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“An Open Letter To Jared Kushner: Unity, The Ultimate Peace Deal“ (Times of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “An Open Letter to Jared Kushner: Unity, the Ultimate Peace Deal

Dear Jared,

I share your concern over the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Needless to say, people around the globe feel that finding a solution to this conflict is long overdue. If there is world consensus about the urgent need to put an end to this struggle, one must ask why, generation after generation, the state of affairs in this region only seems to worsen.

So many countries throughout history, and particularly so many US administrations, have invested futile efforts in trying to mediate what is considered the most complex and controversial conflict in the world. Former US proposals were based on the core idea of “land for peace” as a kind of trade deal, but no such scheme will work, because territorial border issues are not at the root of the problem.

As apprehended from your recent media interview in Abu Dhabi, the US peace plan for the region will include not only a significant economic proposal, but also a “very detailed” political plan “about establishing borders and resolving final-status issues.” If that is the main focus for working out a lasting peace deal, it is destined to fail from the very beginning. Allow me to explain why…

Splitting the land will not help, as it has failed in the past with the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and in multiple offers from Israel to withdraw from the territories conquered in the Six Day War in exchange for peace. All such offers have been consistently rejected. The stark reality is the impossibility of negotiating a viable peace agreement with a regime controlled by those who refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The truth of the matter is that the lasting solution to this conflict cannot be predicated upon acceptance from any parties outside the people of Israel. Peace among Jews must come first, and peace with our neighbors will follow naturally and smoothly afterward. This is because the fundamental cause of the conflict is our division, our lack of unity as one Jewish people. No state, religious, economic, or social plan will help until we connect into one diverse, yet amalgamated body.

Lasting peace is possible and achievable, but its realization is conditional upon the connection of all Jews in Israel and around the world into one people, unified above our differences. The most fertile area for the application of US and world pressure is on the Israeli government, to demand that they enact an aggressive program to repair the breakage in Israel’s social fabric.

It has become crucial for us, the Jews, to recognize our hatred and alienation from each other as preventing any positive future.

As it is written, “we are commanded in each generation to strengthen the unity among us so our enemies do not rule over us” (Rabbi Eliyahu Ki Tov, The Book of Consciousness).

The importance of Jewish unity, not only for our own people but for all humanity, was also stressed by Rav Avraham Yizhak HaCohen Kook (the Raiah):

“In Israel is the secret to the unity of the world.” 

According to our sages, the people of Israel must reestablish the unity which they lost some 2,000 years ago. We must therefore first become aware of a method of correction prescribed in the sources, a method from which we have become detached. When we unite, we will become an example for humanity and fulfill our role of being “a light unto nations.”

When the correction of Israel radiates outwardly to the rest of the world, the second phase of the plan will be able to be effortlessly realized: the correction of humanity.

Thus, “when the Children of Israel are complemented with the complete reason, the fountains of intelligence and knowledge shall flow beyond the borders of Israel. They will water all the nations of the world, as it is written” (Isaiah 11).

Therefore, I urge you to base the US plan for resolving final status issues for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in applying pressure on the State of Israel to actualize the originally-intended purpose of the people of Israel, and to heal the fractures first and foremost within Israel itself. The ultimate plan for a lasting peace in the Middle East and beyond must require Jews to acknowledge their underpinnings, how we became the people of Israel, and to reenact the principles and purpose upon which the Jewish nation was founded. Only after we internalize the eternal spiritual ideals and foundations of Israel and unite among ourselves, will we be able to pave the way to peace with our neighbors and the world. This is the key to any viable plan for the Middle East, one capable of securing a bright future and a peaceful coexistence.

Wishing you all success,
Dr. Michael Laitman

“International Women’s Day 2019: Nature’s Recipe for Gender-Balance”(Thrive Global)

Thrive Global published my new article: “International Women’s Day 2019: Nature’s Recipe for Gender-Balance

“The human is the inclusion of male and female, and the world cannot be built, if male and female are not both present” (The Book of Zohar).

International Women’s Day is upon us again, and this year’s keyword is “balance” – the idea is to drive gender-balance across the world.

The aspiration behind wanting to create balance is good and correct. It comes from a genuine desire to find wholeness, completion and perfection in the interaction between the men and women of the world. But what is gender-balance? How do we determine where the balance is? If we look for it through our own eyes – whether as a man or woman – we’ll only see things partially and incorrectly.

