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Common and Individual Sufferings

963.4Question: Throughout history there have been and still are people who engage in spiritual correction. Why does this still not free them from suffering?

Answer: The point is that there are private sufferings and common sufferings. A person engaged in correction frees oneself from private suffering. But one cannot be freed from common sufferings since they come from above to the entire group of people, to the whole nation. Hardly anyone can be happy when misfortunes spread throughout the world.

Question: So if a person follows the path of Torah, i.e., achieves closeness with the Creator through closeness with other people, is he freed from individual sufferings?

Answer: Yes, there is no reason for nature to torment him. But since he is one with all of humanity, and suffering descends upon the entire world, he suffers along with it.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual states” 3/14/24

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Strive for Unity in the Family

565.01Question: Are the spouses’ aspiration toward each other called caring?

Answer: It is everything. You should strive for unity so that every single thing in your environment, utensils, clothes, everything you have in your home, what is called “yours,” unites you.

Here, one should combine the spiritual and the material. You should be so harmonious in everything that even looking at something in the house physically unites you, and you feel it is “ours.” That is something you need to learn and painstakingly attain.

Question: How can I achieve this? Is my annulling in something putting my partner’s desires above mine?

Answer: Naturally, everything is built on the annulment of oneself relative to the other. And this should be constant.

Each one yields to the other, but in doing so, they do not diminish themselves; instead they offer the partner to occupy a more advantageous state and take a step toward them. That is, each acts in a way that the other has a chance to come and turn to them.

Question: But is this not at the expense of the one who yielded?

Answer: No, we are not discussing this from the point of the ego, but are talking about how to get closer.
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From KabTV’s “Man and Woman” 3/19/24

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How Can I Ask for Others

525Question: I ask the Creator for others from my inner desire. How can I annul my state and ask for the friends from their state?

Answer: To do this you need to step out of yourself, make yourself neutral, tune into the desire of the friend, be impressed by this desire, and turn to the Creator. It is as if you are asking for the friend without including your own inner desires.

Question: Is the quality of each individual’s deficiency (Hisaron) important for reaching a unified request? How can it be cultivated?

Answer: We cannot measure the deficiency of each individual and the collective integral deficiency. The only thing we can do is ask the Creator to unite us in such a way that all our vessels become one collective vessel (Kli).
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Anyone Who Sanctifies the Seventh – 2”

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Full Investment of Effort

624.07Question: What determines the ability to do everything you can from the heart without any limitation and with hope that the Creator will respond to our maximum efforts?

Answer: This happens when you are in complete despair and you have no other choice but to turn to Him. You have already asked many times, and you have always received a little, but it was clearly not enough.

And so you pray again and again until you are completely disappointed in your abilities, and you ask as if for the last time, as if you will no longer have any opportunity to reach the Creator, to get close to Him, or to force Him to answer you. You raise your voice to the Creator so that He hears it and finally helps, and then you get an answer.

Question: Should I be sure that I did everything I could, or should I still regret that I did not make the necessary efforts?

Answer: There should be regret too.

Question: What will help us synchronize correctly in the ten in order to imagine the potential of the next degree that we want to come to, and then proceed to action?

Answer: You need to see the present state as much as possible and imagine the future state, how you give everything of yourself in the ten in order to rise to the Creator together.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Anyone Who Sanctifies the Seventh – 2”

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222Question: Rabash writes in “Inheritance of the Land” that our material world is not true, but that there are two types of truth. What does it mean?

Answer: Our material world is not true because we perceive it in our egoistic desires, our intentions, and our egoistic attitude to everything that happens between us.

But as soon as we can rise above the condition of “for our own sake,” we will immediately begin to feel the spiritual world.

And then we will perceive the Creator and His actions, will pray to Him, and will thank Him.

To live the truth means to live by the laws of the Creator—bestowal and love.

