do you think this approach makes sense?

Answer: No. Nothing can be done by force or prohibitions. On the contrary, it will further aggravate and cause anger, etc.

Egoism is growing in us every day, at every second. If we don’t fix it, if we don’t shape it properly, if we don’t reformat it correctly, then it will only continue getting worse.

This developing egoism is an indicator that we—the Jews, the people of Israel—are not implementing our correction.

Remark: It is very hard to accept that we are at fault. It is almost impossible for a person to accept that he is at fault, even more so for a Jew.

My Comment: What can be done if it is a law of nature? Why should I believe myself and not believe several millions of people who say it is my fault?

Question: Do I have to believe them?

Answer: Don’t believe them. Where is the truth? Who can say? Therefore, we turn to Kabbalah, our ancient teaching, where it all has been disclosed.

In The Book of Zohar and the Torah and everywhere it is said that the people of Israel must bring change, a method of correction, to the peoples of the world, to show them how to be corrected, to pass on this power, and to teach them. If not, then, of course, the nations of the world will, like in ancient Egypt, have claims against the people of Israel.

Thus, there is no way around it. All of nature, all of history, is aimed at explaining that we are to blame for everything.

Question: Do you think that you’ll be able to change the way people think?

Answer: They will listen for a long time, be indignant, but when the time comes, when they feel a real threat, then it is quite possible that a moment before they are led again to extermination, they will come to their senses and be able to make the proper correction.

Question: Do you think that this moment will turn the whole wheel of history?

Answer: Of course. I have no right to be silent. Have no right! I have to talk about it, shout, beg, do anything.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/18/18

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American Jews

laitman_448.3Remark: Until recently, many Jews in America were confident that anti-Semitism existed only in Europe. And suddenly, now, with the appearance of Trump, with the appearance of hatred toward each other, the fear rises in them: “This is in our home!”

My Comment: This is just the beginning. The fact is that to the extent the Jews hate each other, they are hated. And to the extent they can come closer together and unite, the world will grow closer and unite around them, toward good.

Thus, everything depends on the Jews. Now, they will gradually start studying it on themselves.

It is necessary to shake this mass. They are not afraid of and do not reject anti-Semites. They are ready to co-exist with anti-Semites, but now, it is beginning to get in the way.

I wish the American Jews a quick awakening, the recognition of their mission, and the possibility of correcting themselves, and through themselves, the whole world. Through America, this can be done. This is a powerful part that can affect both their country and the whole world, and make many people think and act like them. Firstly, however, it is necessary for them to think and act correctly.

However, the recognition of evil is necessary for this. The evil can be corrected either by properly engaging our brains and listening to the advice of wise people, or as it is written, to move to happiness “by the stick.”
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/20/18

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When Will The Maccabees Return?

laitman_750.02Question: What is the Kabbalistic meaning of the holiday of Hanukkah?

Answer: The Kabbalistic meaning of the holiday is that, having discovered ourselves to be absolute egoists who have no connection with the spiritual world and who live only their animal lives, we realize that we must shake off the dust of egoism from ourselves and begin to live with the Light within the heart—with the aspiration toward a heartfelt connection with each other.

Only in the connection between us can the upper world, the upper force, be revealed. Lighting a little flame between us—the quality of bestowal and mutual love—is called “Hanukkah.” From that little Light called Nefesh, then Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida, which are all mutual friendly relations, gradually begin to blossom, which lets us connect all our qualities and aspirations between us and begin to feel ourselves as one supportive, kind family.

This happens gradually. There are seven stages in the spiritual world: Chesed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. It is just that we are rising from the bottom up, from Malchut to the highest, to Chesed, igniting within ourselves ever-greater light.

This is what Hanukkah represents (from Hebrew “hanu-kah,” “hanaya” ‑ stopover). After this stopover, there is a period until Purim when we achieve the Sefirot above Chesed: Bina, Hochma, and Keter. Then, absolute unity and complete enlightenment and the consecration of our mutual connection will be achieved, when we actually become as one whole, one soul, called “Adam.”

We have to aspire to this, because this is the goal of our lives, our existence, the goal of creation.

Question: Where in this path are the Greeks?

Answer: The Greeks are between us, these are forces that separate us, prevent us from uniting, push us away from each other, as the Egyptians had done earlier.

In other words, everything that prevents our unity and adhesion are called either the Egyptians, the Romans or the Greeks, depending on the level. But, in principle, it is our egoism.

