origin from the ape?
Q: At what stage
in creation did the ape evolve to become a man?
Kabbalah calls the phenomenon you are referring to – “Malchut of the
upper becomes Keter of the lower” – it is a passage from one level
of creation, to the adjacent level, but not from one nature to the
next. It is a mistake to think that it is possible to switch between
levels of the screen in the same manner, but also between the four
parts of the will to receive in creation: still, vegetative, animate
and speaking. Such passages are impossible! The spiritual genes are
eternal! That is why there cannot be a development from a rock to a
plant, and from an ape to man. But it is certainly possible for a
person to develop spiritually, meaning rise spiritually from a level
of “still” to the level of “vegetative”, to the level of “animate”
and to the level of “speaking”, called man. This only refers to the
manners and the abilities to use the desire, the implementation of
the coarseness, referring to a change in quantity, but not in
quality. The Creator created the collective desire in a strict
formation, and man utilizes it gradually, according to the level of
his adaptation to the screen.
Q: How is that metamorphosis done? If it
is possible, please explain the feeling it creates in the heart, not
the technique of it.
A: A new
situation cannot emerge before we begin to hate the previous one,
and before we want something new in place of the old, with all our
hearts. In fact, there is a detachment between man’s present
situation and his future one. That detachment stems from an act that
is ‘above reason’, meaning against the mind. Like a seed must first
completely rot in the ground before a new bud grows. So is the case
with our desire. The present desire must ‘rot’ entirely. We must
reject it, make it ‘rot’, and only then can we even discuss the
possibility that something new will come out.
Q: Is it true
that man’s responses and his character belong to our world and do
not change when one becomes a kabbalist?
A: It’s true.
The Zohar says that the character is a collection of natural habits
that relate to the ‘beastly body’, to beastly desires that do not
change, precisely because they belong to our world, and everything
in our world is considered dead, unchanging, compared to the
spiritual world. That is why in Kabbalah, the birth of man is the
reception of the first, minimal, screen, immediately after a person
crosses the barrier from the sensation of this world only, to the
sensation of the spiritual world. That is called the crossing of the
Red Sea. That concludes the first phase of man’s development, after
which he enters the spiritual world.
Q: Can a person
become a kabbalist, altruist in spirituality, and yet remain an
egoist in our world?
contradict the definition of the term - spirituality. Spirituality
can be attained only by attributes that are adapted for
spirituality. Such attributes are called ‘for the Creator’, the
attributes of bestowal and giving. All other intentions, such as
‘for other people’, ‘for mankind’, are actually ‘for myself’. These
aims come from the desire to be rewarded indirectly, or that they
stem from desires for control, power, to be respected etc. Only if a
person attains complete detachment from his own nature, and that is
possible only if his intentions are ‘for the Creator’, does he
become free from his desires. Then he sees that through the intent
‘for the Creator’ he begins to love the entire mankind, actually
wish it well. We come to that precisely because we attain the
attribute of the Creator. Man begins to love people as much as the
Creator does, but only out of the attributes of the Creator, and not
from within his own attributes. Perhaps you have a different
definition to egoism and spirituality. Perhaps spirituality is, for
example, something fragile, noble, lyric and pleasant, detached from
the world, ‘cultural’ and so on. But all these definitions of
spirituality are completely different to ours, because they are felt
and surface in another substance, different to our own nature. That
is why they are sensed completely differently to the way we are
accustomed. Precisely here is where Kabbalah becomes the wisdom of
those who attain spirituality can understand kabbalists. But that is
precisely the source of the dispute between kabbalists and other
people, between the Creator and the corrupted creatures, between
those who object to Kabbalah and those who attain it. The world of
the kabbalist is different – we appreciate everything in our world
as good or bad, but to a kabbalist the world seems completely
different, because he is above it.
A kabbalist sees
everything that extends to our world, as well as the source of the
agony and the reasons for everything that happens in the world. He
sees what disrupts the happiness and completeness of the world. You
can read by yourself and see how sharply great kabbalists write
about the cause of humanity’s suffering, which is in fact, the lack
of desire to study Kabbalah. Only the study of the Kabbalah attracts
the light that brings happiness and bliss to our world!