To strive for the truth in your work in the ten means to connect with your friends and to ask the Creator to raise you a little higher to Himself. And then you will see the world in the light of bestowal.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/31/24, Writings of Rabash “Inheritance of the Land”

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Generate a Common Force

935Question: What happens when we come to the state of Lishma (for the sake of the Creator)?

Answer: Then we will be connected by the best ties. The Creator will be revealed between us, and we will wish to unite all the nations of the world to ourselves.

Now, with the help of our request to the Creator, we return ourselves to what we want to gain: Lishma. But so far we have very little strength.

It is possible to generate a common force only through combined efforts between all friends.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/31/24, Writings of Rabash “Inheritance of the Land”

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Questions about Spiritual Work—105

290Question When reading Kabbalistic sources, should we strive to feel what the author wrote or feel the Creator?

Answer: We need to be as close to the author as possible.

Question: What is the best way to read The Book of Zohar, alone or in the ten?

Answer: It is better in the ten. At Rabash’s, we also read in the ten and took turns.

Question: Should I try to read our sources more often during the day?

Answer: Yes, even piece by piece, paragraph by paragraph.

Question: If the Creator complicates my material life, does it mean He complicates the task in the spiritual?

Answer: No, maybe, on the contrary, He wants to attract you.

Question: What does it mean to spend time usefully during the day after the morning lesson?

Answer: This means repeating at least the same texts that we studied.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/29/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Looking in the Book Again”

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Get Out of Pharaoh’s Power

261A slave is one who is enslaved to the pleasure. When people’s pleasure comes from reception, they are called “Pharaoh’s servants” (Rabash, Notes #921 “The Need for an Act from Below”).

Why do we need to be slaves? It is to understand that the egoism that rules over us is Pharaoh. Only by getting rid of it will we be able to achieve other states and a different perception of life.

The Creator develops egoism in us so that we can see how much evil the ego brings us. When we reveal this, we begin to treat egoism as a negative phenomenon and ask the Creator to correct it to the opposite, to altruism.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/9/24, Writings of Rabash “The Need for an Act from Below”

Include Everyone in Your Prayers

942Question: In prayer, is it better for us to focus on the ten, or can we place the hearts of the entire world Kli in it?

Answer: You can include everyone in your prayers, and I really encourage that. But remember that you must first pray for your ten so that it can unite everyone and thus rise to the Creator.

When everyone strives for unity, it is very easy to achieve. The main thing is that you are all directed toward Him.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/31/24, Writings of Rabash “Inheritance of the Land”

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Why Are Books Better?

527.06Studying primary sources is the main thing in Kabbalah because great Kabbalists wrote them. We recommend using the works of such pillars of Kabbalah as Baal HaSulam, Rabash, Ari, and Rashbi.

Question: We have a whole sea of ​​different information in our heads. How can we clear our perceptions when reading our primary sources?

Answer: Shake your head so that all sorts of evil thoughts and information fly away.

Question: We have amazing books by Ramchal, Rambam, and others. Is it possible to read them individually if you want to, even though we do not study these books in class? Or does it distance us from the group?

Answer: No, this is not moving away from the group. These books can be studied. But avoid getting carried away with them instead of our lessons. That is when alienation can occur, although in principle it will not take you away from the purpose of creation. These are true books.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/29/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Looking in the Book Again”

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Why Was Man Created?

707Man was created in order to achieve awakening, understanding, and the feeling that he is in the hands of the upper force in his development.

This force controls everything that we call this world. We must obey it, explore it, and according to our understanding, come closer to it.

That is exactly what we are trying to do.
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Dictated by the Creator

209Question: How can we not limit the study of the Torah to previous impressions and knowledge? How can this approach be applied to all aspects of the methodology?

Answer: You will learn how to do this gradually. The main thing is not to fear a new approach and to always demand a new attitude toward the Creator and what the book says. We mean the Torah, Neviim (Prophets), and Ktuvim (Scriptures), the holy sources, because the force of the Creator is inside them, on which all other details cloth.

