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Michael Laitman, PhD

Learning Without a Teacher

Q: Can people who are interested in Kabbalah, but do not live in Israel, who read the texts on the Internet site, get together and study Kabbalah? Will we make mistakes without a teacher?

A: My dear! Never be afraid of making mistakes. Each step we take always begins with a mistake. As our sages said, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that does good, and sins not” (Ecclesiastes 7, 20), meaning that before a spiritual state of righteousness there is always a state of evilness.

That is because each higher degree is always the complete opposite of the current one, and it is never known exactly how it is opposite. In addition, it will take a long time and many arguments and thoughts before all who wish to understand will formulate a clear opinion about the process of creation and the intentions of the Creator. Once that opinion is conceived, one can begin to mold the newly acquired knowledge.

It would be great if you could meet, read our material and study it together. Even if it speaks of emotions toward the Creator, you can read it together, but without talking about your personal feelings. Texts that teach the structure of the Upper Worlds and their composition are permitted and open for any kind of discussion.

Group study, even without a teacher, promotes the students many times over and accelerates their spiritual development. I, on my part, will help you spiritually as if I were with you, for it is my assignment. Good luck!

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