A question I received: When is it considered that a person is in a state of Galut (exile)?
My Answer: Galut (exile, deportation) refers to the exile from the spiritual world and the property of bestowal and love. That is, one needs to wish for this property, and the measure to which one does not have it, one feels Galut, the exile from it.
For instance, in his article “A True Prayer,” Rabash says that Galut is when a person is not given an opportunity to hold the intention for his actions not to be in order to receive a reward, which is against our nature.
(רב"ש. מאמר "תפלה אמיתית": הגלות – היינו, שלא נותנים לו לכוון, שעבודתו תהיה בשלא על מנת לקבל פרס, היות שהוא נגד הטב)