Israel Of The Soul
division of people into the nation of Israel and the nations of the world,
which Baal HaSulam describes in his articles, can be interpreted in two senses:
inner and outer. When understood in the inner sense, it
describes how qualities are divided within every person, with "Israel"
designating one's aspiration "straight toward the Creator" or the point in the
heart hat has awakened in a person, whereas the "nations of the world" are the
desires of reception.
person whose point in the heart (aspiration to reveal the Creator) has awakened
can be called "Israel," which means "straight toward the Creator." If one's
point in the heart has not awakened yet, then he belongs to the nations of the
world, meaning to all other goals in life.
the people can be categorized in this fashion and divided into Israel and the
other nations. This is the same as what once occurred in Ancient Babylon.
considering those whose point in the heart has not awakened yet, the science of
Kabbalah must first and foremost be disseminated among the nation of Israel in
the material sense. After that it should reach the other nations. In addition,
the nations of the world include the ten tribes of Israel that fell to the
level of "the nations of the world" from the height of the First Temple (Mochin
The More Difficult The Study, The Better
thoughts and desires are interconnected. Therefore, right
now, as we study The Book of Zohar, if someone is being lazy, this
weakens everyone else. That person will be punished for his deed in that it
will be even more difficult for him to keep studying.
are all in one common boat. Either I am drilling a hole in it, or I'm trying to
the best of my ability to move our common boat with my intention.
less energy I have, the more difficult it is for me. Yet, if I overcome all
these obstacles, then I contribute great efforts to the common effort to evoke
the Light. I thereby influence everyone else and this comes back to me through
them. As a result, I end up a winner.
the more difficult it is during the study, the better it is. I have to feel the
responsibility I have because we have all signed a group contract, a mutual
guarantee, and this fact has to obligate me to act.
is impossible to read The Book of Zohar by myself; I need an
environment. That environment is the people who are studying all over the world
and expecting results from the study. The Creator has awakened several million
people in different parts of the world, who are now reading The Book of
Zohar together with us.
person sitting in front of his TV or computer screen has to understand that if
he is being lazy at this moment, then he influences all others! This
transgression will come back to him and will push him away from attaining the
goal in the same measure that he caused harm to all of us.
the study is not just my personal work. Right now all of us together are trying
to attract the Surrounding Light and with its help to move our boat closer to
the goal. It is written that one has to attain such a degree of love for one's
friend that one would give the friend one's last pillow if the friend wanted
think: your friend wants to advance toward the spiritual goal, and the two of
you are moving together in the same direction. However, suddenly you abandon
him! What kind of punishment does a traitor of this caliber deserve?