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“Why Deny the Holocaust When We Can Simply Forget about It?” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Why Deny the Holocaust When We Can Simply Forget about It?

January 27 is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In recent years, there has been a sharp resurgence of antisemitism, which seems to be accelerating. The Jewish Agency’s Fighting Antisemitism page states, “With violent instances of antisemitism on the rise across the world, we are devoting more resources than ever to expunge this epidemic and ensure Jewish safety.” However, the efforts are not working. A report that the Jewish Agency recently released has found that antisemitic incidents on U.S. campuses have gone up by almost 50 percent during 2022, compared to a year earlier.

Even worse, as time passes, people forget about the Holocaust, or come to think that it was far less horrific than it actually was. This fork-movement of forgetting what had happened, on the one hand, and the spreading of antisemitism around the world, on the other hand, has reached levels that remind many Holocaust researchers of the venomous atmosphere that prevailed in Europe before the Holocaust, and which eventually allowed it to happen, if not accelerated and exacerbated it. I believe we have every right to be worried that what occurred might recur.

However, I also believe that we should acknowledge that our efforts are futile, and unless we overhaul them, matters will continue to deteriorate at an accelerating speed. But in order to change course, we need to know in which direction to turn, and for this to happen, we need to understand the roots of antisemitism.

Antisemitism has a very deep root. In fact, it is embedded in the laws of nature; it is one of its foundations. Allow me to explain.

The people of Israel are not like any other people, as much as they would like to be. The whole world treats us differently, and there is nothing we can do about it because the reason for the world’s attitude toward us is buried deep within us, deeper than we can see.

Two forces drive the universe, drive all of existence, all of creation. They are contradictory forces that always operate one against the other. The only way to reconcile them is to be aware of them and make a conscious effort to harness both of them for a higher cause.

On the inanimate level, these forces manifest as darkness and light, spring and fall, or as magnetic forces that pull or push away. On the animate level, they manifest as life and death, and love and hate. On the human level, they manifest as altruism and egoism, giving and taking, kindness and cruelty.

Because they are contradictory, the two forces are locked in an eternal struggle. However, they are of equal power, and therefore neither ever “wins.” Instead, they “take turns” dominating, and as a result, our universe evolves and changes ceaselessly.

Humans are the one exception. In every human being, the inherent tendency toward egoism wins. If we examine the history of humankind, we will see that the motivation behind all the changes that have ever happened was the glorification of its perpetrators or other self-centered drives.

The only people who have ever managed to rise above the innate selfish tendency in human nature and balance it with kindness, as it is in the rest of nature, were the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who united “as one man with one heart” and were declared a nation—the Israeli nation—at the foot of Mt. Sinai. However, the Israeli nation achieved what it achieved not for its own sake. It did this so as to become a model nation, a proof of concept, or if you will, a startup nation.

Yet, like most startup companies, Israel’s idea was great, but its product never reached the market. The Israelites operated it for a while but eventually, even they abandoned their own invention and joined the rest of the self-centered world.

Nevertheless, the seeds of love of others, of the commitment to build a society based on mutual responsibility and loving others as ourselves, remained buried deep within every Jewish person, even though they do rarely feel it, if ever. Yet, every Jew carries a hidden spark of love of others, which puts us at odds with everyone who wants to remain self-centered, which is all of humanity, including the Jews themselves. This is why everyone hates Jews, and Jews hate Jews more than anyone.

But for all the hatred and attempts to annihilate the Jews, it will never succeed. Since it is impossible to annihilate a force of nature, it is impossible to eradicate its expressions. Moreover, the more self-centeredness prevails around the world, the more the world deteriorates, and the closer we are getting to another world war. The only way to escape another global cataclysm and another round of punishment against the Jews is if the Jews become what they are supposed to be—a model nation based on mutual responsibility and love of others.

There is no point protesting against antisemites; it will not deter them or diminish their numbers. The only solution to the oldest hatred is to stop looking outward, and start looking at one another. We need to put our heads and hearts together in search of ways to unite and nurture mutual concern despite the deep division and profound hatred among the various factions of the nation. If we do this, if we only try, it will dissipate the hatred of the world toward us and will usher in a new era in the history of the relationship between the Jewish people and the world.

