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Southern Israeli Residents Demand Quiet

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/15/18

Residents of southern Israel are right to protest. They demand quiet, and I agree with their harsh criticism against Israel’s leadership. Their willingness to stay in their shelters in order to allow for a temporary attack that will bring their normal life back testifies to how fed up they are.

Israel must give a decisive blow to the infrastructure of terror in the Gaza Strip: demand that Hamas dismantle its weapons and stop its rule on the ground. To crush the terror completely, and prevent it from rearing its head. This way, at the very least, we will obtain relative quiet in the coming years, and allow the children in the south to go to sleep without fear.

Unfortunately, the current round of rockets has once again proven to us what we have learned throughout history: a jihadist terrorist organization understands only force. They are not interested in reaching an agreement or reconciliation with us. It doesn’t matter if we lift the siege, open the border, enable infrastructure, push for international aid or inject millions of dollars in cash. Thus, we have no choice but to respond with such force that will paralyze Hamas’ ability to harm us.

I do not call for war, and certainly not for harming the innocent Gazan population. But as long as we’re in the midst of an ongoing battle, we must respond with all severity and maintain the upper hand; as it is written, “he who comes to kill you, get up early to kill him first.”

The weakness of our leadership reveals the extent to which its view has been distorted by continuously trying to convince the world that Israel is moral and righteous. The world, however, is not impressed. On the contrary, the international media continues to paint a false picture of the reality in Israel. One only needs to glance at the European press, for example, to notice headlines that portray Israel as the aggressor, after a day with almost 500 rockets fired at Israeli civilians. Therefore, what the world thinks cannot be taken into consideration by our leaders.

There is no doubt that the next round will be more painful. We took a serious step backwards, against ourselves and against the safety of our children. Hamas, on the other hand, is celebrating their success in sparking a political earthquake in Israel, after the resignation of the defense minister. They – and the entire world – have concluded that Israel is weak.

However, I relate our weakness to a single factor: the lack of spiritual foundation in the people of Israel. Unlike any other people or nation in the world, we are required to fight on two fronts: the physical and the spiritual. We have to protect the safety of our residents and defend our borders with great fervor; and at the very same time, we must attack our division at all costs. This is the real war for Israel.

We all take part on the spiritual front, and right now we have been caught off guard. We must reach a cease-fire between us. This is the fire that invites our enemies to enter our house and do as they wish.

All of us without exception – leaders and soldiers, politicians and citizens, rightists and leftists, religious and secular – must be vigilant against the enemy within us, the snake that separates us from each other. Only when we join forces against our own division will we reawaken the spiritual foundation of our people.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the spiritual connection between us is our only salvation. It will build a wall against our enemies. And the whole world is subconsciously waiting for the power that lies in Israel’s unity. Even Hamas.

How To Speak With Your Heart

laitman_963.7Remark: A woman’s heart beats a little faster than a man’s: 70 beats for men and 78 for women. However, in couples living together, heart rhythms and breathing become similar, especially if their relationship is close. So claim scientists.

But even if people just do something enthusiastically together, their hearts become attuned to each other.

My Comment: This is the influence of people on each other. They become attuned if they work in the same team even if there are no close ties or shared hobbies, a single task or atmosphere.

The person’s influence on the environment is multifaceted. We see that people who live in a country acquire a common mentality, and if they live there for a long time, then they even acquire the features of those who inhabit this country. This does not depend on the people, but on the land itself where they live.

Question: How does it carry out in Kabbalah?

Answer: It is a very different story in Kabbalah. The fact is that by studying Kabbalah, we connect with each other not on the earthly level, where we live on the same land, breathe the same air, and become affected by the same, say, radioactive environment or some other parameters about which we do not even know.

We are passionate about our common goal and that is where we see ourselves. Moreover, we can see ourselves in this common goal only when we dissolve into our friends.

Therefore, in Kabbalah such union and interconnection develops that does not exist in any other form of human interaction. In Kabbalah, it turns out that we do not simply resemble each other, we create a system together, in which we become conjoined parts, and one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, everything is a degree higher here.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/2/18

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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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The Dalai Lama, It’s Not Easy …

laitman_600.04In the News (The Earth Chronicles of Life): “‘The Dalai Lama revealed the secret of happiness’:

“Less envy and anger, more love and compassion – only through this man can come to harmony in the soul, the Dalai Lama XIV said in Riga during the spiritual teachings for Buddhists from Russia and the Baltic States.

“Man is destroyed by anger, envy, a sense of competition, fears and other negative emotions that lead to suffering, while happiness is achieved not through the implementation of unbridled desires, but through the ‘peace of mind’. Compassion and altruism help to come to him.

