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What Are Good Deeds?

laitman_622.02Question: What are good deeds?

Answer: Good deeds are when you want to be connected with all the others in one common desire and can draw the upper light to fill your friends through yourself; that is, you are a transmitting link between the Creator and all the others. Filling others, that is a good deed.

Question: How can I know that my actions are good? What categorizes “good” in Kabbalah?

Answer: It is very simple. The first rule is, “Do not do unto others what is hateful to you.” Think about how you want to relate to the other. How would you like to be treated? So do that.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 6/16/19

The Importance Of The Science Of Kabbalah

laitman_214Question: What is the significance of the science of Kabbalah for our generation?

Answer: The significance of the science of Kabbalah is not theoretical, but purely practical. When humanity comes to a state of hopelessness, not knowing how to move forward, what it exists for, and what guides it, then a need for the science of Kabbalah arises in it. Before that, it does not need it, especially since the science of Kabbalah does not offer itself to anyone. It is hiding inside humanity in a state of preparation because Kabbalists develop and prepare it for popularization, dissemination, and application.

Now we have come to a state when Kabbalah can be revealed to the world. But until our time, it was practically hidden.

Question: Baal HaSulam writes that Kabbalah reveals the Creator to every person in the world. Did people need this before?

Answer: No, and today they do not need it. After all, a person does not need truth, but needs what will give him some comfort, satisfaction, and answers to the minor issues in his life.

Question: But I don’t think that someone would refuse to reveal the Creator if he knew that it were possible to reveal Him.

Answer: No. Even of those who come today and listen about the possibility of the revelation of the Creator, the upper world, the next level of humanity’s development, only a few remain with us.

Question: Is it possible that people do not want the Creator that Kabbalah offers?

Answer: Perhaps.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18

Israel: United We Stand, Divided We Are (Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Israel: United We Stand, Divided We Are

What the recent elections revealed about ourselves and our future

We have no nation. Division stands in our midst. Those are the results of an X-ray scan of Israel after its 22nd election.

How can a nation constantly in conflict and under threat let its every sector care only about its own backyard and personal interests?

The dead heat between the two main parties and round-the-clock deal-making expected in the coming weeks to form a governing-capable coalition further stresses the great divide in Israeli society. However, discovering the wretched state we are in opens up the perfect opportunity to realize that we have no alternative but to cast a vote for unity and elect the force that connects us as a nation.

How could our nation unite above its divisions? Could politicians put their egos aside and strive instead to rise above their personal benefit for the sake of a common goal? Clearly, no one is interested in doing so, but the fact is, we have no choice.

We have entered an era where the nation is up against grave threats, the most vivid being Iran. Wealthy and powerful Iran is gaining support from Russia and China, and it is convenient for Iran to tag Israel as its enemy. As Iran holds a strategic position in the heart of the Middle East, its beef with Israel lets it flex its muscles in the global sphere, as well as show its readiness to escalate pressure toward that goal.

After 71 years of statehood, instead of becoming stronger, we suddenly reveal that Israel is in an unfounded state. Our legs are stuck in quicksand, and we cannot pull ourselves out. We are a stubborn, powerful, enduring and unequivocally creative people, but in 2019’s second national election, we are left again with polarization and partisan manipulation instead of choosing our good future together.

Why does Israel’s political spectrum look like rough patchwork, where the loose threads fray in detachment to each other? It is because we have failed “to elect” the one and only force that governs all aspects of nature: the upper force. Once again, we have neglected the only Jewish element that justifies our existence as a people: the value of our connection.

In order to come to terms with the urgent call for unity and put it into practice, Israel needs competent leadership that prioritizes rebuilding the social fabric. It will require a gradual educational process that should be led by a national-unity government made up of Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, and Avigdor Liberman, with Netanyahu acting as prime minister until the rest acquire the necessary skills to govern. The job of heading a nation requires learning experience just like any other profession, but we have no academy for governing the nation, and the volatile internal and external pressures we face leave no room for trial and error. Ruling the country demands a completely different mindset than ruling the army.

