On June 5, 1940, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, known as Baal HaSulam (author
of the Ladder) for his Sulam (ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar,
published the first copy of the paper, The Nation. In it, he tried to offer a
lasting solution to the causes of the Holocaust, and to unite the people of
Israel, for he perceived its fragmentation as its prime impediment to
happiness. His efforts, however, were thwarted by Jews who opposed his views,
and that first issue became the only issue ever to be printed.
After World War II, Baal HaSulam wrote extensively about the
causes for the war, and the solutions to anti-Semitism as he perceived them. He
never published these writings. We have collected them and published them in
The Writings of the Last Generation.