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What Is The Foundation Of The World?

209The Book of Zohar, VaYetze, Item 13: King Solomon established his book on seven Havalim [“Hevel” means breath vapor, as well as vanity, futility] on which the world stands. These are the pillars and ledges that form the existence of the world, and this is why they are called Havalim.

Hevel (vanity) is the foundation of the world. From the translation, it follows that everything only operates on vanity. This is not quite true.

Hevel is what comes out of the mouth. Not even breathing but sound—everything that a person seems to let out of himself with his inner breath.

In a spiritual object, such an exit from inside out is the power of bestowal, the power of going out of oneself, the desire to share with another, the desire to love another, to connect with him with his aspirations and fill him like a mother fills a child. It is precisely upon this desire, the love of one for another, that the whole world can exist.

On the other hand, Hevel can mean vanity, i.e., all unnecessary, husk, garbage.

Question: Then what should we do? How to relate to this word?

Answer: It is necessary to translate the Torah correctly with a Kabbalistic meaning because it speaks about the inner matter of humanity, about its desires, about its connection, and its rise to the level of the Creator.

Therefore, if you translate just like that, in our everyday connotation, then the translation will have the opposite meaning.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #12

Two Levels Of Interpretation Of The Torah

209Question: Is there any reason that the word “Evel” means sometimes bestowal and sometimes vanity?

Answer: Of course! This is how our egoism breaks it. This concept has been translated incorrectly—egoistically. Any word has two meanings: one on the spiritual and one on the corporeal level.

Being at our level, we treat everything for our own sake, and therefore, all words have only corporeal meaning because we look at everything with our earthly eyes. If you look from the level of the upper light, from the level of the Creator, then all this takes on a completely different meaning.

Therefore, any word can be rotated as desired. And the Torah, the Prophets, and the Holy Scriptures, all three books are written in such a way that their understanding depends on the level of the person who reads them. For one person these are just stories describing all kinds of corporeal actions of ancient people. And for another individual, these are spiritual actions that take place in souls and not among people on earth, in the property of bestowal and love and not in struggle and wars.

When you read the Torah, it seems to you that there is a continuous struggle between the chosen people and the Creator, endless wars and disappointments, because you perceive this story in your earthly egoistic properties.

And if you change these properties, you will understand everything completely differently. And it will happen automatically! You will suddenly begin to understand what is being said about how we should unite with each other and, having been united, be filled with the knowledge of the Creator, the feeling of eternal, perfect life.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #12

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The Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Kill”

962.2Comment: The sixth commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.” The upper force, God, says: “Thou shalt not kill.” On the other hand, when the nation entered the land of Israel, He said, “Destroy all who live there, from the old to the children and the animals, everyone must be destroyed.”

My Response: The commandment “Thou shalt not kill” implies “do not kill the human being in you.” It does not imply anything else. Even the greatest King of Israel David fought for 40 years and took an active part in battles where tens of thousands of people died every day.

Therefore, we need to understand what “Thou shalt not kill” means. In our world, the same Creator created such conditions that it is impossible to do without “killing.” The world practically stands on murder. You kill animals. You kill people. You kill yourself. You are killing everything. So “Thou shalt not kill” are beautiful words that we can twist as we like.

The Torah means “thou shall not kill the human in you.” And all other problems that exist between us in our lives, we must gradually correct. There is no absolute law of “Thou shalt not kill.” There are even laws where a person is sentenced to death for certain crimes.

According to the Torah, there are four types of death: stoning, hanging, strangulation, and burning.

Any law in our world does not come from the Creator but from people. There is always a thick supplement to it that explains the letter of the law.

Question: But there is, for example, the law of gravity. Do these laws of physics have any other applications?

Answer: No. You are talking about a physical manifestation that we call the law of nature. It does not depend on us and is carried out directly, whether we like it or not.

A commandment is a law that is given to a person to fulfill so that he would resemble the upper nature that you clearly do not see but in which these laws are manifested in the same way as the law of gravity in our world.

Spiritual laws are laws of the existence and functioning of the corrected soul. That is, you reveal these laws within yourself.

Question: Is it possible to articulate at least one central law?

Answer: “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a general law of nature. It is on a level above what we can observe with our earthly qualities.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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The Commandment “You Shall Not Steal”

420.06Question: The act of creation: “Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is upon the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; it will be yours for food” corresponds to the commandment: “You shall not steal.”

What is this seed-bearing herb?

