Kabbalah and New Age Teachings



sleepersdilemma.jpg“I am still unclear as to where you stand on Bnei Baruch. Do you think the whole thing is a waste of time or even harmful? Do you think all the Laitman’s writings are useless? What was the cause of your change of heart? You say, “but at some point I felt that I’m not advancing anymore.” Does that mean that you made a certain amount of progress but were unable to progress further – or that it is a completely wrong and false path?I am very confused and agitated – partly because I was so hopeful that BB may have been the real thing. I am so tired of being disappointed.”

“Is Laitman’s way of teching Kabbalah what Rebbe Baruch Ashlag would had wanted to be?
Laitman claims he was Rabash’s personal assistant, and that he (Rabash)left a notebook labeled “shamati” (that contained Rabash’s annotations of Baal HaSulam’s teachings) to Laitman on his deathbed, Is this true? What is this notebook?”

I keep getting messages on this topic and since the same question seem to be repeating itself I will try to be more precise with my answers.

Fist of all I would like to start by putting forward an important disclaimer.

It’s written in Gemara “Make yourself a Rav, buy yourself a friend and always judge others favorably”. A lot has been written by both Baruch Shalom and Yehuda Ashlag on the first portion of this statement (i.e. Rav/Friend) and with your permission I won’t repeat it, but I do want to stress the third point – always judge others favorably. What this statement implies (and I’m merely repeating the explanation of sages to it, so you’re free to verify it yourself) is that you’re not to judge unfavorably different ways to serve HaShem. It is said “Brati Yetzer Ra, Barati Toraht Tavlin ki Ha-Or She-ba Machzrio Le-Mutav” – “I created evil inclination and I created Torah as its medicine, as the light (hidden in it) returns a person to Creator. Therefore anyone who is pursuing Torah to cleave to the Creator is on the right path – Kabbalah is a shortcut to get there faster, but by no means the ONLY way to get to this stage. You can read more on this point in Introduction to Ten Sefiros by Baal HaSulam.

With that said I personally respect anyone who follows the way of Torah to achieve this goal, thus I don’t judge individuals and groups that follow a certain method. The problem with Bnei Baruch is that they claim to follow Sulam’s methodology, where in fact they follow their own version of Sulam. Frankly saying I would have cared less, but by presenting their own framework as Sulam’s approach they push away people from Kabbalah and shed negative light to anyone who is associated with Ashlag’s groups. As one of the students of Rabash said to me after looking through BB site and I quote “It’s a shame, a shame to the whole group of RABASH – we should tear or garments and seat on the floor to mourn the group”.

Here is a short version of key disconnects between Laitman and original Sulam’s methodology. All key points can be easily checked in various Introductions by Rav Ashlag, though it would be hard if you can’t read Hebrew and would have to rely on the translation of BB.

  1. Machsom. How many times during the lesson do you hear this word? 100? maybe 1000? maybe more? The goal of BB is to cross machsom and to do it NOW! 90% of lesson is spent talking about means to cross machsom and people run around like crazy freaks trying to break through it. Very nice, the only problem is that you will NEVER find this term in ANY books by Sulam. Surprised? Hugh – so was I. Go ahead, pick a book that has original articles and find at least one occurrence of this word.
  2. Other “people beyond machsom” – don’t you find it peculiar that Laitman is the only person out of many students of Sulam that managed to cross this “machsom”? If we were talking about a math here, I might have agreed that most of the class can fail when a certain course it taken, but all of them except one?! Now, there is something also to remember – both Yehuda Ashlag and RABASH where on the highest level of spiritual ladder. They were what normal people call “Tzadikim” (righteous). Do you really think that after investing years and years into their students only one of them managed to cross so called barrier into spirituality??? Come on, you can do better than that! And the claim that Laitman is the only one that crossed the barrier and he doesn’t see anyone around really makes an interesting doubts about the person’s psychological state
  3. Enough with machsom, now to the point that will be unpleasant to most of the readers unfortunately. If you didn’t know it yet, Kabbalah is series of commentaries on Torah. It is the 4th and the deepest level of Torah of information that is concealed behind stories of Jewish people (PARDES – orchard, also means Pshat-simple meaning, Remez-hint, Drash-in-depth, Sod-secret [Kabbalah]).Whether you like it or not, Torah was given to Jewish people and therefore you must be Jewish in order to be able to study it. Now, before you start accusing me of discrimination, simply refer to the Book of Zohar which has extremely well defined warning that clearly states prohibition to teach Torah to anyone who is not Jewish. According to Zohar, a non-Jew who studied even the SIMPLIEST concepts of Torah is subject to death, and the person who taught him Torah is transgressing fundamental Torah commandment of not putting an obstacle in front of blind person. If Zohar is so blunt here (and this point isn’t been brought as an allegory but as very precise instruction!) can you realize now what damage you’re causing yourself – whether you’re a non-Jewish student or Jewish member of Bnei Baruch that distributes “Kabbalah” to masses?
  4. Wait, but Jewish and Israel doesn’t really mean being Jewish but merely implies that your “good forces” take over the “bad ones” and mitzvos don’t have to be observed as they’re meaningless in this word (oops, except maaser – tithe of your salary that must be paid to Bnei Baruch”)! I love this statement the most and this is the key contradiction between Beni Baruch and Sulam. Yes, there is always a deeper meaning in everything that you read in Torah, BUT none of the four layers of Torah contradict each other – they complement each other! Thus when Kabbalah refers to Jewish/Israel it indeed refers to a specific forces within us and the universe, however it also uses the word for its simplistic and basic meaning! Thus, saying that mitzvos and requirements of being Jewish to observe them and study Torah & Kabbalah (which is part of the mitzvos if you didn’t know yet) is simply contradictory to the Torah itself! Same as stating that Kabbalah is a science and Creator is some ambiguous force in the universe. Look at Yehuda Ashlag, look at his son RABASH, look at ARI – they were so focused on perfecting their mitzvos to the smallest details that they went to extreme! And now Laitman comes and says that Mitzvos in this world aren’t really necessary? Did he surpass ARI and Sulam already to make such statements??

I can continue this list with additional points, but I think I covered the fundamental ones. Laitman is a great psychologist and a very smart person that knows how to motivate and control people. By being in the group you will start have certain “feelings” that might lead you to conclusion that you’re advancing, yet it will be far from the truth. You can reproduce the same feeling of Unity by going camping with your close friends – yet it doesn’t mean that you advanced spiritually.

You don’t need to believe anything I wrote here, moreover I encourage you to check these facts yourself. I merited to find people who studied with Rabash and talked to them. Once I heard their story I saw how far Bnei Baruch deviated from Sulam – now that I started to study with Rabbi I see how absurd their concepts are, but when you’re in the group and have peer pressure that brainwashes you on daily basis you simply can’t account to where you are and where you’re going. If everything that I written here doesn’t make sense, consider only one simple fact – no one except Bnei Baruch considers Laitman anyone worthy of even discussion – you’ll not find anyone outside of BB that believes that he knows what he is talking about. You have millions of people and thousands of years of proven methodology – do you really want to put your life in risk by trying something that only one person seems to know and comprehend when the rest of the world claims him to be a lunatic? Risk is always part of us, but are you trully willing to Risk your soul? We’re not talking about fiscal damage here (ignoring 10% of your salary for the moment) – we’re talking about eternity.

My apologies if I offended anyone.

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132 Responses to Kabbalah and New Age Teachings

  1. To Felix, men ARE Hokma and Hessed, but for some reason G-d made women too, which are Binna and Gvurra, I think that when a person is confused he asks questions, doesn’t he? Kia’s comment looks like a chalenge, and from that point was answered by me, first very mild, then more severe, and the last answer was intended to show that if somebody wants to discuss things openly he is welcome, but should be redy for any kind of the statments on my side, because in open discusions there can’t be topics that can’t be analysed from the Kabbalaistic point of view.

    I may agree that if you think that non jewish world isn’t ready for such level of openness, and may damadge the popularity of the site, then anyway it should be told to “Kia” to ask his freinds to translate his thoughts into proper english and to be presented on the site for continuing discusion, or the comment will be deleted, because of the unproperiate mentioning of the name of Avrraham Avvinu.

  2. Felix says:

    On some points I agree with you, especially that women are Gvura :)

    I edited the comment. The site isn’t here for popularity – you know it.

  3. To Felix, thank you for resolving the conflict in the most proper way one may expect, I very much appritiate the fact that you publish all the comments even if they are written by “Gvurrot”, and I think that it will be right to expect from us a correct behavior, and relevancy of the comments. Thank you again. Shabbat Shalom.

  4. k says:

    i studied with laitman for a little while now, have realized the harm is has done to me. before i joined one of the ‘physical’ groups, after 2 months of personal studies with laitman’s books/tv channel, i was able to experience lishma. i just want to understand how i was able to experience lishma (being a gentile)? What does it mean to have an intention ‘for the creator’s sake’. Could you point me in the direction to authentic resources, and if i am not to study kabbalah, how would i determine the most suitable way to serve Him?


