Tanya Chapter 47: The daily Exodus

Chapter 47: The daily Exodus

1.       The daily Exodus:

  • The sages teach us that in every generation, and every day, a person is obligated to imagine as if he personally came out of Egypt. This is fulfilled by one experiencing a daily spiritual Exodus, as you will now explain.

2.       The daily spiritual Exodus:

  • Leaving the constraints of the body: The daily Exodus is experienced through one removing his godly soul from its bodily constraints, which is referred to as a serpent skin.
  • Torah and mitzvah’s: This spiritual Exodus is realized through engaging in Torah study and mitzvah fulfillment, which causes one’s godly soul to become absorbed within the unity of the infinite light of G-d.
  • The daily Shema: It is especially experienced upon reciting the daily Shema in which one accepts the yoke of heaven, and draws upon himself the unity of G-d when reciting the words “Our G-d, G-d is one.” The words “our G-d” emphasize the idea that the godly soul is nullified and incorporated in the unity of G-d, as it states regarding Abraham.
  • The spiritual Exodus Of Abraham versus that of us: The spiritual Exodus experienced by our forefather Abraham was not as a result of Torah and mitzvah’s but rather was merited as a result of his hard work and advancements in holiness going from one level to the next. However by us his descendants, the ability to experience a spiritual Exodus is an inheritance and gift from G-d, as G-d gifted us the Torah into which He invested His will and wisdom which are united with His essence in the ultimate unity.

3.       The Torah contains G-d himself:

  • By G-d gifting us the Torah, it is as if He has gifted us Him himself.
  • This is emphasized in the Zohar which interprets the verse “and take for me a donation,” to instead mean “take Me”

4.       Uniting with G-d is within everyone’s reach:

  • According to the above it is understood, that there is nothing that stands in the way of the soul uniting with G-d with exception to its own will, if he G-d forbid does not wish to do so. However, the moment that he decides to draw upon himself G-dliness, his soul is automatically incorporated within the unity of G-d.
  • This in itself accomplishes the spiritual Exodus.

5.       Why the recital of Shema contains a paragraph of the Exodus:

  • It is due to the above experiencing of the spiritual Exodus upon reciting the Shema that the sages instituted the recital of the paragraph of the Exodus at the conclusion of the Shema, even though it is in truth an independent mitzvah that has nothing to do with the mitzvah of Shema.
  • Based on the above, it is understood that both the recital Shema and the paragraph of the Exodus are one of the same.

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