How can G-d love a slave like me?
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Chizuk: Pesach Poem
Torah: Due to the merit of the two mitzvot
Torah: Kriyas Yam Suf and Then What?
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It's Pesach again - Rabbi David Aaron helps us understand how G-d can love a slave like me.

by Rabbi David Aaron

How can G-d love a Slave like me?

A Recording of Duvid Chaim's Call

Pesach Poem
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By GYE Member

Pesach is approaching

Freedom anticipating

Preparation the prerequisite

In advance of the bondage exit

Cleaning the house physically

Cleansing the neshama spiritually

All chametz is burnt

On all sins repent

Seder night we enter royally

As befit those granted freedom eternally

We follow the order of Kadesh, Urchatz… as is the Mesorah

Recount the events and Nissim, as recorded in the Torah

Sipur yetzias mitzrayim – a mitzva for all

No matter one’s status, big or small

How Hashem heard our cries from the slave labour

And brought the makkos on our captors

He took us out speedily

He chose us as His nation eternally

Only Matzah is allowed

No chametz to be found

Matzah, the bread of affliction

Matzah, remembering the haste of our liberation

To be able to do Hashem’s will

To become true bnei chorin

Our emunah recharged on seder night

Reignite the neshama to burn bright

Hashem redeemed us from galus then

He will surely save us once again

So when sitting down to the seder this year

Feeling elation and gratitude to be here

Re-experiencing the liberation of our nation

Tuning into the kedusha of self-transformation

Breaking free from the shackles of harmful behaviours

Getting in touch with my inner core, my neshama tehorah

Thank You Hashem for bringing me to this day

For bringing me to Your service, to live my life in Your way

Due to the merit of the two mitzvot

Excerpts below taken from an article on

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Kriyas Yam Suf and Then What?

Question: Why did Hashem tell Moshe to tell Pharaoh that the Jewish people just wanted to just leave "derech shloshes yamim - a way of three days" to serve Hashem, making it sound like we were planning to come back? Indeed when we finally left, Pharaoh sent spies after us to make sure we came back, and when they saw that we kept going after 3 days, they came back to Pharaoh and told him "ki barach ha'am - that the nation had ran away". Why did Hashem have to play tricks with Pharaoh? Why couldn't he tell him straight out to let the Yidden go for-good? After all, Pharaoh had no choice in the end, either way!

Answer: Hashem wanted to leave Pharaoh with the illusion that he was the one who let the Yidden out in the end... even though he didn't have a choice. As it says in Parshas Bishalach, "vayehi bishalach Pharaoh es ha'am - and it was when Pharaoh sent out the people"... Pharaoh thought that he was the one letting them go. Because of this, the redemption still was not complete. It had to be 100% clear that it was Hashem who was taking us out. That is why Hashem played this game with him, so he should think he still had some "control" - and then he would "change his mind" and chase the Yidden. Only then was Hashem able to show that it was 100% His doing at Kriyas Yam Suf.

Our addiction is like Pharaoh. The lesson we can learn from this is that the addiction won't let us go no matter what, until our ego gets hit so many times over the head (10 makkos) that the ego/Yetzer Hara himself agrees to let the person leave the addiction. However, this is still not bi'shleimus (complete) as long as we think that "we" (the yetzer or ego) is the one that let us out of the addiction. So it may work for a while, but then Hashem causes "Pharaoh" / the addiction to come chasing after us again. In other words, as long as we left the addiction because "we" decided to, but without a complete awareness that it was Hashem who got us out, ultimately it will not hold. It will chase us down again, because we still think "we" are in control somewhat. Like Pharaoh believed that he was the one to "agree" to let us out.

Only when we stand before the Yam Suf in complete powerlessness, with the addiction chasing us from behind to enslave us forever, and with a raging sea in front of us where we "imagine" we will surely drown if we leave our addiction for good; only in such a state are we truly able to admit defeat and know that only Hashem can save us. And this is the state of awareness that Hashem wanted us to reach; a point where we truly have a proper vessel for His help - i.e. to know with 100% clarity that only He can save us. And then He splits the Yam Suf and takes us out completely. "Hashem ish milchama, Hashem shemo - Hashem is the man of war, Hashem is His name".

Part 2

After the spiritual "high" of Pesach / Kriyas Yam-Suf, getting back to regular life can be rough for an addict. Immediately after kriyas Yam Suf, it says that the Yidden went for three days into the desert and that there was no water for the people to drink. This place was known as "Mara" - meaning "Bitter". Often, after breaking free from life-long habits and desires, one goes through a stage of "withdrawal" where he may feel "dried out". "And G-d showed Moses a branch and he placed it in the water and the water became sweetened". The Aitz or branch, refers to the Tree of Life which represents "G-d and his Torah". As one progresses on his journey to sexual purity, he is able to connect with G-d and the Torah in ways he was never able to before. It is this spiritual connection, this branch from the "Tree of Life", that sweetens the desert waters and replaces the lust and self-gratification that he had become so accustomed to, with the truly life giving waters of spirituality, sobriety, joy and a true freedom.

Without this "branch" from the Tree of Life, the journey in the desert of sobriety remains truly "bitter" and one may end up returning to Egypt - "on the path that I told you that you shall not see again" (Devarim 28:68).

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