Although organizing our political leadership is important, we will not return to sanity until we realize that our main goal as a nation should be to eliminate our biggest enemy: our war with each other.

The principle of unity that we inherited from Abraham, the father of the nation, has completely escaped us. It is a principle by which we became a nation in ancient Babylon. In its absence, we have dismantled into a loose collection of peoples and “tribes.” The principle of brotherly love built the Temple—the connection between us—and its absence, unfounded hatred, kicked us into exile and persecution.

Therefore, regardless of who will form the next government, we should certainly not depend on the guidance of a flesh-and-blood leader that will be replaced in four years or less. We need to depend on the power of society, the strength of our connection. This is and always has been the root of our salvation as a nation.

In other words, it is important to cast our votes and choose our leaders as in any democracy, but our real free choice should be made on a daily basis, renewed regularly and not subject to the considerations of any government in office. At any given moment, it is worth stopping for a moment to ask: “What are we living for?” “Why do we exist?” “Who runs our lives?” “Who runs the society we live in?” “Who governs us?” “Who is really in control?”

The upper force in nature drives humanity. It emerges from its hidden state when society functions harmoniously in mutual guarantee (Arvut), showing us how we live in a unified system where all parts are interconnected as a singular and integral unit.

Disagreement is part and parcel of our Jewishness. There is no need to eliminate or obscure our differences and divisions. Nor do we have to flatter and agree with the views of others. But we do have to bridge the abyss between opinions, to spread an umbrella of love over our differences, because “love will cover all transgressions.”

As our ship sails forth into unknown waters, it is time to persistently emphasize the positive qualities of others and create a more harmonious society where mutual care, consideration, understanding and support prevail. By doing so, we will be able to realize how our disunity drills a hole in our ship’s keel, whereas our cohesion strengthens our ability to navigate to a safe port of a bountiful land.

That is the election vote we need to cast regularly for the ultimate positive outcome.

Nature Will Force Us

laitman_767.4In the News (archipreneur): “By 2050, 90% of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas. The vast majority of coastal cities will be impacted by coastal erosion and flooding, displacing millions of people, while destroying homes and infrastructure. Marc Collins Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of OCEANIX, said humans can live on floating cities in harmony with life below water. …

“As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, floating cities non-profit OCEANIX, the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering, BIG and partners propose a vision for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community for 10,000 residents: Oceanix City. …

“Designed as a man-made ecosystem, Oceanix City is anchored in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, channeling flows of energy, water, food and waste to create a blueprint for a modular maritime metropolis.

“Oceanix City is designed to grow, transform and adapt organically over time, evolving from neighborhoods to cities with the possibility of scaling indefinitely. Modular neighborhoods of 2 hectares create thriving self-sustaining communities of up to 300 residents with mixed-use space for living, working and gathering during day and night time.”

Question: In principle, there are more and more such projects. Do you think this is realistic?

Answer: I do not think this is realistic. I do not think it is necessary because there is so much unoccupied space on Earth that 200 billion more people could populate.

The future of humanity seems to be more orderly to me. People will realize that their balance with nature is primarily in their minds and in their attitude toward nature. That must be correct, balanced, and in correspondence with the laws of nature, not the laws of human egoism, which is opposite to all this.

Question: Are you saying that the sea level is rising only because, as you just said, we have a problem in our minds? Do you mean that all we have to do is to switch something in our brains and the sea will retreat?

Answer: Yes.

Remark: This is unbelievable!

My Comment: Why unbelievable? No. We will start to treat nature differently. Our thoughts and our desires are the highest level of influence on it.

Question: Can we measure this?

Answer: No, it is impossible to measure.

Question: So, there is no way to prove this?

Answer: Then there will be a so-called proof by contradiction.

Question: Is it possible to prove by contradiction that at some point, when the water will inevitably advance, that a person will switch something in his brain and the sea will retreat?

Answer: In other words, is there a boundary between human stupidity and human stubbornness? I think that there is. because although the person is a very big, stupid, and stubborn egoist, at the same time, he is nevertheless a sensitive element of nature, and when he is pricked, he screams “Ouch!”

