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What Does the Prophet Elijah Do?

Elijah announces that the Messiah is coming.
What is the Messiah? The Messiah is a force that pulls us our of our egoistic desires. In Hebrew, the word for “Messiah” (“Moshiach”) comes from the same linguistic root as the word for “pulling” (“Moshech”).
This force pulls us out of our problems and leads us to the degree of love and bestowal, i.e., to a desire of harmonious connection among each other and with the upper force of nature. That is Elijah’s message.
Love is all we need, to relate to others as to ourselves, and even more than we relate to ourselves.
A section of the Passover Haggadah states that we open the door for Elijah, and one of my students asked me about this: why do we wait for Elijah every year and he does not come? It is because we never waited for the true Elijah. Do we yearn for loving other people like we love ourselves? No. So it means that we do not wait for Elijah.
Who do we wait for? We wait for Elijah to bring us a bag of gold coins, a new car, a new apartment, a private jet, each according to their desires. That is what we generally picture as the coming of Elijah: that he comes to profit us according to our self-serving desires.
Elijah is the upper force that connects us according to our desires to positively connect, and which can connect us until we reach a state of love for each other, until we feel ourselves as parts of one body, a single desire, and that the upper force love and bestowal dwells in our connections. That is the true revelation of Elijah. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, that state is called “the end of correction.”
We should thus concentrate on the force of love and bestowal that can come to dwell in our connections, i.e., the force of Elijah. By doing so, we will feel that we harmoniously connect with the whole world, that everyone embraces us, and that this is what brings us to the true exodus from Egypt—the exit from our egoistic desires into a harmonious and peaceful state of love, bestowal and connection.
Based on the video “What Does the Prophet Elijah Do?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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