Question: What kind of analysis should everyone do for the light to reveal new Reshimot in them?

Answer: It depends on what he wants and how he relates to what is in the sources. The Torah is written as dictated by the Creator. Therefore, by reading it, a person can see, hear, and understand what the Creator thinks about him and what He wants to convey.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/29/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Looking in the Book Again”

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Go Forward, Do Not Linger!

219.01Question: What gives a person the strength to not be afraid to take a step forward every moment and to add efforts to spiritual work? What precedes this?

Answer: This is preceded by studying the articles that our teachers wrote to us.

We can safely be guided by them and follow their instructions to get closer to the Creator.

Question: What helps not to look for excuses, not to go along with them, but to overcome them despite everything?

Answer: The Creator expects you to advance, and therefore, advance, do not linger.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/27/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “His Divorce and His Hand Come as One”

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Work with the Intention “For the Sake of Bestowal”

509To obtain the property of bestowal, you need to unite with each other.

Then your quality of bestowal will coincide with the quality of bestowal of the Creator, and you will feel that you are in the same world as Him. Everything will fall into place.

Question: How can we transfer our common pleasure to the Creator?

Answer: If you transfer your pleasure to each other, then eventually, you begin to feel a sense of bestowing to your friend and therefore to the Creator.

Our job is to determine how to move closer to the full disclosure of light in our desires because this is what the Creator wants. It is a work of intention, and we must do it that way.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/30/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Purity of the Vessels of Reception”

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Faith in the Creator

243.04Question: Why can one only adhere to the Creator in the attribute of attainment and not in the attribute of faith?

Answer: In the attribute of faith one cannot adhere with the Creator because faith is achieved by the desire to bestow that rises from below upward toward the Creator, and attainment is given from above downward.

Faith in the Creator is the quality of bestowal, the quality of love, through which we wish to fulfill, delight, and give pleasure to our friends.

Question: How can I determine if my feeling is truly faith in the Creator?

Answer: It is impossible to explain. You will get this feeling within yourself and understand.

Question: Is faith alone enough to enter the land of Israel, into the upper Malchut?

Answer: Faith alone is not enough because it requires the desire to receive, the desire to bestow, the correct balance between them, and, based on this, the quality of bestowal from below upward.

The middle line is the result of the correct combination of the right and left lines.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/4/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Three Lines”

Questions about Spiritual Work—104

281.01Question: It is said, “Six years he shall serve, and in the seventh, he shall go out free.” How can we understand this?

Answer: In the seventh year, man’s egoism and the evil forces of nature no longer hold him back. He gets rid of them.

Question: Can I enjoy and rejoice in the revelations of my friends?

Answer: Enjoy—yes, rejoice—this is after your collective action.

Question: What does it mean to bestow on your friends through your desires without any restrictions?

Answer: Imagine a mother ready to give everything to her little child. That is how we are in the group.

Question: Sometimes the Creator breaks up into diverse qualities and states. What does this teach us?

Answer: This teaches us how to climb the degrees and much more because in each degree there are many different qualities.

Question: What do we need to add in connection with each other, with you, and with the Creator?

Answer: Only prayer, there is nothing else besides this. Ask the Creator to draw you to Him and everything will work out.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Written Torah and the Oral Torah – 1”

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For the Sake of Your Spouse and Family

630.2Question: In a family, should both husband and wife work in bestowal? What does that mean? For example, as a woman, I cook for the whole family and take care of everyone. What else could my actions be?

Answer: Everything you do for your family is your bestowal to them.

Question: Isn’t that considered as natural behavior?

Answer: No, nowhere is it said that such behavior is considered natural. Why couldn’t the husband do it instead of the wife? It is just the way things are set up and that is why we think it should be like that; but in reality, it is not.

