Let My People Know

"We cannot solve all of the problems of body and soul"


The Jews had to flee Egypt because of the Egypt within their souls–and not because of the earthly Pharaoh.

As long as they were spiritual slaves to Egypt, to the nakedness of the land, they could leave only by rushing to take refuge in God the Almighty–"the Lord is my escape."

The same concept applies to all of us: 

If we cannot leave Egypt wholeheartedly, the only way to escape it is to flee.

In a way, we cannot solve all of the problems of body and soul.

But while we cannot fully resolve all the challenges of the "I," we can at least flee from them to God. 

That itself is something great. 

In this way, our divine soul proceeds along its own Exodus to Mt. Sinai.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From Understanding the Tanya, p. 110, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz