Michael Laitman
Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute

What Could Help Jews in Today’s Climate of Rampantly Rising Antisemitism?

What could help Jews is additional awareness of their mission and uniqueness in humanity’s history.

Around 4,000 years ago, a group of Babylonians gathered around Abraham and followed his method of uniting (“love your neighbor as yourself”) above differences (“love will cover all crimes”), becoming a conduit for the positive unifying force dwelling in nature to pass through them to others (to be “a light unto the nations”). These people were then given the name “the people of Israel,” and later became known as “the Jews,” from their ability to attract nature’s unifying quality (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]). Specifically nature’s unifying quality held them together as a nation.

Jews today have lost awareness of their mission and uniqueness—to unite above division and become a conduit for unity to spread worldwide—and this unawareness operates both to their and humanity’s detriment. Divisive attitudes grow unabatedly, tearing away at the human social fabric, which gives rise to a smorgasbord of problems and crises spanning personal, social, ecological and global scales. And the more people feel troubles and distress in their lives, the more they instinctively feel that Jews are somehow to blame.

Understanding the Jews’ mission and uniqueness thus also provides an understanding of the deep-rooted cause of antisemitism, that it is a force of nature awakening first and foremost in human emotions, which gives rise to various antisemitic views, as nature’s own means of prodding this critical mass of people to realize their mission and uniqueness: to unite above divisions and exemplify such unity to humanity.

Today, Kabbalists, i.e., people who have attained a connection to the deeper laws of nature, invest a lot of effort into spreading the message about the role and uniqueness of the Jews, and how it relates to the cause—and ultimately, the solution—to antisemitism. While we need to fight back and win the wars waged on us, we should also not hate those who hate us, but view them as messengers who are sent to urge our realization of our unifying role in the world. When we awaken to that realization and make steps in our own unification, we will then see how the attitude toward us will change from within, at the deeper layers of human consciousness.

We ourselves hold the keys to spreading the harmonious and peaceful unifying force into the world. When people feel more together, they will likewise feel less problems in their lives. Attitudes to Jews will then transform from increasingly negative to a positive source of goodness and social cohesion. It is my hope that we will wake up to this realization sooner rather than later, sparing ourselves and humanity much suffering in the process.

About the Author
Michael Laitman is a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah. MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute. Author of over 40 books on spiritual, social and global transformation. His new book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, is available on Amazon: