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    Gil
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    • #381398
      Luke
      Participant

      “It is forbidden to teach a gentile Torah, as was said, ‘He did not do so for any nation’” (Hagigah 13a).

      According to what Baal HaSulam interprets concerning prohibitions, wherever it is written “forbidden,” it means impossible. It follows that the prohibition to teach a gentile Torah, even if he has been circumcised but does not observe the commandments of the Torah, is that he cannot learn Torah.

      How are we supposed to understand these laws which appear to be laws from Judaism ? I discovered this on kabbalah.info and I’m really struggling with all the covenant laws, the seperation of Jews and gentiles and who better than who ? So as a “Gentile” myself how am I to continue studying kabbalah as it requires a lot of laws and covenants in order to be fully corrected. But on the surface I’m told it’s for “everyone”. But it seems non Jews won’t go far with it but a Jewish person will. It’s very hard and stressful to understand all this.

    • #378835
      Luke
      Participant

      Rav laitman gave a lecture on Brit milah and how it correlates to Malchut. this topic however never seems to be given a clear cut answer as to whether a man should actually undergo the Brit milah particularly when that person isn’t Jewish and does not desire to be Jewish. In order to actually have the Bris with all the accompanying tradition’s an individual would ideally need a jewish mohel and a jewish mohel in my country won’t do this for a non Jew. so, my question is, is there another way to do this correction ?. Would focusing on the “Circumcision of the heart” not be an alternate option ? as it seems like an even greater correction than a random religious action to fulfil a covenant (with all my respects to the Jewish people whom i love).   Looking at humanity i see so much hatred wars etc and it breaks my heart and for me i think my biggest correction and the worlds biggest correction is to cut the evil desires from within ourselves (harbouring hatred in the heart). Please tell me though if this not sufficient. I want to experience the Kabbalah in its entirety and i need this to be clarified please.

      • #379648

        Hi Luke,

        Of course this is the main thing. Kabbalists of the past had all kinds of physical customs tied to spiritual meaning. That certainly was incorporated into religion and the spiritual significance was completely lost while the physical action continued. This, in fact, was one of the reasons they initiated the physical customs–particularly because they wanted to keep the nation tied with some kind of thread to spirituality.
        In our case today, when the points in the heart are awakening around the world–like yours and mine–the Creator wants the hearts, and not the “arms and legs”. In our times, the most important thing is the correction of the heart, the change in intention. This is the path of Kabbalah, the “work in the heart”.

        Chris

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    • #377685
      Luke
      Participant

      Still here studying through and reading the Zohar online just wanted to know if the zohar in english is available in a hardcopy?

    • #377096
      Greg
      Participant

      Not really much of a question, but as I learn something new every week Bible verses I had long forgotten come to me. Nehamiah 8:10 reads And he said to them, “Go, eat fat foods and drink sweet drinks and send portions to whoever has nothing prepared, for the day is holy to our Lord, and do not be sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. .” I find myself emotionally charged and encouraged to keep studying, albeit still independently.  When these seemingly random recollections happen is it perhaps a sign that the upper force might be preparing me for what’s to come? I pray every day for my future 10. I have no control of what environment he will bring my way and I have no way to do anything on my own. This is quite a bit to process.

      • #377102

        It’s exciting, Greg. Everything is a preparation for the next state. We can’t know what or why, and it’s good that way. We can though be confident that all that that’s be done, is doing and will be done was towards the lofty goal of bringing us into adhesion with Him again and this includes every small detail in each and every one of our lives.

        Chris

    • #377029
      Brad
      Participant

      stupid question… Can i counter desires but creating opposite desires ?

      • #377101

        Hey Brad,

        By now I’m sure you know we aren’t in control of what desires we receive. Certainly we can put ourselves in an environment and depending on the strength of our ties their and how much we allow it to influence us, accordingly you could say we can “control” the desires, but again, we have nothing within us that can “choose” a desire. There’s room to unpack this more if you want but I think you understand.

        I catch your direction though…you’re asking if the Creator gives you some desire, you want to reject it or accept some other desire instead. The correct approach would be to first acknowledge this is coming from the Creator. Secondly, see what it is you’re supposed to do with that desire and if that means you discover it’s something that is deviating you from the path or an opportunity to strengthen your ties to the environment etc..

        The important thing here is to be sensitive to what the Creator gives us each moment, to react accordingly and not just let moments come and go, desires come and go, where we just flow with whatever. Our action needs to be intentional and conscious.

        Chris

      • #377077
        Brad
        Participant

        Spotted a “typo” let me say again, “Can i counter desires BY creating opposite desires” ?

      • #377057
        Luke
        Participant

        It’s not a stupid question at all. The Zohar uses all types of symbolism. If you think that’s “stupid” then clearly you’ve never read the Zohar or the Torah. Good luck to you on your journey.

        • #377076
          Brad
          Participant

          Thx luke, The Torah and the Zohar  speak nothing about this world, and btw, everyone will receive brit mila, everyone will come to correction. This is not talking about the physical circumcision, which is optional and cannot correct on its own. Good luck on your journey too!

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