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Do You Have To Love Yourself First?

626Question: I do not like myself, but you say: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Maybe it is necessary to love yourself first? But how?

Answer: Start loving others, and then you will see how much you love yourself. Only then does a person begin to understand that he is actually a terrible egoist!

Question: Usually this phrase is actually translated like this: “Let me love myself first, and then I will deal with others.” But you say it differently. Strive toward others, love others, and then you will see how much you love yourself.

So a person must forcibly make such an effort and start trying to love people. Will some bitterness appear in him then? What will appear in him?

Answer: He will see that he is divided into his external and internal parts, and in fact he loves only himself and only for this is he ready to exist.

And then if he understands that he has to remake himself, he will already need some kind of correction methodology.

Question: And these are the kind of people who find us?

Answer: Yes.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/1/24

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The Last Stage of the World Development

284.05In the article “The Last Generation” Baal HaSulam described how the structures of the state will look when some people are at the stage of realizing evil, some at the stage of “do not harm others,” and someone is already in love for one’s neighbor.

He specifically describes how the social structures of society, the courts, and everything that exists in the state will look.

In the primary sources, it is said that this should first of all happen in the State of Israel, with the Jews, because this is the nation chosen for the purpose of unity and love for one’s neighbor back in ancient Babylon thousands of years ago. And this does not refer to nationality but to the aspiration of the soul.

That is, the last stage of spiritual development is the existence of the state of Israel for the whole world.

When we can create such a state structure and such emotional relationships between people here, then we will have some tools and we will be able to set an example to others.

And then the whole world will become a closed system that exists according to the rule “love your neighbor as yourself.”
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From KabTV’s “Era of the Last Generation” 5/9/24

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Without Benefit for Myself

629.4In Kabbalah there is such a term: from “for my own sake” to “for the sake of the other” (“Mi Lo Lishma—Lishma”).

That is, correction begins with egoistic intentions: I want to get closer to a friend in order to reveal the Creator because I understand that in this system I will have eternal life, I will be able to justify everything.

This is the second stage after the recognition of evil, but it is still egoistic. And then, under the influence of the upper light, the force of the Creator, His emanation, His nature, we begin to change.

That is, a person acquires such an ability when he can already bestow and connect with another without any benefit for himself.

This is already the third stage, a real altruistic property because bestowal becomes a reward for us. As Baal HaSulam writes, everyone should work to the best of their ability and receive only what is necessary.
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From KabTV’s “Era of the Last Generation” 5/9/24

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The Need for Human Transformation

115.05Question: Baal HaSulam writes that today, in a world where nuclear bombs exist, there is no other way to survive than to just start considering each other. We cannot openly use others anymore. Is this understanding not enough for us?

Answer: No, this requires consent and reshaping of each person and everyone together so that we all begin to move from an absolutely egoistic system of our world, our society, to an absolutely altruistic system.

In order for a person to begin to fight not with his own kind, but with his own ego, a great transformation must take place in him.

Question: Is it not enough for us to understand that our ego leads us nowhere?

Answer: No, that will not do anything. A person needs to realize the evil of his nature so much that he stops using it. Egoism must be revealed in him to such an extent that he sees that taking something from another is like death, thinking badly about another is like killing yourself.

Comment: But as I understand, nature itself or the upper mind cannot give us such a system; otherwise, we will not have freedom of choice and we will just be like robots.

My Response: Of course. Therefore, it will always be concealed.
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From KabTV’s “Era of the Last Generation” 5/9/24

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The Only Path for Humanity

109Question: When I hear what Kabbalists say, something inside me rebels: “But this is some kind of utopia! That is impossible! How can this be?”

Answer: Certainly, because if we compare the demand for unity and love with the egoistic laws of our nature, then, of course, it certainly seems impossible. But, on the other hand, we see that humanity has no other path. Either it will destroy itself in some terrible war or try to rise above its nature and start a better life.

It is necessary to look at everything, not with egoistic eyes, but to take into account the existence of an upper force that has a goal to which it leads us.

Question: The educational process is very long. Should a person see the ultimate goal from the beginning, or is it enough to focus on: “Let us realize that egoism is bad and try to limit it somehow”?

Answer: A person should study all the stages and understand that the most important thing for him now is to begin to feel his closeness to others. And so he will come to a vision of the whole process, which will gradually be realized.