  5. To Kon, you are lucky to find out the damage of Laitman’s cult started doing to you and this site has enough explanation why Laitman’s teaching is harmful, so there is no need to speak about it again.I think you should give a special prayer in your own words and to thank Him for saving your soul from this trap, and to ask the Creator to lead you in the right direction.

    Read the information on this site about the difference of studing about Kabbalah and studing Kabbalah, and espescially Rav Gottlieb’s letter which explains, who and why may or may not learn kabbalah, and if you will have questions after reading the information on this site, we will try to answer you.

    As for experiencing LeShmma while being gentile, you have to understand how the ego works. Every person, even the most evil one had in his life an action which can be clasified Leshmma, becuase Addam is made by combination of Malkhut( Bekhimma=animal like) and Binna(Adam= human), and from time to time we are nice, and from time to time we are nasty, and we explain our behavior by very well known phrase” we are just people”, so once we are closer to Binna, and sometimes e are closer to Malkhut”.

    What Kabbala teaches us is ALWAYS to be on the level of Binna, and while the Ego let you be Binna from time to time and even enjoy it from time to time , the same way it desturbs you all the time, when you tell your ego that from now on you are going to behave ALWAYS as you should and not as you wish or feel at the present time.

    Here begins the real war with youself=ego. Ego let you do want it wants you to do, but when you say to it that from now on you take on your self Torah and Mitzvot, and you get out of your ego goverment, it starts to fight you in every way, and even where ussually you could do LeShmma, now your ego doesn’t let you do it, because it says” you think that you can overcome me?” Let’s see how long you can resist my orders. And here exactly you need the Creator, because if you don’t pray and cry and beg for mercy, for the Creator to help you to overcome your ego, you are lost in this fight without Creator’s help there is no way to win this war.

    But before the Creator helps you, you have to try everything you have, and the strongest “weapon” against our ego is keeping Mitzvot, and learning Torah, and when you will see that even all this isn’t enough without straight help of the Creator to overcome it and to come to the PERMANENT state of LeShmma, after you fought with all your might, and did all that our Sages have to teach us, and prouved yourself to be dedicated to the way of Torah and Mitzvot= as given way to you, and not chosen by your own will or ego, you get this stage of Leshmma, and you see what an enomous difference is between intuitive=gentile experience of LeShmma and the real spiritual Leshmma, it is something like to be told about the love and to experience the love, or as to be told about the death,and to experience the fall into the abyss.

    ” For the Creator’s sake” means that you do everything to correspont to the purpose of the creation and fulfilling your own part in it, and you don’t complain, of what part in this global movement to the purpose of the Creation you are given, you don’t wait for the reward, or aprouvel, or even understanding, you just get the job you are given, and you make maximum to do it from all you heart, and using all you abilities, and even more than you can, you move in this direction, whether it hurts or humilates you, becuase the purpose of getting the creation to its destination is the main motive in your life, and all the rest is under its influence, you dedicate youself to it, you are devoted to this purpose and nothing can make you turn from this path.

    You should know that you are in this world not because of your will, and you will leave it not according to your will, you are on the mession here and there isn’t any reason to complain, or to discuss the Creator’s orders, first of all you have to complete them, and if the Creator finds it nessecary, He will show you why, and what for this or that exparience should be experienced.

    You are here to make potencial into reality, and it is the only way to become Co-Creator. You are shown the plan but when it comes to realize it we think it will be realized for us by somebody else, if not by the Creator Himself.

    When you are shown the “palace” on the plan you like it very much, and when it becomes clear to you that you are to be the constractor of it, and that it means to do all the heavy work, of digging the ground , of filling it with concret, and you are not going to be given the bricks ready and even the straw for the bricks you have to find yourself, and there won’t be anytime to rest, to wait for the help or understanding, you question very much if you really want this “palace” or not.

    But if you do all you can, and see that the work given to you is beyond you capability, you will know what to ask and what to pray about, and will learn to appritiate the help of the others, because the Creator can never be seen, but He can be felt through the different forms He dresses in, according to the situation you are in.

    if you want to know your specific place in this amazing prossess you have to find a Kabbalist, or at least a student of the Kabbalist which can give you some ideas, of which part of the creation you belong to and what is more or less expected from you. We all gave plan minimum, and you may as well wish to paticipate in maximum development of the potential into the reality, but you may not to be even considerd, for the last one if you are not jewish or a jew that doesn’t observe Torah and Mitzvot, and not becuase ,G-d forbid, you are no good than an observing jew is, it is because you don’t know what you are getting in, and what you will have to deal with. The child isn’t given the piolot driving wheel because something is wrong with him, but because he is a child, and may not be expected to know and to save the flight from the crash.

    Working with the Ratzon Lekkabal demands a special training, it accually demans from you to be Superman, but it isn’t Hollywood movie, it is the backside of it, because when Moshe asked HaShem to show him His Glory, he was told, that He will see the Backside, but the Frontside won’t be seen. It means that you will be demanded supernatural efforts, without any seen reward for a long time and without asking when your mession is over,and even without a right for thr break, or just a moment to be ” just a human”, because it isn’t good enough for an excuise in spiritual, you may be out in a moment, and it is very questinabale when you will be let in next time.

    I hope something of what I’ve written will be helpful to you, and if not don’t give up look for the place you can be helped and directed, if the wish is strong enough it will find the fulfillment. Good luck.

  6. Jack says:

    Good post, yehudith.shraga. Thank you. I appreciate it. I like reading Laitman’s blog and watching his ARIFilms videos. Though it’s good to have another perspective on his teachings.

  7. yehudith says:

    To Jack.

    You see, nobody says that pork isn’t tasty, it is just that we are prohibited to eat it according to Torah.

    You do agree that one is what he/she enjoys, don’t you ?

    Kosher and Kdushar as the opposite to all the rest of the variety of the world, is the real taste of the real life in real time, and it isn’t another perspective, but the only one for real people.

    One might not be born with good manners or good taste, but he/she can certainly cultivate it in the soul, but it can be done only with the help of the learning Torah and performing Mitzvot for the sake of bestowing and it is also the only perspective.

    Try for the begining Rav Yitzkhak Fanger and feel the difference, though may be it isn’t as tasty in English as it is in Hebrew, but it might be just my point of view, but you have their a perstective to get at least the idea.

    If you believe to what is written on the bottle and has no means to understand what is inside, you are going to drink a lot of viniger instead of Chardone or Merlot, and it is a bad perspective.

    But what it worse that some children like to play with their fecus and some of them even like to eat it, how do you like such a perspective?

  8. To all intrested, there is a special section in “Hidabroot english” in google, with a lot of intresting lectures and explanations for the beginners and for everybody who want to listen to lectures based on Kabbalah consepts.

    Together with Zamir Cohen and Yitzhakh Fanger , I would like to recomend Rav Aharon Levy whose lectures mostly based on Baal Hasulam ” Pri Hakham” and Hassidic Kabbalah consepts, very intresting, very vivid, easy to undestand, because each consept is explained from different points of view, and shown as being inplemented to every day life.

    Yesterday’s lecture for example, was dedicated to the importance of the person’s envaroment, on the bases of Baal HaSulam’s consept of “Sfarim, Soffrim and Svviva”, and it was shown again, that if you want to strengthen the spiritual part in youself you have to read a lot of modern and classical works which help to direct you thinking to the field of spiritual realm, it is very important to check that the writer is Kosher, at the bigining of the book you have the “letters of agrement” of the leading Rav’s whose names are well known to both relegious and secular public, and one of the important matters is the WEBSITE you are dwelling in. Today the internet is the vertual envarement of a person. It is good when you have lessons of kabbalist and friends that learn with you, but even if you are in a less jewish place than Israel, you may find good Kosher lecturers and good Kosher lessons, not to mention the books.

    Special thank to Felix, he does his best to find Kosher Kabbalah sites and introduce them on his site.

    To tell the truth, I may not recoment somebody more than Rav Gottlieb, but the level of his study of Kabbalah is very high and may be difficult for the beginers, and while you learn properly Hebrew( and I hope it is clear to everybody of us that there is no way of learning Kabbalah without knowing Hebrew, TaNaKh and observing Mitzvot), by the way there is a very good lecture of Zamir Cohen adressed to non-jewish population intrested in Kabbalah and in taking part of bringing to this World peace and happiness, and may be highly recomended to those looking for their place in this prosses.Anyway the one who is serious in his intentions to change his inner world from chaotic into structured according to the spiritual”map” will ultemetly come to the TES with all the Kosher Comments published and taught by Rav Gottlieb and to Zohar with Baal HaSulam’s explanation.

