Seder night : the night of inner and outer freedom
The Haggadah of Pesach teaches us that every person needs to consider himself or herself as if he came out of Egypt. Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches that the essence of the exile and the redemption are both historical events and inner events within our consciousness. Our inner exile is caused by those parts of us that oppose our connection with God and make it hard for us to express ourselves in the framework of holiness in consonance with our souls. The hardest of all aspects of the ego is the Pharaoh within.
In this class based on an oral discourse that the Baal HaSulam gave to his students, he teaches us why the exile, both outer and inner, is necessary and the role that even our inner Pharaoh has to play to bring us to the full redemption of dvekut (union) with God.
This class is a translation and explanation of a an oral discourse given by the Baal haSulam transcribed by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag in his work, Shamati. (Arie Miskanot le Paroh) (1 hour)
My grateful thanks to the many chevrutas who learned this article with me this year.
Other Pesach talks on Nehora press are:
The inner meaning of Seder night
Who knows One? From exile to redemption
The inner meaning of the four cups
Listen to podcast
Teaching our children about how we came out of Egypt
Rabbi Ashlag teaches that the difference between the human and the animal is really only the desire for the connection with God. When we lose our connection with the One that is a state of inner exile; redemption is a reconnection. By looking at the story of the coming out of Egypt and seeing its equivalent aspects within ourselves we come to see how we can ourselves ask to come out of our own inner Egypt.
As we approach Passover the energy of exile and redemption comes around again. But why was the exile needed? Can redemption have occurred to the Children of Israel without the prior need for exile? At what point did the possibility of redemption become real? Every Passover we tell the story, but we are not just re-enacting an historical event. Like the rings on a living tree which grow each year, as we approach Passover we re-experience our own inner exile and our own inner redemption anew. For the full talk please click on link (ten minutes)