The Way of G-d / Derech Hashem is a major respected work by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
Sam is using the version translated and annotated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in these classes.

Lesson Fourteen covers pg(s) 133-141

Yisra’el and the Nations

Avraham succeeded in elevating himself, and as a result of his deeds he was chosen by G-d Himself. Avraham was therefore permanently made into a superior Tree, conforming to man’s highest level. It was further provided that he would be able to produce branches and father a nation possessing his characteristics.

The world was then divided into seventy nations, each with its own particular place in the general scheme. All of them, however, remained on the level of man in his fallen state, while only Yisra’el was in the elevated state.

After this, the gate was closed on the era of roots. Things would then be directed and brought about upon individuals as branches, each one according to his nature.

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