    But before it happens enjoy youself with the KOSHER lecturers and books, and it will bring you closer to understanding the purpose of Creation.

    So as you see there is no place to complain of not having an adiquet books, authers and envaroment, everything is just the question of Ratzon to work in the direction of bettering yourself and in this way the whole Creation. And to beging this prosses you have to fight for the right to choose, becuase we sometimes let it be taken from us “free of charge” by some people who claim to know more or better than our souls what is or what isn’t Kabbalah.

  9. prakash(EL-AUR)advani says:

    I El-AUR from Hindu family residing in INDIA now a practising Jew from 2003,circumcised2007 and keeping Mitzvos. All of my mitzvos I learnt from my teacher a convertd jew from muslim fly.we were abandoned for following judasim.we faced a lot of hardships.now i am all alone as my teacher has gone back to his country.i had started reading books of beni baruch ,as ZOHAR books were freely accessible. I came across comments of BB . I want to study BAAL HASULAM books ,as from past 2yrs my group studies secret doctrine.i read hebrew but not able to understand its meaning. i went through your sites and learnt most of the books are in Hebrew.I want to purchase BAAL HASULAM books in english. These books are expensive and i do not have so much funds.Please help me if i can get BAAL HA SULAM books and ZOHAR FULL VOLUME AT CONCESSIONAL RATES in english.IN near future i may be asked to quit job as i am observing SHABBAT.IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW JUDASIM IN INDIA,it seems we are flowing upstream.also HASHEM gave kabbalah to his children freely ,through the streanous effots of masters.ONLY BECAUSE I AM UNABLE TO MAKE COMPLETE MONEY ,SHOULD I BE DEVOID OF WISDOM OF KABBALAH.Please can i also learn kabbalah for books in ENGLISH at concessional rates,for it seems these books are only for rich.we are isolated ,alone and need your help and guidance.Please do answer,SHALOM ALECHEM.

  10. yehudith says:

    Hello, El-Aur, I’ve just reterned home and found your letter and I am very glad you are intrested in Kabbalah.

    Here are some recommendations for you as far as I can see may be useful for you.

    First of all you have to find a jewish organization called HaBaD, they have a lot of places in India, so check on internet which is the closest to you.

    Tell them all about your conversion, because they understand if the conversion was Kosher, it is very important.

    Do all possible to get help from them on your way to Judaism and follow all their instructions, they are very relible and may be of great help to you.

    Their teaching is very close to Kabbalah and though they don’t study Baal haSulam they may be of great help to you with Hebrew, and may be they will need you for their activity there in India.

    Forget about Kabbalah in english it doesn’t exist, all you see here on the site is just the attempt to explain what Baal HaSulam’s teaching is and that it is the part of the Judaism and is not independent from Judaism.

    Kabbalah’s language is Hebrew, because each letter, each word has its meaning which may not be expressed or translated to any other language.

    If you want to serve the Creator with all your heart stick to HaBaD and learn Hebrew through their lessons and ptayers and personal contact, when you know Hebrew you will see that, there is nearly and no need for money to study Kabbalah, because till you come to Zohar and Talmud Esser HaSeffirot, you will have to study all the articles of Rav Barukh Ashlag, let the Creator bless his name, and all the intruductions of Baal HaSulam( you may find them in Hebrew on sale on Rav Gottlieb’s site amd it isn’t expensive at all, if there will be a problem I may try to help you with it), you have to know Torah and Gemarra at least on their simplest level.

    HaBaD organiztion distrubute Torah and there are a lot of free sites of learning Gemmarra FREE( I like most Alfa Society’s site), but there may not be Baal HaSulam study in english.

    There are free Hebrew study sites and you may use them, to my mind the Best is of Hebrew University, but you should combine your study with the following the Mitzvot according to all Jewish rules and there is no better than HaBaD for this purposes.

    I do not recomend to read BB’s translations of Zohar and all the rest of their publications and you shouldn’t buy any of their books in english, two lines in Hebrew from original Baal HaSulam’s texts learned by heart are better than all BB’s sites all together.

    Ain Od Mi Levodo-there is nobody,but Him.
    Ratza haKadosh BarukhHu Lezakkot Et Israel, Lefi’ykhakh Harbe Lakhem Torah uMitzvot- the Creator wanted to help the Israel, so He gave them Torah and Mitzvot.

    Shalom Alekhem and Hug Pessakh Kasher and Sameikh.

  11. Felix says:

    Well said, Yehudith.

    Everything that Chabad does is based on pure Kabbalah. Everything is based on ARIZAL. They’re very good start.

  12. yehudith says:

    Sorry I made a mistake the organisation which distribute Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s translation and explanation of Gemmara is called Aleph Society and their address is publication@Steinsaltz.org

    Good luck

  13. Aminadav Hinton says:

    I have just started within the last few weeks with BB. I notice through conversations that they no longer study Tora, stating that the Tora is in them. They don’t read Tanakh. They only study the BB material. Which is a sure sign of a cult. And I have heard that Rabbi Michael Laitmen has the only truth, another sure sign of a cultic variance. I stated to the two leaders of the local meet up here in San Antonio TX that Hashem is the only that has thee truth. Man is as a Kabbalist should know tangible and tanted. There seems to be a dogma in place, disrupting the essential Kabbalah we all need. Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag never in what i have read, taught to do away with the Tora, Tanakh. There are some brainwashing sources taking place, however i really like those people they are good people, badly mistaken.

  14. yehudith says:

    To Aminadav

    Very clever observations of the signs of the cult.

    There is one more -“they are good people”, they are too good to be true.

  15. yehudith says:

    Dear friends, do not underestimate the influnce of the groups,cults or socities you get involeved with on your individuality.

    Reread Rav Barukh Ashlag’s(Rabash) article ” The inportance of the acknowledgment of the Evil”( Rav Gottlieb’s edition, volume 2, p.211).

    Pay special attention on his explanation of what happens to individual when it comes under the influence of the mass and make your own conclusions for your involment with the groups you are involeved with.

    Special attention should be payed to the place where he speaks about the Baal haBatim- those who satisfy their ego even by serving the Creator and Baale’i haTora-those who want to serve the Creator for the sake of bestowing and the way the mass of Baal haBatim may gulp the Individual without his realizing it.

    You may get under the influence of the mass because of the strength this mass has and the their unbreakable will of distoying your individuality and making you one of them( p.219-220).

    My blessings to all looking for the way of Torah and the path of bestowing the content to the Creator for His creation.

    You may see today that they “badly mistaken”,but as Rabash explains- tomorrow will become on of them and will look for the ways to mistake others.

  16. yehudith says:

    As for calling somebody Rebbi, we should remember that there is a special Rabinic exam for those who studied Torah and Hallakhot and want to be the religious leaders of the jewish people and we adress them palitly-Rav, BUT we do not call them Rebbi if we don’t see them as our own Rav which we learn from or consult for our Hallakha questions.

    One may call a jewish leader Rebbi if he follows the way this Rav teach and recomend, because as you know Rebbi implies the strong meaning of my Rav.

    As for the kabalists we know the explanation of the Baal HaSulam written by Barukh Ashlag in his book Sammati, that for the person who goes the way of Truth and Faith the Rav should be the Creator and so any human holder of this title may be seen by a kabalist as a person he may learn through!!! him and not from him.

    The real knowlege comes to a kabalist according to his correction and the inner knowledge is opened to him in any part of the creation and not only through the lessons of Torah or explanations he gets from the Ravs.

    As for the harm the calling a person Rebbi who isn’t even an official Rav in Israel, it is very strong, because we more or less know some prosecces of our concious thinking but we have no if any knowledge of the unconcious influence on us of the information we get “by chance” or dispose ourselves without any special reason, that is why many religious people don’t agree to have TV sets and Internets and other mass media, because their unconsious influence may predetemin our decision making processes and unfluence our choices.

    I leave up to you the use of mass media, but strongly recommend to think twice before you call somebody-Teacher, Master and expecially Rebbi, you insert this command into your network of unconsioucness and the results may be devasteting for your mental and will power.

  17. Judy says:

    I am glad I found you guys. I have been a student for about a year. I quit once and rejoined. I have quit again and will not return.It felt wrong and it didn’t feel like the truth. I was getting so depressed and confused. But that big red flag was waving in front of me and I realized that I need to “get out”. Thank G-D for helping me see the truth. I am Jewish and to my very soul ( of which I do believe are born with)) I knew it wasn’t the right path….at least for me. I feel sorry for the (friends) because I think they are being led with no thoughts of their own anymore. How sad. I feel so much better now. I can actually feel happy. I have always felt G-D in my life from the time I was a little girl. HE is always there. HE has always been the LIGHT and we can all feel HIM without bb telling us how. I feel that NOW I am on the right path. I know that the path will have obstacles but I know that I will get around them and continue on.