“What Will Prevent a Civil War” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “What Will Prevent a Civil War
The tumultuous protests against the planned reforms to Israel’s judicial system seem to be tearing Israeli society apart. Prominent newspapers around the world have not only reported the plan to reform Israel’s justice system, but have actually taken sides. Thomas Friedman of The New York Times urged President Biden to take action against an Israeli government that is “hostile to American values.” At the same time, The Wall Street Journal published an editorial titled “Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?” and argued that it is actually Israel’s supreme court that poses the greatest risk to Israel’s democracy.

Indeed, I think there is truly an ideological war here. There are many entities involved, each with its own interest and benefits it wants to procure, but the result might be the division of the country. I think that we are truly in a precarious situation.

I do not think there is any nation more divided than the Jewish nation. When we consider what the struggle is about, the picture becomes even more confusing, since the parties are fighting over ideologies that have nothing to do with the tradition of the Jewish people. Different factions of the nation have adopted different ideologies from other nations, and now they are fighting for them as if they have been their core values since the inception of our nation. It is as if we have taken up ideological wars that were fought in the 19th and 20th centuries, and we are continuing the fight in the 21st century although neither ideology authentically belongs to the Jewish people.

And what is even worse, we are fighting for those ideologies against people from our own nation. In doing so, we are not only deepening the divide within the nation, but we are destroying the one ideology that is authentically ours: love of others above all the differences.

There is a good reason that we tend to adopt social ideologies from around the world. As a nation that has taken upon itself to do Tikkun Olam [correction of the world], it is inherently Jewish to take up all the ills of the world and cover them with a blanket of love for others. This is why we came up with such notions that we must love our neighbor as ourselves, build a society based on mutual responsibility, and unite with one another “as one man with one heart.”

However, if we are unaware of our task, then we still “catch” ideas from around the world, but we do not cover them with love, we do not correct them. As a result, we fight over these ideologies, hate each other for them, but nothing good comes out of it. If this modus operandi continues, the Jewish state, which was established to correct the world, will fall to pieces.

The Jewish people are no stranger to civil wars. In antiquity, we had had several of them, and the worst of which sent us into an exile that had lasted nearly two millennia. When Jews believe in something, they will fight to the death for it, very literally. They do not care who they have to face to make their view prevail, and do not think about the cost. The fact that they might lose the country altogether is no cause for them to stop. At such moments, it is either my way, or no way at all.

The problem here is not so much the destruction of the Jewish state, as it is the postponement of the correction of the world. Without understanding that we must set an example of rising above differences and forging love despite any disagreement, the whole world will not be able to advance toward it.

The hidden reason behind today’s growing antagonism toward the Jewish state has nothing to do with the stated cause of ostensible infringement of Palestinian human rights. The real reason is that the Jews are not doing what they are supposed to do. If they do not serve as an example of unity above hatred, of bridging differences with love, the world has no need for them, and certainly not for a Jewish state.

Even though this anger is unconscious, it is the driving force behind the growing hatred of Jews around the world. The ephemeral pretexts are just that, pretexts, but the reason for hating us is that we hate each other and cannot overcome it. Therefore, the only thing that can prevent a civil war is that we understand what Jews are meant to do, and resolutely follow our vocation.
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A Staff that Does Not Let You Fall on the Way

934The staff that we rely upon in our spiritual work in the ten is the connection of Malchut with Bina; it is the force that we hold on to that does not allow us to make mistakes and fall. When we connect with each other in the ten, we thereby build such a staff, i.e., connection between us. Through our connection with each other, we connect with Bina.

Each one annuls his egoistic desire in something and joins the tiny will to bestow that shines before him. In this way, together we can grasp this force, this concept called the staff (Mate). This means that the will to receive becomes of lower (Mata) importance for us.

Each of us tries to set an example to our friends of how we can hold on to the staff together.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/12/23Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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Restriction of Desire

232.04Although only phase four was restricted, the light left the first three phases as well (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 1, “Inner Observation,” Chapter 7).