Even now we obey the Egyptians and the Romans and the Greeks—the so-called “nations of the world,” who exist within us—the egoistic forces that control us.

Question: So right now we are not at war with them?

Answer: Not at all. What war? On the contrary, we invite all our external enemies to us. We don’t even consider them as enemies. We are elitists. We think that their culture, science, and education are what is best for us. We are not even planning on uniting.

Question: In other words, we want to live like them, but we should want to live like the nation of Israel?

Answer: Living like the nation of Israel doesn’t mean sitting from morning to night reading the Torah. We must build the right kind of society in which everyone would be connected by the laws of friendship and love. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the main law of the Torah that we must begin to obey.

Question: When will the Maccabees come and start the war?

Answer: We are trying to do it as much as we can.

Question: Will it happen suddenly? In the last moment, when everything comes to a dead end, in suffering?

Answer: Hopefully it will not carry out like that. The Maccabees came when there was no other alternative, and Judah Maccabee screamed: “Whoever is for the Creator, follow me!”

Nonetheless, let’s hope that we will, gradually, through the dissemination of Kabbalah, come to a time when people will begin to understand us and will want to approach this idea.

Question: If we are talking in terms of the material world, then the Maccabees were Kabbalists?

Answer: Of course. “Everyone who is for the Creator, to me!” is a Kabbalistic call, that is: “Let’s unite! We agree to be the central point of connection.” Judah Maccabee was a great scholar, a great sage, a Cohen, and that is why he was able to do that. On his spiritual level he really did have the power to draw the entire nation to himself.

Question: In other words, the Creator, essentially, is unity?

Answer: Yes. The experience of unity or the experience of the Creator is one and the same. The Creator is not something that exists outside of us, but rather that force of unity and love that we achieve. We call it the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalistic Meaning of Hanukkah,” 12/7/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 230

laitman_629.3Question: Dear Dr. Laitman,

With great interest I discovered information about your activities on YouTube. When I began to watch the online conversations, I immersed in them completely. I have a feeling that the states that you are talking about are very close to what I feel about the world.

One thing confuses me (and I am asking you to explain this as honestly as possible, preferably in a personal message in order to exclude the involvement of public factors).

So: If I am not a Jew (absolutely not), how can I relate to the teachings that you are spreading? Is the wisdom of Kabbalah information that is intended solely and only for the Jews? I have seen a variety of your videos on this subject.

Most of them are of a universal nature (after all, we are all the result of a spark that comes from Adam), but some of them are predominantly Semitic-oriented in nature, and the rest are not at all.

Answer: Jews are not a nation, but a worldview. Read about the selection of this group from the masses of ancient Babylon—we have a lot of material about this.
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Does Trump Help The Jews?

laitman_763.3Question: The decision of the Trump administration to endow Jews with the status of an ethnic group suggests that while Jews were previously considered a religious community, and the American state does not interfere in religious conflicts, now any actions directed against their ethnic country, that is, Israel, will be viewed as manifestations of racism and a violation of constitutional rights. Does that mean criminal liability?

Answer: This is all well and good. The big question is a familiar, eternal one: How will it be for the Jews?

I believe that nothing is going to change. Ultimately, the hatred will only increase.

Remark: But the Jews believe that this is such a big step!

My Comment: They always think so. These are people who do not understand the meaning of their existence, the goal of their existence, and absolutely do not learn from history in any way.

They are very smart and, indeed, many envy them: their development, aptitude for technology, science, and art—for everything other than their life’s purpose. Nothing teaches them: not the catastrophes that befall them, nor beatings, destruction, pogroms—nothing!

Also, nothing can teach them because they do not wish to see their purpose. If they would begin to ask: “What is the real reason for the hatred of all nations toward us?”—then they would find it, they would dig it out. It lies precisely in the ideal of Judaism, in the general unification of one and all.

The Jews must set an example for this unification. They should live to unite among each other with positive relations. Then, such positive connection between them will transfer to all other nations.

After all, the Jews are not a race or a nationality. This is the “mixed multitude” that Abraham gathered from all over Babylon and created a group from them based on one single attribute: they wanted to achieve the revelation of the Creator, the revelation of the concealed force of nature, to know the meaning of creation, its purpose through the unity between them. And he accomplished that.

