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What’s The Best Schach?(Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What’s the best schach?

The best Schach is the inner Schach that we build out of “waste of barn and winery,” i.e., what our ego considers wasteful, ideas of love, unity, brotherhood, and concern for others. We raise this Schach above our heads, making it the roof of our temporary dwelling, the Sukkah.

Meanwhile, our temporary Sukkah structure made with rickety materials becomes sturdy, safe and secure when we cover it with a common wrapping of love and unity.

Therefore, the best Schach is the one through which we penetrate our egoistic mental and emotional makeup, and discover the upper world.

In the language of Kabbalah, the Schach is the Masach (screen) that we build and that is granted to us: an ability to think toward others as nature itself thinks toward us—with absolute love and care.

The Schach thus represents the most significant boundary in our lives: the boundary between corporeal life and spiritual life, between egoism and altruism, human nature and nature itself, creation and Creator.

In the shade of the Shach are our egoistic desires. We’re grateful for the ego because it leads us to a realization of the need to rise above itself. Above the Schach, i.e., above our egoistic and corporeal reasoning, where we cannot picture any self-benefit, are the altruistic desires. In our altruistic desires, we can reach true harmony in balance with nature, united as a single entity.

Why Should We Not Use Plastic? (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why should we not use plastic?

This evening, I was approached by a newer student who stated that perhaps we would be a better example of a positive force in society if we wouldn’t use plastic, since plastic is considered as bad for the environment.

I explained to him simply that Kabbalah doesn’t relate to the topic of plastic. Kabbalah deals with pinpointing the base cause of all evil phenomena in nature—our egoistic desire to enjoy—and correcting this desire, i.e., inverting its intention from “for my own benefit” to “for the benefit of others.” As a result of the work at the level of desire, the causal point of any phenomena in our world, nature corrects all man-made distortions.

Therefore, if we correct the plastic in our hearts—the desire to benefit ourselves alone—it will all work out, I promise you.

Why Are Some Souls Lucky And Others Are Not?

laitman_600.04Question from Facebook: What have the souls done in order to be born as your children and grandchildren? Why are some lucky and others are not?

Answer: I assure you that it is not a great gift to be my children and grandchildren. They carry a certain weight of my life. In fact, their life is different, but it is in no way easier or better.

They are in no way luckier with their souls than others. They have more opportunities to correct themselves, but at the same time, they receive a massive extra addition of egoism.

My son lives in Canada. He is a publisher. My eldest daughter is a doctor of biological sciences, a famous person in the world, dreams of defeating cancer of the female glands. My second daughter is a philosopher who graduated from the faculty of philosophy (Kabbalah) and works in our organization. Whether they are happy or not, lucky or not, I do not know.

The fact is that in all cases of life, a person has everything he or she needs to achieve an absolutely complete spiritual state. Therefore, no one can complain. Even the smallest, lowest, poorest, most narrow-minded person sees what conditions he or she was given from above will come to understand that these conditions, no matter how incredible it may seem to us, are the most suitable for achieving perfection.
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From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook”, 3/10/19

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What Would It Take For Israel To Get Involved In Syria? (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What would it take for Israel to get involved in Syria?

Israel should not get involved in Syria. It makes no sense for Israel to get involved in such conflict zones.

Israel is not a superpower. It’s a small nation, and it’s finding it hard enough to survive as it is.

Against Turkey, the current attacking force against the Kurds in Syria, Israel is powerless. Turkey is very powerful, boasting an extraordinary population of over 79 million people.

For the time being, Israel needs to be neutral. The world needs to understand that Israel is in a situation where it needs to be concerned about itself. It has no need to show itself off to other nations as “holy,” i.e. involving itself in different places to try and portray a positive image of itself to the world.

Just as every individual has the right to exist, every nation also has the right to exist. We can say it openly, that every nation has the right to exist, but it does not mean that we need to enter into war with everyone in the process.

If Israel would really like to offer its help to the Kurds, the Syrians or any other nation, it needs to realize the role it assumed when it was given the name, “the nation of Israel”: a role of a people who aim Yashar Kel, i.e., straight to the higher force of unity and love.

By uniting above differences (“love will cover all transgressions”), the nation of Israel’s unity would have a positive rippling effect throughout humanity as a whole, softening conflicts and calming the world by inviting nature’s unifying force in between the multitude of people and nations (i.e. to be “a light unto nations”).

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 6/23/19

laitman_566.01Question: What is the difference between a spiritual experience and a psychological experience?

Answer: A psychological experience is when people sit in a philharmonic orchestra, for example, or play the guitar and sing in the yard. A spiritual experience is when a person transcends his ego and with the characteristic of bestowal that he acquires, he begins to feel the Creator and other forces that accompany him.