When it comes to balance, we need to see things from nature’s point of view.

There are two opposite forces working throughout all of nature and they manifest through various forces, actions and beings: plus and minus, protons and electrons, heat and cold, ebb and flow, inhaling and exhaling. Or in our case – male and female.

If we try to eliminate or disregard the differences between any instances of nature’s two opposite forces, then we’re attempting to meddle with nature. Trying to turn a plus into a minus will ultimately cause trouble, even when we can’t see it in the short run.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, men and women can only complete each other when the purpose of their relationship is to discover the deeper force of nature that binds them together. As it is written, “man, woman, and the divine presence between them.”

The deeper binding force of nature is one. It is not masculine or feminine, not a plus or a minus. It’s the only true oneness there is. Men and women need each other to rise slightly above the human ego, and discover that force together. To do so, they each need to activate their unique attributes and complete each other. So instead of focusing on how men or women can rise separately, we need to be thinking of rising together.

It’s no coincidence that the drive to find new balance between the genders has become so prominent in our time. Humans are evolving to find a higher experience of life, and this is why we have a yearning for a greater sense of wholeness. But harmony can only emerge when opposite forces complement each other.

The difference between male and female is not a “gender difference.” It is an infinite gap that stems from the very nature of creation. We don’t need to be the same. We need to stay different, and learn how to complete each other.

— Published on March 3, 2019

“Anti-Semitism An Ominous Presence In US Politics” (Newsmax)

My article in Newsmax: “Anti-Semitism an Ominous Presence in US Politics

How many times do freshman lawmakers from the Democratic Party need to apologize for anti-Semitic remarks until we understand what truly lies in their hearts and minds toward Israel and the Jews?

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar allegation that the Jewish lobby and money are buying American politicians seems to be only the tip of the iceberg of a larger anti-Semitic problem of a vociferous and growing radical wing against Israel within U.S. Congress and political circles.

Only after a strong condemnation and ear pulling from her own party, Rep. Omar stepped back from her comments, sort of. It was certainly not the first time she sparked controversy with inflammatory remarks. Back in 2012 she tweeted that Israel had “hypnotized the world,” among other accusations during her political career.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., a firm supporter of Israel’s boycott, has been busy taking pictures with a pro-Hezbollah activist and accusing American Jews of “dual loyalty.” Both lawmakers have been warned by Republicans that “actions” will be taken if their incitement against the Jewish nation continues.

Extreme Minds Think Alike

Jew-hatred appears to reach consensus regardless which side of the coin the anti-Semites belong to. Holocaust denier and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has weighed in on this controversy, aligning with Omar’s conspiratory views toward Jews.

He didn’t miss the opportunity to add more fuel to the anti-Semitic flame. Since Jews, Israel, are blamed for anything and everything in the world, this time Duke brought Trump’s wall to the public discourse, no less, demanding Israel pay for it.

One of the ways the nations of the world blame the Jews is by stating that Jews control the world and all evil comes from us. By saying so, they imply that changing the world for good depends on the Jewish people.

From Nature’s perspective, meaning the inner forces that operate our world, this is, in fact, what we are destined to provide humanity. This is also the underlying reason for the growing hatred and demands toward us if we fail to fulfill this mission.

Jewish thinker Rav Yitzhak HaCohen Kook made this principle clear on his seminal work Orot [Lights]: “The construction of the world, which is currently crumpled by the dreadful storms of a blood-filled sword, requires the construction of the Israeli nation. The construction of the nation and the revealing of its spirit are one and the same, and it is one with the construction of the world, which is crumpling in anticipation for a force full of unity and sublimity, and all that is in the soul of the Assembly of Israel.”

An Outcry Against Israel Is An Outcry Against All Jews

There is no fine line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Simply put, there is no line; they are the same. It is just easier and more comfortable for anti-Semites to hide their true colors under virulent criticism against Israel. When the Jewish nation is attacked from all sides, it is clear that we are the only ones we can rely on. Our good future depends solely on our unity.