The last, fourth phase is the desire itself, which was reached by the expansion of the first three phases. The desire did not want to be egoistic and differ from the first phase in the opposite direction; therefore, it restricted itself and the light disappeared from it.

Then it took a different development of light as a basis;: it will receive the light but only in order to bring contentment to the Creator. Here it receives oppositeness from the Creator, on one hand, and on the other hand, similarity to Him.

Question: What is this state when the light departs from the Kli? How is this manifested in our world?

Answer: It is not manifested in our world. When the light leaves the Kli, it remains dead. This is similar to how any animate or vegetative body dies. The life-giving power leaves it.

Question: Does the expulsion of light from the Kli occur consciously?

Answer: Yes, the Kli cannot remain in this state, it is ready to sacrifice everything that is in it just not to be the opposite of the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/1/23

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May Good Triumph!

963.6Question: Why are we in this current alarming situation?

Answer: This is not happening at our will. You did not choose when to be born, in what society, at what time, with what kind of knowledge to receive, and so on.

You do not understand all this, and, in principle, this is not required of you. You are required only to act intelligently in a specific situation.

Question: What should I do to avoid it being bad?

Answer: To do good for everyone.

Question: Can a Kabbalist predict the future?

Answer: He can only say in which case it will be good.

Question: What is your forecast for 2023?

Answer: I think everything will be fine. Really. We are approaching a state when people begin to understand that otherwise there will be an end. So, I hope it will be good, and for everyone.
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From KabTV’s “Blitz Questions and Answers” 1/6/23

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Everyone Turned Out To Be Thieves

962.2Comment: There is a legend that Arthur Conan Doyle once sent a telegram in jest to twelve of the largest London bankers, and, as it was claimed, the most honest. He wrote in a telegram: “All is discovered! Flee!” According to the story, the next morning, all twelve bankers disappeared from London. Everyone turned out to be thieves. And this well-known principle is that everyone is a thief, and even more so bankers.

My Response: Sure.

Question: In what case can we say: “Honest bank, honest banker” and is it even possible?

Answer: The banking system is built on the principle that there can be no honesty. So I can’t imagine how it could be. After all, you’re always thinking about how to win, how to give some interest, and so on. That is, everything is built on winning, and winning cannot be honest.

Question: In what case can this system be honest?

Answer: Only if you are the bank of the whole world, and the whole world will be yours, and you will think only about the good of the world, then maybe something will work out.

Question: So I’m kind of responsible for the world as a bank, and I have to assume that these are not my clients, but my children?

Answer: Sure.

Question: Is this system possible, in principle?

Answer: In principle, it is possible, of course. Why not?

Comment: But this is a completely idealistic, detached from life system.

My Response: We just need to cut egoism out of humanity, and then the normal “meat” will remain that will only care about everything’s existence.

Question: On what principle is this bank based?

Answer: On making everyone feel good, everyone has everything.

Question: And due to what will I live as a banker?

Answer: Due to the fact that you will see how what you do benefits everyone.

Question: And this gives me vitality?

Answer: Absolutely everything.

Question: Will I have something to live from, to support the bank?

Answer: We’ll leave you something.

Question: And this “little bit” will be enough for me?

Answer: Yes.

Comment: Meaning, I will not have an inner cry: “More and more!”

My Response: No. You won’t have anything at all!

Question: What will I have?

Answer: You will have a great, deep, personal pleasure from a well-lived life.

Question: And is it worth all the money? And is it worth everything at all?

Answer: You will have perfect status!

Comment: Today it is clear that the whole system is rotten because it works exclusively for itself—to profit.

My Response: If it will work for everyone, and everyone will participate in everything, then it can be applied and played with forever.

Question: What will be the currency of this bank?

Answer: Happiness, tranquility, and peace of mind for everyone. And the most important common property will be boredom. 🙂

Everyone will be bored. Why move, live, do something? Nothing! Everyone walks with dull eyes, they don’t see anything in front of them and that is how they lost the meaning of life.

