Kabbalah interpreter and spiritual thought leader Dr. Michael Laitman comes to the Big Think studio today. Post your questions as always.
Dr. Laitman is a professor of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge who holds a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah and MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. He established the Bnei Baruch, the "sons of Baruch," in 1991 following the passing of his teacher, Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (The Rabash).
Laitman named his group Bnei Baruch to commemorate the memory of The Rabash whose side he never left in the final 12 years of his life, from 1979 to 1991. Laitman was Ashlag's prime student, personal assistant, and is recognized as the successor of Rabash's teaching method.
For millennia, Kabbalists have been teaching that love of man is the foundation of the people of Israel. Love of man was the fuel propelling the people of Israel to extraordinary achievements. In times when love of man shifted to unfounded hatred, the nation declined into exile and affliction. Kabbalists seek the transcendent power of love to once again overcome group differences and achieve a new unity.