Friday, February 3, 2017

OvEr CoMe YoUr YeTzEr HaRa

     It says in Sha’ar HaGilgulim that when Adam HaRishon sinned, all souls that were a part of his soul fell off into the Klipos, the realm of spiritual impurity. Even though a soul leaves the Klipos when migrating to a body, one specific klipah remains with it all of his lives. This klipah is like spiritual clothing for his soul, and it is the source of a person’s spiritual weakness, creating challenges and tests throughout life.

     If a person overcomes his yetzer hara at a time of test, then he has temporarily left his personal Mitzrayim for the moment. If he overcomes a particular yetzer hara for the rest of his life, then he has left “Mitzrayim” for good, with respect to that particular evil inclination. If a person remains “enslaved” to his yetzer hara, then he remains in his own personal version of Mitzrayim. 

     Four-fifths of the Jewish people died in the Plague of Darkness because they could finally enjoy the Egypt they helped to build. Given the choice of a Jewish lifestyle in a Jewish land or an Egyptian one in an Egyptian land, four-fifths—FOUR-FIFTHS!!—of the Jewish people chose the latter. They were deemed beyond spiritual recognition, beyond redemption.

     The Korban Pesach was a sacrifice. God is saying that He knows that leaving one’s past in the past is also a sacrifice. It is one however that has to be made with a complete heart, if a person is going to cross the threshold into a holy and far more spiritually productive lifestyle. The alternative might look like fun for now, but it will prove itself at some time in the future to be darkness. It is a darkness that is the very opposite of personal and national redemption.

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