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To Infinity And Beyond!

laitman_923I remember how at the first congress in Sitrin, on Passover in 2003, we naively shouted that we would break through the Machsom (the barrier separating us from the spiritual world). 17 years have passed since then, and I think that finally the time has come to really demand the boundary of the upper world to open before us and let us pass through the sea as if by land. I think we are ready, along with all our friends around the world. If we all feel we are in the same boat, we can feel ourselves standing on the other side of the river of life.

Let friends from all over the world come together, joining us physically or virtually, and together we will break through the Machsom. L’Chaim!1
From the Talk at a meal, 2/1/20
1 Minute 23:30

Connection Tool: Dissemination

laitman_294.1Question: One of the means for connection is joint work on dissemination. At least in the recent period, all Kabbalists wrote that the wisdom of Kabbalah needed to be spread to humanity. Does this joint work also build the group?

Answer: Yes. This work has been carried out for several hundred years. However, from the twentieth century onward, and even more so in our time, it is clear to everyone that Kabbalah must give humanity a program for its correct development. Otherwise, humanity will again come to nuclear war, to huge defeat, shattering, and self-destruction.

Therefore, taking care to pass this information to other people, to the world, we release newspapers, publish books, make films and video clips. This joint work brings us closer together.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/11/19

“Unlocking The Ancient Book Of Zohar To Understand Today’s Anti-Semitism” (Times Of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “Unlocking the Ancient Book of Zohar to Understand Today’s Anti-Semitism

Certain things do not vanish over time. They just change their shape, motion and means to penetrate people’s minds. Prejudice against Jews is one of those cases. With the surge in new means of communication, prejudice has also adopted new ways to spread. But actual answers to the eternal dilemma of how to eradicate anti-Semitism will be found by looking back to ancient scriptures.

The light of The Zohar is like a gate to a truer reality that is currently hidden from our view. Let’s look at anti-Semitism afresh in this new light that The Zohar sheds.

If 200 years ago, you would have arrived at some forsaken Siberian village, and declared that you were Jewish, the locals would have reacted in astonishment, “We do not believe you!” And if you were to ask why, they would have answered, “It’s because you have no horns on your head.” As primitive as that sounds, blood libels against Jews and grotesque images of greedy merchants with hooked noses are still prevalent in social media and cultural manifestations in American and European societies to this day.

Furthermore, belief in the myth that Jews killed Jesus and the misconception of Jewish double-loyalty continues with disturbing frequency. Anti-Semitism stands as ugly and forceful as ever. It has always existed, and the question is only to what extent it floats to the surface or remains submerged.

It should be declared straightaway: the struggle against anti-Semitic stereotypes will be fruitless. The hatred toward the Jewish people will only strengthen because it has spiritual roots.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that the source of this phenomenon exists within the structure of the spiritual world itself, which is divided into what Kabbalah terms “Rosh” (“head”) and “Guf” (“body”), i.e., “Israel” and the” nations of the world.” This allegorical thought is also sometimes expressed as the “heart” and the “bodily organs” that dangle and manifest themselves in our material world.

According to the seminal ancient book in Kabbalah, The Book of Zohar, which explains the secrets of the Torah: “Israel is the heart of the whole world, just as the organs of the body could not exist in the world even for a moment without the heart, so all the nations cannot exist in the world without Israel.”

Just as the role of the heart in the human body is to provide the power to pump blood to all the organs, so the role of Israel is to provide humanity with the power to connect, to supply spiritual abundance to the nations of the world. In other words, Israel is to be “light unto the nations.”

The people of Israel and the nations of the world are not merely groupings of people on the face of the earth. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that the terms refer to the two forces that act within each and every person, forces that are called “Israel” and “the nations of the world.”

The desires within us that are sensitive to the force of connection among people are called “Israel,” and the opposite desires we possess that demand to receive and enjoy the abundance that flows from such connection without consideration of others are called “nations of the world.” Both forces reside and interact within a person and within humanity as a whole. When one force rises, the other falls, and vice versa. Thus, the flames of hatred toward the Jewish people can be lowered, or alternatively, strengthened according to the balance between these desires.

How can we reinforce the “Israel” within us over the “nations of the world”? How can we increase our sensitivity toward connection over our other desires for self-indulgence at the expense of others?

We can achieve it through the study of Kabbalah—the method of connection—and particularly, The Book of Zohar. The Zohar has a great positive influence on us even if we are unable to grasp its full dimensions and benefit. Our sages elucidated the process as follows:

“To explain how The Zohar purifies the soul even when the reader doesn’t understand what he says, we have the example of he who enters a perfume store, even if he doesn’t buy any perfume, when he leaves the store, he has the smell attached to him.” (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sadilkov)

The light of The Zohar is like a gate to the true reality that at present is hidden from our senses. It has tremendous power, but for us to be able to use its force of revelation efficiently, we need to read the stories narrated in The Zohar as a practical guide to discover a deeper reality through unity beyond the boundaries of the material world.

