Baal HaSulam’s “Commentary to the Passover Haggadah” (From the article “This Is for Yehuda”): This is why we like to remember the eating of Matza in Egypt [in the first Kabbalistic group] even today [during the evening Passover meal] since we [today], too, are as when we were enslaved abroad [the land of Israel is “Eretz Israel“ in Hebrew, which means “desire aimed straight at the Creator”]. Also, with this Mitzva, we aim to extend the redemption [from Pharaoh, egoism] that will happen soon in our days, Amen, just as our [spiritual] fathers ate in Egypt.
This passage talks about a group of Kabbalists that existed and functioned under the guidance of Abraham and came out of Babylon around 3700 years ago in order to connect by the ties of love among them, which is described as “love another as you love yourself.” And they learned from their own experience how hearts harden and how much tougher the power of Pharaoh (ego) who rules them becomes.
But regardless, they started overcoming this hardening even though egoism kept growing. They reached an internal state of coming out of their egoism that is called the exodus from Egypt. Instead of the egoistic ties that they used to have, they connected to each other with the ties of bestowal and love, which signifies leaving the Egyptian borders.
Therefore, all actions that we perform during the festive meal have a sole intention: to reach the same liberation from the ego. We repeat every action and ritual established by the very same group of Kabbalists, following the directions of Baal HaSulam, who in thorough detail explains each stage of the festive ritual because it reflects how strongly a person truly desires to come out of his or her personal Egypt.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011, “This Is for Judah”
A Meal In The Honor Of The Spiritual Life
In The Future State, We Are Free
Advancing From The Opposite