  18. yehudith says:

    Hello, dear Judy, I am very glad you find your way out of Laitman’s lie, and I think that your example shows that those who rely upon their Souls, may not be cheated for a long time, especially if they really look for the true way and not for a “club” which boosts one’s ego, instead of teaching and helping people to come to a real spiritual level where you are given the vision of true and false, and so may choose your individual path.

    Thank you for writing and shareing your wonderful experience with us,we are sure your example and especialy your confidence in the Voice of your Soul will help many others still trapped in bb’s network of laitman’s pseudo-kabbalah to find the way out of it and straight to the building of the confidence in the G-d’s leadership and His Merciful Will to help each and every of us to attain the only possible Good- the bestwoing form of existence.

    Let us live and see when the 9 of Av becomes Mu’ed=the Holiday for all people of Israel and all the entire creation.

  19. yehudith says:

    Re’eh(Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)
    Tell It On the Mountain
    by Rav Noson Weisz

    See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing: that you hearken
    to the commandments of the Lord, your God that I command you today. And the curse: if you do not hearken to the commandments of the Lord, your God … You shall deliver the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. (Deut. 11:26-29)

    This passage is a cryptic summation of a ceremony that is described in detail in Parshat Ki Tavo (Deut. 27:11-26). According to Rashi’s understanding, the Levites stood between the two mountains, while six tribes stood on Mount Grizim and six on Mount Ebal. The Levites turned towards Mount Grizim and said eleven blessings, and then turned towards Mount Ebal and uttered the eleven curses mentioned there, the flip side of those blessings.

    But it is difficult to understand the point of such a ceremony. The blessings are a result of hearkening to the words of God as explained here, whereas the curses are the consequences of not doing so. What does all this have to do with mountains and Levites and all the tribes standing there divided into two groups? Why are these specific commandments singled out to serve as the basis for the blessings and curses? How can we relate to blessings being associated with one geographic location and curses with another?


    To thoroughly examine this issue we must begin by explaining the relationship of the individual with the Jewish people, a concept known as Klal Israel.

    Now, you are my sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are adam [“man”]; I am your God — the word of the Lord the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:31)

    In Hebrew Jews are called adam, meaning man. This is a collective noun — the entire people are considered one collective person.

    The unity of many individuals is a spiritual matter.

    The unity of the individual is a matter of physical integrity. Each individual man has his own physical presence and occupies his own particular space. But the unity of many individuals is a spiritual matter; a people has no particular physical presence or integrity.

    In this sense the Jewish people are rendered one by the fact that they are all loyal to the Torah, and are therefore not only dedicated to the same spiritual aim or goal, but also pledged to arrive at this goal by following the same route — the faithful observance of the commandments of the Torah. Thus a prerequisite of Torah acceptance was:

    And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain (Exodus, 19:1) as one man, with one heart. (Mechilta, Jethro,1)

    Every Jew has two aspects to his identity. He exists as an individual, and as an appendage of the Jewish people. The Shmoneh Esreh prayer, the most important prayer we say, authored for us by the Members of the Great Assembly to carry out our Torah obligation to pray, is expressed entirely in the plural. We do not say, “cure me” or “bless me” and the like, we say “cure us,” and “bless us.”

    At first glance this seems to be a halachically invalid way to pray. Maimonides explains (Laws of Prayer, 1,2), that the commandment to pray requires one to state his own personal needs to God daily. In light of this obligation how could the Members of the Great Assembly, who surely knew the law have authored a prayer for us that is entirely expressed in the plural as a means of carrying out this obligation?

    The answer is that we express our individual needs in the context of our identity as members of the great composite man, Klal Israel. As all Jews comprise a single adam, the problems of the individual Jew take on an enhanced importance, for they interfere with the ability of the composite Klal Israel from being able to function properly.

    The body is made up of its various appendages. The needs of the individual are also the needs of Klal Israel. Knowing this, the Members of the Great Assembly taught us to couch our requests in the context of public rather than private need, as their enhanced importance is a better guarantee of a favorable response.


    A more striking illustration of this principle of unity is provided by the commandments themselves. We have 613 commandments 365 negative and 248 positive. The 248 positive commandments correspond to the limbs of a person as listed by the Mishna in Kelim 1. Yet many of the commandments are addressed to the Kohen or the Levite, some only to the court, while some are only incumbent on the King. Some commandments are ones that we hope will never come up, such as the one to divorce one’s wife under certain circumstances, or to marry a brother’s wife when he dies without children. Still others can only be carried out in Israel and, for the 2,000 years of exile, were beyond our reach through no fault of our own. But the Ari wrote that the perfection of the person requires the carrying out of all the commandments. How can this be reconciled?

    The Ari wrote that the perfection of the person requires the carrying out of all the commandments.

    The answer once again is to be found in the unity of Klal Israel. The Torah was not given to individual Jews but to Klal Israel. Individuals are required to observe it in the context of the Covenant of Sinai which was made with Klal Israel and not with individuals. Individuals may be obligated under its terms, but it is Klal Israel that is the signatory party. As long as every individual Jew carries out the Torah obligations that fall on him, Klal Israel is observing the Torah. The observance of Klal Israel reverberates to benefit all individual Jews.

    Torah observance is a collective responsibility as much as it is an individual obligation. Its benefits are collectively shared while the consequences of non- compliance must be suffered by all Jews.

    This dual system of individual versus Klal Israel is built into the workings of Divine Providence. The Gaon of Vilna points out that we find the following instruction in the order of battle as described in next week’s Torah portion:

    And who is the man who has betrothed a woman and not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the war and another man will marry her. (Deut. 20:7)

    Asks the Vilna Gaon: Jewish tradition teaches us that a person’s fate is sealed on Yom Kippur. If a person was sealed for life on Yom Kippur he cannot be killed in battle, and if he was slated to die what good will it do him to avoid the battle? Surely, he will then die in some other fashion.

    Answers the Vilna Gaon: Divine Providence relates to a person in two ways — as an individual and as a member of Klal Israel. A war is a public event, an act of Klal Israel; individuals engage in warfare, but it is only the public that wages war. Divine Providence may have decreed that a certain number of Jewish soldiers should die in battle; these same soldiers may not be under any death sentence as individuals. Thus if a person stays to fight the battle he may die as a result of the collective decree; if he is sent home he may not die as there is no individual decree issued against him.


    But how can a system of collective responsibility be applied against individuals? What can the individual do to prevent wrongdoing by the general public? How is it fair to punish anyone for the sin of another?

    The rule is the following:
    The hidden sins are for the Lord, our God, but the revealed sins are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of His Torah. (Deut. 29:28)

    We, Klal Israel, cannot police people’s hearts, that is a matter for God, but we are capable of maintaining a high standard of public Torah observance. People’s public behavior, which does come under our scrutiny, must be held up to a high standard.

    We cannot follow the principle that people’s morality is a matter of their own private conscience.

    Because of the fact that we share each other’s fate as members of Klal Israel, we cannot follow the principle that people’s morality is a matter of their own private conscience. Every society feels entitled to adopt forceful measures to preserve the physical peace among its members despite the differing moral standards regarding the use of physical violence against other people prevalent in human society. We cannot allow anyone to harm another while we stand idly on the sidelines doing nothing.

    In the same fashion, Klal Israel is entitled to enforce certain standards of Torah observance by the same principle. The moral actions of Jews affect the physical as well as the moral well-being of other Jews just as the various appendages of a single body affect each other.


    We are finally getting to the crux of the matter. The Ohr Hachaim explains that the common thread that runs through the eleven sins referred to in the curses associated with Mount Ebal is that they take place in private, with the perpetrators insulated from public scrutiny. Klal Israel cannot police the way people speak to their parents, or illicit sexual practices that are engaged in behind closed doors, or any of the other matters mentioned. These are consequently “hidden sins” which are God’s problem to deal with. But does that mean that Klal Israel is totally closed out of this area?

    This is the significance of Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal — “I present before you today a blessing and a curse.” Even the consequences of private acts performed far from the public eye fall under the jurisdiction of Klal Israel. The blessing and the curse is each presented by God to the Jewish public body to distribute. All blessings flow through Klal Israel and the ultimate curse is to be severed from the body of Klal Israel in the manner of an appendage severed from the body. The uttering of the curses and the blessings by the Levites to the tribes standing on Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal is far from an empty ceremony.


    Secular society is founded on the concept of tolerance. Private behavior is an expression of private morals and is no one’s business. Such a concept is no doubt efficacious in preserving public harmony, but it has a very negative consequence when applied to the inner world of the individual. It allows the individual himself to maintain a different standard of morality in his private life than in his public life; he can internalize this attitude of social tolerance and apply it to his own inner world.

    You cannot curse the private immorality of others if you are tolerant of it in your own life.

    Humans have no obvious solution to this dilemma. We cannot possibly allow the public to encroach on people’s private lives; this would result in a society based on vigilantism and suspicion; it would destroy social harmony and the love of one’s fellow man. Yet by teaching tolerance we cannot prevent the evolution of double standards of morality given the weakness of individual human beings.

