Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the meaning and importance of the exodus from Egypt?“
Passover describes salvation from exile in Egypt, i.e., from the period of slavery to our egoistic desires called “Egypt,” the increasing feeling of distress we develop in that state, and its eventual exit after coming to an intolerable feeling that we cannot exit our egoistic desires, but we feel a dire need to do so.
When we feel these opposites, the waters of the Red Sea (in Hebrew, it is called “the Final Sea” [“Yam Suf”]) open up, and we cross.
We have no idea how it unfolds in such a way. On one hand, it is considered miraculous, but on the other hand, it takes place after we reach desperation from our own inability to overcome our egoistic desires. That is why it is known as an escape at night, in darkness. The darkness symbolizes our lack of self-confidence, i.e., our inability to exit our egos by ourselves. We simply do not understand how we could possibly exit the control of our egoistic desires, which are our very human nature, as we find ourselves powerless to do so with our own strength. Also, we cannot understand how there could be another force in reality that could somehow change our nature. Yet, it is precisely this upper force that becomes disclosed and which changes us.
This is why the exodus from Egypt, i.e., the exit from the control of our egoistic desires, is considered miraculous. It is an act performed on us from the upper force, above our egoistic nature, in response to the need we prepare for that exodus on our behalf.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.