How does this process work?

When we aspire for unity, we awaken the force of connection among us, and sharpen our sensitivity to positive relations between us based on rapport, elevating “Israel” within us and bestowing abundance to the world. In such a state, no one in the world would deal anymore with anti-Semitic depictions or prejudice against Jews, but instead with the warm and considerate heart that should depict the Jewish people and its great contribution to the world’s betterment.

A Prayer Is A Force

laitman_249.01There will be several thousand people at the upcoming World Kabbalah Convention in Israel. This is a massive force. Tens of thousands of people all over the world will also be following us on the Internet. This is a powerful gathering of common work and progress, where we can make another step forward. We can raise MAN, and reveal the Creator within our connection.

Every person has to collect all the people who have gathered at the convention at the same time, all of their desires and aspirations, the prayers of both men and women, and raise them to the Creator. I ask for their correction, for all these desires to become corrected, i.e., for the sake of bringing contentment to the Creator. Each of us who forms such a prayer is a force. There is nothing like that in the world. If we do everything right, without a doubt we can earn the first spiritual degree. This is our preparation for the convention.

How do I collect the desires of my friends? I want them to be inside my heart, so that I feel responsible for them. I must say that the world exists for my sake, for me to correct it. Everyone must say so.

I want to take the desires of my friends and elevate them to the Creator. My only contribution to this is that I connect them and place them inside my intention to bestow to Him. The created beings need the Creator’s help, and I also want to help them by passing the Creator’s help to them through me.2

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/29/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot”
2 Minute 51:55

My Articles In The Media, January – February, 2020

In English:

Newsmax:

Coronavirus Means China Must Realign Its Worldview

Medium:

The Coronavirus Is a Wake-Up Call for China to Upgrade Its Attitude to the World
Maybe We Have Yet to See Kobe Bryant’s Greatest Achievement
Nature’s Life-Giving Secrets That We Can Learn from Chernobyl
The Single Most Important Thing to Remember During the Holiday Season
What Is the Ego?

The Times of Israel:

Racist Attitudes Toward Ethiopian Jews Displays Need to Unite Above Differences
Unlocking the Ancient Book of Zohar to Understand Today’s Anti-Semitism
The Jewish Choice and the Undetected Burglar
Flashbacks of the Nazi Era in Present Time: Are Jews At Risk As Before?
How to Reconstruct a World in Pieces and Attain Peace
Tackling the Question of Jewish Identity After the Jersey City Shooting

Newsrael:

Tu BiShvat
Anti-Semitic incidents in New York

Quora:

How do you celebrate Tu Bishvat?
What did dictionary.com name its word of the year for 2019?

JewishBoston:

What a Hanukkah for Humanity (Not Just Jews) Looks Like

KabNet:

Maybe We Have Yet to See Kobe Bryant’s Greatest Achievement
Nature’s Life-Giving Secrets That We Can Learn from Chernobyl
The Single Most Important Thing to Remember During the Holiday Season
What Is the Ego?

Blog:

Trump’s Peace Plan: Its Success Depends on Israel

Facebook:

Tu BiShvat
We Wear Clothes to Cover the Shame of Being Egoists
The Coronavirus Is a Wake-Up Call for China to Upgrade Its Attitude to the World
Maybe We Have Yet to See Kobe Bryant’s Greatest Achievement
The Single Most Important Thing to Remember During the Holiday Season
What Is the Ego?

In Spanish:

BlogActive:

La luz de Janucá para sanar un mundo dividido – Uniting Europe

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Love The Spiritual Point In The Other’s Heart

laitman_622.02Question: Should I imagine the point in the heart of a woman whom I cannot stand in my ten? I cannot find another way to justify the fact that she is the exact opposite of me. The fact that I depict a point in her heart is the only thing I can think of to get out of a state of rejection.

Answer: You said it remarkably: “I hate everything in her, except for one point in the heart. And I love the spiritual point in her heart.”

So imagine that you are against this point, and everything else does not matter. This is the most important thing we need to do.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

Love Can Be Different

laitman_284.07Question: If people maintain friendly relations after a divorce, then love did not bind them?

Answer: It is possible that love connected them. After all, love can be different.

If I respect another person, I feel attracted to him, but this is not enough to love him; I can still be faithful to him, understand, respect, and help him.

But to love is a completely different state. Love is not a state of reciprocity.

“I give you and you give me” is called a friendly state. And love is when it is not “I give you and you give me,” but rather, “I give you,” and that is all. 

