What is the solution to the “Mid-east peace crises?” If I were to ask you – there is a guy who has a four thousand year history of raping pillaging murdering slave-trading and he is claiming the back section of your home as his, I think you should give it to him to maintain peaceful relations – to not be called an occupier, would you do it? Why is Israel willing to give half her country to exactly such people, namely Arabs? The answer is simple; if something that a normal person wouldn’t do is done by a person we call that personal abnormal. However just calling someone abnormal doesn’t solve the problem. Psychiatrists and psychologists spend decades deciding if the said person has a genetic or psychological issue. Once you understand why there is the abnormality much as once you understand the symptoms of a physical ailment you can correct the abnormal manifestation. The symptoms of a person willing to allow a mass murderer to be his neighbor is simple, low self-esteem. A child has this problem, whereby they will listen to any adult despite the fact the guy who is offering them sweets may be a mass murderer for they feel obligated to listen to adults. We the Jewish people are a proud people – proud of a four thousand year history of goodness and kindness, a history that brought morality, science, technology to the world.

The ultimate goal – the finite becoming infinite What is a greater achievement, that the infinite shall create finite (G-d creating man,) or that the finite shall integrate i.e. climb / reach / become infinite (man becoming G-d.) Obviously it is a far greater achievement for man to become G-d, than for G-d the infinite to become finite which is part and parcel of infinite abilities namely the ability to also become finite. But for man to become G-d there is an even greater jump for then man must jump out of who he or she is, to allow the infinite to shine in, through, and become him or her. For example what is harder, to take electricity from a nuclear power plant and restrict it to 220 or 110 volts so it is useable, or to take 220 or 110 volts and have it become the nuclear power plant. So how does one achieve this ultimate goal of finite merging with the infinite Creator? The answer is very very simple yet as mentioned the hardest thing in the world to achieve! Because the truth is that we really are infinity concealed (for if we weren’t from infinity the source of everything we simply wouldn’t be) therefore the technique to reveal the infinity is simply to remove the finite. So if the 220 or 110 volts knew how to remove its definition, then the nuclear plant would be who it was, as it loses its first identity and automatically becomes the source identity. When man completely gives over his desires will and actions to G-d then he loses his own identity and G-d fulfils his greatest dream namely that through the bittul /self surrendering of the finite, the infinite becomes revealed through him.

I read such a beautiful teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe What do we learn for the fact that the humblest – non-boastful and non-evidentiary beautiful – mountain, Mount Sinai was chosen as the place from where the Bible / the Torah would emanate from. Every person is like Mount Sinai, each and everyone of us has something spiritual to contribute to the entire world, yet each and every one of us is incomplete without the other, for we need to gain from their spirituality as well.

Wow I just had an amazing inspiration I once went through a traumatic experience through someone who suffers or rather enjoys what is called Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, people with this disorder make it their life’s aim of finding something wrong with someone else – usually imagined – but then shaming them in some kind of public forum; effectively this is what their role model mother or father, or both did to them, so they are returning the favor to society. Anyway I could feel myself dissociating from humanity as this was going on – today I realized that this would be similar to if a dog repeatedly bites you, eventually you would begin to hate all dogs. So the simple solution is to see humanity as comprising two kinds of people – which is true – those who are compassionate and those who are not. In other words through the simple technique of realizing that most if not all people love people and hence don’t hurt others one achieves reciprocal love for humanity.

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