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A Kabbalist’s Concern For The World

961.2Comment: You say that the perspective of the world should be corrected, but when I watch the news I see different things happening in the world which I don’t feel at all.

This worries me a little because I always think about Rabash who used to listen to the news and was very sensitive to everything that happens in the world, and cared deeply about everyone as if they were his own sons. This means that my feelings are nothing like the feelings of Rabash.

My Response: It is not such a bad thing, since you have not reached Rabash’s level yet. It is a good thing that you care, keep caring.

Rabash understood all the problems of the world, how they manifest themselves in him, and it was of course very painful for him. You don’t feel that humanity is like your children, and therefore you are indifferent. “So what if something burns, if someone was murdered, if something happened? Millions of people are killed around the world every day.”

Rabash, on the other hand, felt it as spiritual phenomena, which means that the whole world was in front of him. He could actually see how everything that happened in the world was loaded upon him like a heavy burden.

It seems to us that from a purely egoistic aspect that a Kabbalist floats on clouds like a bird, free of all the corporeal problems, forgetting our world, not caring about anything. No. Everything interests him, because he cares about the general correction of the world.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 4/18/19

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How Can We Support The Teacher Mentally?

281.02Question: In the meeting with the virtual ten you asked us to support you mentally. How should we correctly support our teacher mentally?

Answer: If you just remember a little during the day what we spoke about in the lesson or if you read my Twitter, you will support me through that. It is actually this way and not any other way.

On Twitter I write about relevant issues. I recommend that everyone to read my posts.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 4/18/19

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Kabbalah Is Flexible Science

234Question: A certain teaching tradition has developed in Kabbalah based on the fact that there is content, but the form, methods, and commentary on it are determined by the teacher himself. In this case, we are too dependent on his personality.

And there is another approach when forms and methods of the work are clearly prescribed, and the task of the teacher is not to deviate from what is offered to him.

Which is correct: to focus on personal factors of a person or on the approved technology?

Answer: I don’t think you can separate one from the other. But since Kabbalah is an ancient science that has been taking shape over many thousands of years, it is natural that we should attach ourselves to those great personalities who laid down this structure.

Kabbalah has developed several trends that have taken shape over the past 500 years in Western Europe, the Baltic States, and the Middle and Near East. Each of these regions includes different sub-areas. They are described in different sources and there is a lot of material on all the branching directions. This regards explanations from the sources to the consumers.

And if the teacher’s charismatic personality also manifests here, then of course, he can change something, compare and apply it. I do not think that the science of Kabbalah is a rigid science that cannot be changed and somehow adapted to the audience, to the teacher, especially in our time. The main thing is to convey its essence, i.e., the revelation of the Creator to every person in our world. This is the subject of its study.

The Kabbalistic methodology is changing and will continue to change, and we must look at it very pragmatically and not go into inertia.
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From KabTV’s “Integral Course” 3/19/21

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An Amplifier Of Spiritual Senses

624.07Question: According to what you say, a teacher has tools that help him withstand feelings that are multiplied by 620 times. How are these tools acquired?

Answer: The point is that spiritual work is carried out in the property of bestowal, not in the attribute of reception. A kind of amplifier appears in you because you begin to feel everything outside yourself and not inside of you.

You yourself become a sensor. Your whole ego, everything that you once absorbed and felt inside changes from an organ of reception to an organ of sensation.

Imagine your whole body becomes eyes, ears, tactile sensation, organs of taste and smell. You begin to feel through them as one single organ everything that happens around you, outside yourself, at infinite distance and infinite planes.

This is what is referred to by the expression that you begin to feel 620 times more. In fact, it is billions and billions times more than what we feel today. But you have the opportunity to feel and not explode from these sensations because you feel it as love from yourself and not inside of you.

Why does Kabbalah tell a person that he must exit himself? Because what you begin to feel, you cannot absorb. It will simply tear you apart because these sensations are billions of times more powerful than the ones we feel and experience now. Our world is generally considered  non-existent relative to the upper world precisely because of the insignificance of its sensations.

So we must first acquire an external sense called faith above reason, the attribute of love and bestowal, and then, once you are in this motion, you will be able to gradually feel the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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States Of A Kabbalist

963.1Question: Why do we not see any changes in the external behavior of the teacher in states of ascents and descents, while we do see such changes in the friends? How do you manage to be so full of energy all the time, while others are in states of ascents and descents?

Answer: I have already been through the states that you are in. Long ago I attained the recognition that these states are fleeting, and that following the evening comes the night, that after the night comes the morning, and then daytime, and that they are all helpful states.

I have understood that I must lower my head and wait, and that I may even hasten the time of dawn, the spiritual light. This is the reason that I am always in a state in which I can occupy myself by doing something.

There are states in which I must watch a political or social TV program that helps me think so that I can build up the necessary vocabulary and terminology and to understand better what is happening in the world, etc.

Other than that, I write posts on Twitter, I have meetings with the writers, who write articles to the press, several times a week. I participate in filming sessions of programs on a variety of different topics related to the wisdom of Kabbalah, psychology, etc., and I give evening lessons about The Book of Zohar. So, you can see that I work all the time.