I recommend that you
read Introduction to the Zohar by Ba’al Hasulam.
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Q: When a
kabbalist dies, who takes his place?
A: You will
never be able to understand the meaning of the connection of a
kabbalist with eternity, with the Creator, his dimension of
existence, but I will try and answer you. The Creator is the one who
places the kabbalist in this world, and when there is a need, He
replaces him and places another in his place. The Creator does not
do this because the previous kabbalist didn’t do enough, or grew
old, but because each soul performs only the task it is assigned,
and cannot perform other tasks. The Creator places the force and
then replaces it, but does not change it, because each soul can
perform only a defined assignment, and from there he moves on to
another act, a more sublime one. You cannot see it, but a kabbalist
can. And what will be of my disciples? When I am gone, they will
receive the necessary guidance from other leaders. As a whole, death
in this world should be met with joy, not with grief, but that is
another topic altogether.
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Q: It surprises
me to find that great kabbalists can be victims to murder and
persecutions. I always thought that Kabbalah renders unlimited power
and control in the world, whereas now I think that Kabbalah has
nothing to do with this world. Why is a kabbalist who rises in the
spiritual world not immune to torments of this world?
A: You are
beginning to think right! There is no connection between the
corporeal (beastly) world and the spiritual world, as we imagine it.
The body of a kabbalist is no different to that of any other person.
There are no links between the body and the soul, in such a way that
the soul influences the protein, corporeal substance. The Creator
does not change the law of creation especially for kabbalists, and
all the physical laws (laws of nature) apply to kabbalists and
affect them too. He cannot fly in the air like a sorcerer, or
perform other unnatural operations, and he can get sick like any
The world gets it
wrong because it doesn’t feel what a soul really is, and so it
searches for spirituality in matter, or searches for connection with
the matter. A kabbalist need not do anything external, because
spirituality is in a different dimension. The link with spirituality
happens through inner contact. Nothing in our world is directly
connected with the upper one. The characteristics of this world are
no more than signs there is no spirituality in them! Man finds
spirituality through his soul, which is a part of the upper world.
If he feels it – he finds a link (spiritual coupling) with the upper
world, with the Creator.
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What Activates Us?
Q: What is the ego?
What is around me, and what should I do with all that?
A: The one
thing that was created by the Creator is called – the First Man, the
collective soul, the creature, Malchut. The partzuf of Adam Harishon
was created and then broken for the purpose of correction of
creation, and thus mixed the attribute of the creature - to enjoy,
with the attribute of the Creator – to delight. There was, in fact,
a kind of blast that caused the attributes of the Creator to
penetrate the attributes of the creature. The parts of man where
shattered and separated. That is why in each of us there is a spark
of the first man. Within that spark there are reshimot of all our
future situations, from the beginning of the spiritual path until
the end of correction. That is because the first man fell from the
highest state, and so the documentation of the upper situations and
all other states is already within us in a form of reshimot
(recorded, programmed data).
That chain of
reshimot perpetually evolves within each and everyone of us, but we
feel only the outermost reshima, the lowest. We feel it as an order
to get something, and operate accordingly. In that sense, we are no
more than robots. Some people want quiet lives and others want to
develop, to search for fame and fortune. Everything that
distinguishes one person from another is in the reshimot, such as in
the genes of inheritance, which include everything in them.
happens to man depends on the type of reshimot that are currently
expressed. Therefore it is impossible to demand spirituality of a
person if his outer reshimot are such that he feels, for instance,
only the desire to rule. Our purpose is to prepare everything that
is needed for the implementation of the spiritual desires in a
person, whose reshimot of spiritual development are already active.
The only possibility at our disposal is to speed up the pace of the
passage from one reshima to the next, along the whole chain of
reshimot, from beginning to end. We cannot change anything but the
pace of correction. That is why man should think only about the
present moment, on what he must correct right now, meaning what he
must internally correct right now.