Answer: People must grow using their properties all the time just like a plant emerges from the ground.

We must turn over the soil, plow it, meaning wrap the property of egoism in the property of altruism and add water, the property of bestowal, the property of love. Only then will the next level be reached from the seeds, our embryos. The earth is the right environment for growing seeds.

Question: How is this connected to “You shall not steal”?

Answer: “You shall not steal” means “you shall not act.” Make it so that something grows out of you in spirituality and do not steal from spirituality for yourself. All this so that you have the intention to bestow, to always grow upward and not snatch spirituality for actions with the intention to receive.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar,” #11

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The Commandment: “You Shall Not Steal”

550When I walk on the spiritual path, I contact the Creator through my corrected properties. I am already ascending and I can take action in the upper world, I feel the Creator, and opposite desires appear in me because the impure side is always ready, so to speak, to help you, to drag you somewhere away. And now you have to be careful “not to steal.”

From the spiritual point of view, “You shall not steal” means do not steal from the direction toward love and bestowal, toward holiness, to the side of your egoism: “Hold on! Stay on guard!”

Do not steal from your spiritual self to your impure self. On the contrary, drag everything from your faulty, impure properties to pure, upper, light ones. The opposite is called theft.

Question: And in our life?

Answer: Corporeal life is nothing! Kabbalah even does not speak about it because the level at which we exist today is not considered real at all.

Question: Professional thieves surely justify their actions?

Answer: All of them can be justified because in this world we have no freewill. Therefore, in this life there is no reward, no punishment, no hell, and no paradise. I can either calm or disappoint everyone depending on who expects what.

If you end your life at the level at which you live, then you have neither paradise nor hell, you simply die like any other animal.

And if you have developed your soul from what we call the point in the heart to the first smallest ten Sefirot, this remains forever and continues to develop from one cycle to another.

That is, you are reborn in this world, reach a certain age, again come to Kabbalah, and again begin to develop your soul until you reach the full height of the level of the world of infinity. You may need several lives. But only this remains from life to life.

Therefore, after all our past lives before this present one when we only felt the first attraction to Kabbalah and began to realize it, only this one remains. Only from this one will we have impressions that are bigger than just informational data.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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Reach The State Of Shabbat

294.3Zohar for All, Item 444: Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy

Saturday is Sabbath, which comes from the word “Lishbot” (to rest, to stop working). This does not mean a strike, but an abrupt cessation of all activities, and it implies actions for the correction of the soul.

The state of achieving complete correction of the soul is called “Shabbat” – Sabbath. Over the long history of the world, we have been moving toward the correction of our souls. This is the first generation that has begun to do so, and Kabbalah is revealed to everyone.

Detachment is becoming apparent in the world today, it’s all inclusive nature is manifesting, and all for the sole purpose of leading a person to complete despondency, to the need to open his soul and begin to develop it.

We can say that we are now on the eve of Shabbat. That is, from the first revelation of the Creator to Adam, who lived 5,781 years ago, until the end of the whole program, which runs for 6,000 years, there are only 219 years left. But you can reach the Sabbath state earlier.

It is a state where the whole world rises to the next degree, to the feeling of eternity, infinity, and perfection.

We can accomplish this critical transition in a very easy, beautiful way if we explain to everyone what the science of Kabbalah allows us to do and how it is easily and simply implemented.

If we do not choose to advance the easy way, we will still have to reach the sixth day—the state of eternity and perfection, the elevation of our souls—but through very harsh, drastic, dramatic events that may involve world wars.

“Remember the Sabbath Day” means remember that we exist in a temporary state and that we must make all the corrections during our lives in order to reach the eternal and perfect state. Therefore, “remember” means “implement.” Every moment you should implement this idea and move closer to it.
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To Make Yourself Like The Creator

237Comment: The act of creation, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” corresponds to the commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

My Response: We are very close here to the revelation of the Creator to people. You must examine and analyze exactly what the Creator is, what kind of force it is.

This is the recognition of the evil of one’s own nature, the ascent of a person above himself so that his sufferings and pleasures do not prevail over truth and falsehood in him. Truth should always be higher than even the greatest suffering. This is what truth or falsehood is.

When can I check if I am holding on to the truth? In my heart I can feel pleasure or suffering, and in my mind I perceive everything as true or false.

