The children of Israel were able to rise above their egoism, to exit Egypt, where Pharaoh reigned, into a state where the force of the ego disappears, but there is still no quality of bestowal. It appears only after receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai.
However, they already feel that they are under the rule of Pharaoh and have reached the state when they are ready to cross the border between egoistic desires, which are called Egypt (In Hebrew Mitzraim—concentration of evil), and all other qualities.
Question: Why do these desires chase after them?
Answer: Everything happens within a person. First, he starts asking himself: “Why am I exiting Egypt? How will I live?” Desires need to be fulfilled. What to fill them with?
Second, Pharaoh also lives at the expense of the Israelites who are running away from him because they give him a connection with the upper force. He cannot exist without them, and they, in general, cannot exist without him either. Here we get a temporary space in which they understand how dependent they are on each other.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/6/21