“’It has already been scientifically proven that anger literally destroys the immune system, while compassion and peace of mind strengthen it. If you treat others with compassion and altruism, then malice, envy and competition in you will be much less, and happiness – much more,’ said the Dalai Lama.

“A materialistic system of values ​​makes a person a money-grubber.

“’Unchecked desires destroy both man and the environment, and this does not bring happiness to anyone. Happiness comes when the mind is at peace, when there is peace in the soul. Therefore, it is so important to train your mind,’ he said.”

My Comment: He is absolutely right, but how can this be accomplished?

Remark: In principle, it is clear what the Dalai Lama is leading to: it is a specific view of the world, meditation…

My Comment: This method is good for people with very little egoism, which used to manifest itself in humanity thousands of years ago. Also, today it also applies, but only in some parts of the world where it can really be offered and accepted.

Question: How can the state of happiness be achieved?

Answer: To do this, you need to change a person in order for a person to change the world so that the world does not chase artificial goals, but everything is in balance with nature and with each other.

It is possible, but not through a technique of just sitting and feeling happy.

Question: You said that the ego will develop and grow and that there is no escape from it. What can be done with egoism that grows and kills me?

Answer: I’ve talked about this many times. Until we show people that this final state leads us to destruction and instead there is an eternal and perfect state that we can achieve in this world now, today, until we convince humanity of this possibility, we can do nothing.

Question: How can this be done?

Answer: Only by working on ourselves, bringing ourselves to a state where we can truly become an example of correct human relationships, finding happiness and the highest quality between us.

Question: What should our relationships be like?

Answer: Love each other. The Dalai Lama also speaks about this, only it must be achieved. It is not easy and is accomplished through tremendous effort and by a trustworthy method that connects the impossible with the desired.

Is it necessary to get to this? It is necessary. Is there an opportunity? There is, but it’s hard. Here, we must reshape human nature, change it.

Question: How does human nature change?

Answer: Only under the influence of the revelation of the upper force. In attempts to unite, we reveal this force. We want this power to change us, but only this force! And not that I want to be good, and I’m already good.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

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About Life With Dolls, Utter Loneliness, And Workaholism

laitman_543.02Remark: In Japan people spend a lot of time at work. And people there are substituting dolls for real people as partners.

Someone, after the death of his wife, began to collect dolls that imitate a person. Another one grew cold to his wife and bought a doll. That is, people are replacing people with dolls. They take care of them, wash them, etc.

And this tendency is observed both in men and in women. Women also buy dolls, live with them, talk to them. Some wear doll masks to be perfect beauties. Absolutely absurd!

My Comment: A man hates his appearance, wants to abandon it and enter the world of feelings, the world of inner, non-external communication—not between bodies, but at a higher level. He feels that he is not in demand and does not know what to demand from others. Therefore, an artificial substitution takes place. What can be said about this?

We are in a transition period, and not only the “unfortunate” Japanese but everybody else too. I do not think that the era of dolls will come and replace husbands, wives, children, or even pets. This all is no more than games. In fact, there can be no substitute.

I hope that the current big crisis, like a tsunami, will sweep away all this dirty industry, including all the excessive things that a man invents and produces. It will all be swept away and only the essentials will remain.

Everything else other than essentials would be spiritual, i.e. whatever we use in order to rise spiritually. This can only come up from the correct communication among people, when a state called “spirit” arises among them. People will then rise together in this spirit: “I cannot live without you and you cannot live without me.”

I do not mean men and women. I mean everything. Such mutual addition gradually elevates us higher and higher. This is the spiritual elevator. This is what we must come to.

This is what the science of Kabbalah teaches. I hope this is the solution to the whole problem. This is how it will be.

As for plastic substitutes, they are temporary toys. It is precisely because we do not find the right combination, the right connection between us.

Question: Researchers claim that people are driven by fear, by their desire to be safe. How can you overcome this fear?

Answer: They will not find this in each other either.

They will find this only if they correctly connect with each other, and in this connection, they will suddenly reveal the upper power that created them, keeps them, and on which they completely depend. Then the fear will disappear.

What fear can there be if you are in contact with the upper force that determines everything: how you were born, how you exist and die, and after that, you will again be in other different states! When you are in contact with the upper force, there is no fear.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/31/18

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Video Game Addiction

laitman_959Question: The World Health Organization included video game addiction in its list of diseases and disorders. A person is considered addicted to video games if he dedicates more and more time to them “to the point that games take precedence over other life interests.”

What is the reason that a person sticks to the game so much that it becomes his life?

