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

What Is the Origin of Jewish Self-Hatred?

Abraham, who researched the laws of nature, saw that the growing human ego of his time was a sign of a maturing society. He understood that nature grows the egoistic desire in people in order for people to positively connect above it. This is because by taking hold of two forces—our innate egoistic force, and the altruistic force above it—we can reach an understanding of the laws of nature, how the two forces of separation and connection act in nature.

There is a very special state between these two forces that we can attain, and which Abraham attained. Abraham started teaching the method of attaining the two forces in nature to the Babylonians of the time, and a special group formed around him.

What we need to understand from this story is that a group emerged in ancient Babylon, and the people in this group developed a sensation of two forces in nature—the egoistic force and its opposite altruistic force, the force of connection that connects the two. The people who attained these two forces received the name “Israel,” and later became known as “the Jews,” which means “unity” (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]), because these people received a desire for unity that they further developed into a unified sensation of the two forces. The other Babylonians of the time did not receive the drive to unite, as they were content enough remaining within the natural egoistic approach to the world, and they become known as the “nations of the world.”

“Nations of the world” is the term defining the egoistic force of human nature. When the altruistic force appears in certain people, then this altruistic force also starts urging a more accelerated growth of the egoistic force within the person. As a result, we find a group that includes both forces: the positive and the negative. Due to the growth of the two forces within, that group’s members become more developed. The group with the smaller egoistic force simply does not need as much of a desire, because they have enough in order to live their lives without developing the connection to the altruistic force.

Since the Jewish people initially emerged from the attainment of the two forces in nature, we then also find how this nation is in constant contradiction with one another and with themselves. It is because they host these two opposite forces, and they are thus people who cannot easily get along—neither with themselves nor with others—because they play host to a fundamental inner conflict. Therefore, until today, we bear witness to every Jew consisting of both gentile and Jewish parts, and they thus host an inner restlessness.

This is the root of Jewish self-hatred, i.e. in each and every Jew resides a force of self-hatred, a big egoistic force, and without balancing it out with its opposite altruistic force, then the self-hatred becomes apparent.

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: