Why Should We Rush Out Of Egypt?
don't understand, why was the exodus from
Egypt so rushed? It takes just 20 minutes to leaven bread. Couldn't they
wait that long? Why did they have to hurry so fast?
Laitman's Answer: Rushing means that
the following state is revealed suddenly, instead of according to an order of degrees.
I cannot foresee it in advance or expect it. I cannot use my current state to
find out what will happen the next minute. This is called rushing or hurrying.
exodus from Egypt is similar to birth: It develops by virtue of an external
force. The lower one does not determine anything. He makes efforts, studies,
carries out the advice of Kabbalists to disseminate
Kabbalah and unite
with the friends, and then grows disillusioned about attaining the
revelation of the Upper World.
is written that the redemption and freedom comes suddenly, when you don't
expect it at all. (Ein Ben David Ba Ele Be Eseh Daat.) It happens when
people are completely not ready for it, in a generation that is completely
disillusioned, when a person gives up and throws up his hands.
exodus from Egypt is the revelation of the Light of GAR de Hochma. In
order to come out of Egypt, the soul must make a leap from the state of Katnut
Aleph (the first small state) in order to attain Gadlut Bet (the
second great state). It has to leap through the levels of Katnut Aleph,
Gadlut Aleph, Katnut Bet, and Gadlut Bet. This is called rushing.
You are being taken out of your state and then you see a new world.
The True Heaven And Hell
is the Egyptian
exile? It is the revelation of love for yourself. Accordingly,
the exodus from Egypt is when you are able to feel love for your neighbor for
the first time.
can "come out
of Egypt" only if I really desire to acquire love for others. As Baal HaSulam writes in the
article, "For Yehuda," the essence of the forthcoming redemption must
be clear while one is still in exile. You have to understand what you desire.
What do you consider to be exile? What are you exiled from?
you see that exile means that you are enslaved to self-love, and redemption is
when you acquire the force of love for others, the ability to unite and become
a single soul the way it was before the breaking of
Adam, in order to reveal
the Creator inside the unity, then you really feel the exile and are ready for redemption.
And then it comes to you!
you have prepared your desires, then the Light that Reforms comes to you and leads you out of egoism. Everything depends
on your desire to come out of your egoistic concerns to freedom. This is the
purpose of the exile, and this is why we are not ready for redemption-because
it consists only of this. Spirituality is bestowal. If we desire it, it means
we are ready to be freed.
now we are prolonging our exile because we don't consider it exile and slavery.
We feel good in it. We only want more money, power, and other sources of
fulfillment. We want to be left alone and not be told about love for the
neighbor. We don't want that love!
Hell is the inability
to bestow. Heaven and hell are very different from people's regular notions about them. People
don't want either of them, and don't feel either within. This means that a
person is not wicked or righteous; he is simply an animal that is not in exile.
person who is wicked knows that he is an egoist and desires to become
righteous, bestowing. Therefore, he calls his uncorrected state, "hell." One
who is righteous has attained the quality of bestowal and love, and feels that
he is in heaven.