Answer: Egypt (Mitzyarim – Mitz – ra) is the concentration of the evil we are in and the hatred we feel toward each other.
Question: What is the meaning of the nation of Israel going down to Egypt?
Answer: The Jews who went down to Egypt are not a nation yet. They become a nation only when they gather at the foot of Mt. Sinai and accept the condition of ascending above the ego.
Question: What is Moses?
Answer: Moses is the force that pulls a person out of his ego and directs him toward the goal of creation, toward the Creator, toward the right action. According the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is called the “point in the heart.”
Question: What is the meaning of the phrase, “The Creator brings Moses to Pharaoh?”
Answer: There is an inner conflict in a person and the rejection of the ego, Moses versus Pharaoh.
Question: What are the ten plagues of Egypt?
Answer: The ten plagues are an essential precondition when I understand that my ego can no longer be my refuge, I have to detach myself from it, to ascend above it. It gives me so much pain and suffering that I cannot bear it any longer and must break away from my ego.
Question: Why does the breaking away from the ego occur at night, in total darkness?
Answer: The fact is that the separation from that the ego must be absolute; even if I don’t see anything before me, I still run away from it. Although I could stay in it and enjoy my corporeal life in an egoistic manner, I prefer to exit it into the darkness.
Question: What is the meaning of crossing the “Red Sea”?
Answer: A person understands that he must give up his previous egoistic perception totally, and he wants to get to know the world anew.
Question: What does it mean that the water of “the Red Sea withdrew and split in two”?
Answer: This isn’t a natural phenomenon, of course. It doesn’t exist in nature no matter how hard we try to explain natural phenomena that we don’t understand.
“The water withdrew and split in two” means that a person is allowed to enter the attribute of Bina (bestowal). He goes through Malchut to Bina and receives a feeling of elation. This means that the evil water now becomes water that helps us advance toward the goal.
From KabTV’s “A Talk About Passover” 3/18/15