Question: So even if I am now making some product that, as Baal HaSulam writes, will clearly show a person that, living in the world of atomic bombs, a person cannot exist, and it is time to recognize this evil, he still needs to see the final stage of development to reach the purpose of creation?

Answer: Naturally.
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From KabTV’s “Era of the Last Generation” 5/9/24

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Questions about Spiritual Work—138

546.02Question: What does it mean to light a fire in the heart?

Answer: Kindling the heart means that it represents all the thoughts and aspirations you want to raise to the Creator, to heaven.

Question: Why does our corrected connection establish freedom from the angel of death?

Answer: Because we rise in the quality of bestowal. And the angel of death is a quality of reception. As he affects us, all the light disappears.

Question: What does it mean that the connection is shining for us?

Answer: This means that the light of Hochma comes to us in the dressing of the light of Hasadim.

Question: What is the best way to overcome some kind of calmness or indifference not directed to the Creator?

Answer: We must somehow pull ourselves out of this indifference.

Question: To come to the connection in the ten, should everyone have the same desires?

Answer: No, the desires can be different, and should all strive for the same action and be mutually connected.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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If a Daughter Grows Up Without a Father

627.2From a Viewer:

I have a wonderful baby girl. But she was born sick. My husband left us. And I am happy. Is this normal? I am asking because you keep saying that the child needs a father. And I do not want to look for any father for my Sveta yet.

My Response: Don’t, the daughter does not have to have a father.

Comment: Yes? This is news, actually.

My Response: No, that is how she lives; the daughter is with her mother and that is it.

Question: The fact that the father left when the sick child was born was, of course, a blow for the mother. And she does not want to start a family anymore. So she can go on like this?

Answer: Yes, she can.

Question: Two women live. Is there some kind of root in this—that a boy needs a father but a girl does not?
Answer: A boy will one day be attracted to his father, to an adult man, but a girl will not.

Question: But they say: “Our female destiny” means that we have some kind of divorces all the time in the female part. Will that not be a sequel?

Answer: No.

Question: Will mom not tell her that it is good to be alone?

Answer: I think she will not. What the girl lacks now with her father, maybe she will feel later when she starts dating guys; then she will correct this lack of communication.

Question: In general when a girl meets a guy, who does she want to see in him? Should he look like her father? Or does the girl have something else? You once said that when a man meets a woman, or a guy meets a girl, he looks for his mother in her.

Answer: That is for sure.

Question: And when a girl meets a guy, what is she looking for in him?

Answer: It is more complicated. Maybe she is thinking about her grandfather.

Question: So if she has not seen her father, let’s say, she remembers the man in her life that she wants her husband to look like?

Answer: Yes.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/1/24

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The Main Thing Is To Ask

562.01Question: How does annulment before the upper lead to bestowal?

Answer: As a rule, prayer for annulment before the Creator leads to the Creator giving us His quality of bestowal, and when we bestow, we become like Him.

Question: How do you hide yourself so that it is a pure bestowal?

Answer: It will come gradually.

Question: Each time we pray we compose a new prayer. Should we strive for some form of prayer, or does the fact that it is new every time indicate its imperfection?

Answer: It does not matter if it is new or old every time. The main thing is to pray. The main thing is to ask.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/23/24, Writings of Rabash “The Desire to Bestow – 1”

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The Nature of a Woman

294.2Question: Who is more sensitive to fulfilling the Creator’s will, a woman or a man, a wife or a husband?

Answer: In general, a woman. Therefore, it says that a lot depends on her because she can convince her husband to act one way or the other. She is more sensitive to the “voice” of the Creator than a man. She was created this way by nature.

She feels more dependent both on her husband and on the Creator. She has an inner sense of faith that the Creator guides her.
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From KabTV’s “Man and Women” 5/14/24

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How to Become Righteous

959Question: Midrash Rabba (The Great Commentary) says: “A pious man, a pious woman.” What exactly is meant by the term piety?

Answer: Piety is obedience to the Creator, the aspiration to fulfill His desire, that is, His commandments.

Question: There are so many disagreements about what the Creator commands. What is His primary commandment? Can His desire be expressed in some way?

Answer: The Creator desires a husband and wife to fulfill His commandments and continually check themselves against them. The primary commandment of the Creator is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Question: It turns out that in a couple, the closest people to each other are the husband and wife. Should they start fulfilling the commandment “love your neighbor” with their relationship to each other?