Our nation was forged precisely through that unity, when individuals of different descents pledged to be “as one man with one heart.” Once our ancestors made that vow, they were tasked with passing unity on to the rest of the world, thereby becoming “a light unto nations.” When Jews disassociate from one another — and thereby abandon their commitment to humanity—they cease to be a light unto nations, and in so doing, invoke hatred toward them.

As it is written in “The Book of Zohar,” “Because they are of one heart and one mind … they will not fail in doing that which they purport to do, and there is no one who can stop them.” Our sages also stated, “Although the bodies of the whole of Israel are divided, their souls are a single unity at the root. . . . This is why Israel are commanded to unity of the hearts, as it is written, ‘And Israel encamped there,’ in singular form, which means that they were corresponding below, meaning they had unity” (Rabbi David Solomon Eibenschutz, in “Willows of the Brook”).

Unity above differences is the true commodity of the State of Israel and what Jews in general have to offer the world, because this is our foundation as a people. We possess the method for bringing people together. Once we reach this unity, it will reverberate around the world to neutralize anti-Semitism. As the Midrash Rabbah writes in “Song of Songs,” “Israel bring light to the world.”

“Anti-Semitism In Mainstream American Politics” (The Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Anti-Semitism in Mainstream American Politics

How many times do freshman lawmakers from the Democratic Party need to apologize for anti-Semitic remarks until we understand what truly lies in their hearts and minds toward Israel and the Jews? Rep. Ilhan Omar’s allegation that the Jewish lobby and money are buying American politicians seems to be only the tip of the iceberg of a larger anti-Semitic problem of a vociferous and growing radical wing against Israel within US Congress and political circles.

Only after a strong condemnation and ear pulling from her own party, Rep. Omar stepped back from her comments, sort of. It was certainly not the first time she sparked controversy with inflammatory remarks. Back in 2012 she tweeted that Israel had “hypnotized the world,” among other accusations during her political career. Meanwhile, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a firm supporter of Israel’s boycott, has been busy taking pictures with a pro-Hezbollah activist and accusing American Jews of “dual loyalty.” Both lawmakers have been warned by Republicans that “actions” will be taken if their incitement against the Jewish nation continues.

Extreme Minds Think Alike

Jew-hatred appears to reach consensus regardless which side of the coin the anti-Semites belong to. Holocaust denier and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has weighed in on this controversy, aligning with Omar’s conspiratory views toward Jews. He didn’t miss the opportunity to add more fuel to the anti-Semitic flame. Since Jews, Israel, are blamed for anything and everything in the world, this time Duke brought Trump’s wall to the public discourse, no less, demanding Israel pay for it.

One of the ways the nations of the world blame the Jews is by stating that Jews control the world and all evil comes from us. By saying so, they imply that changing the world for good depends on the Jewish people. From Nature’s perspective, meaning the inner forces that operate our world, this is, in fact, what we are destined to provide humanity. This is also the underlying reason for the growing hatred and demands toward us if we fail to fulfill this mission.

Jewish thinker Rav Yitzhak HaCohen Kook made this principle clear on his seminal work Orot [Lights]: “The construction of the world, which is currently crumpled by the dreadful storms of a blood-filled sword, requires the construction of the Israeli nation. The construction of the nation and the revealing of its spirit are one and the same, and it is one with the construction of the world, which is crumpling in anticipation for a force full of unity and sublimity, and all that is in the soul of the Assembly of Israel.”

An Outcry Against Israel Is An Outcry Against All Jews

There is no fine line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Simply put, there is no line; they are the same. It is just easier and more comfortable for anti-Semites to hide their true colors under virulent criticism against Israel. When the Jewish nation is attacked from all sides, it is clear that we are the only ones we can rely on. Our good future depends solely on our unity.

Our nation was forged precisely through that unity, when individuals of different descents pledged to be “as one man with one heart.” Once our ancestors made that vow, they were tasked with passing unity on to the rest of the world, thereby becoming “a light unto nations.” When Jews disassociate from one another—and thereby abandon their commitment to humanity—they cease to be a light unto nations, and in so doing, invoke hatred toward them.

As it is written in The Book of Zohar, “Because they are of one heart and one mind … they will not fail in doing that which they purport to do, and there is no one who can stop them.” Our sages also stated, “Although the bodies of the whole of Israel are divided, their souls are a single unity at the root. …This is why Israel are commanded to unity of the hearts, as it is written, ‘And Israel encamped there,’ in singular form, which means that they were corresponding below, meaning they had unity” (Rabbi David Solomon Eibenschutz, Willows of the Brook).

