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Who Is Rabash?

rabash-2_100_wpToday, on the day commemorating the anniversary of the death of our teacher, Kabbalist Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag, the Rabash, we do not delve into memories. We place no special emphasis on death anniversary dates, as it is customary among those who are far from the truth. We simply relate to such days as signs in order to connect and adhere more, or at least, come closer to our root.

Why? It is because, who really is Rabash? Rabash is a certain extent of the Creator’s revelation toward us.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Creator for Rabash. He sent us a messenger through which we were given the opportunity to come closer to the Creator: to correct and adapt ourselves in equivalence of form with the upper force.

This is how we connect ourselves to Rabash and to the Creator.

Rabash is a degree between us and the Creator. We receive everything through Rabash, his entire spiritual ascent. Each person is created and exists through his friends and teacher, but Rabash truly emerges as a system. He reveals to us a form of connection with the Creator through which we truly realize ourselves and come closer to the truth.

First and foremost, we need to paint that picture to ourselves, that we’re not dealing with externalities, i.e. with a person’s habits and behaviors. We firstly need to see this specific revelation of the Creator toward us, that the Creator revealed Himself in this distinct manner.

Therefore, the more that we appreciate Rabash, the closer we come to the Creator.

We appreciate that degree of revelation He made for us through this particular higher force called “Rabash.” It became important to us. It connected and brought us closer to the Creator.

On this day, we will read excerpts discussing this topic. Also, we will try to accurately calibrate ourselves to that form, which became revealed in its externality to a certain extent, and afterward became concealed, i.e. departed.

Moreover, despite its departure, its purification, we need to elevate ourselves—to become purified by ourselves, arriving at a connection with that unique spiritual root, and seeing our higher degree in it. Through establishing such a connection with our higher degree, we can then further progress to the Creator.

Based on the Lesson on the topic of “Memorial Day for Rav Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag (Rabash)” – Oct. 3, 2019

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Street Naming After The Rabash

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 8/16/19

Today, on Friday, August 16, 2019, the street upon which the central building of the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education and Research Institute is located—called in Israel, Kabbalah L’Am –Bnei Baruch Association—will have its name changed to “Rabash Street” in commemoration of the great Kabbalist Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (the Rabash)—a decision made by the Municipality of Petah Tikva, headed by Rami Greenberg.

Rabash was a special Kabbalist who acted for the unity of all the people of Israel: religious and secular, all races and factions as one. He was very concerned that the true Torah of Israel—unity of the people—would reach the ears of all people and increase unity in society: a power capable of healing all of the world’s problems.

As a result of Rabash’s many years of devoted work, a group became established—men, women and children—who wanted to realize the vision of Kabbalist Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), as he specified in The Writings of the Last Generation: a vision of a corrected and unified human society. This group became known as “Bnei Baruch” (i.e. “the sons of Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag [the Rabash]”). We, as members of this group, understand that it is a long path, as Rabash himself described in his first article, that “although we have not yet achieved this goal, we have the desire to achieve it. And this, too, should be appreciated by us, for even though we are at the beginning of the way, we do hope to achieve the exalted goal.” (Rabash, “The Purpose of Society,” 1984.)

We—the members of Bnei Baruch, the students of the method of connection and the wisdom of Kabbalah that Rabash received from his teacher and father, Baal HaSulam, and passed down to us—have a strong will and determination to continue the path of our teacher. We are currently in a lab-like environment, learning upon ourselves how tocreate a new unified society and increasing our understanding of what that means, because we are still unworthy of being such a society.
Rabash is our teacher, the source and fountain from which we have received our entire method. Therefore, we are very moved and delighted that the residents and municipal authorities of Petah Tikva recognize us as a positive force and valuable addition to the city, deciding to change the name of the street where our world center is located, to the name of our teacher, Rabash.

We will endeavor to give back to the city’s residents, and to all who know our teacher and what he stood for, our maximal efforts to realize our teachers’ vision of a new unified society. I very much hope that we will reach a state where Rabash’s great name will be promoted in the world, as the one who opened the path of Torah, the method of correction, and that his method will bring about the unification of human society in Israel and around the world


How Can I Get Closer To Rabash?

721.03Question: I believe Baal HaSulam and you, but I cannot get close to Rabash. How can I do this?

Answer: Baal HaSulam is a great Kabbalist who attained, generalized, and systematized the science of Kabbalah. We are engaged in Kabbalah in order to master it not in the form of science, but in the form of a method of spiritual attainment. These are two different things, although interrelated.

