Kabbalah Worldwide

 
 

Lessons

 

A Kabbalah lesson, especially from The Zohar, is an experiential class in which each student is required to aim oneself properly to the influence of the writings of Kabbalists.

The classes at the World Zohar Convention 2010 will certainly be a rare emotional experience. Original Kabbalah manuscripts describe, in detail and with accuracy, the reality of our lives in the highest state. When we read these writings with thousands of other people, and want to reach that high spiritual state, we are "pulling" ourselves toward the same hidden reality, to where our soul and the forces that operate it are.

Concentrated Course in the Wisdom of Kabbalah
The nine lessons at the World Zohar Convention 2010, all delivered by Dr. Michael Laitman, are a concentrated course in the wisdom of Kabbalah in general and The Zohar in particular.

The lessons will deal with a wide range of issues, such as:

  • What is the purpose of our lives?
  • The structure of the spiritual soul and the Upper Worlds
  • Freedom of choice
  • The history of Kabbalah
  • Revealing the spiritual reality
  • The Zohar: its importance
  • The essence of and proper way to study The Zohar
  • And more...

Opening The Zohar
Each class during the World Zohar Convention 2010 (except for the final evening class), will be divided into 3 parts:

  1. General preparation on a variety of topics - ½ hour
  2. Study of selected excerpts from The Zohar (a booklet will be provided at the convention) - 1 hour
  3. Questions and answers - ½ hour

And that's not all; the two first days will close with a unique, deep, hour-long lesson of The Zohar, which will be a preparation and opening for the next day of the convention, so that we can turn the nine lessons of the convention into one condensed journey into our inner reality.

Proper Preparation
Kabbalah study is not like any other study. Unlike the study methods known in our world, a Kabbalah lesson is not meant for gaining knowledge, or memorizing the material. A Kabbalah class, especially with The Zohar, is an experiential study in which each student is instructed to aim himself correctly to the influence of the writings of Kabbalists.

Before The Zohar lessons, we need to aim and prepare ourselves for the recognition of new realities, a new world that The Zohar is going to reveal to us. During the study, we should try to find what is written in The Zohar within us; it does not matter to what extent we succeed, it's important to try: The struggle to find the qualities and actions that are written in the book inside ourselves, builds the instinct to absorb the spiritual world within us.

 

Lesson Plan - World Zohar Convention

 

First Lesson

Key to Revealing Spirituality


1) Intention is the main thing. The lesson will be based on key concepts from the "Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot," including:

a. Revelation of the spiritual world within 3-5 years, as a result of the right intention.

b. Focusing the intention before the study.

c. The desire is unchanging. The only thing that constantly changes is the intention.

d. To the extent that we have the correct intentions, a greater desire will appear in us, and through it we will be able to advance further.

2) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on the aim of the study and the importance of intention.

3) Questions from the audience.

4) Importance of intention during the events at the convention-meals, Yeshivat Haverim (Gathering of Friends), cultural evenings, and activities during breaks-to derive maximum spiritual benefit out of them.


Second Lesson

Unity is the Key for the Revelation of the Creator


1) The wisdom of Kabbalah as a means for the revelation of the Creator.

a. The revelation of the Creator in the mutual Kli, which is unity.

b. Excerpts from the writings of Rabash and other Kabbalists on the correction of the Kli being through the unity among us.

c. The Ruin of The Temple-from brotherly love to hate among brothers.

d. The condition for reception of the Light of Torah-Light of correction-based on the articles "The Giving of the Torah" (Matan Torah) and "The Mutual Guarantee (Arvut)."


2) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on unity being the means for the revelation of the Creator.

3) Questions from the audience.


Third Lesson

Freedom-Only by Uniting with Others


1) "Evil inclination" means everything that acts against unity. Everything else is not called "evil inclination."

a. Only through the effort to unite does the resistance to it appears.

b. Unity with others is a person's free act. In everything else, he is operated by nature's drives.

2) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on the choice in being human-from unity among us to unity with the Creator.


Fourth Lesson

Advancement in Three Lines


1) There is nothing bad in the world. Everything is necessary and fits its role. On the evil inclination as a "help against Him." To the extent that one is able to adhere to the right, the force of the left reveals, for the purpose of its correction.

a. Based on the articles of Baal HaSulam: "There Is None Else Besides Him," "Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before."

b. The whole of the Sulam Commentary amounts to work in three lines-about the shattering and that everything is built so that we can connect the two forces-"right line" and "left line"-and create the middle line between them. However, the middle line is not only the sum or the average between the two lines, but something new: a person equal to the Creator.


2) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on the topic of the three lines.

3) Questions from the audience.


Fifth Lesson

The Responsibility of the World Kli and the American Nation- Being a Light to Humanity

1)
The lesson is based on the article "Introduction to the Book of Zohar," items 60-71.

2) Selected excerpts from the book Lirot Tov (To See Well).

3) Selected excerpts from The Book of Zohar.

4) Questions from the audience.


Sixth Lesson

The Last Generation

1)
Dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah is the correction.

2) Quotes from great Kabbalists on the importance of disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah, and on how we are in the last generation.

3) Dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah is first and foremost for us to attract the Light of correction.

4) Dissemination is a means for us to be rewarded with correction and the revelation of the Creator.

5) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on the topic of the generation of the Messiah.


Seventh Lesson

Perception of Reality

1) Key concepts from the article "Preface to the Book of Zohar" and the book Shamati (I Heard).

a. Everything is arranged and determined in relation to the  souls.

b. Everything takes place in one person.

c. The Torah is within us-the internality of the Torah.

d. The right way to study the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah.


2) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on how we perceive reality.

3) Questions from the audience.


Eighth Lesson

Educating the New Generation (not just the young of age
)

1) Words of Kabbalists on our need to teach and publicize the wisdom of Kabbalah, and to open schools for teaching the wisdom.

2) The need for establishing schools where that teach how to be a human being.

3) Unity among all people in the world-"For they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them," "And the leopard shall lie down with the kid."

a. Our salvation depends on the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah and the unity among us-two concepts that seem to contradict one another: one directs us inwards, and the other directs us outwards, yet we must unite them within us.

b. One is great in quantity, and one is great in quality; we need both quantity and quality.

c. A brief overview of the groups of Bnei Baruch around the world. The correction is on us, and we can help the whole world shift from the path of suffering to the path of Light.


4) Excerpts from The Book of Zohar on the spiritual path.

5) Explanation of the structure of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson and on the proper attitude toward each of its parts (The Zohar, "Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah"/The Study of the Ten Sefirot, essays of Baal HaSulam, The Zohar evening lessons).

 
 
 

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