Unity above differences is the true commodity of the State of Israel and what Jews in general have to offer the world, because this is our foundation as a people. We possess the method for bringing people together. Once we reach this unity, it will reverberate around the world to neutralize anti-Semitism. As the Midrash Rabbah writes in Song of Songs, “Israel bring light to the world.”
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“The Root Of The BDS Boycotts Of Israel“ (The Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “The Root of the BDS Boycotts of Israel

The enemies of the Israeli nation do not rest. While a Mideast policy bill that would penalize companies or businesses that boycott Israel managed to get approved in the US Senate, on the other side of the ocean in Europe, the situation is strikingly different.

Amnesty International, with headquarters in Great Britain, has launched a campaign against Israel, calling on the largest global digital tourism companies to stop listing rentals and tours in Jewish historical and cultural sites in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, against what they label a “settlement tourism industry.”

Meanwhile, more than 50 British artists urged the BBC to boycott the Eurovision song contest because it is taking place in Israel this year. They signed a letter seeking to cancel coverage of the cultural competition scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv in May citing human rights violations, and also pressuring to move the event to another location.

Why the obsession against Israel? Where are the voices against the systematic and deliberate abuses of the totalitarian and dictatorial regimes around the world while Israel is stridently singled out, accused of vicious crimes, and basically blamed for most of the world’s problems? Put simply, this is anti-Semitism hidden under the cover of criticism of the Jewish State.

The hatred toward Israel is certainly nothing new, but in today’s intricate global reality we live in, the more frequent and intense the woes, the more humanity blames this tiny nation of Jews for its troubles. And no stone will be left unturned until the country is completely isolated and asphyxiated by a worldwide boycott .

It has become increasingly evident that the world is a single interconnected and interdependent network in which Israel plays a pivotal role. The crux of the problem is that we are not performing our part. Our role in the world is to set an example of unity allowing the discovery of the positive force of nature in our connection. As a result of our neglect of this duty, humanity suffers because the balancing force that could bring tranquility to humanity remains unrevealed. Instead of basking in peace and serenity, mankind sinks into harsher states, which reciprocally increase the negativity toward us.

In fact, if the Israeli nation would establish good relations, we would then feel the flow of the force of unity fill the world, and a new kind of happiness and prosperity for all people would blossom. Rav Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook stressed this principle in his writings: “Within Israel is a hidden sanctity of elevating the value of life itself through the Divinity that is present in Israel…With utter completeness will it be completed within the house of Israel, and from it, it will radiate to the earth and to the whole world, ‘for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations.’” (Rav Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, Ein Ayah [A Hawk’s Eye])

This is the actualization of the Israeli nation becoming “a light unto the nations,” i.e. by setting an example for everyone of how to connect, and it is the reason for the urgent need for us to attain unity. It will equip the world with an example of unity that it could follow. As Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) wrote in his essay The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee): “The nations of the world are not yet ready for it, and I need at least one nation to start with now, so it will be as a remedy for all the nations.”

Therefore, changing our fate and the fate for the rest of the world is in our hands. It demands from us to make efforts to connect by strengthening the ties between us all—secular, religious, Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jews—above any and all other engagements for the sake of our shared destiny as a diverse yet monolithic people. Instead of acting like self-serving tribal clans, we must become mutually responsible for the entire nation, until we truly become “as one man with one heart.”

As the wisdom of Kabbalah explains, such a state is achievable by learning the method of connection that holds the keys to global unification and achievement of a fulfilling existence. The nations of the world need to receive this goodness from us. When they do, their attitude toward the Israeli nation will change immediately from hatred and blame to love and gratitude.

