05 April 2012

Are you ready to leave Mitzrayim?

13 Nisan 5772

I found a nice blogpost at Chardal with some very interesting quotes from Rav Kook:

Rav Kook on Pesach and Redemption

...Rav Kook writes in Orot (translated by R’ Bezalel Naor):

"The redemption continues. The redemption from Egypt and the complete redemption of the future are one unending action: the action of the strong hand and outstretched arm, which began in Egypt and works though all eventualities. Moses and Elijah are redeemers in a single redemption; the beginner and the ender, the opener and closer together fill the unit. The spirit of Israel hears the sound of the movements, the redemptive actions, brought about through all eventualities until the sprouting of redemption will be complete, in all its plentitude and goodness."

Also, in Moadei HaRayah (also translated by R’ Naor):

"The exodus from Egypt only appears to be a past event. But in truth, the exodus never ceases. The arm of God that was revealed in Egypt to redeem the Jews is constantly outstretched, constantly active. The revelation of the hand of God is the breaking through of the light of God, shining great lights for all generations."

I can not begin to stress how important these ideas are. The difference between the view which sees the exodus as a particular event and the view which sees it as a continuing process is spectacular.


We've been given clues to understand where Mitzrayim is today. It is "The West" - everywhere that "Western" culture dominates - and Obama - the leader, not just of the US, but of the entire Western world - is the reincarnation of Paro.

This Pesach, you must not simply follow the injunction to imagine as if it were you going out of Egypt 3324 years ago, but to know that it was you who began leaving Mitzrayim 3324 years ago and we're still on that journey. Are you ready to complete it this year? Are you ready to transition from partial redemption to full redemption? Are those of you who are physically still in Mitzrayim ready - finally - to leave and join Hashem under the Clouds of Glory in Holy Yerushalayim?