When a person wants to enter the spiritual world himself, then Baal HaSulam is a theoretician for him. He cannot lead a person forward. Rabash leads us forward, explaining at every step where we are, what to do, how to act, what interaction to have in a group, with ourselves, and with the Creator.

I remember well how he wrote his first article, sitting next to me on a park bench. I gave him an aluminum cigarette wrapper, and on the back of it, he wrote a small article—the first of the future three-volume book.

At first, I asked him questions and he gave written answers to them. His first articles appeared this way. Later he wrote by himself.

Without these articles, we could not advance. At each morning lesson we devote an hour and a half to two hours to the articles of Rabash, only half an hour to The Study of the Ten Sefirot (Talmud Eser Sefirot,) and half an hour to the articles of Baal HaSulam.

It is even incomprehensible how people could master the spiritual space before Rabash, how they could feel it in themselves and advance to different levels. That is what he teaches us, because in our time, souls that descend into this world need it.

Rabash is a practicum of Kabbalah and Baal HaSulam is more a theoretical Kabbalist.

In order to get closer to Rabash, one must read his articles and listen to our lessons on them. All of them are in the archive, you can use them free of charge, access is free. Go ahead, dare!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/18

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Spiritual Playwriting

laitman_919Remark: Over the many years of practicing Kabbalah, we have studied the articles of Baal HaSulam and Rabash dozens of times. The most interesting thing is that remembering almost every line by heart, you understand that as a result, you do not know anything. On one hand, it is amazing, but on the other hand, it is frightening.

My Comment: This happens because our abilities to analyze the text, to include it in ourselves, change. Therefore, each time everything seems completely new, on a new level. This is the property of Kabbalistic texts and of those who read them.

Remark:  Rabash did not finish any literary institute, did not study the rules of writing articles, but expressed himself very clearly, according to the rules of the genre.

My Comment: This is not surprising to me because a person who feels the inner meaning of nature, its laws and their current, writes in accordance with this. All the laws of logic, all the points of the coup already exist in him.

In the same way, it seems to playwrights that they make the rules for writing literary works, but in fact, they also act out their inner desires, perhaps not yet corrected but in some ways already developed.

Gradually, we will understand that real playwriting lies in spirituality. It is precisely the attainment of spiritual properties that will bring out literature and any expressions of human relations to the level of truth.
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Whom Does A Teacher Of Kabbalah Follow?

Laitman_917_02Question: Whom does a teacher of Kabbalah follow?

Answer: I hope that I am following my teacher. I am already connected with him, but, speaking in an earthly language, I can report to him with a calm and open heart, as I realized everything that I received from him. And I am not ashamed of what I have been trying to do after his death.

Question: Can Rabash see what you are doing now?

Answer: What does “seeing” mean? This is a single system that penetrates all information flow from beginning to end along the whole desire called “creation.”

Rabash is at a level in which he includes us within him. We are within him. Every Kabbalist who is on a higher level includes those lower than him within himself.

We are within Rabash and receive the Upper Light only through him, and he is within Baal HaSulam, and so forth. This is a system of concentric Sefirot.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Student And Teacher, Two Levels

Laitman_917_02Question: When can a teacher become a transmitter of spiritual energy for the student?

Answer: This is when a teacher can serve as a channel through which the Upper Light will pass to a student or at least help a student connect with a group of ten that will begin to absorb the Upper Light.

Question: But, doesn’t the teacher lock the student onto himself?

Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this cannot happen!

I remember my teacher Rabash, the last giant Kabbalist. He never allowed his greatness, his immense importance, to be seen.

Today, we read his articles that were written before my eyes. I remember everything that happened then, down to the last detail, the time of year when were sitting on a bench in the park as he wrote. I remember literally everything, even the background noises and voices around us. Today, when I read his articles again, I notice that I understand them more deeply than in the past, even though so many years have passed since then.

It is not possible to appreciate a teacher immediately, even though he doesn’t hide his inner world. No one is hiding anything from us. At that time, I thought to myself: “I am going to move in next to him. I will be by his side, and then I will shake him and take out of him everything he has!”

There isn’t anything to shake out. The teacher is ready to transmit everything. It only depends on the degree to which the student can understand him. Student and teacher are two levels.