The most important thing is that the truth, that is, advancement toward the Creator, toward the truth, the light, infinity, should be higher than falsehood, sufferings, and pleasures. Nothing can bring me out of these three states regarding the truth. This is when everything is measured correctly. Then “do not bear false witness” is realized. Then you know for sure that you are checking yourself correctly, that you are your own judge, your own witness.

Question: Is “false witness” possible in feelings? At the level of truth and falsehood, can it be the opposite?

Answer: Yes. And then this commandment is broken down to many other qualities: make your own judgments, place guards at all your gates so as not to deviate from the correct goal.

Question: Do I establish this control within myself?

Answer: Yes. Therefore, we say that the Ten Commandments are broken into many parts, like any law.

Comment: Why is it said in the act of creation “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”?

Answer: It is only in this way that you make yourself in the likeness to the Creator: when from all your qualities you gather bit by bit correct qualities regarding hatred and love, truth and falsehood, pleasure and suffering. The main thing is that there is truth, and from these particles of truth you create the image of the Creator from yourself.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #11

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Under The Great Act Of Creation

294.4Comment: Kabbalists say that The Book of Zohar does not write about our life.

My Response: What to write about?! About animals that improve themselves in their burrows, in their communication and actions? What are we doing in this world?!

Go up into space, see from the outside how the people live, what they are doing, and why they exist in general. We see how a huge egoistic force of nature twists people, constantly drags them into all sorts of nonsense, and pushes them inside their egoism.

Question: What should we do?

Answer: Explain to everyone that there is a higher goal! Otherwise, they will remain on the animal level.

All sorts of questions arise in them: “What am I living for? Why?” See what dramatic events are taking place in the world: globalization, the environmental and financial crises, the internal crisis in education, in everything! All this is moving forward.

We just need to tell people why this movement exists, that it is purposeful, so that they see it as an act of liberation from their low, limited lives.

In no way do I want them to think that we are somehow above them or consider their existence contemptuous. We ourselves also live in this, only we have already seen some light at the end of the path and know how to come to it. Therefore, we must explain it in a brotherly way, with love. After all, we are all under this great, dramatic act of creation.
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“The Secret Of The Book Of Zohar” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “The Secret of The Book of Zohar

This Thursday evening, we will celebrate LAG ba Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer count, which begins the day after Passover and ends forty-nine days later, on the eve of the holiday of Shavuot. The 33rd day is very meaningful for several reasons, but one in particular captivates millions around the world: On that day, nineteen centuries ago, was the conclusion of the writing of The Book of Zohar, the seminal book in the wisdom of Kabbalah.

When Rashbi and his ten completed writing the book, they realized that humanity was not ready for it. In order to use this book of love correctly, humanity needed to feel how deeply it is immersed in hate. At that time, even though they themselves were in constant flight from the Romans, who wished to kill them, they knew that as a whole, the world had not revealed how hateful human nature really is. As a result, in yet another selfless act, they concealed the book that they had written so arduously.

There is a good reason why this day is celebrated as a great day for humankind: The Book of Zohar was written in a special way and for a special purpose. It was concealed for a reason and was later revealed for just that reason. And these days, we are living out this reason.

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) was a great kabbalist. He attained the highest degrees of spirituality and his name is mentioned countless times in the Mishnah and the Gemarah, the fundamental books in Judaism. However, Rashbi’s uniqueness is not in his superior spiritual attainment, but in his relentless efforts to share it with humankind. The spiritual world is the complete opposite of ours. While our world is based on egoism and destructive competition, the spiritual world is the negative image of ours, consisting of pure love and giving. This is why The Book of Zohar stresses, “Everything stands on love” (VaEtchanan, Item 146).

The basic unit in the spiritual world consists of ten subunits. These subunits are unique, and often contradicting expressions of love and giving, which complement each other to form a strong and stable structure called Partzuf. These subunits of love are called Sefirot, from the Hebrew word sapir [sapphire], which unite into the basic spiritual unit, called Partzuf. Subsequently, Partzufim [pl. for Partzuf] join together and build the entire spiritual world. Because the Sefirot are expressions of love and giving, and they form all that exists in spirituality, the entire spiritual world is one of love.

Because our world consists of pure egoism, or as the book of Genesis tells us, “The inclination of a man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen. 8:21), we are completely disconnected from the spiritual world. In fact, we’re so opposite from it that we cannot grasp it with our senses.

