It was a year when we invested great efforts in preparations for the holiday of Sukkot. We built a new Sukkah according to stringent rules that Rabash wanted to uphold. It was made entirely of wood, without a single nail made from metal, and with the covering so dense that the light could hardly pass through it.
We invested a lot in it by working together, and maybe because of that, a very special, warm atmosphere was created. Rabash gave special explanations in his lessons, or it just seemed this way to us because we were able to grasp more. And then I asked: “What else are we missing? In the course of a week, we are together in a Sukkah each day, learning and talking. Why doesn’t it happen?”
And then he said that it still wasn’t enough. In order to reach a connection, an attack was needed. That’s the way it was during the exit from Egypt. The people joined together and then they escaped. It is not possible to exit without a connection. It was that way before as well, when the people of Israel sighed from the hard work in the store-cities of Pithom and Ramses and cried together to the Creator, having felt that they wouldn’t succeed.
And it was also that way at the parting of the Red Sea when they felt the troops of Pharaoh catching up with them from behind and before them the Red Sea was blocking the way. And when they stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, on one side the women pushing them (and it is written that the people exited Egypt thanks to the righteous women who put pressure on the men), and from the other side the Creator placed a condition: Either you connect or this will be the place of your burial.
We see that the conditions that are revealed here are not at all simple. They are like labor pains. It is only if we accept these conditions that we will really be born into the new world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/14/2011, Writings of Rabash