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Is All of Nature
Q: I was always
amazed by the versatility of the types of birds, plants, fish etc.
Finally, in one of your lectures, I received an answer to that
question. It is all a result of the reciprocal penetration between
the sefirot and the cooperation between them in the spiritual world.
My question is: does man include everything within him, and how is
it reflected in me? Is it in the versatility of my emotions?
happens in one body, in one soul in the spiritual world, is divided
to many bodies in our world. For example, inside man there is a
Pharaoh, Moses, birds, fish, everything around us and anything we
can possibly imagine is within us. It exists in us in the form of
spiritual forces, desires. Each of these inner attributes exists
outside us, as a separate body, a different species and as a
different attribute (in fact, it would be more correct to say that I
am the one who divides, through my emotions, the force that
surrounds me into bodies, attributes and various forces). That is
what we call our world. But the spiritual commandment of “Love thy
neighbour as thyself”, for example, is obvious, because both the
other and I are one spiritual body. That is why the good attitude of
one particle of the collective body toward another is obvious. And
so it is with all other things that are separated in our world. All
our problems stem from the fact that we feel the parts of the
universe as disconnected and independent on one another. But since
inside man there are all the forces and the attributes of our world,
it is said in the Torah, that he who corrects himself – corrects the
entire world. It is more accurate to say that when a person corrects
himself, and begins to relate to the whole world as he does to his
own body, he thus corrects within him and outside him.
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Is There Another Kabbalah?
Q: Lately, there
have begun to appear various study groups for Kabbalah. Is it
worthwhile checking them out?
A: It is
always worthwhile to see at least once who studies and how they
study Kabbalah. It will also help you to get to know yourself. That
is why I would advise you to go and see, even if just once, and
afterwards make up your mind.
It is inadvisable to
hide from yourself the deductions regarding what you will discover.
In Kabbalah you hide nothing from yourself, otherwise you will get
used to lying to yourself. That will make you deviate from your
inner struggle with yourself. You will begin to camouflage the
deficits, not pay attention to them and perhaps even erase them.
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Q: When you or
someone close to you is hurt, should you be as merciful as the
Creator, as He who does not take revenge in the children of Israel,
or should you go by way of an “eye for an eye”?
A: Those who
aspire to resemble the Creator are called the “children of Israel”.
The Torah calls us to resemble them, and only them. The Torah speaks
of a person who has inside him the attributes of the whole world:
the gentiles – who want nothing but to receive for themselves, and
Israel – who want to give ‘for the contentment of the Creator’.
The Kabbalah calls
you – a person who feels those things within you – to evolve in such
a way, that all your desires will aspire for the desire of Israel.
If you begin to judge by your own judgment, and not as Kabbalah
explains, you will become like all the people in our world and
understand according to the level of your own development, according
to your selfishness, and not by the upper knowledge.
In the latter case
there is no measurement: each does as he pleases. From that you can
understand that to be a judge means to come to a special degree of
spiritual development. Meaning, first you must attain the upper
light, the sensation of the Creator, His attributes, and then, by
that scale, which is well founded and solid, you can judge and rule,
as it says: “A judge has no more than that which his eyes see”.
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Q: Is it good to
share what I feel with others?
A: You must
not share your relationship with the Creator and how you feel about
Him with anyone. But that does not apply to the knowledge you have
acquired in the wisdom of Kabbalah. When you discover your feelings
to an uncorrected person (and not the knowledge, which can be
conveyed), you allow, even if against your will, his uncorrected
thoughts and aims to penetrate your soul, although he’s not aware of
it and wishes you no harm. His lack of correction is joined with
yours and harms both of you.
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Q: Does the
physical activity of a person, especially the industrial one, makes
the spiritual light be of lower quality?