Question: So what is happiness then? What kind of bank have we built if everyone is bored?

You said, “Happiness. The main currency is the happiness of all.” I want it to be like this. This is the main currency of the bank, and it exists for this.

Answer: I do not know what can be done then. If you take away a person’s egoism, his nature, then he will not have happiness.

Question: Then what can egoism be replaced with so that we still have happiness and there is such a growing one? What is the best way for us, for humanity?

Answer: No, we will not get rid of egoism. And if we get rid of it, then we will fall into such a state that death is better.

Question: How can we turn it around then, this egoism?

Answer: It is only possible when we work in an appropriate healthy team that will work according to the system of Kabbalah.

Question: And what will egoism be transformed into?

Answer: It does not transform. It simply begins to feed on giving, love, and the saturation of others, in the same way a mother enjoys when she gives to her baby.

Question: And this is a likely option?

Answer: This is a possible option. A woman who is breastfeeding enjoys the fact that the baby is sucking on an animal level. It’s the same with animals.

If in this way you feel that you can create such a society so that people feed each other like this, from themselves, then you will succeed.

Question: But all the same, you say that this society is based on egoism, only inverted?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So I get pleasure from feeding others?

Answer: Yes. Or if you find a way, although this is also questionable, to make everyone feel like relatives, but very close and dependent on each other, then it is also possible.

Question: So we have come to the conclusion that a bank that is happy because it feeds everyone, this bank will exist?

Answer: Yes.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/24/22

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The Development of the Methodology of Kabbalah

202.0The method for exiting the state of spiritual exile began to develop in the sixteenth century; it is called Kabbalah. Of course, Kabbalistic teaching existed before that. The great ideologists following Abraham and his disciples discovered all this and wrote it down. Their books are called the Holy Books of the Jews.

But the fact is that they did not have a clear method for exiting selfishness. At that time, the last state—which began to manifest itself during the time of Aristotle—had not yet been revealed.

Ari is a great Kabbalist who laid the foundations for the method of correction. After him, other Kabbalists began to appear: the Baal Shem Tov, the Magid of Mezrich, and many others. Thus, the number of spiritual guides who described the same methodology, but in different styles expanded, and they could work with people theoretically and practically at different levels.

However, the development of Kabbalah, which went from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to the present day, stopped at us. The last of the great teachers was my teacher Rabash. He and his father laid the foundations of the method of correction in action, in its application.

And we who follow them, by implementing this method, hope for an effective way out of the exile in which we and all of humanity are. This is a special exile because that group of Abraham is dissolving into the whole of humanity, if not physically, then morally, spiritually, and ideologically; they are losing absolutely everything.

A part of this group alters the entire methodology, that is, it takes on mechanical actions without thinking that it is necessary to engage in this internally, with one’s own intentions, with one’s heart. This is the big problem of getting out of the last exile.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. History of the Jewish People” 5/4/14

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There Is No Love Without Fear

610.2The fear of the Creator is the feeling that He reigns within me; He controls all my thoughts, all my desires, and everything that happens to me. I feel more and more clearly each time that He determines my whole life.

I am not worried about my life, but whether in this life I am in adhesion with the Creator. I yearn to adhere to Him more and more, and I feel that we are connected together, that He embraces me from all sides, and that I am completely at His mercy.

First of all, we must reach fear, and then we can build love on fear. Without fear, it is impossible to come to love.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/23/23, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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“Is the universe endless?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is the universe endless?

The difference between us and the Creator is endless.

Who or what is the Creator? It, or He, is the quality of love and bestowal—the opposite of our quality, reception.

In our oppositeness to the Creator, we perceive a very tiny part of the endless universe.

We are limited as created beings. However, precisely because we are created beings, we can come closer to the Creator—to reveal, feel and understand Him according to our equivalence of form with Him.

In other words, to the extent in which we accept upon ourselves the Creator’s quality of love and bestowal, we will be able to correctly perceive the universe—as the Creator’s true quality of endless love.

