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

What Is the Main Existential Threat to Israel?

The people of Israel can exist if they unite or at least have an inclination to unite, i.e., that they have a certain plan of how to realize their unity in the future. If there is no motion at all toward unity, then the people of Israel are simply not the people of Israel.

Where do the people of Israel come from?

The people of Israel come from the 70 nations of the world that once lived in ancient Babylon around 3,500 years ago. At that time, Abraham the Patriarch taught anyone who wished to unite and be part of a unique group that would come to feel how to live in mutual support and brotherly love, i.e., to reach “love your neighbor as yourself.” Various people from these 70 nations heeded Abraham’s call, came to learn from him, and he guided them to unite.

From the point of their unification, Abraham gave them the name “the people of Israel,” with “Israel” coming from the words “Yashar Kel” (“straight to the Creator”). That is, this group became united by a common aim at the upper force of love, bestowal and connection that exists in reality, which Kabbalists call “the Creator.”

There are two forces in nature: the force of unification and the force of separation. There is no good or bad, but only these two forces. Those who wished to associate themselves with the force of unification received the name “the people of Israel.” They were people who came to Abraham from various Babylonian nations, and Abraham made a new nation out of them. It is not a people or a nation in the biological sense of the term. Everybody is different by nature, but they became unified according to the law of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In the roots of the people of Israel, there is unity among different people that makes everyone equal and creates this unique society.

Today, we can see the vast extent of variety among the people who make up that nation. Each person is a world in and of themselves, but while each one is their own world, there is a mutual disregard of one another.

The State of Israel is also unique in that, unlike other countries, it cannot exist if there is no unification among its inhabitants. However, as divided as the people of Israel currently are, they still prosper. Why? It is because we have been given a certain kind of extension. We can exist in order to reach unification because we nonetheless emerged from the diaspora. There is a gathering of exiles in Israel and we have to build something common in order to witness what it means to do something together, and to be together.

Nature’s higher plan organizes us together in one place so that we start understanding the meaning of our togetherness, i.e., so we come to know that we cannot get along harmoniously here without a method of unification that merges us together in a positive fashion, and which can then sustain our nation. Otherwise, we will continue enduring an increasingly divisive and bitter path into the future.

That is why we need Kabbalists: to explain and teach the method of unification, which has the power to unite the people of Israel and evoke the positive force of connection that dwells in nature into human relations.

Based on the video “Is Israel’s Division an Existential Threat?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

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: https://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Choice-Anti-Semitism-Historical-anti-Semitism/dp/1671872207/
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