A: There is
no direct and solid correlation between the spiritual lights and the
corporeal bodies and forces. It becomes clear only above the
barrier. The essence of the physical activity of man is about a
detailed analysis of man’s attitude toward the Creator, and his
connection with Him. The connection is only possible through
corporeal dresses. Even at the end of correction we will still need
the ties and dresses of our world in order to feel the perfection at
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Q: I read the
Torah, the Zohar and your books. I feel that I’m beginning to
understand that these books plant seeds in me. I want to carry that
light on to others. But people nowadays do not relate to Torah and
Kabbalah. How can I persuade them that this is the only real Torah?
Kabbalah strictly forbids any convincing, but allows only showing,
guiding and explaining. It depends on man’s desire to listen. There
cannot be any coercion; otherwise you are performing the most
anti-spiritual act there is! Coercion has no room in the spiritual
world. Even in the corporeal world, the origin of coercion is not in
purity, in holiness, but stems from the shells.
are overwhelmed with emotions and want to share those feelings with
others and excite them too. But the expression of emotions must be
passive only: the distribution of flyers, books and tapes, not by
coercion. Otherwise you will only harm yourself.
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Q: What is the
most important thing that a person should keep in mind throughout
A: That there
is only the Creator, and that there is no other. Read, “There is
None Else But Him”.
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Q: What do I do
when everyone around me push me to the corner… “What do you all want
wonderful – now you feel your present situation as intolerable, and
you are willing to leave it at once. The Creator Himself puts you in
those circumstances because He wants to bring you closer to Him. All
you have to do is shout: “What do you (the Creator) want from me?”
And address that shout to Him, because He is the source of
everything. But in order to direct the cry correctly, to be aimed at
the source of life, at the Creator, and not at blind faith, for that
you need Kabbalah. Otherwise your cry is like a cry in the desert.
Like in a desert, that is how a person feels the world. It is a
situation where there is nothing to satisfy our petty desires with.
The cry should be accompanied by a longing for the Creator, and not
just to have everything alright again. This world was created
precisely for pain! If you want out of that situation, get out of
this world. That is what Kabbalah offers you: read a lot and you
will get it.
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Q: Ba’al Hasulam
writes about a premature spiritual birth. How does it happen and can
it be prevented?
A: The exile
in Egypt was supposed to last 400 years, corresponding to the four
degrees of the development of each desire, but instead it lasted
only 210 years. As a result of that, Israel had to experience three
more exiles: Persia and Media, Babylon and our exile, the current
and last exile. An early exit from exile, from pregnancy is called
abortion. But it happens in the general development of the souls,
through their evolution from above downward, meaning even before
they are born as creatures, and that is why we don’t ascribe it to
the creature, but to the development of the creature within the
Creator, when he has still not developed enough for an independent
existence outside the Creator – meaning when the creature does not
feel himself as equal, independent and free to choose his actions.
We begin our existence as creatures after the breaking of the “First
Man”, and only through the process of the evolution from down
upward. We have to go through the degrees of our development
according to the evolution of the soul – vessel, Malchut, man. We
must do it according to the development that was from up downward –
but the return is on an opposite path: from down upward – meaning
toward the Creator.
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Q: The books of
Kabbalah maintain that the exit from Egypt was done prematurely, and
there were farfetched historical consequences to it. Did the
premature liberation prevent a possibility to attain spiritual
attributes in due time, and if so, is it like a child who was
supposed to be born, and there were preparations made for the
labour, but everything was ruined because the child was born
prematurely and died at birth?
Theoretically, that situation exists during the creation of the
worlds from up downward. Ba’al Hasulam describes it as a dead
infant, because the liberation (the process of birth) happened not
in due time, but prematurely. Meaning, a person was not quite ready
to take upon himself the spiritual attributes of giving and
bestowal. Although he was given forces of bestowal from above, he
himself was still not in a state where he could accept them. A dead
infant could not acquire spiritual attributes, although everything
was ready for him. That is why there had to be three more exiles.
But when the souls rise there is only evolution toward a greater
correction, from below upward, to the degree of the Creator.
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Q: I am not a
religious man, but I am still interested to know if there is such a
concept as mitzvah in Kabbalah as well?
