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Snails shoot love darts at one another. But you don’t have to be a snail. People do it with their eyes and their tongue.

A sign of love is lightning in your eyes. Lightning is God’s arrow. The tongue is also likened to an arrow. Shoot love darts to God.

Snails only shoot their love darts when close up to one another. Hardly able to see they feel the presence of the other. So for us and God.
The greatest mitzvah in the Torah is redeeming souls from captivity. Today that means those that are caught up in false belief systems.

Redeeming captives is different than it used to be. Once it was simply a matter of paying the ransom. Today, ask it’s by spreading light.

But even today there’s a monetary ransom to pay. We need technology to spread the light, it’s not for free, but a little goes a long way.
Some people have a sick evil inclination, buy others have a healthy one. Better to have a healthy one and face the challenge of taming it.

We have all succumbed to our evil inclination. “A tzadik falls seven times and rises.” Even God regrets having created the evil inclination.

But now that it’s created and inside of us we have to learn how to control it. We can even transform its energy to good.

The great Kabbalist, order Abulafia, drug said that God’s 4 letter Name stands for “the good inclination and the evil inclination” = 903, the sum of all numbers from 1 to 42.

God’s essence is absolute good. His Name unites the energies of good and evil so that both serve the purpose of good.

Both “good” (???), 17, and “evil” (??), 270, share the form of n^2 not clear – 19 (= Eve). n = 6 gives good, n = 17, good, gives evil.

The 1st positive result for n^2 – 19 is n = 5 which gives 6. Continue as an algorithm: n = 6 gives 17, good, and n= 17 gives 270, evil.

Thus, 6 generates good which in turn generates evil. 6 is the letter vav, “and” in Hebrew. The 3 stages are thus “good and evil.”

The first vav in the Torah, the 22nd letter of the first verse, is the “and” that connects the heavens to the earth, up and down.

The triangle of 22, 253, is the difference between good, 17, and evil, 270. 253 is also the 7th Magen David number.

God both regrets having created the evil inclination and is happy about it at the same time, foreseeing the tzadikim transforming it to good.

Regret, 222, and happiness, 353, add to 575 = the evil inclination!

For us, the evil inclination is both a source of regret, if we succumb to it, and a source of happiness, if we conquer it and transform it.

The phrase ‘Havayah Elokim created the evil inclination’ comprises 6 words and 21, the triangle of 6, letters. It = 1296 = 36^2 = 6^4.

The phrase ‘a healthy [from the root to create] evil inclination’ = 788 = David (14) plus Bat Sheva (774) = shalom bayit, domestic peace.

The Maggid of Mezritch, the successor of the Ba’al Shem Tov, explained that “evil” in Hebrew simply means “below.” It is lower reality.

God created the world with a passion to dwell below. Why? We can’t know. To realize His passion we must transform evil to good.
Some people have a sick evil inclination, buy others have a healthy one. Better to have a healthy one and face the challenge of taming it.

We have all succumbed to our evil inclination. “A tzadik falls seven times and rises.” Even God regrets having created the evil inclination.

But now that it’s created and inside of us we have to learn how to control it. We can even transform its energy to good.

The great Kabbalist, order Abulafia, drug said that God’s 4 letter Name stands for “the good inclination and the evil inclination” = 903, the sum of all numbers from 1 to 42.

God’s essence is absolute good. His Name unites the energies of good and evil so that both serve the purpose of good.

Both “good” (???), 17, and “evil” (??), 270, share the form of n^2 not clear – 19 (= Eve). n = 6 gives good, n = 17, good, gives evil.

The 1st positive result for n^2 – 19 is n = 5 which gives 6. Continue as an algorithm: n = 6 gives 17, good, and n= 17 gives 270, evil.

Thus, 6 generates good which in turn generates evil. 6 is the letter vav, “and” in Hebrew. The 3 stages are thus “good and evil.”

The first vav in the Torah, the 22nd letter of the first verse, is the “and” that connects the heavens to the earth, up and down.