    The Torah offers a solution to this problem as well. You cannot curse the private immorality of others if you are tolerant of it in your own life. God gave the power of issuing blessings and curses only to Klal Israel. As long as the Jewish people is clear on what is right and wrong and each individual Jew maintains this distinction in his private life, the blessing and the curse remain clearly separate, just as Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal are clearly separate. The geographic distinction of mountains is such, that they are clearly separable from one another. The blessings of God that flow through Klal Israel, reach the individual Jews that are deserving in the manner of tributaries that branch off rivers to irrigate the surrounding fields while the undeserving are cursed and cut off from the general flow.

    But if confusion develops in individual Jews and they start maintaining a double standard between private and public morality, the sharp distinction between the blessings and the curses breaks down. The symbol of distinct mountains is no longer an apt representation of the gulf between what is blessed in the individual heart and what is accursed. In that case the blessing and the curse intermingle; our tolerance of our own weaknesses exposes us to the curse of God engendered by other people’s weaknesses as well. We all become infected with each other’s moral cancer and the social fabric of Klal Israel becomes weakened and destroyed.


    But there is yet a deeper dimension to all of this. When Klal Israel committed the sin of building and serving the Golden Calf, God told Moses:

    ‘Go descend — for your people that you brought up from the land of Egypt has become corrupt.’ (Exodus 32:7)

    Rashi quotes the Talmud on this passage: “Descend from your spiritual height; I only allowed you to attain such a lofty spiritual level in their merit.” (Brochot 32a)

    Now there is no question that Moses the individual who did not participate in any way in this sin was fully deserving individually of his spiritual level. God Himself testified to Moses’ great spiritual merit, but individual spiritual attainment and closeness to God is limited by the level of Klal Israel as a whole!

    Upon reflection, this should not be surprising. The greatest possible blessing for a Jew is closeness to God. Like any other blessing, this must also flow through Klal Israel. If this is true in the negative, as in the case of Moses, how much more must this be so in the positive! Individual spiritual attainments reverberate to the benefit of all Jews. The greater the clarity of the distinction in the mind of the individual Jew between a blessing and a curse, between “hearkening to the word of God” and not paying attention, the greater will be the clarity of Klal Israel and the clearer the distinction between Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal.

  20. yehudith says:

    Netziv: Davar B’Ito
    Parshas Reeh
    Segulos, Kosher and Not
    by Rav Yitzchok Adlerstein

    If there should arise in your midst a prophet or a dreamer of a dream, and he will provide you with a sign or a wonder. If the sign or wonder comes about which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us follow other gods that you did not know, and we shall worship them!” Do not listen to the words of the prophet or the dreamer of a dream, for Hashem your G-d is testing you to know whether you love Hashem your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul. Hashem your G-d you shall follow and Him shall you fear. His commandments you shall observe and to His voice you shall listen. Him you shall serve and to Him you shall cleave.

    Two principal approaches explain these pesukim. According to one of them, that of R. Akiva, the false navi does not work any miracles in the name of some false deity. Rather, he legitimately earned the distinction of prophet (or the lesser level of experiencing some sort of a prophetic experience in the form of a dream) at some earlier time. At some previous occasion or occasions, he had spoken in the Name of Hashem, and established his bona fides by predicting and producing a miraculous occurrence. Now, however, he brings a very different message, urging people to serve a false object of veneration.

    R. Akiva’s approach makes the miracle-worker status of the false prophet easier to deal with. The false prophet is not endowed with some special, mysterious power that he can manipulate to his own advantage, including to “prove” to his audience that he should be followed, no matter what he says. We do not have to explain to ourselves how it is that Hashem provides a charlatan with the power to work miracles in order to bolster his claim that another god be served. His miracle-working was limited to the time he served Hashem alone!

    This advantage, however, comes at a price. If he performs no miracles in the name of idolatry, why is deciding whether or not to listen to him such a great test? There is nothing to distinguish him from any other preacher of a different faith! Furthermore, the entire premise of this parshah seems ludicrous. Why would anyone listen to a claim that Hashem Himself instructs people to worship another god, when the prohibition to do so was incorporated in the Ten Commandments! Finally, what is the point of the last pasuk, urging us to follow, fear, serve and cling to Hashem? Do they comrprise the essence of rejecting the idolatry proposed by the false prophet?

    The key to this parshah is understanding that the navi sheker does not come to the Jewish community and prod the people into idolatrous practice. His pitch is more subtle – and more nefarious.

    From time to time, the community will find itself in crisis. Some dread disease comes upon them, or any one of many conceivable threats. People see their lives and the lives of their loved ones hanging in the balance. The air is thick with desperation; desperate people clutch at straws and less for a chance to live.

    The navi sheker enters such a scene. He eggs them on. “See here. You can trust me. Did I not perform wondrous things in the past? I have a plan that can save your lives! We face a difficult challenge. It happens to be – and don’t ask me why! – that serving god X in a particular manner happens to be particularly effective in dealing with our problem. What choice do we have but to try it? If we don’t, we may not live to talk about it.”

    When people stare death in the face, they do not necessarily become smarter. To the contrary, they are likely to make foolish decisions based on faulty judgment. In ordinary times, people would find an invitation to flirt with avodah zarah contemptible. When a limited nod to an avodah zarah is presented as a life-preserver, however, it stands a much better chance of being accepted.

    The sense of our pesukim, therefore, goes something like this: “If there should arise in your midst a prophet” who provided a sign in the past that came true and established him as a credentialed prophet, he may now seek to use his prior success to argue that he still retains his standing as a faithful messenger of Hashem. He may abuse this trust by saying, “Let us follow other gods that you did not know, and we shall worship them.” Pointing out that you “did not know these gods” is a kind way of saying that you will be vulnerable to his argument because you lack sufficient experience with those gods to be able to properly discredit his claim.

    How are you expected to deal with such a situation? You should realize that you are being subjected to a test of your love of Hashem. Rather than look for a quick-fix of your predicament in some nonsense peddled by the false prophet, you should understand that there are legitimate ways in which you can better your standing before Hashem:

    “Hashem your G-d you shall follow” – meaning, you should walk behind Him in full faith and confidence.

    “His commandments you shall observe” – look carefully at the activities of the afflicted or endangered area. Are its citizens fully compliant with the demands of halacha? Mend the breaches in the fence of the law! Shore up commitment to details of what Hashem asks of us.

    “And to His voice you shall listen” – by seeing to it that there are a cadre of people involved fully in learning Torah. Torah study is an effective defense against all the battles of this world.

    “Him you shall serve” – through people fully devoted to avodas Hashem, like the ten batlanim of every tzibbur.

    “To Him you shall cleave.” – as Chazal say, by marrying off one’s daughter to a talmid chacham. Even though this generally holds true, it is even more important in times of danger, when we seek special merit.

    Thus, what our pesukim really speak about is resisting the sometimes strong temptation to seek refuge in forbidden, dangerous and false “segulos,” and substituting tried and true ones.
    1. Based on Haamek Davar, Devarim 13:2-5

  21. One who observes 613 mitzvos, but does not understand the underlying, all-encompassing lifestyle they seek to engender, one who ignores the implications of those mitzvos in creating a Torah outlook, personality and weltanschaung, one whose goals, standards and values remain basically secular — such a person does not have 613 mitzvos, but rather 613 problems. Mitzvos cannot be observed in a framework foreign to Torah ideals.

    by Rav Zev Leff

  22. Lech Lecha(Genesis 12-17)
    Breaking the idols
    by Rav Zev Leff

    “Abram took Sarai his wife and his nephew Lot, and all their wealth that they had amassed, and the people they had acquired in Charan; and they embarked for the land of Canaan, and they came to the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 12:5)

    They brought them under the wings of the Divine Presence: Abraham converted the men, and Sarah converted the women (Rashi to Genesis 12 5).

    World history, the Sages tell us, is divided into three periods, each lasting 2,000 years. The first is called the Era of Tohu Va’vohu (void and nothingness), the second, the Era of Torah, and the third, the Messianic Era. The Sages identify the beginning of the Era of Torah with Abraham’s conversion of the idol worshipers of Charan into believers in God.

    The question arises: Why did the Sages view this event as ushering in the Era of Torah? After all, the Torah pre-existed Creation and was the blueprint for Creation. Adam and Noah learned Torah long before Abraham was born, and Shem and Ever even set up a Yeshiva.

    In order to answer this question, we must first understand Abraham’s unique role in the transmission of knowledge of God. Raavad (in Hilchos Avodah Zarah 1:3) asks why Abraham alone of all the righteous people of his generation and the preceding 10 generations is credited with influencing the masses. Surely the others also protested against idolatry and rebuked their wayward contemporaries. He answers that while the other wise people admonished their contemporaries, they were not able to break the idols because the idol worshipers hid them. Only Abraham was able to find the idols.