A: Man’s soul
is comprised of 613 desires. The correction of each of those desires
‘for the Creator’ is called “mitzvah”, a “spiritual mitzvah”. All
the spiritual mitzvot, without exception, are laws that operate only
in the spiritual world, not in ours. In our world there are only
corporeal laws, the laws of nature ‘for myself’. The whole point in
the spiritual existence is in the correction of a certain desire –
to become a desire with an aim ‘for the Creator’. But in our world,
a world of will to receive for ourselves alone, the aim ‘for the
Creator’ is absent. Instead, there is work only on the body, and not
inside the will.
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Q: Before one
begins to study Kabbalah, one must answer the question: “Does the
Creator exist?” Otherwise, how is it possible to search for contact
and unification with someone who does not exist?
A: Does the
Creator exist? The Kabbalah is studied precisely in order to find
out, meaning to feel, to see the Creator. You too will find Him,
notice Him, see Him and feel Him. Only then will you be able to say
whether or not the Creator exists. It is only possible according to
the measure of equivalence of form with the Creator. If you could
feel the Creator right now, you’d be a kabbalist.
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Q: Prophets, who
can contact the Creator say that He doesn’t have a body, or size or
image. Thus, they shatter all the common concepts about the Creator.
Yet, idioms such as “the hand of the Creator”, “under the foot of
the Creator” are abundant. How do you explain it?
A: Not only
does the Creator not have a body, but the creature too, has no body.
A creature is not a corporeal, physical, biological body, but pure
desires. The desire to be filled with the light of the Creator
exists in each of us, and it is called a “soul”. The soul of man is
divided to parts that are called by names of the body, but there is
no connection between those parts of the soul that are called by
names of organs of our corporeal body. Kabbalists have found a way
to express in words of this world what cannot be expressed in the
spiritual world. They take words from this world and express through
them the spiritual powers, which are the roots of those objects.
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listening to the songs of Rabbi Baruch I would very much like to
talk to him. You said that in time we would be able to talk to the
souls of the righteous. Do I have to turn my requests only to the
Creator, or can I ask for favoritism from a righteous one as well?
A: The songs
and the melodies are also Kabbalah, but in a different language, one
we can all understand. It permeates a person even if he understands
nothing yet, and begins to ‘act’ on him from within. I recommend
that you listen to the music more frequently, even in situations
that are unsuitable and when you are not in the mood for music. It
will accelerate the process of changing the situations and lead to
faster advancement. You can listen to it while driving. We are
interested in spreading knowledge about Kabbalah and allow you to
copy it in any form you choose, just please do not alter it.
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Q: In my
profession I have a PhD in science. You say that Kabbalah is a
science. Is it possible to come to the spiritual world using
A: It is an
honor for me to discover the scientist in you, because the wisdom of
Kabbalah is a science, and that makes it easier for us to understand
one another. Everything that a person discovers in this world
through scientific methods is not spiritual, because by definition,
spiritual is something that one can feel only in spiritual
attributes – of giving – called “screen”. That screen is a vessel
for the understanding of the other world, and that understanding can
only be acquired through the system of the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Our body has
impressive secret abilities, sophisticated ones, but they are all
corporeal! Through training we can develop those abilities. Animals
have those abilities as well; it is all in our world, but we cannot
actually feel them. Only when you acquire a screen do you begin to
feel spirituality, but those sensations cannot be conveyed to one
who does not have a screen. I would not want you to regard my answer
as mere excuses, because they don’t actually answer the question,
but regrettably, it is impossible to convey the idea in such a
dialog (without knowledge of terms and definitions in Kabbalah),
regardless of how educated the listener is.
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Q: It is hard to
believe that the greatest artists are ordinary people. I think they
were ‘marked’ by the Creator and have attained divine goodness.
A: There are
many people in our world who have special talents – for better or
for worse, beginning with the most wicked, scientists, musicians and
politicians, and ending with philosophers, religious figures and
scholars. However, that fact does not testify to their attainment of
the upper world. The proof of that is pretty simple: despite their
genius, they remain with their uncorrected desires, and in that
area, they are often worse off than common people.