Based on the video “Is the Universe Endless?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Correct All Types of Egoism

546.02Question: There are three types of egoism. There is the usual everyday egoism that manifests in the family, at work, and in our lives when we constantly use each other in a rude way. And there is egoism, which is manifested directly in the ten, in a group of people who want to unite, but suddenly there is hatred, which appears between them.

The third level of egoism is when a person attains the Creator directly and already wants to use the Creator Himself for his own sake, for his own benefit. Do we need to correct all three levels?

Answer: Yes, all these levels need to be corrected and we need to do what is only for the benefit and good of others. A person should rise above himself and act only in for the sake of others.

Comment: But the phrase “for the sake of others” is used by everyone, starting with politicians.

My Response: It means that the words are correct, but the intentions and actions are wrong.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 1/8/23

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Not to Neutralize, But to Balance

232.06Comment: You say that it does not matter whether a person loves or not, the main thing is his specific attitude, and not something neutral. That if he is for or against something, then he already has some attitude to any object or phenomenon.

My Response: Naturally. The main thing is not to be indifferent.

Indifference is synonymous with the absence of feeling. Suppose I do not notice you, this means that I do not feel you. As soon as I begin to feel you, you will immediately begin to influence me and emerge in some definitions.

Comment: Usually in life we try to get rid of hatred so that everything is positive.

My Response: This is incorrect. You cannot get rid of hatred, you can only overcome it by feelings that are opposite to it, build one above the other: hate above love or love above hate. It is the same with other feelings.

You cannot calm a restless person and simply destroy his anxiety. You must necessarily give him the opposite quality, confidence and so on. It is always like this. Therefore, we cannot do anything with ourselves. We do not understand exactly how to balance all our feelings, views, opinions, sensations, and emotions with their opposite qualities.

Question: How can this be done? After all, you say that all existing qualities are very important and cannot be neutralized.

Answer: I say that they cannot be destroyed, they must not be neutralized, but balanced by the opposite quality.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Transform Hatred into Love?” 2/4/12

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Irrational Way

272Comment: I watched a movie about an attempt to create an endless system of jobs by developing consumption. In it they say that a concern was created in 1928 that minimized the lifespan of products and even imposed fines. Due to this, they created a permanent consumer basket.

My Response: Let’s say any product that is sold to us will have a useful life of a month, a year, or maximum of five years, and then it will deteriorate. Or I will buy a computer knowing that a year later, on the same day I plug it in, something will turn on inside that will burn it, and I have to throw it away.

Maybe I will be able to even bring this computer to the store and get another, more advanced model for a period of one year, or maybe for 9 months, for a 10% discount.

Let’s say we do it. Then what? What will give us this way to constantly give each other work? After all, if we are closed on each other in this way, it is as if we did not produce perishable things.

It is stupid to deplete the earth. It is impossible to constantly pull out anything we want from it. After all, there is a time when oil, gas, metals, precious metals, and so on may run out. There is a date when we will not have enough water. They are already talking about the times when we will not have enough air. What will you do then, sell air, sell water, until they completely disappear?

Even if nature did not have the task of bringing us to the recognition of a dead end in the process of our development, this path is still completely unrealistic and irrational.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Make a Revolution” 2/10/12

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Arias in Biology and Lyrical Songs in Higher Mathematics

294.3In the News (ABC News): “New research from New York University found that public school curriculum is falling short in providing “culturally responsive” education, a blind spot that researchers believe could be failing students across the country. …

“‘Culturally responsive’ education infuses the backgrounds, cultures, identities, and lived experiences of the students into the instruction of a classroom. These identities inform a teacher’s communication style, the tools they use in their lessons, and more, according to researchers from NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

“For example, educator and curriculum evaluator Sara Carroll-Muniz said in a press conference that when her students were having difficulty understanding allusion in poetry, she instead sought it out in songs they loved.

“‘We’re leaning on a lot of old, white poetry to try to get this message across and it just wasn’t clicking,’ Carroll-Muniz said at the press conference. ‘Hip-hop is rife with allusion … it’s just such a wonderful source for exploring that.’ “

 Question: They discovered that a sensory component was missing in learning, and this destroyed all efforts.