Perhaps two people meet, get together, and it seems to them that it is love, but in reality, it is nothing more than friendship. It can end at a purely physiological level, or at a level where people help each other, and so on. But this is not love.

Love is when you experience contentment from filling another person without any response whatsoever.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/2019

African Unity—The Key To Their Real Freedom

laitman_962.5Egypt, the land of slavery for the people of Israel, is located in Africa. Africa is the birthplace of Pharaoh, global egoism. 400 years of Egyptian exile enabled the people of Israel to receive the Torah and to reveal the Creator. Therefore, all the nations that developed in Africa and became enslaved no longer to Pharaoh, like the Jews, but to the European nations in America, are more prepared for the correction of the soul. I hope that soon we will see that people in Africa are more receptive to the method of Kabbalah.1

The whole of humanity needs the science of Kabbalah in order to reveal the upper force. Thus, all of human development has been accompanied by problems, disasters, plagues, and wars all in order to force a person to think about the meaning of his life—what are we living for? Humanity could find no answer to this question until the science of Kabbalah became revealed and provides the answer that the moment we attain the upper force which controls our whole life, we realize what we live for and what the essence of our life is.

The question is how to reveal this single upper force that governs the universe. We have no means of changing our lives except with the help of the upper force. The moment we reveal the upper force, we receive the answers to our questions. This is the uniqueness of the science of Kabbalah, the method of revealing the upper force, which gives the answers to everything.2

The consequences of European colonization are still felt in Europe. Slavery has been long abolished, but European countries still try to use the natural and human resources in Africa and ignite conflicts there by selling them weapons and facilitating emigration. This is a difficult issue for Africa, but I feel that Africans will eventually understand that only through unity of all can they achieve the upper force. Then they will feel free rather than oppressed as they do to this day.

This solution for Africa can only come from the science of Kabbalah and nothing else. The genuine freedom of Africa is impossible without the sensation of spiritual freedom. After all, the African nations have always had financial independence, but European and other countries from all over the world have always meddled in their lives. Nothing will help until the Africans feel genuine, spiritual freedom.

They will then have the power to resist those who are trying to influence them, and will be able to feel inner freedom not just from the Europeans, but from all external powers, from philosophies foreign to Africa.

It is impossible to achieve freedom before establishing connection with the Creator. Until then, it will only be imaginary, material freedom. We can call the African nations free even now since there are no slaves there, but they are still being exploited, used in all sorts of ways. It happens all over the world as each country wants to use the other and squeeze all the natural resources out of it.

In this regard, African countries are no different from other states. Anyone who wants to become independent nowadays must reach closer, correct connection with the Creator. Freedom in the upper world will bring us freedom in this world because this is not just spiritual, forces are projected down upon us allowing us to stand up against everyone. Then, nobody will be able to hurt us.

It is enough to look at the people of Israel and their path. Various nations tried to oppress and destroy them throughout history from Pharaoh onward. But no one succeeded in ruling over the people of Israel, not Pharaoh, the German Nazis, the Spanish Inquisition, the Russian Tzar, etc. This is because Jews have a connection with the upper force. I advise the same for the African nations: to receive the same support from above and then nobody will be able to harm them.

There are many different religions in Africa, but the science of Kabbalah contradicts none of them; it only explains how to achieve connection with the upper force, which is above all faiths and religions, through unity. Such unity, which existed a long time ago among the people of Israel, kept the nation together to this day and disallowed their becoming slaves to any nation.3
From the African Virtual Congress 1/18/20, The Importance of Society, Lesson 1
1 Minute 28:40
2 Minute 46:05
3 Minute 48:00

Change Hatred To Love

laitman_625.02Question: Where is the place for prayer when we transition from love to hatred and from hatred to love?

Answer: Now it seems to you that it is very simple to be in the state of love or hatred and to transition from one to the other. In reality, you will discover that you cannot do that.

Imagine that you do not love someone, even hate and reject him. Now try to change your state to the opposite one. Can you do it? No, you cannot.

However, you do want it, and you need to change yourself. You understand that this hatred that you have pushes you away from spirituality and you cannot begin feeling the upper world. What can you do? Then you begin to ask to change your hatred to love.

How is it possible? You should not worry about it. A small ray of light is sent to you from above and you become a different person—young, beautiful, loving, and loved. Everything blossoms. This is the prayer.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

The Purpose Of The Struggle Of Opposites

Laitman_632.2Question: The struggle of opposites takes place for the sake of struggle, or should truth always be born in it?

Answer: The struggle of opposites is necessary in order to reach the middle line between them. It will be the line of truth.

Question: Is the opposite the absence of what exists?

Answer: It depends on what we are talking about. If you mean people, then I need them in order to get to know myself by looking at them.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah.”12/15/19