The triangle of 22, 253, is the difference between good, 17, and evil, 270. 253 is also the 7th Magen David number.

God both regrets having created the evil inclination and is happy about it at the same time, foreseeing the tzadikim transforming it to good.

Regret, 222, and happiness, 353, add to 575 = the evil inclination!

For us, the evil inclination is both a source of regret, if we succumb to it, and a source of happiness, if we conquer it and transform it.

The phrase ‘Havayah Elokim created the evil inclination’ comprises 6 words and 21, the triangle of 6, letters. It = 1296 = 36^2 = 6^4.

The phrase ‘a healthy [from the root to create] evil inclination’ = 788 = David (14) plus Bat Sheva (774) = shalom bayit, domestic peace.

The Maggid of Mezritch, the successor of the Ba’al Shem Tov, explained that “evil” in Hebrew simply means “below.” It is lower reality.

God created the world with a passion to dwell below. Why? We can’t know. To realize His passion we must transform evil to good.
The 3 basic nutrients are carbohydrates, generic proteins, shop and fats. Spiritually, they correspond to acts of kindness, prayer, and Torah study.

The Torah describes the most basic act of kindness as providing the poor with bread – carbohydrates.

The service of prayer, compared to that of animal sacrifice, requires great strength – proteins.

Generally speaking, saturated fats are bad for your health whereas unsaturated fats are good. Torah study which saturates your ego is bad.

Unsaturated fats are characterized as possessing double bonds. Learning Torah creates the double bond of Israel to the Torah to God.

In Hebrew, “fat” comes from the root meaning “oil.” The Torah, especially its innermost dimension, is likened to pure olive oil.
Three great questions: What? How? Why? What‘s out there (or in here), information pills how did it get there, information pills and why was it put there?

Science is good at what. Not so good at how. But why is totally beyond it.

In Kabbalah, buy more about what is wisdom, how is understanding, and why is knowledge.

Sometimes understanding is identified with the question who? After seeing what’s there then one asks who put it there, and why.

Indeed, in Kabbalah understanding has two levels or “persona,” the higher asks who did it and the lower asks how did he do it.

The question how relates to process, to change, to evolution. Understanding is the mother in whose womb the embryo grows.

When we said that science is good at answering the question what, we meant the material what. It has no clue as to the inner spiritual what.

The two levels of what, material and spiritual, correspond to two levels of wisdom, “Israel the elder” and “the higher father” in Kabbalah.

In a rectified faith system the question why assumes that everything that God does is for the good of all, for He is absolute good.

So the question why, like why is there suffering in the world, asks what is the ultimate good purpose behind it that makes it worthwhile.

The dependence of knowledge on faith (as in asking why) is a great pillar of the Torah. On the Tree of Life knowledge is under faith.

Faith, 102, and knowledge, 474 = 576 = 24^2. 24 = 4! (the number of permutations of a 4 letter word). 4 = 2^2. Beautiful inter-inclusion.

Faith, the highest power of the soul, reflects itself in kingdom, the lowest. Knowledge reflects in foundation, just above kingdom.

We saw that faith, 102, and knowledge, 474 = 576 = 24^2. So do foundation, 80, and kingdom, 496.

The inner experience of foundation is “truth” in the sense of self-fulfillment. It comes with the answer to the question why?

The inner experience of kingdom is “lowliness” in the sense of no matter how far away I am from God He is always close to me. This is faith.
There are many worlds. In the highest spiritual World of Emanation there is no consciousness other than that of God.

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The Bible speaks of two “rods, visit web ” a “pleasant rod” and a “harmful rod.” The rod – a symbol of discipline – can be either pleasant or harmful.

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In our “forgiveness” prayers we say “perhaps He will have mercy.” “Perhaps” implies that God’s mercy comes from a truly super-rational realm

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The People of Israel is God’s chosen people. The Land of Israel is His chosen land. God gave Israel to Israel. Israel belongs to Israel.

