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Michael Laitman, PhD

Fortune Tellers – Social Assistance

Q: Among the 613 Commandments of the Torah, there is commandment No. 301, which states: “There shall not be found among you... …a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer” (Deuteronomy 18, 10). What if a parent, despite all requests to stop using the services of fortune tellers, continues to do so? Does it mean that the Creator will punish this person? Will the person suffer for daring to doubt the omnipotence of the King of Kings, turning instead to dark powers created by Him? And will this person’s children be punished for failing to convince their parent?

A: The prohibition against soothsaying and fortune telling mainly refers to spiritual idolatry, which is non-existent in our world today, since fortune-telling nowadays is purely psychological. In fact, everyone turns to so-called “Kabbalists” and “wizards” to predict the future.

This ban, like many others in the Torah, shows us that what is described here is one’s inner state. It is also observed that the religious masses once more fail to observe it in our world.

Q: Do charms and magic work instantly?

A: They work instantly, but in the long run they worsen a person’s situation. When we begin to study Kabbalah, we immediately find ourselves under the private guidance of the Creator, and then no fortune teller or magician can do anything to us, since we are on a completely different path. We move to a different level of progress.

None of them can predict anything for us because we are out of the control of the collective law of nature. The Spiritual Force and nature work differently on us. Therefore, I recommend the study of Kabbalah as the only genuine remedy. That is why it is called a “potion of life.”

Q: If I feel that something bad is going to happen to me, how should I react?

A: When you are afraid and do not know your future, that makes you search for a contact with the Upper Force, your root. Only through that contact can you be free from torment; no future teller will help you here. Take one of the genuine sources of Kabbalah, the Zohar, the writing of the Ari, start reading and you will see how the point in the heart begins to emerge in you. Through that point you will begin to understand and feel how you should move on afterwards.

If you do not study Kabbalah, I advise you to take any Kabbalistic book nearby, such as Psalms, and begin to search for that contact. As soon as you feel that you have become dependent on an unfamiliar Upper Force, you will feel the need to make contact with It.

It is precisely for that reason that we are given those situations from Above. If we try to find that contact by ourselves, we will see how it can change our situation. Therefore, the best decision is to use your mortal fear to cry to that Force – the Creator – and He will appear before you.

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