Where can we get the desire to attain the light of infinity? Now we are in an ocean of endless light, but do we feel that we lack it? Not at all. We desire what we see in front of us, what is perceptible to our egoism.
And that is why Abraham asked the Creator: “How will I know that I will inherit it,” since they haven’t the Kelim [vessels] or the need for the great inheritance that You are showing me that You will give to my sons; they haven’t the need.” Where does an ordinary person get such thoughts because he just wants a quiet life and nothing more?
But the Creator says: “No! I have prepared for you the Egyptian exile as the quintessence of all evil. You will enter this period and acquire such desires in it that you will want to break out of them. You will feel that they are harmful to you.”
On one hand, there is no strength to get rid of them, and on the other hand, it is impossible to stay in them. Exile is such a prison that suffocates you, leaves you without a breath of air, but you cannot escape from it to such an extent that egoism suffocates you.
And you see that you are working only for your ego, which takes everything for itself. It is like you are trying to drink from a bucket full of holes: you scoop up water, dying of thirst, bring it to your mouth, and it is empty. And then there is no way out but to escape from this prison.
The one who remains an egoist and does not want to learn to give is called an Egyptian, not a Jew. After all, Jew means unity (Yihud), and an Egyptian does not strive for unity and will remain in Egypt.
The Creator explained all this to Abraham.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/11/21, “Pesach (Passover)”