Nile crocodile waiting for its prey:  Kabbalah:likens it to Pharaoh

Dealing with Pharaoh

by yedidah on January 20, 2016


“In every generation, a person is obliged to see himself or herself, as if he or she is coming out of Egypt.” Passover Haggadah

Rabbi Ashlag considers a person as a whole world in himself .Therefore, everything that is in the world is also represented within each and every one of us. It is in this spirit that he teaches the inner meanings of the stories of the Torah.

Over these last few weeks we’ve been reading in the Torah the story of the exile and redemption of the Children of Israel in Egypt. So our question is, how do we see this redemption of the children of Israel from the suffering and slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, as processes that also take place within ourselves?

How does the element of Pharaoh manifest within us?  The prophet Ezekiel ( Chap.29) calls  Pharaoh, “The crocodile that lurks in the Nile.”  Like the crocodile the cruel enslaver of the Children of Israel is a hard core of our selfish love that  wants to swallow and devour, not only the  material light that God gives to us, but also any spiritual light that comes our way. He is the ultimate inner hijacker.

How did the Children of Israel fall into his trap then, and how do we get out of his trap now?

The merit of this Torah teaching  in this  podcast is dedicated to Michael Andrew, the son of Jennifer.  May he be blessed with a  Refuah Shlemah, a perfect healing.

Picture credit: “Crocodylus niloticus in Lake Chamo 02” by Bernard Gagnon


the Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt  becuase they lost thier inner connection with Joseph, the Tzaddik. From the teachings of Rabbi Ashlag

Exile followed inner descent

by yedidah on January 12, 2015


In a letter which Rabbi Ashlag wrote to his students whilst he was away in London, he bemoans the fact that some previous students had fallen away from the group. In looking at the question as to why this had happened, he shows how outer change actually follows a prior inner change.

This we learn from the story of the exile in Egypt. It was an inner change in the spiritual consciousness of the children of Israel that enabled their outer reality to change from being guests in a welcoming host country, to one of slavery and servitude.

The Torah describes this change in one terse sentence. “And a new king of Egypt arose who did not know Joseph.”

Ostensibly this sentence is describing a historical change in the outer reality of the Children of Israel; but Rabbi Ashlag shows how the inner meaning of this sentence actually refers to a prior  inner change. —If the children of Israel had remained connected with Joseph the Tzaddik, as they were in his lifetime, then for sure, the power of the Tzaddik would have protected them.

It is our belief in God and in his true Sages that help shape our reality.

From Igarot haSulam , Igeret 12,  Published by Or Hasulam foundation.

With grateful acknowledgement to my chevrutas, Dr. Susan Jackson, and Dr. Shmuel Iger-Kinyan




Our inner exile and redemption: A class for Pesach

by yedidah April 6, 2014
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“Every person needs to see him/herself as if he or she came out of Egypt.” In these words the Haggadah tells us that we all suffer from the Exile and yearn for the redemption. In this talk Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches us that Pharaoh is not just the historical figure but an aspect of ourselves. How do we deal with the inner Pharaoh?

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Who knows One? From exile to redemption

by yedidah February 28, 2013
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The energy of exile and redemption comes around again as we approach Passover. But are we simply re-enacting an historical event? According to the Kabbalah to the extent we can experience an inner exile we can likewise come to an inner redemption. A teaching from the Haggadah of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, Vzot l’Yehudah. photo […]

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