Those people have a
mission of their own, which is sometimes corporeal and not
spiritual. The fact that we feel their creation and achievements as
something sublime, stems from the fact that we can only appreciate
that kind of human attainment and produce in our uncorrected
A kabbalist is a
person, who, in all his senses, not in his dreams, but rather openly
and vividly, lives in the palace of the Creator, just as we live in
our world. He can study the acts of the Creator, move and thrive in
If you acquire
spiritual attributes, you will feel the Creator and notice the
change in your priorities. But before that happens, do not fear that
while you grow you will stop admiring art. Just like a child that
has grown, you will learn and attain the meaning of true wholeness
through your new spiritual attributes.
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Q: Who are the
mentally ill and what is their part in the world?
A: It is one
of the many corrections that souls have to go through. But not all
of them experience that situation, because there is a reciprocal
connection among souls - some of them perform this correction for
the all other souls, just as in our world a person needs all the
trades, although he doesn’t have to learn all the trades in order to
enjoy their benefits. There is an extensive system of interrelations
and reciprocal connections between people, which is a result of the
occurrences on the spiritual level. That phenomenon is called “the
inclusion of the souls” – a reciprocal bonding and connection
Q: What makes
people who believe in the existence of the Creator relate to
mentally ill people or autistics as ‘men of God’, as though they are
in a different world, as though the Creator speaks through them. Is
there any truth to that?
A: The mentally ill do not attain the Creator. They are miserable people
who cannot even attain this world, much less the spiritual world. At
some point we will find out why the Creator needs them and for what.
Some do indeed regard mentally ill people as spiritual, as higher –
‘men of God’. Those who think that, are actually yearning for the
‘switching off’ of the mind and skepticism, they actually want
fanaticism. But the path to the Creator is not ‘under their mind’ as
the masses live without examining the validity of their path,
meaning they live without attaining the Creator.
The path to the Creator is built in
such a way that each lower degree cannot grasp the reason of the
upper degree or understand it. That is why we need the help of the
Creator. Only when He is revealed to man, and he can feel Him, can
he act against his mind, and thus rise.
When one negates one’s present
mind, one receives the next spiritual degree – the higher one – that
has greater wisdom. That is why kabbalists go against the mind and
above it, and become wiser, whereas those who go against the mind
and below it, grow more foolish and more extreme. When a person
rises, the mind grows, that is why kabbalists respect the wiser,
whereas the masses respect the ignorant. That is why all religions,
which go below reason, without exception bow their heads before
torments. They are unaware that the Creator is the one who sends
those torments, and precisely in order to get us going, and not so
that we blindly obey and place the torment as a goal. That is how
the forces of impurity speak in man, they call upon him to suffer
and respect the situation.
Now you can see how different the
divine Kabbalah is to manmade religions.
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Japanese have the Tea Ceremony, which is meticulously studied in
various religious schools, and is very similar to Ba’al Hasulam’s
story “The Dining Table”.
A: I personally do not know the Tea Ceremony. The Creator created a desire
to enjoy. A spark of light fell into that desire, which revives it.
The spark awakens in it a yearning to be filled with all the light
and not just with a small part of it. Therefore, movements that
creation makes, in all its levels, starting from the still, through
the vegetative, animate and speaking, beginning in atoms and the
combinations of organic molecules, and ending with the movements of
the body and mind, all that is no more than a pleasure hunt.
When we study the connections that
form between the host and the guest, we can discover enormous layers
of “desire to receive” in our inner structure. Apart from this
relationship, which the creature attains the giving Creator at all
levels, there is no other relationship in the universe. It is
revealed in the reciprocal relation between the poles, in electric
and magnetic fields, and forms the basis of every connection between
components of both the corporeal and the spiritual worlds, as well
as the basis for the existence of corporeal and spiritual substance.
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Q: What is
insanity? What are the insane punished for?
A: Insanity is a hindrance to health, to the point were man’s
self-awareness and freedom of choice are denied, and he becomes an
absolute performer of the will of nature – the will of the Creator.
