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TRANSFORMING THE SERPENT

In the Egyptian exile there was no alternative other than to nullify or crush the opposition, which was accomplished by the Plagues against Egypt. In that case there was no choice, as it were, but to use severe force. But apart from that scenario, where possible, we strive to confront opposition specifically with pleasant and peaceful means. * From Chapter Seven of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros (Underlined text is the compiler’s emphasis.)

Translated by Boruch Merkur

9. […] in fact, the opposition itself (the Mitzriim, the Egyptians) willingly consents to assist in the redemption (to whatever extent possible).

(True, in the Egyptian exile there was no alternative other than to nullify or crush the opposition, which was accomplished by the Plagues against Egypt. In that case there was no choice, as it were, but to use severe force. But apart from that scenario, where possible, we strive to confront opposition specifically with pleasant and peaceful means.)

This approach of transforming the opposition prepares for the ultimate dwelling place for G-d in the lower realms, in the true and complete redemption. In the Future Era even “the serpent” – “tanin ha’gadol” (Pharaoh) – will be a “great servant” of holiness.

10. The exodus from Egypt was not the ultimate refinement of the lower world, the physical dimension. This incompleteness is evidenced by the fact that “the nation fled”: “in great haste you left the Land of Egypt.” Evil was still at its strength (which is understood from the fact it was followed by: “They (Egypt) pursued the Jewish people.” The exodus from Egypt was not complete until “The Jewish people saw Egypt die on the sea shore.”)

The ultimate refinement of the world will take place specifically at the end of this final exile, with the true and complete redemption – “As in the days of your exodus from Egypt, I shall show you wonders.” Thus, the exodus from the current exile, with the [final] redemption, is described as being, “not in haste will they depart; they will not go at a hurried gait,” for “I will eradicate the spirit of impurity from the land” [i.e., there will be no evil to run away from during the exodus from the final exile, because G-d will have vanquished evil from the world]. We shall leave exile (with speed but at the same time) in tranquility of body and spirit, and with perfect health. We shall go immediately (without any interruption) to the eternal life of souls in bodies in the true and complete redemption (the ultimate, perfect reward, as above).

(Wednesday of Parshas Bo, 3 Shvat, and Shabbos Parshas Bo, 6 Shvat 5752; Seifer HaSichos 5752, pg. 290)

 

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