It all depends on the extent of pricking. When everything is taken away from him and life becomes such that it would be better not to live, then he begins to think. However, this is enormous suffering! Enormous! From the Kabbalistic point of view, it is practically unbearable.

Nature will, harshly, precisely in its lawful way, correct a person. It cannot do this in any other way. However, we are given the opportunity to do this ahead of time in a positive way. We will not solve this problem by running from one corner of the globe to another.

In all that relates to ecology and our interaction with nature, we need to listen to scientists. They present expert data that you can neither believe nor disbelieve. This is just information, and we need to act according to it: what should we do to prevent this?

We will then come to the decision that everything depends on a person, on one’s attitude to other people and to nature itself. For this, it is necessary to correct the human nature from egoistic, when one feels nothing but oneself, to altruistic.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/25/19

The Layer In Which We Discover The Creator

laitman_243.05Question: If a person is an evil inclination and the whole concept of good is based on the moral, egoistic definitions of our world, then how does a person determine his or someone else’s evil?

Answer: Only through the relations to each other. Your character can be anything: impatient, unbearable, you name it. The thing is how you relate to others, whether you want to connect with them, at least to become a little closer, or make some movement toward them.

It does not depend on your qualities from birth. There are people who are happy to hug each other, laugh, dance, and have fun. Also, there are people who sit in the corners and do not want to communicate with anyone. This is unrelated to our earthly properties given to us from birth.

It is completely different when I want to start connecting with strangers regardless of who I am or who they are. Indeed, if I unite with them, in this way I create conditions between us for the revelation of the Creator.

Question: So you can say that this is a good deed?

Answer: This is just a persistent action for our unification when we rise above our egoism. Naturally, we need to suppress our egoism—not destroy it, but simply rise above it until we include two states: the lowest, that is, egoistic attitude to each other, and the highest—the relationship of love, reciprocity, and unification.

Between these two opposite states, as in a sandwich, a layer is formed in which we find the Creator, ourselves, and the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/7/19

The New War Against The Jews (Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “The New War Against the Jews

The parallels between the rise of Nazism in the 1930s and today’s political climate are clear. Political extremism on both the left and the right have started to take hold. Civilized discourse between the various groups has devolved into name-calling, and the ghosts of anti-Semitism have reawakened, which many hoped were dead and buried along with the Third Reich. These echoes from the past should sound an alarm for Jews around the world, and especially in America. If history was to repeat itself and the unthinkable were to occur, how close are we to another Holocaust?

Then and Now

Steven Spielberg, who established the USC Shoah Foundation to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, expressed deep concern that genocide is as possible today as during the Nazi era. “When collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows,” Spielberg commented in a recent media interview. “We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation,” he added.

Within three months of Hitler’s coming to power in Germany in 1933, a nationwide boycott of Jewish businesses and professionals was ordered. The Nazis’ official explanation for the boycotts was that they were implemented as a counter-reaction to the demands of Jewish organizations in the US and Britain to boycott German-made products due to the Nazis coming to power (which was true). This action legitimized anti-Jewish activity and gave it official support, which had not existed until then and marked the commencement of the war against the Jews, as anti-Semitic ideology began penetrating into German consciousness.

The Nazis’ boycotts included harassment and vandalism of Jewish businesses, people and institutions. They were followed by a downward spiral of actions that lead to the deaths of six million of our brethren. It is understandable that when we hear the word “boycott,” it still triggers a brutal reminder of the beginnings of the Holocaust.

Israel’s Enemies from Within and Without

One of the major differences between the 1930s and today is that the State of Israel exists. Israel today is like the Jews of Germany in the 1930s: it stands at the frontline and beats the brunt of a new war on the Jews. Instead of blatant anti-Semitism, the hatred of Jews has been repackaged under the guise of anti-Zionism that today’s anti-Semites say is either Jewish apartheid or the Israeli government’s policies. This is meant to confuse the public and isolate Israel. However, we should not be deceived: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Sadly, some extreme leftist Jewish organizations such as J Street and IfNotNow, as well as Israeli activists and intellectuals, are playing a leading role in global hatred campaigns, such as the BDS movement, which are meant to demonize and isolate Israel.