Two completely different people meet, who do not even know each other well, and they start building something together. Each of them should strive to contribute everything he can to this common cause in a way that is enjoyable for the other. Gradually, they learn each other’s character, tastes, and everything else.

Question: So if I work for the sake of my spouse and family, does that mean that I am working in bestowal?

Answer: Yes, for women, it is much simpler.

Question: Indeed, when I work for the family, I feel some self-annulment, and it is not even difficult for me.

You once mentioned your wife, who cooked for your teacher and there was a lot of care and bestowal in this, and he felt it. It may seem like ordinary things, but there is still special effort in it.

On the other hand, it seems that reaching something spiritual is somehow different, another action, another state. Or are they not related?

Answer: Every time you do something, you should include your intention from the start to finish of that action.
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From KabTV’s “Man and Woman” 3/19/24

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Keep Us under the Protection of the Torah

961.2All the work is only where there are two ways, as we have found, And he shall live in them, and he shall not die in them (Baal HaSulam, Shamati 188 “All the Work Is Only Where There Are Two Ways – 2”).

Question: Why is it said that we have two ways? After all, we only have one way, the way of Kabbalah.

Answer: The point is that we must observe the laws of the higher world that governs us. Within it, there are conditions that allow transgressing various requirements except for the three commandments.

The main one is that the Creator is one, unique, unified, and there is none else beside Him. Therefore, first of all, one must adhere to this and work on this commandment. And everything else depends on the states a person inhabits.

Therefore, it is written that all our work is only in the place where there are two ways: whether to fulfill the commandments or not. As it is said: “And they shall live in them, and not die in them.”

This means that we cannot approach the sanctification of the Creator in things that do not require it, and the notion of “die but not transgress” applies only to the three commandments called incest, bloodshed, and idolatry. We find that the first righteous ones gave their lives to fulfill them.

That is, everything a person must do, and he stands by it, is to devote all his efforts to fulfilling the commandments or even go even to death. This is our entire work because at the time when a person must observe the Torah, the heavy burden is revealed, i.e., the entire weight of its execution. And at the time when the Torah protects a person, it is not so difficult for him.

As it is said, a person’s soul shall teach him. When a person moves forward and various means for further advancement are revealed to him, this is called the Torah teaching and protecting him.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/19/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “All the Work Is Only Where There Are Two Ways – 2”

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The State of Shabbat in the Ten

528.01Question: What is the state of Shabbat (Sabbath) in a Kabbalistic ten?

Answer: This is a state where there is nothing to correct; everything is already corrected, everyone is in complete connection with each other as if you were suspended in the sky.

Question: You said that in our world on Shabbat people walk and talk differently. How can we come to such a state where we feel as if we were suspended from the sky? What needs to be done?

Answer: Indeed on Shabbat people walk slower, do not argue, do not rush anywhere, and do everything as if they were on vacation. But external, physical actions do not give anything.

Nonetheless, in the ten, you should also treat each other with kindness and consideration, you should be help each other and be in contact with each other, and you will gradually feel what kind of atmosphere it is.

After all, the feeling that you are suspended from the sky is a state where you do not want to be governed by earthly qualities.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/30/24, Writings of Rabash “Why Is Shabbat Called Shin-Bat in the Work?”

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Read like it Is the First Time

526Question: What does it mean to look at a book anew each time?

Answer: It is as if you do not remember at all what you once read and you look at the book like it is the first time.

Question: If we have to perceive a text every time as if we were seeing it for the first time, then what about the fact that some passages from the Torah or The Book of Zohar pop up in your memory and literally resound in you?

Answer: It does not matter, do not fight it. Everything will settle down on its own and take its place.

Question: There are people who speak quotes from sources without using any of their own words or who remain silent. Is it good?

Answer: On one hand it is good if they really know the original sources and can play them back from memory. But beside this, you need to be free and as if travel through all the original sources and be connected with them in many ways.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/29/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Looking in the Book Again”

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