Pinny Arnon

All Of Us – Every Single One – Will Go Free!

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None of us can truly leave Egypt if any of us remain in bondage. We are one being, all of us limbs of a single body. If any part of us is still in chains, then no part of us is truly free.

Yet there is hope that each and every one of us will be liberated imminently. In spite of all natural considerations, the world changes on Passover. Whether we recognize it or not, there is a dramatic shift that occurs in the universe from the seder onward. Every year on this date, there is a new and unprecedented power that each of us is granted to liberate ourselves from every limitation that has restricted us until now. The seder is a guided meditation that assists us in accessing this profound supernal energy that becomes available to us at this moment and throughout the coming week.

On the recurrence of Passover every year, we once again revisit the point on the spiral of time in which additional energies for transcendence are radiated into the creation. While we are working to go out from our limitations every day, our “kavana/intention” on Passover is to devote even greater effort and mindfulness than usual to this process because we know that this is a particularly fortuitous time for liberation.

To provide an analogy, it is as if we have been imprisoned and devising an escape plan all year long, and we find out that on a certain date, our allies on the outside will sabotage the transformer that provides power to the electric fence that surrounds the camp. There will remain guards to overcome, and the fence and walls will yet need to be scaled and surmounted, so escape will therefore still not be easy or guaranteed. But the electric fence has always been our most imposing obstacle, and knowing the time that it will be disabled provides us our best chance of breaking free.

It will take our captors a week to restore power, and therefore, during these seven days, we will seize the opportunity to fight for our freedom even more ferociously than we have throughout the rest of the year. If we are not aware that the fence has been deactivated at this time, then we will not take advantage of the additional assistance that we have been granted. If we do seize the moment, we are not guaranteed success, but through our increased efforts and engagement with our captors, we will learn something about their strategies and fortifications. This will assist us in our ongoing struggle for escape throughout the rest of the year even after the power to the fence is restored.

May this year’s exodus be the one that finally takes every one of us out of our personal imprisonment and out of the general darkness and bondage of exile!

– Excerpted from Pnei Hashem, an introduction to the deepest depths of the human experience based on the esoteric teachings of Torah.

About the Author
Pinny Arnon is an award-winning writer in the secular world who was introduced to the wellsprings of Torah as a young adult. After decades of study and frequent interaction with some of the most renowned Rabbis of the generation, Arnon has been encouraged to focus his clear and incisive writing style on the explication of the inner depths of Torah.
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