Óscar Reyes-Matute
Philosophy, kabbalah, screenwriting...

AMALEK (עֲמָלֵ֑ק)

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My master Michael Laitman has told us endlessly that as long as Israel does not remain united, there will be no peace in the world. And that if Israel is divided, if the Israelites fight among themselves for their selfish interests, its internal and external enemies will feel strengthened and will try to destroy it in each generation.

When this happens, given that Israel and Jerusalem are the energy center of the world, the navel of Creation, war is not only unleashed against Israel but, incredibly, war conflicts and natural cataclysms increase in the rest of the world.

With each passing day, it seems that the stories that Kabbalists have been telling for centuries are finally happening in the world, before our eyes, as if the Kabbalists had written the script and the world was acting it out. More than writing it, Kabbalists read it, decode it from the sacred books: God, the Creation, the Great Algorithm, whatever we want to call it, is the one who writes it. For this reason, the Gaon of Vilna already stated that the entire history of Humanity, from the first breath of Creation to the end of time, is encrypted in the Torah.

As we know, the iconic, historical, religious, cabalistic representation of evil and impiety has always been Amalek, the first to attack Israel after leaving Egypt, so facing him is a commandment, a mitzvah, the 604th according to Maimonides in his classification of the Sefer Hamitzvot, based on Deuteronomy 25:19: ” you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!”

Until the era of Masiach arrives, Amalek will reappear in each generation, at the moment when Israel is divided, and forgets its role of being the lamp of the world, based on the precept “Love your neighbor as yourself”, that begins at home, with your neighbor, with the Israelites themselves, until reaching the last Bushman in the Kalahari plains and the last Yanomami south of the Orinoco.

The Kabbalist will say, paraphrasing the Creator: “Yes, I have given you that privilege, you speak with me face to face, you are my chosen people, you live in a land that flows with milk and honey, but do not forget your responsibility with others, with the rest of your brothers and the 70 nations.”

Laitman points out that historically, Israel’s unity is achieved when there is a catastrophe, when some external enemy threatens its existence, such as during the wars that have raged against the nation since 1948. Needless to say, division and internal hatred accelerated the fall of the second Temple, in the year 70 CE, when, according to the accounts of Josephus, more than 1 million Jews were murdered, and thousands enslaved. Titus felt no admiration or respect for the Jews in Jerusalem, as Lucius Flavio Silva would feel when he took Masada three years later. Tito felt sorry to see that people so divided, who betray one another, and delivered their brothers into the hands of enemies. He fulfilled his work as Amalek: he plundered and burned the temple, destroyed the city, and on its ruins built one that he named Philistinia. Everything else is well-known history among us, the diaspora of almost 2,000 years until the redemption in 1948 of the CE after the Shoah.

Laitman constantly reminds us that there is hardly an interlude of peace and prosperity, as internal disputes break out, division rages, and the system, the secret algorithm that governs the world, not just Israel, becomes energetically unbalanced.

Laitman will say, so far, the Creator has only found one way to return us to balance and unity, and that is by slapping us in the face, unleashing a war, a threat like the one that began last weekend, during Simchat Torah.

Immediately, we once again see the people of Israel united against their enemies, as one man, as a fist of steel. We see incredible gestures of heroism and solidarity that move us to tears.

Israel will win, there is no doubt about that.

But how to achieve this same unity in times of peace? It is a question that suits not only Israel, but the rest of the nations, if we follow the Kabbalistic analysis presented up to this point.

All the Kabbalists I consult, Laitman, Mario Saban, Ari Loberfeld, point out two cardinal points:
1.- Raise the level of consciousness through study, meditation, Kabbalah (or any spiritual discipline or techne you choose, I would say)
2.- Refocus the ego, correct it from being a wish machine, from only asking for itself, to turn it into a asking machine for everyone, to co-create the world, an engine to seek connection with other human beings and with the entire cosmos, with every particle of Creation.

That would be the techne, and if it sounds like a paraphrase of the time of the Masiach, that is correct, because that sensation, that intentionality, that correction or teshuva, is what Laitman understands as the time of the Masiach. Messiah not a kind of Superman descended from David who is going to rule and save the world with his superpowers, but a generation, a state of being, a new condition of the human being. Of all human beings.

We cannot escape from that search, from that path, it is ineluctable. Every time we become frivolous, consumerist, blind to the pain of others, thinking that nothing is happening, the Creator comes and slaps us.

The path is long, it is cyclical, but in an ascending spiral, which does not repeat the events exactly, but the seasons. It is no coincidence that this occurs just as we begin reading the Bereshit portion, and so close to Rosh Hashanah.

We have this year ahead of us, and the rest of our lives, as long as that same Creator, algorithm or whatever we want to call it, keeps us on this earth.

We Stand for Israel.

About the Author
Óscar Reyes-Matute (Matu / מאתו), lives in Caracas. He's a philosopher graduated at Andrés Bello Catholic University, with a Master in Political Science at USB. He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at NYU on American Studies, and professor of political philosophy at UCAB and UCV. He has published academic papers in universities of Venezuela and Europe, and articles in several newspapers. Since 2008, he is dedicated to study Kabbalah at the Bnei Baruch Institute in Petaj Tikva with Michael Laitman, while works as writer of cinema and television screenplays. He's liryc tenor. Be aware, after a glass of wine, he suddenly can start to sing "Nessun Dorma!"
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