The work of men (Hebrew – Gevarim) is based on overcoming (Hebrew – Hitgabrut), on faith above reason. After all, the exit from Egypt is where we wish to unite, so all our work is directed at continuously greater unification. For now, we are all egoists and we try to unite using our egoistic strength. But through these efforts: the study, connection, and self-nullification, we awaken the reforming Light and receive the strength to overcome, starting to work as men.
The most important thing is to return to the same connection that existed in the first man, Adam, before the breaking. However, if we reach this connection now with all of our egoism, it will be 620 times greater than before. Thus, we will reveal not the small, barely enlivening Light, but the whole Light of NRNHY, the Creator.*
The burden of the exile is the sensation of my inability to come to the correct intention. We try to do something and discover every time that it was for the sake of egoism. After all, the Creator wants to bring us to screaming, to the recognition of evil, the purpose of which is to realize that we will not achieve success without His help.**
The main distinction of the wisdom of Kabbalah in defining the work of the Creator is that it is directed at uniting people in order to bring them to the same model that is called Adam, the single system of the common soul, and from love of the friends to come to love of the Creator.
Pharaoh is between us, and we need to turn him into the Creator so that the Creator will be revealed. The Creator is not revealed in any one of us, but only in the connection between us. The Creator is the network of connection and love that unites us.
Just as sea water fills the gaps between the islands of an archipelago, the Torah needs to fill the space between people with bestowal and love.***
“Do not swallow the Maror without chewing it.”
“Do not swallow the Maror without chewing it.” This means that we need to work on our unity with great persistence, regardless of our inability to reach it. If in the group we consent to the need to unite, it means that we have entered Egypt. Before this, we did not consent to it and did not even talk about it. First, the brothers neglected Joseph and threw him out. But then the famine begins, they agree to unite, and then enter Egypt.
At first they live well in Egypt, but then they begin to discern that they are unable to unite. “The children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage” because they were unsuccessful. And then “their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.”
That is what it means that “the Maror cannot be swallowed without having been chewed first.” We must “chew” this work and feel all of its bitterness and heaviness, like the hard and bitter horseradish from which the Maror is made. From the hard work and being unsuccessful, we become softer and turn to the Creator from despair. Only after the hard work do we begin to sense our captivity and the need to come out of it, and we start to sense that there is a force that can help us. ****
Knowing the Creator means learning gradually what unity and love are that do not exist currently in our state. We live in the opposite world. The Creator that later will be revealed is currently being revealed gradually in the opposite form. It is He who broke the vessel of our soul, and that is why He is shown in the opposite form, as Pharaoh.
However, if we wish to rise above it with faith above reason and to reveal bestowal and love between us, we turn to the Creator now, not to Pharaoh. The Creator and Pharaoh are the front and back sides of the same phenomenon.
This whole work is very simple and specific; the difficulty every time is only in turning to the Creator—that is precisely where Pharaoh hides, and he gets in the way.*****
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/20/18, Writings of Rabash, “Come Unto Pharaoh – 2”
* (Minute 31:00)
** (Minute 32:30)
*** (Minute 39:30)
**** (Minute 42:30)
***** (Minute 47:50)