A question I received: I don’t understand, why was the exodus from Egypt so rushed? It takes just 20 minutes to leaven bread. Couldn’t they wait that long? Why did they have to hurry so fast?
My Answer: Rushing means that the following state is revealed suddenly, instead of according to an order of degrees. I cannot foresee it in advance or expect it. I cannot use my current state to find out what will happen the next minute. This is called rushing or hurrying.
The exodus from Egypt is similar to birth: It develops by virtue of an external force. The lower one does not determine anything. He makes efforts, studies, carries out the advice of Kabbalists to disseminate Kabbalah and unite with the friends, and then grows disillusioned about attaining the revelation of the Upper World.
It is written that the redemption and freedom comes suddenly, when you don’t expect it at all. (Ein Ben David Ba Ele Be Eseh Daat). It happens when people are completely not ready for it, in a generation that is completely disillusioned, when a person gives up and throws up his hands.
The exodus from Egypt is the revelation of the Light of GAR de Hochma. In order to come out of Egypt, the soul must make a leap from the state of Katnut Aleph (the first small state) in order to attain Gadlut Bet (the second great state). It has to leap through the levels of Katnut Aleph, Gadlut Aleph, Katnut Bet, and Gadlut Bet. This is called rushing. You are being taken out of your state and then you see a new world.
From the Evening Zohar Lesson 4/12/10