    Raavad’s words are difficult to understand. Was our patriarch, Abraham, then, only a better detective than the other wise people, and thus able to ferret out the hidden idols?! Moreover, what does Raavad mean that they “hid” their idols? Nimrod and his cohorts publicly worshiped idols and idol manufacturers, like Abraham’s father, carried on a brisk, open trade.

    To understand Raavad we need a deeper understanding of ancient idolatry. Maimonides explains that the original idol worship was a well-intentioned mistake. Just as one honors the king by honoring his emissaries, so did the generation of Enosh worship various natural phenomena, which God had invested with certain powers, as a means of honoring the Creator of those phenomenon. Their mistake lay in failing to recognize that showing respect to the king’s emissary is only a form of honoring the king when he is absent. But when he is present, it is tantamount to rebellion. Since God is always present, the worship of His creations is always a diminution of Him:

    “Don’t accept any other powers in My presence.” (Deut. 5:7)

    The 2,000-year period preceding the Era of Torah is described as Tohu Va’vohu – an era of confusion, of light and dark mixed together and not easily delineated one from the other. With the sin of Adam, the relative terms “good” and “evil” replaced the absolutes of “truth” and “falsehood.” The various shades of good and evil became a confusing admixture.

    The Torah, by contrast, distinguishes absolutely between pure and impure, light and darkness, life and death:

    “Behold I have placed before you today life and good, and death and evil.” (Deut. 30:15)

    Only the Torah allows us to separate the light from darkness, to perceive good as absolute truth and evil as absolute falsehood.

    The confusion introduced by Adam’s sin became the principal tool of the yetzer hara (evil inclination). As the Baal Shem Tov explains, the Satan will be held culpable in the future, not for attempting to seduce man into sin – that is his function – but rather for making the sin appear as a Mitzvah. Thus, we tell ourselves when we sleep late and miss praying with a Minyan that our sleep is a Mitzvah and our intention is only to learn Torah with a clearer head that day. This is the Tohu Va’vohu of the yetzer hara. Torah is the remedy.

    The idol worshipers of Abraham’s generation did not hide their idolatry physically, but spiritually. They masked it as righteousness and honor to God. They created ideologies to cloak their sins in light and virtue. Prior to Abraham, no one was able to expose the sham, to delineate the light and darkness. This failure prevented them from exercising any lasting influence on those they admonished. They could not break the idols.

    Only Abraham saw the light and darkness in their true perspective and conveyed this to the masses. He exposed evil for what it was and thereby transformed the idol worshipers into believers in God. Abraham’s life work, then, was the beginning of the Era of Torah, the delineation of light and darkness.

    Since Abraham’s unique ability was to distinguish between light and darkness, he could welcome into his house wanderers who bowed to the dust of their feet; yet he found it necessary to distance himself from his nephew, Lot. Abraham’s very resemblance to Lot made it imperative that he separate himself so as not to confuse his true righteousness with Lot’s apparent righteousness. “Separate yourself from me,” Abraham told Lot, “for we are brothers.” Rashi explains the term “brothers” – “They looked alike.”

    Lot was the personification of Tohu Va’vohu. On one hand, he appeared to be righteous like Abraham: he baked matzot and invited guests, even at risk to himself. But in fact, the jumble of darkness pervaded his life: He chose to live among the wicked people of Sodom, lured by the wealth he saw there. Lot’s admixture of good and evil represented the antithesis of Abraham’s mission in this world. Hence, Abraham had to separate from him.

    Of all the non-kosher animals, the pig has always symbolized impurity for the Jewish people precisely because it bears the external sign of a kosher animal, cloven feet. It is the kosher feet that make it the most loathsome of the non-kosher animals. So, too, the most dangerous ideologies are those that succeed in garbing themselves in an aura of piety and righteousness, that claim the mantle of Torah and authentic Judaism, but are in essence total distortions of the Torah.

    As descendants of Abraham, who introduced the era of Torah, it is our task to toil in Torah to discern truth from falsehood, light from darkness, the holy from the profane.

  23. Dana says:

    Dear older and wiser brothers and sisters,

    Please don’t forget that in this world we are all human beings. The reason for the existence of the jewish people is to bring all the humans together, home, at our common father. That means sharing. And sharing means all… But of course, we can share but what the people want to hear! So we opened the book and sayed: come and borrow what you want, without setting any preconditions. We are not the ones who must conceal something, but the ones who must share all, with all the other people.
    Let’s think of what we want to share, for free, the reward is not in our hands.

  24. Dear Dana,

    I hope you are big enough to understand that sharing and misleading are two different things.

    Keep sane.

  25. Daniel says:

    1. Rav Michael Portnaar also uses the term Machsom and he is against BB teachings.
    2. Who says that Rav Laitman was the only one who crossed it? Did you ask all of them already??
    3. How come it is said in the Zohar that it will come a time (in the year 1995) that women and children will learn Kabbalah. What was prohibited in one time, Hashems lifts the prohibition in other time.
    4. If Baal Hasulam and Rabash werent Jews from the time they were born
    , would have they kept Mitzvot too?

  26. Hello, Daniel

    1. “Rav Michael Portnaar also uses the term Machsom and he is against BB teachings.”

    -We are really glad to hear this, there is nothing wrong with the term Machsom, if the user understands that it is not the ONLY term in Kabbalah.

    2. “Who says that Rav Laitman was the only one who crossed it?”

    -M.Laitman does.

    “Did you ask all of them already??”

    -Who “them” are?
    One may tell if the other has passed the Machsom only if the first one has done it by him/herself and if the other let him/her know it through the communication or the observation of his/her behavior. There are so called Hidden Sages who deliberately hide their spiritual level and one may not tell them from the ordinary people.
    Most probably those who speak about their passing the Machsom have no idea what they are speaking about.

    3. ‘How come it is said in the Zohar that it will come a time (in the year 1995) that women and children will learn Kabbalah.”

    – All the information about past, present and future are coded in Torah and other Holy Jewish Texts( including Zohar) one should know to read those Texts on all PaRDeS levels.

    “What was prohibited in one time, Hashems lifts the prohibition in other time.”

    – The meaning of “prohibition” (in Hebrew Assur) in Kabbalah is impossible (in Hebrew I’Ivshar), which means that on some stages of the development of the humanity in general, there are some levels of knowledge which are beyond their scope of understanding, for example, most of the children, till the age 9 years old are incapable of abstract thinking, though there are always “wonder kids”, but in general the ability to the abstract thinking is well developed only after the age of 9, the same with the humanity, though we have on each stage of development the Sages which are of the Highest imaginable Spiritual Level, but it doesn’t mean that all the Jewish People are able to understand their Teachings at once. The spiritual knowledge of Torah was gradually unfolded and adapted for the average people by Greatest of Kabbalists and presented in their Oral and Written Traditions( among them Zohar and the Writings of ARI).

    The ability to perceive ( leKabbel) the spiritual knowledge depends on the type and level of the soul a person has at each and every moment of his/her life.

    4. “If Baal Hasulam and Rabash werent Jews from the time they were born
    , would have they kept Mitzvot too?”

    – If Baal haSulam and Rabash hadn’t been Jews by the birth they wouldn’t have been Baal haSulam and Rabash, they would have been Johns or Peters, Hassans or Mukhameds, Kims or Neds and would have known about Kabbalah as much as any John, Peter, Hassan etc. know.

    If they hadn’t been Jews, how would they have known about Mitzvot and the way of their performance?

    What makes them Baal haSulam and Rabash in the first place is their Jewish origin and their complete following the Torah and Mitzvot way of life for the sake of bestowing=for the sake of Heavens.

    There are also Great Converts known in the Jewish History, but they became Great Sages AFTER they have converted to Judaism for open hearted service to the Creator and their pious way of life within the Torah and Mitzvot system of world comprehension.

    You do not wake up on day a great musician, you learn to be one, the same with the Jews, you are born or convert to Judaism, but you become a Jew only when you learn what it means and strictly follow all the rules.

    In our morning prayer we thank the G-d for not being created Non-Jews, but we do understand that nobody is created Yehudi- United with the Creator from the very birth, one becomes Yehudi in the process of his/her life with the Help of the G-d, Bless be His Name and His Everlasting Love to the Creation and His Chosen People, who were, are and will always be the Jewish People, as Kabbalah was, is and always be the Inner Part=Soul of the Torah, which was given to the Jewish People for studying and implementation on the Mount of Sinai through the One of the Greatest Jewish Souls- Moshe Rabeinu, Bless be his name.

  27. Lazar says:

    I’m sorry if bringing up an old post is improper internet etiquette, but I have been caught up with BB for the last couple years and have lots of questions. I hope you can help me, or at least point me in the right direction.