My Articles In The Media, January 2019

In English:

Medium:

Addictions: Discover the Drug of Life
Brexit Is Only the Beginning of the Worst Divorce in Modern History
Davos 2019: Six Questions about Our Future That We Shouldn’t Expect the Forum to Answer

BlogActiv:

Davos 2019: Six Questions about Our Future That We Shouldn’t Expect the Forum to Answer

The Times of Israel:

What lies ahead for Jews in 2019?
Tu Bishvat: Planting the Tree of Life in a Fertile Field
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Today as Yesterday

Thrive Global:

Addictions: Discover the Drug of Life
Davos 2019: How Global Citizens Can Embrace A Better Future

Breaking Israel News:

2019: How Israel’s Divisive Elections Can Become a Springboard to Unity

JewishBoston:

Tu Bishvat: Tasting the Fruit From the Tree of Life
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Today as Yesterday

Blockanics:

Education Coupled with Blockchain Will Be the Basis for Future Nations

Linkedin Article:

Addictions: Discover the Drug of Life
Tu Bishvat: Planting the Tree of Life in a Fertile Field
Holocaust Remembrance Day: Today as Yesterday

In German:

Huffington Post Germany:

Szenario des “Europäischen Frühlings” könnte sich wie ein Lauffeuer ausbreiten” 
Zum Antisemitismus der Proteste der gelben Westen

In French:

The Times of Israel:

Tou Bichvat, la fête de la vie
Quel devoir de mémoire pour la journée internationale dédiée aux victimes de la Shoah?” 

In Spanish:

BlogActiv:

¿Qué le espera al pueblo judío en el 2019?
Davos 2019: seis preguntas sobre nuestro futuro que no deberíamos esperar que el Foro responda

Huffington Post Spain:

¿Qué le espera al pueblo judío en el 2019?
La educación bajo el modelo ‘cadena de bloques’ será la base de las naciones futuras

In Italian:

Huffington Post Italy:

Come mai i giovani d’oggi sono meno attivi sessualmente?

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“Tu Bishvat: Planting the Tree of Life in a Fertile Field“ (Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Tu Bishvat: Planting the Tree of Life in a Fertile Field

Tu Bishvat symbolizes a very special state in a person’s life, marked in the Jewish calendar on the 15th of Shevat. It is traditionally associated with the “New Year of the Trees,” so you might ask: “How does this relate to me personally?” It is written in the Torah, “a man is like a tree in the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19), and discovering the deeper meaning of this sentence is our key to a fruitful and flourishing existence.

The Tu Bishvat holiday represents the state in which we realize the fruit of our work of planting ourselves in the optimal environment to start growing and settling in a new life with new principles and goals, until we are finally rewarded with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Life. We reach Tu Bishvat when we discover a world of goodness and perfection, the opposite of the world that we currently perceive.

We do not reach Tu Bishvat all at once. We reach it only after a gradual process of development that begins with a seed, a desire that has an impression from our deepest spiritual root, which must be nourished properly until it grows into a tree that bears the fruit we will harvest: the attainment of the spiritual world of wholeness and tranquility. In order to reap that bounty, our optimum spiritual growth requires the influence of a spiritually supportive and encouraging society.

Similar to a tree that depends completely on its environment, so do we humans. The only difference between the two is that we can move ourselves to a new environment if our current one is harmful, while the tree cannot. Therefore, the first and most important phase of our spiritual development is the recognition of good and evil in our surroundings.

Each of us must perform a self-scrutiny and an examination of who surrounds us to determine whether we are placed in a fertile field, one that will help us advance toward our higher goal of fulfillment above the base earthly level, or whether we’re in poor soil, which distances us from that exalted purpose.

We can reach the desired state when we attain nature’s qualities of love, bestowal and connection. However, such a goal requires us to ascend above our egoistic nature—our narrow, short-sighted lens through which we try to exploit everything and everyone for our own advantage—and acquire an opposite, loving and giving nature where we positively connect to each other. To do so, we need not correct other people. We only need to correct ourselves.

Undergoing this transition from our egoistic nature to the altruistic nature is called a “correction” in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Correction is marked by a change in our attitude toward others, and until we make this shift, the wider, harmonious reality where we are all positively connected will continue to be concealed from us. We currently fail to see this reality where love and bestowal dwells between us because we perceive ourselves and our surrounding world according to our inner egoistic qualities, constantly thinking and acting based on the core question, “What’s in it for me?” When we will change our approach from receiving to giving, we will discover the upper, spiritual world—a world of love, bestowal and positive connection—and suddenly see a new level of existence, one in which everyone experiences balanced, positive and harmonious connections. Nature has conceived this state for all humanity, as it is written in the Babylonian Talmud, “I saw a reversed world.”