Question: If I think that I understand everything, is this really a problem?

Answer: It is not a problem.  🙂 It is all transient. When we begin to feel spirituality, what comes to us is an understanding of the mutual connection between spiritual forces, spiritual objects, the characteristics of bestowal and love, meaning the characteristics of mutual exchange. We then work seriously with spiritual categories, to the point that we begin to feel the upper world, which is independent of our life and our world.

Question: Do all people have a Reshimo (spiritual gene)?

Answer: Every person has a spiritual gene and someday everyone will attain the same goal, the same state, which we have attained, but later than us because the desire to attain the upper world, the Creator, will be awakened in them later. Right now, we are the ones being awakened.

Question: In what metrics does the wisdom of Kabbalah measure the power of inspiration and bestowal?

Answer: It is with the same metrics the size of the Masach (screen) is measured. What this means is that it is according to the strength of the resistance, the Aviut (thickness) of desire.

The graduation happens either according to the five levels of the Partzuf, according to the 125 levels of the worlds, or according to the lights: internal, external, upper, lower, etc. What this means is that this is an absolutely clear gradation in which everything is weighed and measured.

Question: When a Kabbalist sleeps, does he feel the Creator?

Answer: No, it is not as in our world: prophetic dreams and all kinds of flights in dreams. There is nothing like that. A Kabbalist feels every spiritual thing as absolutely real within him, not in a dreamy state. On the contrary, he feels that everything is absolutely clear.

Question: In something like a cultural hall on the Sabbath day, can we feel the Creator or the upper world to some degree? Or is it possible only in close, regular contact in a group, for example, like the work in a ten?

Answer: It is hard to say. If you gather once a week and nothing else connects you, then certainly it must be very little. You need to work with a common desire among you so that it will be discovered within you, then you will be able to discover that the Creator is also found in you. I think that there are serious people among you, so try to become a little more connected.

Question: What is devotion to the Creator if the Creator is the characteristic of bestowal, a system?

Answer: When a person fully follows the characteristic of bestowal and only wants to be in it, this is devotion to the Creator. This is a great thing and these are his directions in life.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/23/19

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laitman_281.02Question: How can you understand that the soul was born and is developing?

Answer: The fact is that you get a very vivid sensation, a filling, awareness of its existence, which leaves no doubt that it has happened and is happening.

Question: Is it possible to develop too fast? Is there a recommended time limit?

Answer: There is no limit, develop as quickly as possible.

Question: Can I study Kabbalah on my own?

Answer: No, I do not recommend that. You will get confused and will not understand anything.

Question: How many people are aware of these things in life?

Answer: There are very few. But in terms of quality, they are much higher and more accomplished than others; they overshadow everyone else.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/16/19

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laitman_961.1Question: What is independent spiritual life?

Answer: It is the ability to analyze and examine all of your states and choose which one of them is the best and most correct one.

Question: What does it mean to take responsibility for my actions if the Creator manages everything? According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, is it my responsibility to understand and analyze what the Creator is doing with me?

Answer: You are responsible for your actions within the framework of the freedom of choice given to you as if the Creator were in your place.

Question: Who are the spiritual father and mother of the soul?

Answer: The spiritual father and mother are systems in the spiritual world, which are also called Aba ve Ima (father and mother). The two systems give birth to my soul and I exist under their management.

Question: When is the pursuit of knowledge corporeal and when is it spiritual?

Answer: It all depends on why you seek knowledge. If you strive to know how to connect with others and help them attain adhesion with the Creator, it is spiritual. If it is the opposite, it is physical.

Question: Is there a law in nature that good states help to forget the bad states?

Answer: In principle, yes. But not in Kabbalah. In Kabbalah, everything is connected and ultimately you begin to comprehend this as one good, general, and integral. Moreover, there is nothing bad. If you practice Kabbalah, you fall and rise over and over again, and all of your descents are considered ascents. There is nothing negative.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 6/16/19

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laitman_281.02Question: You have been on the path of correction for so many years. Can you say that you are a free person?

Answer: I don’t know if there is a free person in our world in the sense that you are asking the question. In fact, freedom as we understand it doesn’t exist. It is possible only when you know what the truth is and can act for the sake of it.

Question: To the degree that I become like the Creator, do I become free?

Answer: Without a doubt, because the influence of the Creator on us is the characteristic of bestowal. If you acquire it, then you understand the Creator and the Creator understands you. To this degree you become free from both your egoism and the influence of the environment.

Question: Does a degree of freedom exists as a state of freedom against the violence and coercion by the desires of another person or group of people?

Answer: No, we almost always are affected by other people. The whole question is which society I should situate myself in. If I put myself in a society that is advancing toward the right goal, submit to it, and obey it, then this is how I attain that goal. That is how we must realize our freedom.