But Rashbi, who dedicated his life to connecting humanity with this world of love, had found a way to bridge the chasm. Together with his son, he assembled eight keen disciples who were willing to dedicate themselves to this noble task as he was, and together, the ten of them formed a semblance of a spiritual Partzuf, which, as just said, also consists of ten Sefirot.

But the process was not easy. Rashbi and his disciples were human, and therefore inherently selfish. Forming a ten did not make them a spiritual Partzuf. They had to overcome their egoism in order to become similar to a spiritual Partzuf, which was a long and gradual process. But as they learned to become more spiritual, loving, they put their experiences down in writing, and thus wrote The Book of Zohar.

No one had done this before them, and no one has done it since. Bit by bit, they opened up their own egoism, prevailed over it, and wrote about it in allegories and in the language of Kabbalah. At the end of their spiritual journey, they had transformed their nature entirely from hatred to love, and shared it all with us in this magnificent book. This is why The Book of Zohar is so important to humankind, especially today, when hatred is overtaking every aspect of our lives.

In the portion Aharei Mot, Rashbi’s ten gave us a glimpse into the process of feeling the hatred and transforming it to love that they had experienced. They wrote, “‘How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to also sit together.’ These are the friends as they sit together, and are not separated from each other. At first, they seem like people at war, wishing to kill one another. Then they return to being in brotherly love.”

But Rashbi’s ten did not stop there; they also shared why they made all those efforts. In their words, “And you, the friends who are here, as you were in fondness and love before, henceforth you will also not part … and by your merit there will be peace in the world, as it is written, ‘For the sake of my brothers and my friends let me say, ‘Let peace be in you.’’” Indeed, they wrote The Book of Zohar not for themselves, but for the rest of the world to find peace and love.

However, when Rashbi and his ten completed writing the book, they realized that humanity was not ready for it. In order to use this book of love correctly, humanity needed to feel how deeply it is immersed in hate. At that time, even though they themselves were in constant flight from the Romans, who wished to kill them, they knew that as a whole, the world had not revealed how hateful human nature really is. As a result, in yet another selfless act, they concealed the book that they had written so arduously.

Over the centuries, humanity has revealed deeper and deeper layers of its nature, that indeed, it is all evil. When enough evil was revealed, The Book of Zohar was revealed once more. However, it was still not time for everyone to get to know it and be able to use it for its purpose: transforming hate to love.

Only now, since the end of the 20th century, our acknowledgement of our nature is sufficient for us to truly need this book of love and giving. This is why the greatest kabbalist in modern times, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, wrote the complete Sulam [ladder] commentary on The Book of Zohar, which explains every word in it, so we can all benefit from it and be able to transform ourselves the way Rashbi’s disciples did back when they wrote it.

Indeed, LAG ba Omer marks a very significant day in the history of humankind, when a rope was thrown to humanity to pull it out of the quagmire of hatred and into the pool of love that is the spiritual world.
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“The Sun Is Your Father, The Moon Is Your Mother”

239Comment: The fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” corresponds to the act of creation: “Let there be lights in the firmament within the waters. These are the lights of your father, the sun, ZA, and of your mother, the moon, Malchut.”

My Response: AVI (Aba ve-Ima) are the upper father and mother. They symbolize the sun and the moon, which influence the Earth, make it turn and develop, give rise to the plant, animal, and human world.

As a result, these two great lights: the Sun, the light of Hochma, and the Moon, the light of Hassadim, as our father and mother, develop us to the level where we use the light of the Moon (Hassadim) to absorb all the light of the Sun (Hochma).

Question: Should the actual father and mother be respected?

Answer: They must be respected within the earthly framework. Perhaps this commandment sounds like some kind of ethics and nothing more. We see in our world how animals very quickly separate from their parents after a few months, maybe six months to a year, and that’s it.

While man has a purely egoistic attachment between children and parents. Children exploit their parents, thus developing this interconnection. It seems to us that this is a kind, good quality. In fact, this is pure egoism on both sides.

Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar: “The Sun is your father, the Moon, your mother.” Are these our real parents?

Answer: Yes, because it is from them, our spiritual father and mother, that the upper governance descends upon us, due to which we become human beings.

We absorb all the power, all the light, all their qualities, and reach their level, that is, we rise to the level of Hochma and Bina in full interaction between them and become equal to the Creator.

As a result we, ourselves, begin to control both the moon and the sun, these two sources of life relative to our soul.

By absorbing all the qualities of Hochma and Bina, we become equal to Keter, the highest degree of the Creator.
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