I want to share a secret with you: I engage in different parts of the wisdom of Kabbalah according to the state I am in. There is no need, for example, for special sensitivity in order to study “The Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” or The Study of the Ten Sefirot. So, when my feelings become numb and I become like a log, I turn to these parts. On the other hand, when my feelings come to life, I engage in studying the articles in Shamati or the articles of Rabash.

Every day I need to prepare for the next day’s lesson. If the lesson begins at three am, I wake up two hours before the lesson, take a hot shower, warm myself up and make sure that I will not fall asleep. I have been living according to this schedule for over forty years, and so I have developed this habit.

I take my work very seriously. Although I know the material, I go over it before the lesson in order to get into the topic, to get into the state in which I can connect with the students, and to be ready for the contact with them, to feel them, so that they will be able to feel me.

At the beginning of every lesson, I introduce the topic to them for ten-fifteen minutes and try to present it to them in a new way. This means that it is highly creative work that requires constant mental effort, so even when I sleep, these thoughts do not leave me, and I experience it all inside me.

The students are the most important thing that I have. I relate to them with great awe. They are the basis of my life.

I think that those who come to the lesson physically or who watch them virtually feel that and advance from one day to the next.

They receive a portion of spiritual knowledge each day, feelings, and a new perspective, etc. What is more, it is not just an event or a phenomenon, but real internal renewal, it is actual work.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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Pray For Strength

624.02Comment: You constantly ask your students to start writing articles, and tell us it will help us. Then I have a difficulty with having received directions from the teacher that I cannot fulfill. I have no desire to write.

My Response: This is natural. Because the teacher said so. If the teacher gives advice, it is a problem to fulfill it. Yet, precisely because of that, it is desirable to fulfill his advice.

Question: What if I do not have the strength?

Answer: Then you should pray to have strength.

Question: What is this feeling of great regret that there is an opportunity, and suddenly something fetters me?

Answer: If my egoism pushes me to do this, then I can. However, if this is not egoism, but, for example, a teacher, then I cannot. That’s where you can see who’s at work here.

Question: What do you recommend?

Answer: To cry out that I cannot do anything because I obey only my egoism.

Question: Is it true. Moreover, the more I study, the more I realize that everything I do comes from egoism. However, we should not despair, right?

Answer: What does despair have to do with it? This is our nature. There should be no despair, in any case. On the contrary, we should be happy that the truth is revealed.

There must always be an independent expert point, outside of the body when I look at myself from the outside.
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From KabTV’s”Teacher—Student” 2/7/19

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The Call Of The Soul

544Question: You have hundreds of thousands of students all over the world, maybe even more. At some time everyone asks themselves the question: “Am I connected enough with the teacher? Am I missing something?” How can a person find out?

Answer: Only by oneself. The teacher will not help him with this.

Question: And what is primary: the need of the student or some kind of call that awakens in him by itself?

Answer: They are the same thing.

Question: Is it predetermined in advance who will study according to a general program and who according to a more precise one?

Answer: It depends on the soul of a person, but he can still lift himself. To do this, he needs the right society in accordance with which he could move forward.
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From KabTV’s “Teacher – Student” 2/7/19

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From Line To Circle

939.02Question: Even before your teacher, there was a vertical teacher-student relationship and now it is spreading outward to the masses. Are these the same laws? What is changing? Or does the essence remain the same?

Answer: Before our time, everything really spread from top to bottom. But there were periods, mostly in ancient times, when it spread in breadth, in circles.

Question: Can we say that you are the first teacher who teaches the world in breadth?

My Response: Yes, it just so happened. This is how it happens.

Question: The law of the circle is completely different from the law of the line. Is it possible to be somewhere in distant orbits, but to be closer than in the closest orbits?

Answer: Yes. But this is a mutual dependence between the surrounding and the inner light. As, for example, a small child is closest to his mother, and the older he gets, the further away he gets, although he understands her more. But it is also a mutual dependence between light and egoism.
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209Question: Which Kabbalistic book was the first to fall into your hands and reveal the yearning for spirituality in you?

Answer: The Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, this is a very complex book.

I read many different books and articles. I tried to immediately delve into serious things, but was confused, and did not know how and what until I found my teacher. This happened after three to four years of independent study during which I went through various so-called Kabbalah experts.

However, when I found the teacher, I stayed with him for the rest of his life. I was his assistant, his personal disciple. And after him, I continued his activities.

Question: What is the first book you would recommend in order to start studying Kabbalah?

Answer: Kabbalah is a science. Therefore, it may be able to attract, but only to some extent. After all, a person must have some desire to discover the meaning of life.

If someone has it, he will understand that Kabbalah answers the question of how to reveal this meaning, how to change himself, to change his life, and what internal tools he has for this. They are within the person. In general, this is the science of cognition and understanding the surrounding space.

Then a person will begin to see this space in a more expanded form, actively, in interaction with everything around him. By changing his attitude to the environment, that is, by changing himself, he changes the reaction of the environment to him.
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How Does A Student Find A Teacher?

165Question: How does a student find a teacher?

Answer: Probably just like you have found your friends, the group, me, and our Bnei Baruch organization.

You can ask in another way: How is a person managed so that he will find his teacher, through whom he can connect to a group, to the teacher and to the group, and thus, connect to the Creator? The upper light, the Creator, manages you, the group, and me this way.

There are no coincidences here. It is the Creator’s precise thought and it actually works this way in order to bring you to the group and to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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