Question: What is the difference between freedom of choice and freewill?

Answer: Freewill consists of choosing how to behave. Freedom of choice is the choice itself.

Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, how accurate is Hegel’s postulate that “freedom is a conscious necessity”?

Answer: This is purely a small materialistic misconception.

Question: Are all the thoughts, desires and actions I perform generated by the Creator?

Answer: Right now, yes,  but when you begin to acquire a Masach (Screen), then the Creator will not do what He wants within you; instead, you will do what you want with the Creator.

Question: Everyone has his own personality. What is it?

Answer: The personality doesn’t bother us. All the same, you are carrying out your egoistic demands. So it doesn’t matter what your personality is. One person loves to eat, the second one likes to dance, a third wants to sleep. What difference does that make? In every case you are carrying out your desires.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/12/19

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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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What Causes Anti-Semitism On The Left? (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What causes anti-Semitism on the left?

Anti-Semitism emerged together with the emergence of the Jewish people in ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago. Likewise, there are no causes of anti-Semitism specifically coming from the political left or right, as they both stem from the very causes of the phenomenon of anti-Semitism itself.

Hatred toward the Jewish people has been a regularly recurring phenomenon over the course of history, starting in ancient Babylon, and taking place in many additional ways to how it appears from a particular political standpoint.

What happened in ancient Babylon?

It was a time of great social turmoil marked by the shattering of the Tower of Babel, where the Babylonians felt an outburst of the human ego (desires for self-aimed benefit) and stopped understanding each other.

Due to the calling of the time, a Babylonian priest, Abraham, discovered a way of rising above humanity’s divisive inclinations to reveal the single and unified force of nature. He taught and promoted this method of uniting above divisions to whoever was interested.

Abraham called the people who gathered around him, “the people of Israel”: “Israel” from the words “Yashar Kel,” i.e., directed at the unified force of nature, God (according to Gematria, “nature” and “God” are one and the same).

Essentially, Abraham showed people a path to the discovery of the unified single force of nature via exercising relations of “love your neighbor as yourself” and “love will cover all transgressions” in society.

After attaining newfound unity above the social division of the time, the group that gathered around Abraham endured a further outgrowth of the ego over the following 200 years, which ruptured their unification.

This period became known as the “ruin of the Temples.”

The ego that grew in those times once again divided this people, as they failed to overcome it with positive connection.

Their hatred rose so much that Rabbi Akiva, who was the leader of the people of Israel during the ruin of the Second Temple, requested an end to the hatred. No one heard his calling, and consequentially the people of Israel dispersed.

Since their dispersion, the people of Israel have lived through a period of exile.

The people of Israel share no biological connection. They emerged based on an ideological connection as a people who realized “love your friend as yourself” and “love will cover all transgressions” upon the social division of the time. Without holding onto this ideological connection, they feel nothing holding them together.

However, if they are hated by other nations, then they assemble. On the contrary, if they’re not hated by other nations, then they continue dispersing around the world.

Today, the human ego has become overblown to enormous proportions. It stands behind the increasing division and hatred in societies, nations and between nations, and it becomes expressed as an ever-increasing amount of interest groups, parties and factions.

As social division intensifies, the increasing need for unity among the nations of the world becomes expressed as a feeling of hatred toward the people of Israel.

Why does such hatred appear specifically targeted at the people of Israel?

It surfaces naturally and justifiably, because since we once attained the heightened state of unity above division, we innately hold the method to be able to unite and thereby calm down the tensions abounding in the world.

Since we fail to yet realize this method of our unification, then we block unity from spreading to other nations. They feel its lack. The myriad problems and crises bubbling around the planet due to increasing social division further intensify the hatred and blame that fall upon the people of Israel.

Here, too, the people of Israel have an additional problem in that they’re unaware of what they’re not bringing to the world. Therefore, as anti-Semitic sentiment increases, neither anti-Semites nor Jews know how to point out the core reason for the phenomenon.

They point out leftist or rightist political views, from the State of Israel’s oppression of Palestine through to the Jews’ disproportionate influence on governments and the financial sector, in order to justify their hatred. But the hatred itself precedes the reasoning that it dresses.

If we continue developing without providing a method for uniting above the hatred, then we’re headed toward yet another Holocaust that will be not only in Europe, but worldwide.

We have the choice today to replace the goading, negative form of anti-Semitism with a new, positive form of unification above our differences.

By implementing our method to connect ourselves and people around the world, we would start opening up new sensations and perceptions of the reality we’re in, simultaneously bringing about harmony, happiness and peace in the world. If we will fail to do so, we will continue experiencing growing anti-Semitism.

It is my hope that we’ll start realizing the immensely valuable treasure we have in our hands: a method to unite and bring unity to humanity as a whole.