Answer: And what is our world? It is also a game.

So, there is nothing else, a person changes one to another. The game he enters obeys him, he exists in it, receiving feedback from and influencing it. For him, this is a closer spectrum of connections, events, and reciprocities.

He actively participates in it. People spend a lot of money and are ready to just live in this.

Question: Do you consider this a disease?

Answer: I believe that any hobby, if it does not distract from the purpose of creation, can take place as a leisure, but beyond that, it is already a disease.

Question: Is it possible to beat this disease?

Answer: I do not think that a person will willingly give it up. It is because replacing a fairy-tale world with a real one is simply stealing one’s life from oneself.

Question: For him life is a game?

Answer: In fact, it is not a game, but his life! And our life is a silly game.

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My Comment: All this will wither away by itself, because the prospect of revealing the true world, eternity and perfection will obscure all games, everything that he has today.

Question: Perhaps, that’s why there are games. Is it in order to move him closer to that?

Answer: Not to move him closer, but simply to brighten up time until humanity realizes what a hopeless, final state it is in.

Question: And when will this time come?

Answer: It depends on two factors: when humanity will have enough suffering and when Kabbalists will be able to approach it and explain what the matter is.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

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The Selfie Generation

laitman_549.02Remark: Our generation is called the “Selfie Generation.” People fall from bridges, rocks, get into accidents and want to capture these moments.

My Comment: In principle, a lot of people work for death. Death is a dear point in our existence when I leave after me something I wish will remain related to my name to feel some kind of eternal existence.

Question: What does this narcissism lead to?

Answer: This leads to understanding that all this has no importance, no value.

Question: What will happen when we come to this?

Answer: We will begin to understand that there is emptiness in the world! It will be very bad! Then we will begin to seek life’s real fulfillment: eternal, perfect, enduring, existing outside the framework we exist in today before death or after death.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 7/3/18

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Bill Gates And Mosquitoes

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Answer: Of course, there can be irreversible consequences here. This is a very serious problem because we are interfering with the internal system of nature.

Where does this lead? Like everything else—to the recognition of evil: we need to change ourselves and then everything in nature will change.

If we stop stinging each other, the mosquitoes will stop stinging us.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/26/18

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Soccer 2018

Laitman_124Remark: Soccer is the religion of humanity. Boys run and chase the ball in Iran, in Israel, in France, in Turkey, and in Germany. There is some kind of unity around the football.

My Comment: People need it. Better soccer than war.

I am in favor of people playing instead of engaging in wars and quarrels. But we will have to add a different relationship to this, to make this game non-egoistic so that people will start to communicate because there is still too much competitive spirit in soccer.

It seems to me that if the players themselves, after mutual defeat or victory, organized a good festive dinner all together, in an embrace, this would be a good example to the world of how it should develop.

As they say, friendship won. I hope that somehow, someday, we will get to it, and then people will see that there is a basis for good in these games.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/26/18

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Passing The Line Between Life And Death

Laitman_137Question: Suicide is one of humanity’s problems. Every 40 seconds, someone in the world commits suicide (800,000 per year). In the US, the suicide rate has increased by 30% since 1999. Some celebrities who have recently committed suicide include Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef and TV presenter on CNN, and the younger sister of the Queen of the Netherlands. Can you explain this?

Answer: I can explain this as emptiness. It is an emptiness that crushes, tears, and does not let one sleep. Even drugs are ineffective at relieving it. A person simply feels as if he has no other options. We need to look at life correctly and start educating ourselves.

Question: What should a person come to?

Answer: To the meaning of life. One can understand the meaning of life when he crosses the boundary between life and death. Only when life is worth less for you than life itself can you correctly weigh up what to live for and rise above your egoism and egoistic life.

Question: Is it when I do not cling to it? When I do not hold on to every desire?

Answer: Not only do you not hold on, but you live by the fact that every minute you give up your egoism and rise above it. Every minute, you are above death, as if you are experiencing it. This is the separation from our world and the entrance into the upper world.

Remark: This is very hard.

Answer: It is not hard, it is a happy opportunity for us all.

Question: So, I should not value my egoistic life?

Answer: A person who wants to comprehend true existence has to despise this life and appreciate it only because it is a basis for building a higher life on it. And the higher life is than death, and when you die in an animal form every minute, you grow spiritually.

Growth in the spiritual form is life not for oneself, but for something outside oneself: for the sake of the Creator, for the sake of the system, for the sake of humanity, it does not matter what—the main thing is to get out of your “I.”
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From KabTV’s “News in Russian with Michael Laitman” 6/12/18

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