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The Ba’al Shem Tov said, "Where you think is where you are" and "where you will is where you are." Think/will to be together with good souls.

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Forget those unpleasant experiences that would lead you to bear grudges towards others. Remember the unpleasantness that you caused others.

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We beseech the Almighty: "May the Holy Temple be built speedily in our days, ampoule and give us our (individual) portion in Your (eternal) Torah."

The offerings we bring to God in the Temple ascend to the origin of the Torah in His Infinite Light which then descends to each of our souls.

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The word must get out, be heard by the world. There must be a proper balance between deliberate speech (not noise) and accelerated action.

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To be symmetric means to look the same from different perspectives. Every phenomenon we see, no matter where we look, we see One God.

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The beauty of a bride is in her eyes. The bride is Shabbat, she lights the Shabbat candles and prepares its delights - "love in delights."

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Did you pray today? Did you learn Torah today? Did you do a good deed today? These are the questions I should ask myself many times a day.

Praying, learning, doing mitzvot by rote does not fulfill God's desire. He wants us to serve Him in joy and awe, with love and devotion.

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We ask God to inscribe us in five books, the books of: life, salvation, sustenance, merits, forgiveness. Contemplate the order of the books.

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The rebuke of one unworthy to rebuke fills the air with a bad odor. If you feel the need to rebuke others, first rebuke yourself.

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There is nothing to fear except One God who is absolute good. To fear Him means to fear losing consciousness of Him, to fear forgetting Him.

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Science is a product of the mind. Art is from the heart. Relative to one another science is male and art is female. Heart: he loves art.

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On Sukot we read Ecclesiastes. The message: All is vanity so don't care about what befalls you, just fear God and perform His will with joy.

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The four days between Yom Kippur and Sukot correspond to the four letters of God's essential Name, Havayah - the power to unite awe and joy.

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Learn how to breathe chedva, joy, according to the rhythm 8-4-6-5, the values of chedva's 4 letters.

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Did you ever try not to think? If you succeed you will see great light, which will keep you going for the next million thoughts.

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Some women are cold to their husbands, as are some husbands to their wives. In Hebrew one says "not terrible" (lo nora).

"Not terrible" = 288. 288 sparks fell into mundane reality, for us to redeem, by heat or by cold.

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"The best of doctors goes to hell" means that he's always on call to go to hell to heal his patients.

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"If good is good is better not better?!" Don't suffice with good if you can do better. Bet on better.

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God said to Adam, "You may eat from all the fruit of the garden, except for...." First give plenty before you withhold a little.

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In folk etymology woman is woe to man, for her part in the primordial sin. Not so in Hebrew, "woman" is from "man," and Eve is from "life."

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Did you ever listen to a frog? It says "Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom for ever and ever."

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Did you ever hear a snake say, "God upholds the fallen and lifts up the bowed down"?

Before the sin the snake had legs. After the sin they were amputated. The legless killer still moves fast.

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God's Name Havayah appears 1820 (= 70 times 26) times in the Torah. "The secret (70) of Havayah (26) is to those that fear Him."

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"David king of Israel is alive forever." He is called a "miscarriage." Like the moon that waxes and wanes he continuously dies and is reborn.

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Rabbi Bunim said: Only smart - a thief! Only loving - an adulterer! Only religious - an idolater! You have to be all: smart-loving-religious

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For intellectuals, even Torah scholars, self-sacrifice is more difficult than for simple Jews. The mind blocks the essence of the soul.

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Someone just mailed me, "Mazel Tov! It's a girl!!" In Hebrew, the full phrase (Mazel Tov! Bat!) = 496 = kingdom (malchut), femininity.

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A green light means go ahead, a red light means stop. In Kabbalah, green is truth and red is fear. Truth motivates going ahead without fear.

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The thought that "if I'll learn this I'll have to change my outlook on reality" is intimidating. It creates a state of cognitive dissonance.

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"God encourages the humble" may be read "God awakens the humble." Waking up is the greatest encouragement.