But how can a student approach a teacher to receive, absorb, and take from him—this is another matter and is not easy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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For Rabash’s Memorial Day

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (RABASH) was the closest to us link in the chain of the great Kabbalists, through which the upper force reveals itself to the world and passes the Torah to us. He is our upper degree and the only spiritual Partzuf on which we depend, and therefore our study is mainly based on his articles. Rabash did everything to prepare the foundation for the future generation that will come.  

Although it wasn’t simple, he found strength to fully annul himself before his great father and teacher Baal HaSulam, without making any calculations for himself. Thanks to this he attained all the spiritual degrees. We are yet to see from his works how high he had climbed. His works are written in a very warm style, with the great care about the reader, a student.

He had a very wide, warm heart full of love. However, if we were able to comprehend the depth of his works, we would see that he was at the state of GAR of the world of Atzilut and even higher, which is hard to imagine.

Rabash paved the way for us by writing articles and setting customs that we try to keep. He gave us the form in which the Kabbalistic group should exist, and we continue this way.

Baal HaSulam was like the ARI, creating a methodology for spiritual ascent, and Rabash brought it to the practical implementation, and in this he was like the Baal Shem Tov. I have never seen such a detailed description of the order of spiritual work in any other Kabbalistic writing: how a person should organize himself in his immediate environment, in the wider one, in the system of the worlds, and in the relationship with the Creator.

All these systems that a person has to go through in order to reach adhesion with the upper force are explained in such a systematic form only in the articles of Rabash, and nowhere else. A person can take these articles and follow them because they will build the right attitude and concepts in him.

There are no other books like these. We don’t just receive commentary in the articles of Rabash, but precise instructions for what we have to do, what reaction to expect, and how to advance further. He explains to us the entire process we need to complete, the reaction we receive to it, and the internal states that our soul goes through.

I have read these articles many times, and of course I will continue reading them, and I can attest that they are concealed and not revealed. After a few years of study you will start to reveal an immense depth in them. You will suddenly see that Rabash writes about things you haven’t noticed, understood, and felt previously. These articles aren’t simple, but are very multilayered, and they become revealed in accordance to the reader’s readiness. They provide such support and assistance to the beginners on the spiritual path that we can’t receive even from the works of Baal HaSulam.

Baal HaSulam is a Kabbalist of great height, scientist, and researcher, and Rabash is a spiritual mentor, soft and loving, who takes your hand and leads you through all the states. Only when we grow spiritually will we be able to fully appreciate his significance.
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New Life #625 – RABASH- Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag

New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag

New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

RABASH was the son of the great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam. He related to his father as his teacher, and that wasn’t easy. He was a construction worker, paving roads, and also studied with his father every day in the early morning as is customary with Kabbalists.

He was a humble man, kept himself very hidden. In his youth he received rabbinical ordination from Rav Kook and Rav Sonnenfeld. He wrote what he heard from his father and gladly accepted the secular students for the study of Kabbalah because it was the time for correction.

There is no one more important in our world than Baal HaSulam and his son RABASH, they prepared the way for the system of correction for the world. Thanks to them, there is a paved road for advancement to the next stage of our development, the understanding and recognition of the upper world.

I gave lectures in Tel Aviv and from there I brought over 40 students to study with RABASH, and then he began to write special articles for them. In these articles he expressed all of the inner work that a person must do in order to realize the purpose of life. We need to develop to the level of man that resembles the upper force, to rise above the ego, which divides us, and to unite. Baal HaSulam and RABASH prepared a medicine against the ego, which distances us from each other and causes separation, repulsion, and mutual hatred. With the help of this medicine, it is possible to treat and heal all the diseases in the world and to really become “one man with one heart.”

When people learn how to connect, they discover between them the upper force, a special force of love and connection. And then they begin to feel a new level of life, a higher harmony. If there are good relations between us, then each one will care for the others, and this will solve all the problems. Of course, our nature is opposed to this connection, thus we need the medicine, the system, to rise above our nature.

Thanks to Baal HaSulam and RABASH, the world to come opens up to us the next level of existence where we are all united. Of course, none of this belongs to religion. The wisdom of Kabbalah originates from the knowledge of the upper force only. In conclusion, these two great lights open the door to the upper world for us, whole, eternal, and enlightened.
From KabTV’s “New Life 625 – RABASH – Rabbi Baruch Shalom Levi Ashlag,” 9/10/15

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Ynet Article: “Two Intellectual Giants Who Predicted The Future”

Dr. Michael LaitmanTwo of the greatest spirits of the twentieth century, who were removed from the world during the Days of Atonement—predicted what would happen to us today, and they were not wrong… Rav Michael Laitman’s special column about Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) and his succesor Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag, marking their death days.

“Two Intellectual Giants Who Predicted The Future”

On a cold, rainy night in 1979 I couldn’t sleep, thoughts plagued me. Suddenly I found myself behind the wheel, driving without direction. A large sign interrupted my thoughts: “Bnei Brak.” I entered. The streets were deserted. At the corner of Chazon Ish street I encountered a passerby. “Where do they study here?” I asked. He looked at me and answered, “Go to the end of the street, there you will see an orchard, across the street.”

So for the first time I met my teacher, Rav Baruch Shalom Ashlag, the oldest son and heir of Baal HaSulam—the greatest Kabbalist of the twentieth century. From this moment my life changed beyond recognition.

For twelve years I served as his personal assistant and student, and absorbed from him everything that I know about the wisdom of Kabbalah. Every day he would retreat to the second floor and write. That is how his profound articles were born that paved the spiritual path that is most appropriate for every person today. Nobody before him wrote in such a simple and practical language. Like a father who guides his children down the path, he takes the readers by the hand and leads them until they discover the true meaning of life.

Rabash followed in the footsteps of his father Baal HaSulam, the Kabbalist famous for writing the “Sulam Commentary to The Book of Zohar.” Both of them absorbed the ancient wisdom of the chain of Kabbalists that preceded them, and they were the link that accommodated it to our generation. “I am glad that I have been born in such a generation when it is permitted to disclose the wisdom of truth,” writes Baal HaSulam (“The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”).

A Time to Act

In the year 1922, eleven years before Hitler rose to power, Baal HaSulam foresaw the threat of annihilation facing the Jewish people in Europe.

He took pains to warn the heads of the Jewish community in Warsaw that the sharp Nazi sword had already been placed upon their necks. He urged them to unite and return to the land of Israel, but they refused to heed his calls and ostracized him, and he emigrated to Israel alone. The Second World War came and didn’t pass over the members of that Jewish community, all of whom perished in the death camps.

In the thirties Baal HaSulam made supreme efforts to meet with the heads of the Yishuv (settlement): David Ben-Gurion, Zalman Shazar, Moshe Sharett, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Chaim Arlozorov and other public figures. He tried to speak with them about the importance of unity and about the need to connect the parts of the Jewish Yishuv that was emerging in the land of Israel.

In 1940, over the objections of the ultra-Orthodox circles of engaging in the wisdom of Kabbalah, Baal HaSulam published a newspaper called, The Nation—the first newspaper of its kind devoted to the socio-spiritual unity of the Jewish people. His opponents turned to the British government and took care of the closure of the newspaper.

Baal HaSulam expected that precisely in our day religion would lose its hold on people, the political basis would crumble, and social factionalism would destroy all its good parts—until humanity would remain without an answer. He tried to talk about this with all who would agree to meet with him. The subject burned in him and he felt the need of the hour. He knew that the only remedy for the suffering expected for Israel and the world was to restore the unity that was always the foundation of the nation, otherwise they would rise up against us to annihilate us.

The Last Generation

The message of unity that Baal HaSulam bore, is more relevant than ever. Waves of surging hatred and anti-Semitism are threatening our continued existence. “We have gathered here to establish a society for all who wish to follow the path and method of Baal HaSulam,” began my teacher Rabash in his first article (“Dargot HaSulam, “Purpose of Society 1”).

After his departure in 1991, people began to gather around me whose hearts were burning with a desire to discover the purpose of their existence. Gradually the Bnei Baruch group was founded, named after Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, which became the “Kabbalah for the People” organization.

Every morning we study from the books of the Kabbalists: The Study of the Ten SefirotThe Book of Zohar with the Sulam Commentary and other writings of Baal HaSulam and Rabash. We try to continue and disseminate the method to all who want it, exactly according to how my teacher transmitted the wisdom of his father to me.

As of today we number around two million students throughout Israel and the world, and we see our role as carrying on the way of the two great luminaries, and just as Baal HaSulam emphasized, “…only through the expansion of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the masses will we obtain complete redemption” (Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot).

On these days we commemorate the departure of the two greatest of the generation. I hope that we will have the sense to walk faithfully in their way.