How do you like the idea that, for example, arias in biology and lyrical songs in higher mathematics are being created? What will happen if we teach and instruct in this way?

Answer: Of course it will be clearer to the students.

Question: So they do not need to make any effort to understand?

Answer: None of this is needed. What for? It should get in easily in a sensory way.

Question: So we must work according to them, according to the students. If a student wants to, let him sing higher mathematics. What do you think of this way of teaching? Do you like it? Would you like to study in such a school?

Answer: I think it would help many people absorb mathematics, physics, and so on. All of this can be transferred to very simple things.

Question: You keep saying that the main thing is not even education, but the process of upbringing. Does it exist in this?

Answer: There is definitely the process of upbringing here. They teach students how to teach others, younger ones and so on.

Question: Can you say that when they sing together in class, then this is a process of rapprochement?

Answer: Rapprochement and adaptation. Of course.

Question: That is, is everything that is transferred to joint singing, to joint action, is collected in a “piggy bank”?

Answer: Yes, of course. Thus, in general, you can achieve a lot of success. But who needs it, just between us?

Question: You believe that it is so good that no one needs it as a result. And if it were bad, then maybe someone would need it?

Answer: This is how things work.

Question: So we do not want our children to rush to school to be willing to be together in class?

Answer: What is the point of this?! There is a thug waiting for them there, beating them, taking away their lunch money and things like that. I know that this is how it goes.

Question: Do we not need such a gentle upbringing?

Answer: We need a different upbringing. One in which the most ignorant students will understand that you need to be in good connection and in good relationships with each other. Otherwise, their society will reject them.

It is the most terrible thing when no one says hello to you, when you are rejected, when everyone laughs at you, and the girl you adored yesterday is puffed up and walks past you. These are all very good educational methods.

Question: So, suppose these are methods of education and upbringing. Do you mean tough methods of upbringing?

Answer: Yes, in the beginning this is what is needed, of course. If I am not connected with the collective by good ties, then nothing will help me.

Question: So are you saying to throw all education out of your head because nobody needs it? I exaggerate on purpose.

Answer: This is not an exaggeration. This is the foundation.

Question: And to start to take care of the connection in the classroom, the real connection, so that it becomes the most essential and important thing? And then add to this all the education, everything, absolutely everything.

Answer: Everything else will come on top of this.

Question: Will they ever want to implement this?

Answer: For this you just need good educators who know how to get into the students’ hearts, correctly distribute such roles among them, and somehow create such an atmosphere.

Question: Should educators themselves relate to each other in this spirit?

Answer: This is still far away, of course. And there is no way we can educate teachers! But maybe, it will be possible to come to an agreement with them so that they first unite in the teachers’ room, and then, in this state, go to the classroom. And then we will get good results in everything: kindness in the first place, mutual assistance, and the desire to study better.

Question: Will we get this too?

Answer: Absolutely, because otherwise we will let others down, and our students themselves will sneer at us. And so on.

Question: That is, our class should be the best, we should all be the best together. Is this also a conclusion?

Answer: Yes, but we should not point out that we should be better than others.

Question: Can educational bodies, ministries of education and upbringing, still take this as a basis?

Answer: No. This will be in real demand when you can pay teachers well.

Comment: To pay teachers, and then they will build the process like this? But they themselves should want this to happen in the classroom, right?

My Response: The point is that it will not last long because they do not have that kind of upbringing yet. You have to spark their interest.

Question: But money does have a serious effect here, doesn’t it?

Answer: Of course material interest does have an effect. That is, there are two components here: material interest and ideological interest.

Question: Can teachers spark each other with ideas?

Answer: I do not think so.

Question: Do you remember your first teacher? I remember you speaking about her with such warmth.

Answer: Oh! She was a special woman—young and married to a military man at the time she was teaching us. We lived on the edge of a military garrison. He often met her on the way back from work. I remember myself waving to him.

She was very, very devoted to us. She loved us.

Question: Maybe this is the key to real success?

Answer: Yes. But then the next year I moved to another school. It was a different life.