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Cognitive dissonance is possessing two thoughts or opinions that don't harmonize with one another. Chassidut resolves cognitive dissonance.
Meditative prayer lifts us up and out of our mundane reality. The early chasidim would meditate an hour, ailment pray an hour, adiposity then meditate an additional hour.

What is meditation? Breaking through hard shells, pill peeling away soft shells, and eating the fruit.

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The 10 blessings of Isaac to Jacob are the connective intermediate between the 10 sayings of creation and the 10 Commandments.

Moses received 1000 lights at Sinai. 1000 = 10 (sayings) times 10 (blessings) times 10 (Commandments).

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Jacob married four wives. God had blessed him to "break out" in all four directions. Each of his wives gave him power over one direction.

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Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch passed away on his 54th (3 times chai) birthday. He lived a triple life, of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.

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The primordial world of chaos was unstable and broke. Our world maintains a state of homeostasis, which means "keeping things in balance."

Homeostasis keeps one's inside world relatively constant while changes go on in the outside world. How so? "I place God before me always."

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19 Kislev is the holiday of holidays. Holiday means dance around. Weekdays dance around a holiday. All the holidays dance around 19 Kislev.

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3 "toils": of mitzvot, prayer, Torah study. The 1st rectifies one's life-force (nefesh), the 2nd - spirit (ruach), the 3rd – soul (neshama).

Service requires toil. Mitzvot are the service of the body. Prayer is the service of the heart. Torah study is the service of the mind.

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The day after Chanukah is the day that the miracle of Chanukah becomes second nature. Could you ever imagine that the world wasn't created?

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The smallest and seemingly most insignificant creature has a purpose in creation. Pleasure is the feeling of fulfilling one's purpose.

In a Jewish soul, faith manifests as a thought process. One never stops thinking about creation and its Creator and his purpose in creation.

The most wonderful wonder is God. Something to wonder about. Who am I and why I'm here is also a wonder. Something to wonder about.

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Can you imagine a world without you in the center or without you at all? Try to. The truth is that if you're not there I'll miss you.

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All of my desires derive from 3 basic, innate desires given me by my Creator: to live, to procreate, to fulfill my purpose in life.

The highest desire is to fulfill my purpose in life, after that, to procreate, after that, to live.

By misusing the free choice given me I can pervert all of my innate desires to serve my egocentric will to obtain immediate pleasure.

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Egocentricity is the source of all evil. Connect with all your heart, soul, and might, to good as embodied in the leader of the generation.

The Creator desires "a dwelling place below." "Below" is our ego. God desires that we reveal Him by choosing good within the context of bad.

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Whoever fulfills his purpose in creation, whether Jew or non-Jew, experiences the inherent unity that permeates creation. He feels God.

The righteous amongst the nations fulfill their purpose in creation. They live by the word of God and help perfect the world we live in.

For what purpose did the Almighty create evil in the world? For us to rise above it, not let it affect us, and overcome it.

Every part of nature serves is purpose in the Divine plan to make this world a dwelling place for God's very essence.

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There is "this world" and the "world to come." Moses began his prophecies with the word "this." His purpose was to rectify this world.

"This" = 12. 12 lines define a cube. Kabbalah depicts this world as an ever expanding cube, whose 12 lines regulate its rate of expansion.

12 tribes, 12 months of the year etc. The 12 define the extension-expansion of the cube (in space-time). 12 = 3 fathers times 4 mothers.

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Tevet (411) is the month of Dan (54) likened to a snake (358) linked to the goat (17). Average value (210) = anger, the sense of Tevet.

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All that befalls us is for our ultimate good. But not always do we see the good. We ask God for "visible and revealed good."

"Visible good" = "the hidden light," the original light that God created but hid for the righteous. We ask Him to reveal to us this light.

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Rebbe Zusia taught us to learn from everyone. One of the things to learn from a thief is that if you don't succeed the first time keep on trying.