In fact, Kabbalists explain that the upper world is revealed as an inverted tree in the eyes of our world. In a field, the more a tree grows upward above the soil, the deeper its roots grow down below the trunk. Trees connect to each other underground through a sprawling network of roots. Similarly, we ascend by deepening our connection with others, because our attitude toward humanity is how we attain the upper spiritual forces.

When we reach such a level of connection, everything we previously perceived as broken will look as if it had been turned inside out, revealing reality as whole and purposeful. This is the state of Tu Bishvat. It is the feeling that Divinity (Shechina) fills the world, the revelation of an upper force that governs everything and gives a sense of eternity and endless fulfillment. This is the fruit of the Tree of Life that we will harvest at the end of our development, when it is ripe and we are ready to enjoy it.

“Brexit Is Only The Beginning Of The Worst Divorce In Modern History” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Brexit Is Only the Beginning of the Worst Divorce in Modern History

“This is the most significant vote that any of us will be part of in our political careers,” pleads UK Prime Minister Theresa May to the House of Commons just moments before her Brexit deal was turned down in what was the largest government defeat in the UK since 1924.

But as her defeat was historically certain, so is the future of Great Britain uncertain. The prospect of exiting the EU without any deal whatsoever could have very negative consequences, and a deal that is agreeable by all parties is still hard to conceive.

Looking beyond the Brexit due date of March 29, however, one thing is very certain: The fate of the UK, is tied to the European Titanic, which slowly but surely, is going to sink. It could take a decade or more, but ultimately, the EU will not stay afloat.

One way or another, the dismantling of the EU will be a difficult and painful process, just like it happens between spouses. When they get married, each side euphorically thinks about what they’re going to gain. But when they get divorced, each side is anxious about what they’re going to lose, which can easily lead to an ugly divorce process.

The crumbling EU is yet another instance of what is happening in the world at large. We’re in a time when human connections are breaking to pieces on all levels, whether it is between parents and children, brothers and sisters, marriages, communities and entire societies — all are gradually disintegrating.

We are witnessing a new era in the evolution of human society. For hundreds of years, we were being pushed by our egos to form greater and more beneficial connections, a development which has given us science, culture, education and so forth. The human ego was climbing upwards towards its peak.

However, along with the turn of the century, a new phase is taking shape. The human ego begins to develop in the opposite direction, increasingly making us feel that it is more convenient and beneficial to break away from each other. The creation of the EU and its gradual disintegration reflect exactly this process.

Forming the EU was an idea that made a lot of sense; however, the correct preparation and foundation for it were lacking. The time was right, but the method to do it wasn’t there. Herein lies the failure that led to where we are today.

In order to create sustainable societies in our time, political institutions and economic systems are not enough. The evolution of the human ego requires that we form a whole new level of connection between people. We have to discover the underlying network that is embedded in nature and binds us together.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, this is where the role of the Jewish people becomes crucial, since the Jewish people was founded on discovering this network of human connection, and to this day they carry the method and are able to access it and share with the rest of the world

Without fostering a new level of connection between people, the collapse of the EU is bound to happen. We can expect to see greater and greater division among European countries, to the point of violence between citizens, as well as hostility between nations. In fact, the vote for Brexit itself was a clear indication of the UK’s social divide, with less than 2% of voters who tipped the scale.

Our time demands that we become conscious of how nature guides us towards greater connection. The smartest thing for leaders to do would be to stop everything they’re doing right now and use the means at their disposal to initiate a massive educational campaign.

Instead of the futile attempts to make decisions based on a shattered state of society, we have to focus on forging a new level of connection between people that will lead to better decisions. The EU married together 500 million people politically and economically, but this marriage will end painfully unless it is matched with a deeper human connection.
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“Education Coupled With Blockchain Will Be The Basis For Future Nations” (Blockanics)

Blockanics published my new article “Education Coupled with Blockchain Will Be the Basis for Future Nations

Imagine a world where a decentralized virtual network manages every aspect of our lives for us, where all we need to focus on is helping one another be better humans.

Blockchain technology will play a key role in weaving the future society we will all shape together. Yet in order for this new technological stage to work in our favor, we will need to adapt our way of thinking, wrap our head around new concepts, and embrace new values.