The Israeli students recently attacked in Warsaw for admitting they were from Israel, and the traditionally dressed Jews brutally assaulted in Brooklyn, were easy to identify as Jewish by their clothing and language. Secular Jews should take no comfort in this, nor should they fool themselves into believing that this cannot happen to them in the United States.

European Jews also dissociated themselves from the warning signals in the 1930s. The 1935 Nuremberg Laws stated that one Jewish grandparent made you Jewish and bought you a one-way ticket to the gas chambers.

What should we recognize about the current war against the Jews? It is potentially scarier than the Nazi’s war on the Jews. The new anti-Semitism can affect any Jew, anywhere, anytime, since threats are coming at us from all sides, in every shape and form: from radical Islam, the far-right and far-left, mainstream politics, economic forces, and even from the worlds of arts and academia.

The BDS movement’s growing influence portends the danger that may lie ahead. Zooming in, we reveal that the boycotts are working effectively: Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, divested from the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems, and the German sports company, Adidas, ended its 10-year sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The BDS movement takes credit for both actions. Soda Stream and Ahava relocated their factories from the West Bank to undisputed areas in Israel. We cannot be naïve and think these are campaigns only against Israeli settlements: It is a war on the very legitimacy of the Jewish state, which is constantly singled out by international organizations and falsely accused of the worst possible atrocities.

All the charges against the Jews by the Nazis are echoed by the BDS movement against Israel and Jews. The Nazis claimed that Jews were the root of all evil, brought World War I to Europe, destroyed the German economy, and undermined the country. Similarly, BDS proponents claim that Israel is waging war, exploiting innocent Palestinians, extorting the world, and committing genocide.

The anti-Semitic trend in the United States is also unfavorable. 19% of Americans think that small shops have the right to refuse service to Jews if doing business with them goes against the religious beliefs of shop owners, according to a recent survey published by the Public Religion Research Institute.

It’s the Same War in Israel or America: It’s Our Shared Destiny

In addition to the economic impact, the most resounding influence of BDS activity is in the Western academic world, affecting Jewish students and academics. Senior researchers refuse to maintain links with universities in Israel and with Israeli researchers, while student associations pressure for the marginalization of Israel. The New York University Department of Social and Cultural Analysis voted to boycott the university’s Tel Aviv campus, and the American Association of University Professors issued a statement supporting the decision. The boycott movement covers virtually all campuses of US academic institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Yale. It also reaches inside student dormitories, creating a hostile and violent atmosphere for Jewish students who publicly support Israel, and even for those who are simply known as being Jewish.

Although many Jews in the Diaspora claim to have issues with the State of Israel, or at least its official policies, many of the boycott movements’ proponents make no such distinctions. For them, a Jew is a Jew, a good Jew is a dead Jew, and a good Israel is the one that is wiped off the map and erased from reality.

Israel is an intrinsic part of the collective Jewish identity and is perceived that way by the nations of the world. So when judgement is passed and punishment imposed on Israel, it falls on the entire Jewish collective and not on only an individual part.

The increasing pressure against Jews and the State of Israel is an attention call for us to come together and ask essential questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we headed?

The Jewish people are a unique example. The fact that we originally came from different backgrounds, united above our differences and become one people, “as one man with one heart,” makes us unique. But being special does not mean we are to look down on others from above; it means we are to serve others. Delivering that example of unity under the premise “love your neighbor as yourself” is what the nations of the world subliminally demand from us. They instinctively feel Jews hold the keys for peace and prosperity in the world, and their complaint for not sharing it is manifested as anti-Semitism.

It is incumbent upon us Jews to unite above our differences yet again. The only thing that will end the new war against the Jews is our making all the Jewish people as one. If we can find this desire to unify within us and fan its flames, we will become a positive force that will permeate the world, and hatred against us will vanish.

As Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag wrote during WWII in his 1940 paper, The Nation:

It is also clear that the enormous effort that the rugged road ahead requires of us mandates unity that is as solid and as hard as steel from all parts of the nation, without exception. If we do not come out with united ranks toward the mighty forces that are standing on our way to harm us, we will find that our hope is doomed in advance.

And from that common ground and goal, Jews must embark on a shared path that is not motivated by fears and materialistic impulses, but instead by the desire for a common spirit and vision as one unified and thriving people for this and future generations.

There Are No Sinners In Our World, Only Lazy People

laitman_624.03Question: The revelation of evil and defects in love, are they simultaneous or consecutive actions and states?

Answer: I do not see any defects at all. Please remember and try to understand: there are no defects, no breakings, no crashes, and no traffic accidents whatsoever.

What has existed originally is being revealed, nothing new appears. Therefore, there is no division and separation between us. Each time a greater degree of corruption of our Kli (vessel) is revealed. It was broken in the very beginning by one act, what is called the sin of Adam. Now, all this is revealed to us.

Therefore, we must greet every horrible incident as a blessing. Now, you are given work: please correct it and get one step closer to spirituality, and after that, one more step. After a few steps, you will begin to feel how the world opens to you more and more, and the force of the Creator is within it.

You should not look at the world as if you are breaking it. We are not doing anything bad at all. There are no sinners in our world, there are only lazy people. We are not breaking or corrupting the world in any way.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/19

Life And Death—Alternating Sensations

laitman_760.1Question: What happens after the death of the physical body? Does consciousness disappear?

Answer: Consciousness through the animal body disappears, and consciousness through the soul remains.

Question: What if a person has not yet developed a soul?

Answer: Then he must again dress into an animal body,

Question: So, he will simply not feel anything, as if he had fallen asleep and that is all?

Answer: Not really. Certain sensations remain, but they are very illusory since a person has not yet left his egoism. Therefore, he only feels certain fluctuations, and again feels himself in this world.

Question: But when he dresses in a new body, does he not feel who he was in past lives? Or is there an opportunity to feel?

Answer: No. He does not feel any of that. We need to understand: there is no such thing as death and life. This is all the alteration of sensations, nothing more.

Question: What does remain of the past life, what passes into the new life?

Answer: Nothing.

Question: What happens with the past experiences, with the sufferings and pleasures that a person experienced during his life?

Answer: It all accumulates and passes from one state to another. Nothing is lost. However, in principle, the experience that a person undergoes gradually becomes transformed in the person in the following generations. Therefore, we see that each new generation is different. It is not just somewhat more developed; it has a different type of thinking.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 12/11/18

How To Develop The Point In The Heart

laitman_232.08Question: Does a Kabbalist explore the world, not with the usual five senses, but with a new instrument called the screen (Masach)?

Answer: Yes. It is an anti-egoistic quality that we develop in ourselves by studying Kabbalah.

In every person, there is an embryo of the quality of bestowal and love for others, but it is just an embryo, what is called a small point in the heart that exists in his egoistic heart.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how to develop this point, like a seed planted in the ground that begins to grow.

We explore corporeal sciences subjectively. The wisdom of Kabbalah, however, tells us how we can plant our altruistic seed in egoism, and through the correct connection between us, it will grow and give us a new altruistic force.

Therefore, with the help of Kabbalah or the screen (an additional sensory organ), we can explore the true reality, which our egoism does not disturb.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18

Why Evil Cannot Be Destroyed In The World

Laitman_049.01Question: Why does the Creator carefully protect and prevent the destruction of evil in the world?

Answer: Who would be corrected? Both evil and good must be corrected at the same time because they are all the cause of evil.

Question: Are you saying that good is also a reason for correction?

Answer: Of course! Both good and evil are equally responsible for the manifestation of some negative phenomenon. If we remove this negative phenomenon, then the same good and the same evil with their internal vices remain, and next time an even greater evil is manifested.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/7/19