If something is really important for me - even if I fail time after time I must keep on trying. Failure is a trial, God is testing me.

A Jew never gives up. We're here to bring Mashiach, we will settle for nothing less.

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Most schools teach science just as "science." Better to teach it as "the wonders of creation." Even better - "the wonders of the Creator."

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There are two ways to study Torah: I learn Torah or the Torah teaches me. Chassidim aspire to the second way, to be the "students of God."

If "I learn Torah" I feel myself to be the great Torah scholar who deserves to be honored. If "the Torah teaches me " I deserve no honor.

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A Jewish soul is a letter in the Torah scroll. "Letter" means "sign" or "miracle." A soul connected to its source in Torah can work miracles.

The Torah is the genetic code of the Jewish soul. Every letter in Torah is a portal to reveal all the letters. Every soul reflects all souls.

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Take nothing for granted. Every moment of our lives is a battle to choose good, to unite with God Almighty. The battle can be sweet.

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In the World of Emanation we relate to God as our Father, in Creation as our Creator, in Formation as our Lover, in Action as our King.

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Kindness begins from the body. Give the poor to eat and then teach him. Healing begins from the soul. Treat the soul and then the body.
Rectifying the State of Israel in 10 steps:

Step 1: Faith in the Torah (the Bible as interpreted by the Sages) as the Word of God.

Step 2: Commitment to live our private and communal lives in accordance with the precepts of the Torah.

Step 3: Proclaim the Torah as the foundation of international law.

Step 4: Annex all presently occupied territories that are within the borders of the land promised in the Torah to the Jewish People.

Step 5: Eradicate terrorism.

Step 6: Adopt the civil law of the Torah.

Step 7: Encourage mass Jewish immigration to Israel.

Step 8: Encourage emigration of elements within the borders of Israel that endanger the security of its citizens.

Step 9: Create an integrated educational system of Torah and science.

Step 10: Reach the goal we committed ourselves to in step 2 - living our private and communal lives fully in accordance with the Torah.

The steps follow the logic of right (love), advice left (might), website like this and middle (justice) 3 times over, finally achieving our goal in the middle.

In Hebrew, faith and right are cognate. Abraham, the pillar of love, was the first believer. He traveled south, right in Torah orientation.

Annexing the Promised Land is right because it acknowledges God's love in giving us the land. God gives with love, we accept with love.

Immigration of our people to our land is love, right, and its pair, emigration of antagonistic foreign elements, is might, left.

Commitment to implement what we believe in means that we are ready to fight for the tenets of our faith - might, left.

Torah based international law, a Torah legal system in Israel, and an integrated Torah-science educational system are all middle, justice.

The 1st triplet of right-left-middle is intellectual (one believes, commits, and decides in the mind), the 2nd emotional, the 3rd practical.

The archetypal figure gifted with the ability to integrate worlds, of Torah and of science, is Joseph, foundation, the 3rd middle.

The 1st of the 1st triplet is faith, the 2nd of the 2nd is uprooting evil, and the 3rd of the 3rd is integrating Torah and science.

Faith is the ultimate right, uprooting evil is the ultimate left, and integrating Torah and science, to be one, is the ultimate middle.

2 Responses to “Rectifying the State of Israel in 10 Steps”

  1. Uri says:

    How does step 7 go along with the credo, “make this place Eretz Yisrael” or the advice of the Lubavitcher Rebbe? I am currently struggling with this issue.
    also, why integrate Torah with science in particular? Why not the arts, for example? I realize this may require a longer answer for another time.
    thanks again

    • admin says:

      If you have a shlichus outside Eretz Yisrael you should make that place Eretz Yisrael – a place of holiness – but lechatchila and also ultimately every Jew should be in Eretz Yisrael kifshuto, that is the Messianic goal.

      The unification of Torah and science refers to both the arts and the sciences. In gematria, “art” (אמנות) plus “science” (מדע) equals “Torah” (תורה): for the Torah to be whole it needs both.