Answer: In general, yes.

Question: If I learn to love my husband as myself, will it be easier for me to treat other people the same way?

Answer: You will be righteous.
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From KabTV’s “Man and Women” 5/14/24

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Study and Teach

271Question: According to Kabbalistic sources 6,000 years are allotted for the complete world correction. According to the Jewish calendar, it is now 5785. So the correction stage should end somewhere in 2240.

Is this a firm date, or could the correction end sooner or take tens of thousands of years more?

Answer: No, there does not have to be an exact date. But by all indications, we are, as they say, at the end of days.

Question: What must we do to move on to at least the first stage of spiritual development—the awareness of evil?

Answer: Study and teach.

Question: In other words carry out the educational process?

Answer: Indeed! You do not need anything else! As soon as we are convinced that our most important task is to accept the laws of a correct relationship with each other, we will immediately begin to join the new system of relationships and thus accelerate our development.
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From KabTV’s “Era of the Last Generation” 5/9/24

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The Era of Concrete Explanations

235Question: Is there any difference in the presentation of Kabbalah for people in the past and for those who come now?

Answer: Of course! There is a big difference in the explanation, in the approach, in the specifics, and in the style of presentation. Once upon a time, 20 years ago, you could only speak to people in accordance to what was written in the original sources. For example, the Torah mentions a serpent, and you explained what a serpent is, and so on.

But today, people do not ask about this because they understand this is some kind of allegory. A person requires a specific explanation of what Kabbalah is talking about and what we can achieve with its help.

That did not happen before. Everything was figurative and descriptive. Six hundred years ago the great Kabbalist RAMHAL described Kabbalah as a dialogue between the soul and the body: the body said, the soul said, the body said, the soul said, and the whole book, two hundred pages, was like that. RAMBAM wrote in the form of all kinds of philosophical thoughts and sayings.

That is, each generation, even each society, imposes its own form of presentation.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Old Stuff” 2/1/10

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Questions about Spiritual Work—137

962.1Question: You said I can only use those desires I am sure I have a screen for. What does it using desires mean?

Answer: This means you can use every desire your way, but only for the sake of bestowal.

Question: Our goal is to get a correction for our intention. But I see that this is not my desire because it is directly opposite to the desire to receive pleasure. So what will lead my heart to correct the intention?

Answer: You will get a push first from the group and then from the Creator.

Question: What is the feeling of good and evil? How do we get to this state in the ten?

Answer: Actions aimed at connection and bestowal are called good. Therefore, we must learn to fulfill them among ourselves, and to this extent, we will receive the fulfillment of our desires.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/22/24, Writings of Rabash “Turn Away from Evil and Do Good – 1”

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Develop Deficiency for Connection

938.03Question: How can we increase our connection if it lasts, say, only two hours according to the given measure of deficiency (Hisaron)?

Answer: You should reveal your common Hisaron (deficiency) in the ten and develop it. Then you will have an unlimited opportunity to remain connected.

Question: How should the connection with friends be expressed in feelings and in the mind?

Answer: Ask the Creator to help you unite, and in this unity, you will find even greater connection with your friends.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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Toward a Single Goal

938.01Question: What quality of connection should be in the ten in each state so that it corresponds to the revelation of the Creator?

Answer: The most important and correct thing is to unite everyone with everyone and all together.

Question: How do you learn to connect your thoughts and desires with the ten in a strong bond so that there is only one goal: to bring contentment to the Creator?

Answer: To do this, you must get out of yourself, incorporate yourself into your friends, and strive toward the Creator.

That is when all your efforts will lead you to a common goal and common unity.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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“Gathering Sheaves”

631.4Omer comes from the words “gathering sheaves,” which means connection.

The world is called “the six days of action and Shabbat [Sabbath],” which are seven Sefirot, and there is Hitkalelut [incorporation] of the Sefirot. Therefore, we must connect ourselves to the Creator on all the days of the years of our lives, which are seventy years, implying that each year comprises ten Sefirot. Rabash, Notes 938 “Concerning the Omer [Count]

“Gathering sheaves” means to connect with each other so as to be in one bundle. Then we will be able to feel the attitude of the Creator toward us in this bundle (sheaf).

We all desire to reach one goal, and therefore we must strive only for it so that all our desires connect together. But it is the Creator who does this because we are not able to do it ourselves.

Question: How can we connect with the Creator in such a way as to acquire the quality of a certain Sefira from this sheaf?

Answer: It depends on the soul of each of us, on the desire of each person. For example, in striving to meet the Creator I attain Him in one way, and you follow your own path and attain Him in another way. But overall, each of us attains the root of our own soul.

Question: But the qualities in this sheaf, these Sefirot, are they still common?

Answer: Each person has their own.

Question: How can I reach a certain quality from the seven Sefirot as a result of connecting our different qualities?

Answer: You should only strive for connection, and what will result from it, what will be revealed to you from your connection with the Creator, you will see for yourself.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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Why Is the Torah Given to The People of Israel?

933Question: Why were the people of Israel granted the Torah by the Creator?

Answer: Initially, the people of Israel are the most egoistic of all the nations of the world. They may not feel this, but by their internal nature, they are exactly that.

Therefore, they needed the Torah to correct themselves. Without the Torah, this is impossible to achieve. Thus, the people of Israel must come to correction first and thereby show the way to the rest of the nations of the world.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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“My Wife Is Thrilled with You, But I Am Not”

224A letter from a viewer:

My wife is thrilled with your programs and keeps pushing them on me. I watch them, mostly out of respect. I like some of it, but sometimes you say things that I do not know how to take. For example, you said that everyone is responsible for the whole world. Why do you say that? It is clearly impossible. But what amazes me is that my wife is delighted.

My Response: The fact is that when everyone feels responsible for the entire world, we will indeed see a new world.

Question: From this letter, it is clear that he does not understand how this is possible, while his wife is delighted. So each of us has certain points that either accept this or do not accept.

He imagines the whole world as eight billion people. So when you say “the whole world,” he thinks you are saying we are responsible for all these eight billion people, for what is happening in Somalia, in starving Africa, and so on. Are we responsible for this?

Answer: Yes.

Comment: This phrase requires some further explanation.

My Response: The thing is, if every person suddenly, let’s say, by a magical command, wished to see everyone else as their friends, the world would change. Undoubtedly! But since we do not believe in this because it seems too unrealistic, we continue as we are.

Question: But we are real people. This husband is an absolutely real person. He would like to sort things out at home, with his friends, and you say: sort things out with the whole world, be responsible for it.

This thought, this action can only happen “by a magical command,” right? So, are you sending us back to the Creator again?

Answer: To the Creator.

Question: Constantly?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So, a person comes, with this pain inside. Many people write that they feel this empathy. What prayer should a person have to the Creator? Should they ask to change everything or what?

Answer: That the Creator changes at least this person.

Question: This person?

Answer: Yes, so that he can feel the pain of the entire world and, based on this, relate to the world differently.

Question: Can one not fall apart and feel this pain? Not explode, not die from it?

Answer: It is possible.

Question: We spoke about the fact that Kabbalists aspired to this, it was their goal to feel the world, the pain of the world.

If a person feels all the pain of the world, what should his actions be, can you say?

Answer: To ask the Creator to make the world better. That is all, nothing more. The one who made the world bad should make it good.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/1/24

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So that Connection Will Not Disappear

938.05Question: How can we bind ourselves to the Creator so that we won’t  break away from Him, at least for a long time?

Answer: When you are connected to each other and at the same time with the Creator, and you constantly monitor this connection so that it does not decrease in any case but only increases, then gradually you will form a permanent connection with the Creator.

Question: What does it mean to monitor this connection?

Answer: Make sure that it does not disappear anywhere.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/24, Writings of Rabash “Concerning the Omer [Count]”

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Absolute Devotion

527.03“And it is time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved from it,” for all the salvations are regarded as Anochi (Rabash, Letter No. 3).

Question: What does it mean that all the salvations are regarded as Anochi? After all, we study that we must rise above the ego in order to reach the quality of bestowal, to some kind of salvation.

Answer: Salvation occurs when the creation is absolutely devoted to the Creator. This is the reason for salvation.

Absolute devotion to the Creator is the adhesion of creation with the Creator without any conditions.

Question: Can we come to this devotion from any state?

Answer: From the states that are given to you, you will come to it.
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From  the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/23/24, Writings of Rabash Letter No. 3

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