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Society as a Condition for Attaining Spirituality

Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah)

This statement of our sages demands explanation. The word Klal (collective/rule) indicates a sum of details that, when put together, form the above collective. Thus, when he says about the Mitzva, "love thy friend as thyself," that it is a great Klal in the Torah, we must understand that the rest of the 612 Mitzvot (precepts) in the Torah, with all their interpretations, are no more and no less than the sum of the details inserted and contained in that single Mitzva (singular for Mitzvot), "love thy friend as thyself."...

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The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)

This is to speak of the Arvut (Mutual Guarantee), when all of Israel became responsible for one another. Because the Torah was not given to them before each and every one from Israel was asked if he agreed to take upon himself the Mitzva (precept) of loving others in the full measure, expressed in the words: "Love thy friend as thyself" (as explained in Items 2 and 3, examine it thoroughly there)...

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The Peace

After having demonstrated in previous articles the general form of His work, whose essence is but the love of others, practically determined as "bestowal upon others," meaning that the actual manifestation of love of others is bestowal of goodness upon others, love of others should be determined as bestowal upon others, which is best suited for its content, aiming to ensure that we will not forget the aim...

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The Message in Matan Torah

In the three essays, "Matan Torah" (The Giving of the Torah), "The Arvut" (The Mutual Guarantee), and "The Peace," Baal HaSulam teaches us of the necessity for a large society to achieve the purpose of Creation. He demonstrates why a single person cannot achieve one’s goals without the rest of the people in the world, and that only the right combination between social unity and the work of God will reward humanity with peace, prosperity, and the realization of our human potential...

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Unity of Friends

Do what you can and the Lord’s salvation is in the twinkling of an eye. The important thing that stands before you today is the unity of friends. Toil in that more and more, for it can compensate for all the faults...

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Love of Friends

And what you wrote, that you inform me of the exile in Egypt, I wonder, you need further studying. “And they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.” Then, “and God knew.” Without the knowledge of God in the exile, redemption is impossible. Moreover, the knowledge of the exile itself is the reason for the redemption. Thus, how can you wish to inform me at the time of redemption?..

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The Influence of the Environment on a Person

…We know that there is a custom, applied all over the world, that it is not good for a highly skilled professional to be among poorly skilled workers and learn from their actions. For example, when a cobbler is among unskillful cobblers, they let him understand that it is not worthwhile to make a good shoe, but do it however it comes out, and it is not worthwhile to make a good and handsome shoe...

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Purpose of Society

We have gathered here to establish a society for all who wish to follow the path and method of Baal HaSulam, the way by which to climb the degrees of man, and not remain as a beast, as our sages said (Yevamot, 61a) about the verse, "And ye My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are men." And Rashbi said, "You are called ‘men,’ and idol worshipers are not called ‘men.’"...

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Concerning Love of Friends

It is known that being humble is a great thing. But we can also say the opposite – that one must disclose the love in his heart towards the friends, since by revealing it he evokes his friends’ hearts toward the friends so they, too, would feel that each of them is practicing love of friends. The benefit from that is that in this manner, one gains strength to practice love of friends more forcefully, since every person’s force of love is integrated in each other’s...

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They Helped Every One His Friend

We must understand how one can help his friend. Is this where there are rich and poor, wise and fools, weak and strong? But when all are rich, smart, or strong, etc., how can one help another?...

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Purpose of Society

Since man is created with a Kli called “self-love,” where one does not see that an act will yield self-benefit, one has no motivation to make even a tiny movement. And without annulling self-love, it is impossible to achieve Dvekut (adhesion) with the Creator, meaning equivalence of form. And since it is against our nature, we need a society that will form a great force so we can work together on annulling the will to receive, called “evil,” as it hinders the achievement of the goal for which man was created...

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What Does “Love Thy Friend as Thyself” Give Us?

First, we need to know what a law is. It is known that a collective (Klal) consists of many individuals. Without individuals, there cannot be a collective. For example, when we refer to an audience as "a sacred audience," we are referring to a number of individuals who have gathered and formed a unit. Afterwards, a head is appointed to the audience, etc., and this is called a Minian (ten/quorum) or a "congregation." At least ten people must be present, and then it is possible to say Kedusha (specific part of a Jewish prayer) at the service...

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Love of Friends

"And a certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying: ‘What seekest thou?’ And he said: ‘I seek my brethren. Tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock’"...

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According to What Is Explained Concerning “Love Thy Friend”

According to what is explained concerning "Love thy friend as thyself," all the details of the 612 Mitzvot are contained in this rule. It is as our sages say, "The rest is its commentary; go study." This means that by keeping the 612 Mitzvot we will be rewarded with the rule, "Love thy friend," and following, the love of God...

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Which Keeping of Torah and Mitzvot Purifies the Heart

In the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar” (Item 44), it is written, “When one begins to engage in Torah and Mitzvot, even without any intention, meaning without love and fear, as is appropriate when serving the King, even in Lo Lishma (not for Her Name), the point in one’s heart begins to grow and show its activity. This is so because Mitzvot do not require intention, and even actions without intention can purify one’s will to receive, but in its first degree, called ‘still.’ And to the extent that one purifies the still part of the will to receive, one gradually builds the 613 organs of the point in the heart, which is the still of Nefesh de Kedusha (holiness).” Thus, we see that observing Torah and Mitzvot, even Lo Lishma purifies the heart...

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Which Degree Should One Achieve?

In the book, Panim Masbirot (p 56), Baal HaSulam writes, "After the good mixed with the bad (after the sin), a great structure of Klipot was established, with the power to cling to Kedusha (Holiness)." In order to beware of them, the Light of the seven days of Creation was divided into very small pieces, which are too small for the Klipot to suck from...

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The First Degree When One Is Born

In The Zohar, Mishpatim, it is written, "Come and see, when a person is born, he is given Nefesh from the side of the beast, the side of purity, from the side of those called ‘Holy Angles,’ meaning the world of Assiya. If he is rewarded further, he is given Ruach from the side of the ‘Holy Animals,’ meaning from the side of Yetzira...

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Concerning the Importance of Society

It is known that since man is always among people who have no connection to the work on the path of truth, but to the contrary, always resist those who walk on the path of truth, and since people’s thoughts mingle, the views of those who oppose the path of truth permeate those with some desire to walk on the path of truth...

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Concerning the Importance of Friends

Concerning the importance of the friends in the society and how to appreciate them, meaning with which kind of importance everyone should regard his friend. Common sense dictates that if one regards one’s friend as being at a lower degree than one’s own, then he will want to teach him how to behave more virtuously than the qualities he has. Hence, he cannot be his friend; he can take the friend as a student, but not as a friend...

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The Agenda of the Assembly

In the beginning of the assembly, there should be an agenda. Everyone should speak of the importance of the society as much as he can, describing the profits that society will give him and the important things he hopes society will bring him, which he cannot obtain by himself, and how he appreciates the society accordingly...

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