No one has complete and objective freedom of choice, even we think
that there are many degrees of freedom in the choice of every act.
If we examine the behavior of normal people from the side, it will
not be clear to us in what they are normal.
The correction is the existence of
mentally ill people is in that the collective soul, the Malchut,
called the First Man, there is a part that must be corrected in such
unconscious states. That part of Malchut exists in each of us. In
our world, each trait of the collective soul is in a separate
individual, but in the collective soul, the soul of the first man,
all the parts merge and complete one another. That is why the
mentally ill correct something for us, and we correct something for
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Q: I have
recently stopped eating meat and fish, because I think that living
creatures (with a nervous system and a sensation of pain) shouldn’t
have to suffer just so as to serve as my food. But Judaism permits
eating fish and animals and does not see anything negative about it
(at least it does not forbid it). Is there a profound meaning to
eating meat that is hidden from me?
A: The whole of nature, including all the upper and lower worlds were
created for man, and rise along with him. That is why he must use
everything for himself: to extinguish pests, to grow and slaughter
domestic animals, to sow and to reap, to cultivate the good and
extinguish the bad. Thus, nature is included within man. Then, if
man rises, he raises nature along with him.
The purpose of creation is that man
will enjoy his surroundings in the most correct way. He cannot act
as he pleases – isolation, denial of pleasure, fasting and
restrictions are against the mind of the Torah. If you continue to
study correctly, you will understand what you must do, although
there is not a single word about vegetarianism. Such is the virtue
of the Kabbalah: the very study builds in the student the right
outlook on life.
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Q: If someone
does things in order to strengthen his body so that it will be fit
for the spiritual work, do these acts become spiritual acts, if that
is the purpose that he keeps fit?
A: During the twelve years that I served as personal secretary and
assistant to Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, I regularly went swimming with
him, or to walks in the park or went with him to a gymnasium. And we
are talking about someone who was between the ages of 75 and 86! He
made great efforts to keep his physical fitness, so that he could
lead and accompany dozens of young students. Moreover, we took voice
lessons so that he could talk for hours nonstop, without fatigue or
hoarseness. Something that is needed for the spiritual work, is
considered part of it.
I hope that you can discern what
your motivation is for your choice of physical activity, so as not
to portray the desired as the actual. You can do what you like in
your physical activities, but under no circumstances, deal with
meditations and thoughts.
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Q: What is
A: Happiness is the sensation of the fulfillment of the inner capabilities
of man. It is fully clarified only when a person realizes precisely
what and how he should fulfill, what is his goal, how eternal it is
and independent, and to what extent is it the one meaningful thing
in the world that is now being realized. In other words, happiness
is the sensation of nearing the Creator, because that is the purpose
of creation – a sensation of advancement toward a never-ending
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Q: What is
A: Love is a result of equivalence of inner traits, meaning attributes. In
Kabbalah there is only one law – the law of equivalence of form,
attributes and desires. If two spiritual objects are equal in
attributes, they unite. That does not mean that from two they now
become one, but that they are like one. Everything that happens to
one, enriches the other, immediately felt in him. That mutual
feeling, that two separate objects equally feel in the senses
between them, that there is absolute equality between them (be it
two people, or the Creator and a person) – is called love. Love is
the sensation of equivalence of spiritual attributes. Distancing in
attributes and desires distances people from one another, even to
the extent of hate.
Nearing of desires, thoughts and
attributes (which is actually the same, because the attributes
determine the thoughts and the desires), makes them draw near, love
and understand one another.
Kabbalah states that the greatest
pleasure in the world is the sensation of equivalence of form with
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What is a fantasy in Kabbalah?
A: Fantasy is a combination of knowledge that stems from current inner
light, and a certain speculation that stems from the future external
light i.e. the surrounding light. Only a kabbalist can fantasize and
no one else, because pictures of creation can only be formed from
the light and vessel.
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Translation: C. Ratz
Proofreading: J. Kersen