Egyptian bondage starts with Joseph’s desire to unite with his brothers, but instead hatred unfolds among them. That is the point when they enter Egypt and sell him to it.
Joseph (the righteous man, the foundation of the world) is what is called the ground, Sefira, which connects all Sefirot preceding it, or “Jacob’s sons.” He wanted to unify them all, but they didn’t comply; each of them wished to be alone. And Joseph says: “You have to unify in me” since Sefira Yesod binds within itself all the other Sefirot; it has nothing of its own.
However, all the other properties in man opposed it, and that is why they started to experience the Egyptian exile. In other words, our entire work pertains solely to unification for which you have the world group as well as the local one. And each of us has opportunities to advance both in the physical and in the virtual groups. Additionally, everyone has already done some preparation for unity, but we haven’t been able to make a final decision yet.
And it could be that we will have to make a final decision every instant that nothing will help us unless we unify, above everyone’s personal egoism. There, in the point of our oneness, spirituality lies. This miniscule dark point suddenly unfolds and we find the entrance to the spiritual world in it. It is such a narrow and tight passage that it would have been hard to believe something could actually open there.
It is similar to giving birth. First, the exit is closed, the embryo remains inside the womb regarded as “Mem Stuma” (letter “Mem” is the property of Bina, closed on every side). And only later on, when the enormous desire to be born is present, this letter “Mem” splits into two doors (the letters “Dalet,” from the word “door” or “Delet”) on two hinges (“Tzirim” or “hinges,” the word that also means natal contractions), and that’s how a baby is born.
But the moment before, a newborn has no chance to know, predict, or sense that the state it is in can open up. Therefore, a strong environment is necessary. It will constantly pressure every one of us and ensure us with a guarantee: the power of support, the force of awakening that will always bring me back to the intention for unity.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/21/2011, Beit Shaar HaKavanot
Crossing The Egyptian Border
Four Hundred Years At The Mountain Of Hatred
Blows In One Point