|Posted by bbedcenter on April 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM|
We have already examined Laitman's feelings regarding the existence of the USA. He has clearly stated that it "has no right to exist", and has justified his opinion by describing Americans in the most negative perspective that his position would allow him to describe, short of sounding like an Ayatollah. In this way he speaks of people not as a man of compassion and justice, guided by the Torah teachings of the priceless value of human life, but as a war monger who lumps individuals in abstract and divisive categories to serve his political interests. It is surprising to hear this kind of death wish coming out of those who advertise themselves as kabbalah teachers.
We have wondered if maybe Laitman wrote that article in a particularly bad day that obstructed his judgement. But less than two months later, in December of 2012, he writes:
There is no more “Israeli nation” outside the state of Israel. On the contrary, the Israelis and the Jews in the diaspora are separated. It is enough to look at the American Jews who are dispersed both physically and morally; they don’t worry about Israel, only about themselves. What’s more, they want to show that they have no interest in the state of Israel, that they are “just like everyone else in America,” dedicated only to the country they live in. Once they were proud of their roots, but this has disappeared."
In contrast, he writes about Israeli Jewry
"today we must at least worry about the Jews who live in the land of Israel since they share the same corporeal fate.".
And then, in April of 2013, Laitman posts:
"The roots of the attitude toward the American Jews is that living in the most egoistic country of our world, they actively promote conservation, ossification of the egoism of this type [...] That is why, despite the fact that the majority of Jews do not live in the land of Israel, because of the key role of the US in the system of the egoistic relationships in our world, namely the American Jews are reproached. [...] the spiritual duty of American Jews is to get acquainted with the method of integral education and upbringing, to understand its meaning quickly and correctly. You have to keep in direct contact with us to clarify and verify the meaning, content, and purpose of the method, and implement it in your life and of the society you live in [...] The American Jews have recently become active opponents of Israel as they want to gain legitimacy and approval of anti-Semites."
So we have been wondering why a man who uses the name of kabbalah and Torah to appeal to a global mass of followers, is so intended in marking a separation of the Jewish nation, as to "those in Israel, and those outside of Israel", and why this man preaching unity is so consumed with pointing fingers and demonizing six and a half million Jews living in the United States, the largest population of Jewish people in the world. Over half a million more people than in the State of Israel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_population_by_country
If we use our own heads, instead of annuling our thoughts to the will of Michael Laitman, as he demands of his followers, we can notice that Laitman shows an almost desperate eagerness to create confrontation and divisiveness not only among Jews, but between two sides he wants to clearly define: the USA and Israel. It is obvious that Laitman is trying to polirize the global Jewish community and antagonize the world against the United States around the issue of the supremacy of the State of Israel. When he separates Israeli Jews from those in the rest of the world, not only does Laitman claim a superior holiness of the Israeli land over any other, in particular the US, but in Laitman's view this superior holiness entitles Israel to a parallelel political superiority, and according to him all Jews owe their alliance to it.
It is clear that embedded in Laitman's ideological system is the assumption that Judaism is not a religion, but that it is a political right that the state of Israel has the exclusive privilege of bestowing on to anybody who seeks to follow the Ancient Jewish path of the Torah. And Michael Laitman again appoints himself as the highest moral and spiritual authority to guide a Zionist led world, when he states that American Jews must "keep in direct contact with us to clarify and verify the meaning, content, and purpose of the method".
This brings us to the following questions:
- Is being Jewish a matter of modern citizenship or an ancient spiritual and religious understanding?
- Is demonizing all the Jews in a particular country NOT an anti-semitic action?
- Is a Jew to follow the Torah, or to submit to self-interested and worldly representatives?
- Was the world created equally sacred, or is a piece of land holier than another, so that wars can be fought over who has the "divine right" to control it?
- Is being Jewish a path to bringing unity to human kind, or is it to seek the dominance of humanity under a division which promotes and defends Israeli superiority?
- Does using the Torah to justify the holiness of self-appointed supremacy count as what in Jewish tradition is called to use Torah as The Potion Of Death?
- Is Laitman teaching the Kabbalah of the Torah, or the kabblahblah of a political Zionist Agenda, disseminated by Bnei Baruch and its political arms of Mutual Responsibility (USA) and the Arvut Movement (Israel)?
- And are Bnei Baruch's foot soldiers aware of what cause they are being used for?