The need to reorganize humanity

The various intricate and threatening scenarios taking place around the world today in the form of social polarization, political instability, climate destabilization, mass immigration, technological unemployment and more, are actually the first signs of a new humanity. This is because the birth of something new is always painful and this is what we are experiencing now.

We will need to reorganize human society in a truly comprehensive manner to ensure our interdependence and interconnection are beneficial to our prosperity and are in sync with the natural system. To do this, one thing will have to change along with our technologies – ourselves.

“Cloud nations” will play key role

According to futurist Dr. Roey Tzezana, in the coming decades we will no longer need the territorial institutions we have in our world. Most of the government and civil services will be provided automatically and can be managed remotely via emerging yet highly reliable technologies such as blockchain. Essentially, “cloud nations” will be a virtual way for any group of individuals to unite under a common identity, and set up their own “smart contracts” for managing their relationships.

Unlike the physical countries of today, these new virtual entities will not be limited by territorial restrictions, and members will be able to come and go as they please. Ultimately, cloud nations have the potential to distribute decision-making processes to their citizens, which would gradually render many government institutions obsolete.

With all human behavior being automatically monitored and fed into this vast network, cloud nations will also include decentralized systems of justice. Prompt justice will be available to any citizen at any point in the network, making most of the current functions of courts redundant.

In addition, cloud nations will allow for a cooperative economy that doesn’t concentrate power in the hands of the few, and systems would be in place to calculate the basic needs of every human and print 3D versions of whatever we need.

The unique role of a Jewish Cloud Nation

To take all of this a step further, Tzezana is partnering with Jewish thinkers and researchers, who are developing the “Jewish Cloud Nation” project — a virtual state that will unite Jews from all over the world. They will receive services “in a fully decentralized way with no geographical limitations.”

The core values of the Jewish Cloud Nation are to be determined by a special committee of Jewish sages. This distinguished group of great thinkers and social scientists will meet in person to formulate universal values for Jews everywhere.

The goal is to organize a framework for implementing the Jewish ideal of “Tikkun Olam” — an old-new principle according to which Jews are to facilitate the correction of the world. The project’s website states that “The code of the Jewish Cloud Nation will be open and transparent, and will be shared with everyone to allow for further creation of other cloud nations, to serve the needs of citizens of the entire world without the involvement of dysfunctional governments or corrupted regimes.”

Forging a new concept for society

It’s hopeful to see that how experts who recognize the imminent technological future also envision the emergence of a cooperative society, and are also taking steps to help form such a society. Such a vision corresponds directly with the social teachings that appear in the authentic writings of Kabbalah.

About a century ago, Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag wrote: “Do not be surprised if I mix together the well-being of a particular collective with the well-being of the whole world, because indeed, we have already come to such a degree that the whole world is considered one collective and one society.”

Indeed, in our time, we are coming closer to the need to forge a new concept for human society. The escalating crises in countless realms of human engagement are pushing us to rethink the foundations of our culture. This is nature’s way of getting us to evolve towards the next degree of human connection, which means a change of thinking and a change of values.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that forward-thinking technological entrepreneurs are among the first to identify this trend. They are also quick to identify the practical tools we can use to create an infrastructure that will enable a new social order at every level: economic, social, political, educational etc.

However, smart contracts are not enough to bring people together. Technology does indeed upgrade our abilities, but it doesn’t upgrade our inner qualities and the way we relate to each other.

Education must come first

In order for a cloud nation to be a model society promoting genuine mutual concern between citizens, it must begin an educational process that would be embraced by its citizens. They would need to learn about the benefits of mutual consideration and build new norms and values for positive social engagement. Ultimately, they need to develop a new way to sense each other, as pieces of a single whole. This is a conscious development that requires people’s willingness to change their perception of life.

For instance, a central aspect of such a change is the issue of privacy. To futurists such as Tzezana, it’s clear that no matter how much we discuss the right for privacy nowadays, in the technological future, the struggle for privacy is a lost battle. In fact, the more individuals are willing to relinquish their privacy, the more beneficial and effective will be the systems they can establish for themselves.

Privacy in cloud nations will have to be reduced to a minimum, but the willingness to give up one’s privacy will not come naturally. This is a sensitive matter that requires great preparation and adoption of new values. Part of the educational process would be to help us willingly exchange our need for privacy for real benefit. This is just one example of the need to enhance human consciousness and nurture human connection.

