Question: When I heard about the exodus from Egypt a couple of years ago, I imagined that we would soon come out of Egypt. But now I feel that I am very far from being born, and it seems that I haven’t even attained the state of an embryo. What should I focus on?
Answer: How did you picture this exodus? Like lovely drawings of your successes. You thought that you would come out of Egypt and become strong, would manage everything and discover all the secrets, all the information and feelings, and would be able to understand, feel, and become almighty, eternal, and whole. This is how you pictured your exodus from the ego.
But now you are forced to agree that the exodus from Egypt symbolizes the opposite. Before you assessed it egoistically, but in fact, the exodus from Egypt symbolizes that I have nothing and that I don’t want anything! I only want to connect with everyone in order to give everyone everything.
I want to exit myself, to pour myself into everyone in order to connect with them and to take care of them like a mother who takes care of her babies, without any self benefit, without any profit. The main thing is that I will be able to have the desire to take care of them, which means resembling the Creator.
This is what I want and this is what I call the exodus from Egypt. This is what I see as my redemption: to receive a desire and ability to resemble the Creator by that. I want to resemble the Creator not for my own sake, because I see my profit only in that, but in order to be able to bestow absolutely and not feel anything for myself.
Not to feel for myself can also be rewarding. If I suffer now by not feeling myself, then I also get rid of the pain. This means that any condition of exiting myself to bestowal can be interpreted as beneficial for the ego.
But if we also operate with regard to the group, then everything becomes simpler and more real. Then I only need to yearn to connect with everyone in order to serve them, take care of them, and give them everything that they need by providing them with all their corporeal and spiritual needs.
In corporeality we have to help within the limits of necessity, while in spirituality it is until the end of correction. This is redemption for me since this is how the Creator treats the created beings. Today you are closer to that than you were before, and the whole difference is made by the Light.
The story of the exodus from Egypt describes the advanced stages before the actual exodus as very fast. First, history develops very slowly: seven years of satiation seem very long with all the details.
But the last phases are restricted and concentrated, and you are actually in them right now. It’s possible to compress them to action immediately one after the other and then quickly exit. Coming out of Egypt, piercing the Machsom (barrier), as we once shouted, means to continue yearning for connection, for mutual service within the group.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/13/14, The Zohar