Comment: About three and a half thousand years ago, according to the Torah (Exodus Chapter 5),Moses demanded from the Pharaoh of Egypt to release the Israeli people from slavery in the name of God. But Pharaoh did not listen to him and ten plagues fell on Egypt.
From an academic point of view, it is believed that there was no such event, and even if there were, it was not on the scale described in the Torah. In religion, of course, nothing is tested, they just believe that it happened. Kabbalah does not consider these events as historical events at all but asserts that they are about spiritual processes that the people and Moses himself went through.
My Response: First, the Torah does not speak about individual people, but about the solely internal issues of all mankind. Secondly, we are not talking about physical problems, although they may have been manifested in material life in some way. But that is not the point at all.
Originally, all of humanity was created from an egoistic desire to enjoy. This desire goes through certain stages of its birth and development to the point where people begin to understand that they can no longer remain in egoism and must somehow get out of it.
The group that Abraham led from Ancient Babylon to the land of Canaan, or rather his descendants, the sons of his grandson Jacob, came to Egypt. As described in the Torah, they lived there for a long time and went through different stages, good and bad. But, in principle, the Torah speaks about the internal states of these people.
Moreover, when we talk about the people as a large number, we do not mean their number, but their spiritual power. That is, all this must be perceived and weighed within the framework of spiritual actions.
The same goes for the Egyptian executions. Executions are actions where a person or an entire group comes together under the blows of their egoism.
First, egoism must put pressure on them. Therefore, when the Pharaoh, symbolizing the ego, enslaves them, and when they feel they are servile, they are obliged to somehow connect between themselves to help one another. After all, if a person is beaten, he begins to shrink internally. This brings him to a completely different state where he tries to free himself from the ego. This attempt at liberation from egoism is the way out of Egypt.
But to get out of Egypt, this group must agree to be willing to rise above the ego. As a single spiritual union, called Partzuf (system), they must undergo a special purification from egoism.
Since this spiritual structure consists of ten parts, ten Sefirot, their purification consists of ten releases from the ego, which are called the ten blows or Egyptian plagues.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 1/30/20