Therefore, if the Jews unite, even in our time, since they are representatives from all the nations of the world dating back to those days, the world would immediately begin to calmly unite after them. The world would begin to realize: “Oh! So, this is who our destiny depends on!” For the better, too, not only for the worse. 8 billion people depend on 15 million.

Remark: It amazes me that we have made thousands of video clips on this topic, and each time you explain it in detail all the way to the end.

My Comment: It lives in me, I feel it as being the most relevant topic. Also, each time it becomes more and more relevant. I nevertheless hope that despite the thousands of times we have spoken about it, at a certain thousand-thousand-thousand-and-first time, it will finally “click.”
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/18/18

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Why Is There No Peace In The Middle East?

laitman_229Question: Why is there still no peace in the Middle East?

Answer: The problem is not with Israel and the nations of the world. The situation is such that the method of correction of the world, which should now be realized in the whole world, is in the hands of Israel.

In its inner wisdom called the science of Kabbalah, Israel has the methodology of correcting egoism in the world: how to change from the egoistic perception of life and nature, where everybody wants to get something for himself, to the altruistic one, where everybody will be able to sacrifice and give of himself, and through it become fulfilled, complete, and perceive life through altruism.

Because Israel holds this wisdom, the entire world feels as if Israel is at fault for all that is happening. This pressure and anti-Semitism will not stop until Israel makes a contribution to the world—by revealing the science of Kabbalah to the world, a method of correcting the world, which explains how it can save itself from its selfish development that has come to an end and has resulted in the threat to its existence.

The world will reach peace, tranquility, and contentment only through the implementation of this method of its correction, which has been with Israel since Babylonian times. Emerging from there, from the cradle of all civilization, it has been in the midst of Israel for 6,000 years, and is only now being revealed. That is why the science of Kabbalah is in demand now all over the world.

The science of Kabbalah became open for general study at the beginning of the 21st century. After all, it represents the methodology of making our world altruistic, perfect, and wonderful. Then there will be peace in the Middle East and all over the world. And if not, then it will not happen there or anywhere in the world, which will only lead to a greater danger of its annihilation.

What is happening today in the Middle East is, in essence, the concentration, the focus, the pinnacle, of the whole world problem. If we solve this problem, if Israel will reveal the method of correction of the world, by doing so we will solve the problems of the entire world, and peace will also reign in the Middle East.
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From The Round Table of Independent Opinions. Berlin, 2006

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“And The Land Of Israel Will Be Stretched To The Whole World”

laitman_944Question: Who are “the Jews” in Kabbalistic terms?

Answer: They are people who want to unite, who yearn to reach love in their relations, and through such love, reach love for the Creator. Such people are called “Jews,” (Yehudim)  from the word “Yihud” (unity).

Another meaning of the word “Jew” comes from the word “Avar” (transition), meaning: one who has crossed the border of our world and has entered the upper world.

Question: The members of our large world group have an immense yearning to move from the law of love for themselves to the law of love for one’s neighbor. Can we call them all Jews (Yehudim)?

Answer: According to the direction, definitely. After all, initially, the Jews were the ancient Babylonians from the 70 nations that inhabited Babylon, who decided to rise above their egoism and become one group, one whole.

Question: Does it mean that when the whole world begins moving in this direction, it can be called Yehudim?

Answer: Yes, as it is written, “And the land of Israel will be stretched to the whole world.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/15/18

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Will Israel Exist?

Laitman_417Question from Facebook: I read your posts, and I cannot understand. All military and political experts agree on one thing: Israel will exist only if it is beneficial to America. You claim, however, that everything depends on the people itself. You are either a complete utopian, or you have a trump card in your hands that only you know about.

Answer: I do not have a trump card, but a joker. It is very simple. We rule the world!

You can trace humanity’s entire history and see that we always lead. You will find out that it happened just for humanity to approach the Creator.

This method is in the people of Israel, which is a special group that has been dealing with bringing humanity closer to the Creator for thousands of years. Since bringing humanity closer to the Creator is the program of creation and this method is in the hands of Israel, Israel is the central point of the world, of humanity.

If for the realization of this method—for the realization of revealing of the rapprochement of humanity with the Creator—the existence of the State and the people in such a form is necessary, then it will be so. However, if not, then it will be different. But, all the sorts of metamorphoses that will happen to people, to the State, and the world will be carried out only in accordance with the plan of creation.

I am only interested in the extent to which the people of Israel and, after it, the peoples of the entire world will move to the point of their connection, rapprochement, and meeting with the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 4/ 24/18

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