As we head towards the future society that today’s technologies are weaving before our eyes, we will have to adapt to new values and concepts that may seem utopian. However, this is because most individuals today lack the sensation of being a single part of a whole.

Therefore, our number one concern in crafting our interconnected future should be how to educate ourselves. Rather than letting technology lead the way, we can already take steps towards the change we have to go through — becoming interconnected human beings in a society that promotes unity and rewards mutual concern and consideration.

In the future society, people will sense that if they are not actively contributing to the welfare of the whole, they are indirectly harming others as well as themselves. Then, our advanced technologies will work to everyone’s benefit.
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“Addictions: Discover The Drug Of Life” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Addictions: Discover the Drug of Life

We are all addicted. Society is organized in such a way that at any given moment in our lives, we become addicted to something: things we are used to do or consume from childhood, certain food, a way of thinking or behaving and different forms of entertainment, to name a few. In short, we become addicted to any pattern learned at home during our upbringing or developed throughout our lives from the environment. All these conditions construct what we are and what we are prone to, defining our tendency to potential addictions, including deadly ones. If that is the case, how can a person be liberated from a harmful dependency?

Harvard Medical School defines addiction as a “loss of control over indulging in a substance or performing an action or behavior, and continued craving for it despite negative consequences.” In fact, those adverse results are affecting a whole generation. The opioid epidemic, for instance, causes 155 deaths every day in the United States. Although dramatic and worrisome, it is only the peak of the iceberg. An estimated 40 million Americans ages 12 and older abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other kind of drugs, surpassing the number of people with heart problems, diabetes or cancer.

A New World, New Addictions

Tech dependency can also have an impact on how we function, developing symptoms similar to substance abuse. Gaming addiction, for instance, has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization. In addition, 50% of young people admit cell phone addiction while Americans in general spend an average of 5 hours a day browsing, according to recent studies.

Regardless the source of dependency, the common denominator is the yearning for detachment, even temporary, from troubles, pressures, competition and other negative influences from the surrounding circles we might be exposed to: family, school, work and society.

Pursuing an alternative reality is a consequence of human nature. We are made from an insatiable desire to enjoy that constantly grows and renews itself, leaving us empty when it is unfulfilled, leading us to various addictions to fill the void. As those cravings transform into a habit, one constantly needs larger doses, entering a vicious circle. This is an unsuccessful way of coping.

Why do people resist calling these examples addictions? It is because they are so immersed in a certain way of living that it seems natural, but when they lose control of their lives they try to get out of the trap and find it extremely difficult, if not impossible. It is at this point when a person descends to a vegetative level, suppressing the internal desire for a higherpurpose in life — unique to the human level, the most developed in nature — instead of filling it.

Looking for the Drug of Joy

People lack the elixir of life, the drug of happiness. Therefore, we face not a drug problem, but an emptiness problem. If our nature is a desire to receive, and this desire is not provided, it transforms into a negative escape mechanism.

A person is a result of the environment. Therefore, it is important to see it as the overriding factor for human change. Such transformation is possible by isolating the individual from the surroundings that triggered the addiction and replacing them with positive support circles that will help the person reshape the previous dangerous habits into positive ones. It is the equivalent of setting up a new program that will need to complement and bring more satisfaction to the person than the artificial sensation obtained through substance abuse or any other kind of unhealthy dependency.

Our Relations Rehab

I am referring to a comprehensive treatment that needs to target an underlying multifaceted problem. That is to say, we have to create new conditions according to every person’s cultural and social background and needs. In some cases, it will possibly require a rehab medical plan but it should always include the remedy to all our troubles, the drug of life, which is based on positive connection among people. A positive social environment can rehabilitate us and help us to evolve to a higher level of existence.

Such a new level of positive social connections is what evolution is pushing us to attain. In order to realize such connections, we first need to educate about and promote the idea that only through warm, safe and supportive connections, human society can achieve the kind of satisfaction it is constantly craving for. Then, we will be aware of the fact that the only dependency we need to be hooked on is realizing our interdependence in a positive way.

That is the way nature has created us, humans, as part of an integral and interrelated system that should work harmoniously and balanced through mutual care and consideration. By realizing and implementing such relations, we can enter into balance with nature and discover a much greater kind of fulfillment as a result.