    Laitman’s version of Ashlag Kabbalah includes the following ideas. Can you please help me disprove or understand better?

    1. There is no point in observing corporeal mitzvot until they are performed simultaneously physically and spiritually.

    2. Practicing altruim (giving tzedakah, helping the poor, etc) in this world is pointless because only the spiritual will advance us.

    3. If we die before “crossing the machsom”/“perceiving our soul”/“entering spirituality”, nothing of us continues. The point in the heart is an undeveloped embryo and will have no more connection to this life. It will start again. Therefore, no reward or punishment after physical death.

    4. The only way to attain the perception of our soul is in a group.

    5. Every word ever written by every kabbalist is always in the language of branches, and never ever refers to anything in this world.

    6. HaSulam says that Judaism is a “religion”, that is only useful as cultural glue to keep our people together. Nothing in the religion has anything to do with our spiritual reality, rather it only mirrors reality, and can therefore be ignored. The fact that HaSulam kept physical mitzvot is because it was expected of him by his surrounding culture, and HaSulam said that we all must become “secular” inside before we can ever advance.

    Please help a confused yid find a kosher path.

    Lazar from Israel

  28. 1.All the articles of Rabash explain that there is no way one may perform the Mitzvot in their spiritual realm, if one hasn’t learned to perform them in the material realm. We all start the performing of the Mitzvot LoLesh’ma and little by little we come to the level Leshma, most of the Rabash’s articles teach the process of coming Leshma in performing of Mitzvot and studying the Torah.( it seems to me quite unbelievable, that somebody, being from Israel, can’t make oneself buy the original sets of Rabash’s articles, published by Rav Gottlieb and just sit and read them all from the very beginning and till the end. At least it is what I have done, when, listening to the lectures of Laitman, have found myself having a lot of questions, which were deliberately ignored by him, whenever somebody asked him about physical performance of Mitzvot).

    On the Kabbalah scale, Baal haSulam made a great work, he wrote the comments to the Holy Zohar and systemized the works of Ari Kadosh, and made his texts into one whole textbook, which opens the way to the understanding of the order of the spiritual worlds, the way which otherwise would be closed to most of us, BUT, there is nothing Baal haSulam or Rabash could possibly change in the Teaching of the previous Kabbalists, they DID only explain and make their Spiritual Knowledge more comprehensible for us, which means that in NO WAY, they could state that physical performance of the Mitzvot is not, G-d forbid, obligatory, what they try to make through all their work is to shorten our way to reach the understanding how VERY MUCH IMPORTANT is to perform the Mitzvot Lesham=FOR THE SAKE OF OUR PERSONAL CORRECTION, and not for any other reason.

    2.Altruism= Lesham=for the sake of bestowing, may be practiced only in this material world, because only in this world there is egoism!, there is no the wish to get for the sake of getting in the spiritual real, and even when we speak about the spiritual system of Evil, we speak about it as specially made for the needs of the correction in this world, without the reality of this world, there is no need for the system of Evil, that is why the Sages say, that in the world to Come there will be no Death=egoism, evil=negative etc.
    We practice the altruism in our everyday life, in each and every moment of it, we control our influence on this world, through the analyzing of our reaction on the world around, for ex. by saying this or that to somebody, do we help them to become better people, more confident in the Devine Providence, or we make them feel, measurable, vulnerable, scared. When we help somebody, we have to checked, if our help make the person more confident and for sustained or that our help let them degraded let them develop the dependency.

    3.Crossing mashsom means coming to the level called Lesh’ma. You are given the soul by the Creator, but the wonders you may work with it opens to you through Its activation, the activation of the abilities of the soul=vessels=spiritual Kilim in done through studying Torah and performance Mitzvot in this world, by activating the vessels of the soul one becomes the co-creator with the G-d, if you are ready to settle for less in this life, Ari Kadosh explains your future in his “Gate of Reincarnation”, which you may also read in original Language=Hebrew and decide for yourself, what you wish to use this life for.

    4. It is much easier and better to study in group, because one should have a very profound Power of Will to make the spiritual way alone. There are the souls which are destined to do it, but the case of most of the people is much merciful and we are given the possibility to study together and to learn and practice our bestowing qualities in the regular social settings, such as families, communities and thanks G-d, we have our beloved Land of Israel to live and fulfill all we are supposed to do in this life.

    5.Kabbalists knew much more about the spiritual worlds, than they have written in any of their works, of course they wrote in the language of branches the information about the spiritual worlds, because there are a lot of others who wrote tons of pages about this world, BUT, their information about the organization of the spiritual worlds is a fundamental spiritual instruction for correction of our life in this world. Nobody expects to read anything in the books of Kabbalah about this world with all its incorrect form, we need the book of Kabbalists to learn how the world should look like to correspond to Spiritual Reality, the Reality of the Creator, and with the help of this Knowledge to bring our world to the spiritual form called the World to Come.

    6.HaSulam says that Judaism in the form of LoLesham is a “religion”, that is only useful as cultural glue to keep our people together, and it is very mild definition, for example, Rav Zev Leff says that” One who observes 613 mitzvos, but does not understand the underlying, all-encompassing lifestyle they seek to engender, one who ignores the implications of those mitzvos in creating a Torah outlook, personality and weltanschaung, one whose goals, standards and values remain basically secular — such a person does not have 613 mitzvos, but rather 613 problems. Mitzvos cannot be observed in a framework foreign to Torah ideals.”

    Judaism is not a religion, Judaism is a way of life of a Jew, the fact that we turned it into the religion meaning the observance of the mitzvoth and studying Torah WITHOUT their practical implementation for the sake of our own correction, doesn’t mean, the physical aspect of the Mitzvot should be ignore, if it weren’t so, then there would be no need for Torah or any other Kabbalah book to be written as well, they would be accessible to us in their spiritual form without their texts ( as far as I know there is no any “kabbalah book” which exists without the written or oral form, I haven’t heard about a book, which exists in the form of the thought and is accessible to somebody, if it were so, then the missing parts of the book of Zohar could be perceived and written for the lower spiritual levels (so, try, for the beginning, to ignore the material texts of the kabbalah books and see how long it takes you to “perceive” any bit of spiritual information)
    Do you think that such a “Gaint of Spirit” as Baal HaSulam would have done anything to mislead the people in favor of the expectation of the surrounding culture, do you know that the Torah prohibits to “put the stone before the blind”, where the “blind” is a lower spiritual level, the level which hasn’t reach the spiritual knowledge yet, and the “stone” is a false information? Do you think, baal haSulam would have risk his soul in favor of the approval of the creatures?
    HaSulam said that we all must become “secular” INSIDE!!! before we can ever advance, WHICH MEANS WE HAVE TO STOP to pretend that we DO A GRATE FAVOR TO THE CREATOR THROUGH PERFOMING HIS MIZVOT!!!, we have to come to the level when we question each and every our previous understanding of the world around and come to the true knowledge of the reality around us, which is the reality of our getting nature, and that the Creator does us THE GREATEST FAVOR through presenting us with His Torah and the Mitzvot, which allow us to become People, because otherwise we would always remain selfish creatures, which have no idea that there is something else in this world, except of one’s selfish ignorance and arrogance.

    Pray and study the original texts and the Creator will show you the right way!

  29. Lazar says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and well reasoned response. It helps me a lot! My goal is to learn Hebrew as quickly as I can and be able to learn with a proper rav. Until then, all I have is blogs like yours. Thanks again.

  30. To all past and present readers who have read my earlier article. I do know some really good people apart of BB who continue trying to get me involved within there BB events, video segments and sessions. And I never attend any of them. I know people who have been apart of it for years and yet they can’t fathom or even understand that it doesn’t hold the truth, when it neglects and replaces Tora, Halacha, Shebictav, Shelbelpeh, Yiddishkeit, Ikkarim Taryag, that is becomes the complete focal point, there absolute existence and it possesses the people involved with in whereby they will spent countless hours everyday and every week watching videos that come from this organization, spending countless dollars on there books and material. The problem with man made systems that replace the Tora are- there systematic soidisant profligation is a secedance away from Hashem! The books, videos, presentations appear to the average person as a flicker to the hidden light of the universe, but one falls to realize that Laitmen uses psychology as the muse by which many are drawn by and too. For the words are good reading material and seems very convincing and for the most part has some merit. But nothing replaces Tora! BB is an imitation to the real authentic Kabbalah. The appeal is that there aren’t many places that the average person can go to, to study Kabbalah other than a Yeshiva. So this gives BB leverage especially to the unknown. The people that are entrenched into BB don’t even read any other material regarding Kabbalah, they run from any other sources or books, videos, presentations that dealt into Kabbalah as if it is a curse, this is because Laitmen is there Moshiach, Moshia and Moreh. Talmud teaches to sit at the feet of a teacher and when you have gained all that He has to teach you to sit at the feet of the next teacher and gain all that he has to teach you. With BB Laitmen is the only teacher, the only voice, the only Rav in the whole wide world that has a voice, he is the last Rav. Which I assure you is a clear sign of a cult-Avodah Elilim, Chillul Hashem. For any Tora Jew BB is a fauxpas and Tora is all that you need. As a Sephardic Mizrahi Jew I was interested in BB some time ago, as the greatest Kabbalist were Sephardic Jews. My interest was there message to the world. This you can study yourselves without grasping and being lost within a system built on cajulery and effrontery and tricks. This organization makes all kinds of money in hope that people remain ignorant- through your only reading there books, only seeing there videos, only believing in there Rav. This is very dangerous and is Idolatry!!! Find yourselves a Shul to attend and if they have a Kabbalah study like Chabad does, study with them. Avoid BB in my most humble opinion. Sincerely Rabino Aminadav Hinton

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  31. The question and the answer about Kabbalah, Torah and Mitzvot:

    Question for Rav.
    Hi Rav ! We have lesson yesterday And you were talking about things like kavana , kabbala,kabbalah for kabbalah,kabbala for laashpia and so on.After that you gave us example how to work with that on example of Tora and micvot.OK,I agree with that.

