Sunday, January 19, 2020

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Egyptian Slavery

   by Reb Gutman Locks   


     Without doubt, the most important lesson to be learned from the enslavement of the Jewish people thousands of years ago in Egypt is the ongoing enslavement of the Jewish people today. This happens to us when we make the same mistake that we made way back then.

     There was a famine. We were almost out of food. We had to go down into Egypt to make a living. What else could we do?

     Just like today…. We have to go to work, and just like way back then, our work today ends up enslaving…. We can't let go!

     We go to work to make a living, but then, even when we have enough to provide for all of our needs, we have to make even more money so we can buy even more than we need. You have one million dollars? Guess what? Now you need two. You have two million dollars? Guess what? Now you need three. Seemingly without end, we work for things that we don't even need.

     But the tribe of Levi also went into Egypt yet they did not become enslaved. They did not become enslaved because they went into Egypt keeping the Torah as their goal.

     The same thing will happen to us today if we go to work not for the money itself but for the mitzvas that we want to do with that money. Obviously, it is a mitzvah to provide necessities for our family. When the mitzvahs are the goal, when serving Hashem is the reason we go to work, then that same work that was enslaving us before, now becomes holy work.

     The Torah is not simply a history book. It is the story of the unfolding of our lives in the world today.


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