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Awakening Israel

laitman_565.01Remark: The whole creation is divided into two parts. One part is called Israel, the second the nations of the world. If Israel does not fulfill its function, the nations of the world come to them with claims, and this is manifested at the human level, at the level of society.

My Comment: This is called anti-Semitism.

Remark: However, neither Israel nor the nations of the world understand where it comes from, although it is all recorded in Kabbalah and can be studied.

My Comment: Of course. It is also recorded in the Torah. Hatred arises naturally from the nations of the world toward the people of Israel. There is no other phenomenon like this.

Question: However, the functions of Israel and the nations of the world are not chosen by the people themselves? Does nature calibrate them in such a way?

Answer: No, it is determined according to the soul. Every person in the world can feel this.

All of a sudden, some Eskimo begins to feel the need to discover a quality of nature, cause and effect, why and for what reason he exists. That is, he aspires to the Creator, to the source of this knowledge, these revelations. Therefore, he begins to delve into everything and, in accordance with his aspiration, is called Isra-El, direct to the Creator.

Question: It turns out that the what is called God’s chosen people is just a determination of nature?

Answer: I would say that there are two parts in this “God’s chosen.” On one hand, there is a part that is given to a person from above, meaning the upper force picks him and gives him desire toward it. On the other hand, the person who feels aspiration toward the upper force makes efforts himself. Meaning, that there must be arousal from above and arousal from below.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/28/19

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The Main Function Of The People Of Israel

Laitman_036Question: What is the main function of Israel (the people of Israel)?

Answer: The function of Israel is to achieve such a connection that unites them together and then through this unity to pass the higher energy, the upper force, which unites and binds everything, to all nations of the world and to the rest of the layers of nature: animate, vegetative, and still.

Question: If Israel, as a center of connection, does not fulfill its function, then the system itself, in which the nations of the world and the people of Israel are located, forces the function of the nations of the world to affect Israel negatively, pushing it forward. Is that how it manifests in our world?

Answer: Yes. It happens automatically. To the extent that Israel transmits positive energy to them through the system of the souls and worlds that is in a certain state of development, but does not do this, to the same extent the negative reaction arises from them, a request: “Where is what we should receive now?”

Question: Does all this happen unconsciously?

Answer: Half-consciously. People do not know why aversion and specific demands appear in them toward Israel. But these demands appear: “You, Israel, are the source of all problems in the world!”

And actually, it is so. “You must do so that everything will be good in the world. We all depend on you! And you are not fulfilling your function!”
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/28/19

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Everyone Will Become A Jew

laitman_600.02Question: How does someone become a Jew?

Answer: There are two ways to become a Jew: by birth or by becoming Jewish.

Anyone can become a Jew, no matter whether one is French, Italian or any other nationality, because Jewishness is not via lineage.

To become a Jew means to adopt a certain way of thinking, an attitude toward life and its purpose, when you realize what it actually means to be a Jew. What does it mean to be a Jew? It means to bring the method of correction and connection into the world, and to become a contributing member toward the world’s unification.

Question: So, the word “Jew” – “Hebrew – Ivri,” means “crossed over”?

Answer: A change from the egoistic attitude toward the world and others to an altruistic one.

Question: Is this how one becomes a Jew?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So, in effect, are you discreetly telling us that the whole world can become Jews?

Answer: Not discreetly, but indeed so.

This is a serious transition from egoism to altruism, which only happens as a switch that turns on inside each person when one asks the upper force for this change .

Question: You also say that those who are born Jewish are not actually Jews?

Answer: No. Those are not the Jews the Torah speaks of. A Jew is a spirit. One must be guided only by the calling in his heart.

Question: Is the ultimate goal of life to become a Jew?

Answer: To become a Jew means to unite all people, to be the force that elevates them toward the quality of bestowal, mutual love, and unity. It means reaching such communication between all people in the world so that they will be as one.

Being Jewish has nothing to do with whether or not one’s mother is Jewish.

Question: People of different nationalities will now suddenly hear that one way or another the goal of every person is to become a Jew?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Do you calmly say that it is so?

Answer: Of course. In other words, the goal of every person is to transition from the egoistic perception of the world into the altruistic one. This is considered as crossing (“laavor“) the egoistic barrier.

So, let them cross it.
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From KabTV “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/30/19

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 3/10/19

laitman_962.3Question: You talk about the education of a single European, a single person. What will be the basis for the upbringing of a new individual? Is Kabbalah the method that you propose? Where is the basis, the concept of your proposed path?

Answer: You just need to open the books of the wisdom of Kabbalah where everything is written, and read them.

Question: Who is the Creator? Something not from this world? So how can one induce Him for anything?

Answer: The Creator is not from this world, that is correct and accurate. He is the highest power of bestowal and love. He can bestow to you only to the degree that you want to instill the properties of bestowal and love in you. If you want to acquire the attitude of love and bestowal toward others, then you must turn to the Creator.

Question: What does the fulfillment of a desire mean?

Answer: The fulfillment of a desire means getting what I want. In our state, all of our desires are egoistic, and therefore, we do not receive their fulfillment. Even if we do get fulfillment, we discover later that we have become even emptier. This teaches us not to want to be fulfilled egotistically.

Question: Could the Jews have awakened without anti-Semitism?

Answer: Certainly not! That is why the Creator urges us to fulfill our destiny by inciting hatred toward Israel.

Question: What should little children of two or three years of age be taught first and foremost?

Answer: At the age of two or three, it is certainly too early to teach them anything. But you can try to teach them to be connected well with others.

Question: How does the Creator respond to your teaching us? Do you feel His response?

Answer: The Creator fully approves of me, He responds very well, and I feel this perfectly. I am not joking! You can do the same and discover it.

Question: I am an artist. Please tell me, why are visual arts necessary and will they be important in the future?

Answer: No, they are not very important and will not be important in the future. This is because people will discover an inner spiritual vision that cannot be expressed in any way but solely and only through our soul.

Question: Why should you care for others if you yourself need love? What I mean is, should I not care about myself first and foremost?

Answer: In this case you will never be able to satisfy yourself and you will never feel love. If you are in need of love, you must love others. Then you will begin to feel love for you.
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From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook” 3/10/19

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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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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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