    But I remember that RABASH( Rabbi Boruh Ashlag)have a lot of maomars where he is talking about lessons ,like we have,group, relation between students and making point that we can practicing with all above mansion things inside of group, and not just Tora amd micvot.Am I right or this is ideology of BB(Bney Boruh) ?And if I am talking truth how we can do it inside of our group?

    Thank you very much!

    I’m not Rabbi, of course, but wanted to share a few thoughts specifically on Torah and Mitzvot as they seem to come up..

    Our world (both material – Asiya and spiritual AB”Y) was created with only one purpose – to give freedom of choice. By excising this freedom properly, the Creation would cleave to its Creator (also known as dvekut). The Creation was Adam (later on Chava, and so on). They had one test to pass – not to eat from the Tree of Daat (knowledge). In fact, Adam only had a few hours for this test, but he couldn’t resist. I’ll omit many details here – a lot is written on this topic already.

    ARIZAL writes that once Adam ate from the Tree, the original structure of the worlds collapsed – purity (kdusha) now became mixed with impurity (klipot) and vise-versa. He points out that this collapse had such disastrous consequences that we can’t even begin to comprehend it.

    I’ll use simplified allegories from now on to avoid many terms and their descriptions so we can stay on high level and not get distracted.

    Our world was created with system that controls it – think of it as laws of physics – such as gravitation, temperature, optics, etc. This system can also be described in the language of Sefirot where combination of Sefirot controls the light that is being projected downwards (as we all know – there are really only two entities: Light and Kelim, nothing else. Every component of the creation is basically a certain Kli filled with Light. Light is constant – all depends on Kli). The whole purpose of our existence is to rectify the damage that was caused by the sin of Adam HaRishon, specifically a) rectify our part of the soul, which is part of the whole soul of Adam b) retrieve the sparks of holiness from klipot.

    Torah comes from the word Horaa – instruction. This instruction is our manual on how to achieve a & b that were outlined above. This instruction was given to us by our Creator, and just like the system that controls our world is constant and is not subject to change, so the Torah and Mitzvot. ARIZAL in Shaar HaKavant explains in details how each mitzva relates to Sefira/world/parzuf/etc. It doesn’t matter on what level the person is, his mitzva will have major effect in the spiritual worlds, it will make correction on his part of the soul as well as get sparks of holiness from klipot – even if mitzva is done on purely mechanical level with no Kavana whatsoever as our sages say “mi lo li-sma, ba li-shma” – from no intention, comes to intention/kavanot.

    Kavanot-wise: Neither Baal-HaSulam, nor his son, nor anyone who is related to Kabbalah ever mentioned in any shape or form that this system has changed – it can’t by definition – the Creator is not subject to change, nor the system He created – only how His creation uses it. I mentioned to Alex that a student came to RABASH and said to him – “Rav, I mastered all the Kavanot of Tzitzit [letters/combinations/etc], how do I apply them properly?”, the Rav responded “When you put the tzitzit in the morning, you forget them all, and have simple thought in mind – my Creator instructed me to do so, and therefore I am doing it.”

    May HaShem forgive me if I misquoted or provided inaccurate information in any shape or form

  32. Another question and answer

    Thank you for very educational response! But tell me, what is purpose of our lessons,when 5-7 student getting together and listening a teacher (Rav) To study material without any attention (kavanot) for me useless.Just to do micvot (like yo said tcitzit– more automatic) Yes I remember what Gaon of Vilno said about it, before died.
    But , again where is simple rouls of receiving light ,give it back and so on ? It”s got to be something more in the group study.What is this?What is meaning our study together?

    Look ,with all respect ,I wasn’t just sitting in BB I remember ,like one day BB got visit from anouser student of RABASH I don’t remember his name.He was back there like 90 years old Maybe it’still in BB arhiv .And he was talking how before 2 world war Baal Sulam went to mounting of ( Maslenishnyy) and change one ladder fim e (Israel) to reish (Russia) and Israel was save Germany start war with Soviet Union.

    That’s for me practical kabbalah.That’s for me purpose of study. B”S and RABASH use to have the groups And they wore teaching kabbalah. Tora and micvot very importent to study ,no doubt.I learn it -it’s one package.Yes.But again,we should see some bigger picture in our group study.

    Sorry for mistakes.Not a my languish

    Good questions, I hope I can answer them properly.

    First of all, I would like to close the concept of miztvot, especially as folks asked me, and then get into the group as these concepts are related.

    Think of mirror – you’re standing in front of it and looking at yourself. You raise your hand, and your reflection does so as well, and so on. The same in spiritual worlds – any physical action in our material world – whatever it may be, has immediate effect in spiritual wolds. This concept, especially on simple actions described in Zohar – e.g. cross your fingers, and now you’re mixing gevurah and chessed, same with shaatnez – once you wear it, every nano second you have it on you you’re basically doing the same thing – mixing left and right lines. Wine is strong gevurah, add three drops of water, and now you have “sweetened it”, and so forth. Zohar ( ARIZAL + numerous of other Kabbalists) go even further – speech, simple actions with hands, feet, intimacy, anything you can think of is described in sefirot, partzufim, olamot.

    Mitzvot describe these actions in simple form, and just like Torah have PaRDeS (simple, hint, depth, secret [Kabbalah]). You can learn them in any level you may choose. ARIZAL and other Kabbalists for example were specifically describing them on the level of Sod – Kabbalah, others may learn it on simple level, but whatever the level is, physical action remains action.

    Now, the question of Kavanah comes based on what was heard in BB. Why should we perform mitzvot if we can’t have Kavanah? Shouldn’t these be saved for people of great statue?

    Good question, but where in the Torah the word “Kavanah” appear to begin with? The Torah lists mitzvot, and then our Creator says “and be-chukotai telehu” – “and you must follow my laws”. Does the word “Kavanah” appear in this sentence or anywhere else? Brit Mila is mitzvah from the Torah to be done on 8th day – should we not do it because the father can’t have proper Kavanah? Should we not eat because we can’t have proper Kavanah on releasing sparks of holiness from what we eat from Klipot? Should we not wash our hands in the morning because we can’t have Kavanah on purity once Neshama came back to our body and we must get rid of impurities in our hands? We can go further if needed.

    Now, let’s get back to the concept of group. First of it is important to understand that group doesn’t absolve a person from Mitzvot – see above. By definition it’s not possible. You don’t have to take on yourself 613 mitzvot tomorrow, nor you’re expected to do so – do something simple. When I met Rav, I put tzitzit on myself – no one can see it, and yet I was performing mitzva from Torah every nano second, and this is on top of the fact that my body was enveloped in Ohr Makif as ARIZAL explains.

    The group focuses on the mitzvah “Ve-Ahavta Le-reacha Kamocha” – and you should love your neighbor as yourself. This is what Hillel answered to future convert. This is the most difficult mitzvah to master as by definition we were created lekabel, not lehashpia. By changing our natural desire lekabel to our willpower of lehaspia both in the group by exercising actions between men to men and by mitzvot by exercising actions between man and his Creator, we’re getting close to our Creator as in spiritual the only distance is similarity – the more similar we are, the closer we are to Him, the further we are in our nature, the further we are from Him. This is the concept of Devikut – was described nicely in Shamaty.

    In addition the group acts as protective shield for these two – it is more difficult to penetrate the group with external pressure, than affect a single individual. So once you join the lesson as group, you create this shield; additionally outside of this lesson you also practice the concept of lehashpia to people in the group. The ark had two angels on it facing each other, standing on Torah that Mosher wrote – same is here. Become one, and help each other to advance in spiritual realms, and get closer to Creator – this is the key concept of Baal Sulam.

    Hope it helps

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