Question: If a teacher lives like this loving the class, loving the students… Or will this not last long as well?

Answer: This has stayed with me for the rest of my life. These are childhood experiences.

They gave me an example of what the first teacher could be.

Question: We started with rap, with an attempt to transfer the material to music understandable for a child, and then things will advance. What needs to be done to still have this atmosphere in the classroom?

Answer: If teachers can speak confidentially with children, then they can easily set the children on the right attitude to studies, to life, and to others.

Question: But in this way or another, you say it should go through the connection that exists in class?

Answer: Yes. This is the main thing. This is the basis.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/10/22

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Same Action, Different Intentions

525Question: You often say that we do not destroy our egoism because it is our nature, but we destroy its egoistic intention, its egoistic use. What is the difference?

Answer: The most important thing is the intention! The fact is that you can stab a person with a knife with malicious intent and kill him, or you can use a knife with good intent, as a surgeon usually does to cure a patient. In principle, both actions are the same, but the intentions are different.

A person who does not understand the meaning of the actions will think that it they are the same thing, but in fact it all depends on the intention. Therefore, we must understand the intention of each person and judge him only by his intention.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 1/8/23

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“I Am Almost There, I Am a Hero”

507.04Сomment: Recently, you gave the following definition of a hero: A hero is one who gives all his strength, but does not win, and yet he is a hero. This is completely different from what is accepted in our world.

My Response: All the definitions in our world are opposite to the spiritual ones. In the corporeal world they are based on my victory or my achievement, and not on the victory over myself.

When we watch movies, especially American ones, we admire them and even cry with emotion: “Finally they meet! Finally he achieves it! Finally something happened! Finally he was acquitted!” and so on.

It all boils down to the fact that a hero achieves his dream. It is realized despite all the haters and spiteful critics who wanted to trip him up. He was heading for his goal, for his dream, despite the hardships, and now he has broken through the thorns to the stars!

In principle, this is how the victory of egoism is implanted: I am going on my own, achieving my goal, and as a result, I am a hero.

But in spirituality this is not the case at all. It is amazing how different it is! After all, spirituality is achieved by revealing that you are inside your egoism in a completely wrong state, that your desire to perpetuate yourself, to win, and to prove your case is a purely egoistic desire, which in principle is harmful and deceitful, and that at the same time you are following the lead of your ego, your animal being is pulling you forward!

This is a huge lie that our nature plays with us, and it constantly urges us: “Come on! Do it! Prove it to everyone!” And we obey it all the time like blind kittens. We are slaves of this nature!

Such heroism is extolled in Hollywood films. But these are the most terrible manifestations of egoism because they are detrimental and harmful to others.

In his blindness, a man does not understand that nature is simply playing with him like with a small child: “Come on! Do it! See how you can do it! Well done!” This is how we all are, and we are still proud of it—vanity, pride, and arrogance. What for?!

Where are all those rich and wise, those supermen?!

All this is so petty and does not go beyond the level of small blind kittens, although in principle it looks like we are talking about strong and smart people. But they sit in their egoism and realize the instructions of nature and all the time seek out how they can even better realize their ego. Therefore, Kabbalah laughs at this “Hollywood.”
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Who is the Real Hero?” 1/28/12

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“Why as a society are we so corrupt?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why as a society are we so corrupt?

Behind our every action and thought is an egoistic desire that makes us want to enjoy at the expense of others and nature.

Moreover, this egoistic desire constantly grows.

If in the past we could have been friendly with each other, today we view each other through the lens of how can we use each other to gain something. And we are not to blame for such an attitude. It is because our ego grew.

What can we do about it? Inside of us is some kind of an animal that constantly grows, and it demands that we exploit everyone and everything around us as much as possible for self-gain.

In fact, we have always been driven by such a desire, but it was not as big as it is today, so we did not experience it in the increasingly negative ways in which we feel it today.

