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Child-Free Leaders

The leaders of the EU’s four pillars— Germany, England, France and Italy—don’t have kids. It means that a large number of people who are making decisions about Europe’s future, have no personal interest in this future. One view states that they simply struggle for power, to rule the world without doing anything for it, and that personally, they have no one to build a good future for.

What does Kabbalah say about this phenomenon of child-free leaders?

Today, we find ourselves in a world where people who rule countries do not relate to them as their home. According to the Torah, one cannot hold a governing position without a family and children. However, in our case, we deserve the situation that has appeared. The child-free leaders of Europe demonstrate to us who we are and how we treat the world. We don’t really care about what happens tomorrow. We mechanically relate to the world, inconsiderate of the consequences of our intentions and actions.

Why? It is in order for us to arrive at the recognition of evil, i.e. that the human ego that aims at self-benefit at the expense of others is behind every human thought, decision and action. Once we reach such a recognition of evil, we can then work to build good over it. The world needs such enlightenment.

The Hikikomori Phenomenon

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/7/20

In Japan, more and more people, so-called Hikikomori, choose a “social diet:” they isolate themselves, make money by freelancing, and don’t even leave home. They live their lives in the virtual world.

How does it influence both themselves and the society that they live in?

According to the laws of nature, there are two main phenomena happening all around: disintegration and integration. Disintegration flows naturally, while integration requires our common efforts, including exiting our comfort zones.

Therefore, either physically or virtually, we need to start connecting in order to realize the purpose of our lives. We shouldn’t wait until we reach helplessness caused by our separation, but rather to ask ourselves now: “What is it all for?”

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, sooner or later, we will all come to a point where we have to realize what are we living for and start acting in order to attain our destination, no matter if we are Hikikomori or “real” people.

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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70 Nations Of The World—Spiritual And Historical Interpretation

laitman_600.04Question: In Kabbalah there is the concept of 70 nations of the world. Where does the number “70” come from?

Answer: It comes from the fact that spiritual roots form corresponding consequences in our world.
Zeir Anpin is composed of seven Sefirot, and each Sefira of ten, which totals 70.

Question: Kabbalists wrote that our desires, from a spiritual point of view, are divided into 70 nations. But if we begin to study historically, could it be different, not necessarily 70?

Answer: No. Josephus Flavius has confirmation of this; after all, he is considered a great historian.

He was captured by the Romans and he left with them from the subjugated, destroyed Judea. In Rome, a huge institute was created for him where hundreds of people worked under his supervision so that he could write his treatises. Therefore, we cannot say that these facts are false or in some way far-fetched.

Question: How do Kabbalists relate to his treatises?

Answer: They are not particularly relevant because he did not write about spiritual conditions. He described what happened in our world as a consequence. But still, his book begins with the words: “In the beginning the Lord created heaven and earth … “ and so on, as described in the Torah.

Question: Can you, as a Kabbalist, confirm that the consequences he described in our world clearly correspond to those spiritual laws that you know from the spiritual world?

Answer: Of course. He described everything precisely.

Question: Doesn’t it happen that historians can distort things?

Answer: He was not at that level, and the Romans too. They just had to record everything for future generations, which they did. In the eyes of the Romans, he glorified them forever. That is why such conditions were created for him, and he was able to describe it all.
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From the Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/28/19

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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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