The reason the egoistic desire grows in us is not simply for us to experience our lives and our society becoming increasingly corrupt. It is for us to reach a realization that our nature is indeed egoistic at its core, that we truly wish to use others and nature for self-gain purposes as much as possible, and that such a drive leads us to a plethora of negative outcomes throughout society. Then, this realization should develop in us a desire to make a fundamental change in ourselves: to change our egoistic nature to an altruistic one, where instead of thinking how to use others to gain from them, we will think about how to use ourselves to benefit others. If we will not undergo such a transition, then society will eventually fall apart.

Based on the video “Why Is Society Becoming More and More Corrupt?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Decision of Malchut

253Then the light was emptied from the entire place, meaning from all four degrees that exist in the place. Even though she diminished her desire only from phase four, it is the nature of the spiritual that it is indivisible (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 1, “Inner Observation,” Chapter 7, Item 27).

Question: What does it mean that the spiritual is indivisible?

Answer: If you admit that you have reached the incorrect state, then all the previous states that led you to this also have no right to remain.

Afterwards, he re-extended a line of light from the first three phases, and phase four remained a vacant space.

The fourth phase (Malchut) decided not to be the way the light originally created it. Therefore, there is a prohibition on it to receive light and to change under its influence. As a result, the light again extended through the three previous phases, and the fourth one became different.

Malchut makes a restriction on itself; meaning, it does not want to remain the same as before, but only wants to receive, but not for itself. Thus, the fourth phase completely changes the meaning of the development of creation. This is already a conscious creation that does not want to receive pleasure for its own sake, but wants to become similar to the upper force, to the light.

Question: Can we say that freedom of choice is happening here for the first time?

Answer: Yes, we can. But basically, the desire, being in the state it so far is, has no other choice, it is obliged to act in this way. This is not yet the creation of our world and not real freedom of choice.
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From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/1/23

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A Person and Fate

760.1Question: Does a person have a fate?

Answer: Yes, he does.

Question: What is fate?

Answer: Fate is what is predetermined.

Question: Does it mean that somewhere something is written about each person? To what degree of detail?

Answer: It depends on the person himself. There are people who are born, go to school, then to work, and then to the cemetery.

And there are people for whom all these change very often. It is not clear why this is one way for some, and the other way for others. It depends on the inner structure of the soul.
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From KabTV’s “Blitz Questions and Answers” 1/6/23

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What Can We Influence?

294.1Question: If all states Malchut must go through are predetermined and we are parts of this Malchut, meaning, this desire, what can we influence? Do we only feel it and that is it?

Answer: No. We are part of Malchut that can change everything. We cannot only change these states but also their purpose. In other words, we are not able to change the laws of creation, but we can change their result.

Question: But if there is something that is planned out up to the end of correction and these states already exist in potential, can I change them? I can only feel them. These states should pass through me and that is it.

Answer: Yes, that is correct. We cannot really change either our path or our goal. They are predetermined. But each moment we can check ourselves whether we are on this path, if we can accelerate it, whether we agree with the path of our development, and so on.

We can change ourselves, our attitude to what is happening, but not what is really happening.

Question: So, if the program has, for example, World War III in it, then it will happen and I can only change my attitude to it?

Answer: No, we can change the course of history itself.

Comment: This is confusing if all states are predetermined.

My Response: All states are predetermined, but we can change them because we can come to them in many possible manners and ways.
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From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/1/23

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Is It Possible to Change the Future?

760.5Question: The past is always open and unchangeable. And the future, on the contrary, is closed, unknown, and variable. Do you agree with this statement?

Answer: I believe that both the past and the future, and, in general, time exists only in us.

Psychological, internal changes take place in us, which each time draw us a new perception of the world around us, although it does not change at all. We live in absolute full light, such a force that constantly affects us evenly.

But we are changing, and therefore the feeling of smooth, endless, calm light changes in us.

Question: But the future can somehow be changed?

Answer: There is nothing to change! There is only one even light in which we are created. We change according to our inner feelings, and in accordance with this we feel the picture of the changing world.

Therefore, we can only influence ourselves to change in a more objective way.

Question: It turns out that the future has several options. If I do not change myself, I will feel the future in one way, and if I change, then in a different way?

Answer: Yes. But it is you.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/25/22

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