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The four questions that we ask at the Seder table begin: “What is the difference between this night (of Pesach) and all (other) nights?”

The children at the Seder table ask their father to explain to them the meaning of all the unique customs that we perform on the first night of Pesach. We are all children of our Father in heaven, view and while turning to our physical father we simultaneously turn to Him and ask: "What is the difference between this night and all other nights? ..."

"Night" symbolizes exile. We begin by asking our father (and Father in heaven) to explain to us the difference between this, final exile and all previous exiles. This final exile of the Jewish People is the period in history that heralds the imminent arrival of the Mashiach, the redeemer of all mankind, who will bring peace to earth.

Just as in the account of creation where night precedes day, so the night of exile must precede the morn of redemption.

This final night of exile is darker, in a certain sense, than all other nights. Together with physical abundance to a degree that the world has never before known there is profound spiritual lack, "hunger and thirst" (in the idiom of the prophets) for knowledge of God and direct experience of His Providence over all. The more modern culture (with its great advances in science and technology) 'sanctifies' nature and its laws (the external 'clothing' of the Creator) the more Divinity (the Creator Himself) becomes concealed.

The gematria of "this night" (????? ???, 97), equals "time" (???). This final exile is in essence our very experience of time, of our transient, ephemeral state of existence on earth. Redemption is living above time in time, experiencing eternity in transience.

97 is a prime number. Beginning from 1, 97 is the 26th prime. 26 is the value of God's essential Name Havayah (???'?), which reads "was, is, will be – as one." "Exile" (????) equals 439 , also a prime number, the 86th prime. 86 is the value of God's Name Elokim (?-????), which equals "nature" (????).

Redemption is the revelation of Havayah in "this night" ("time") and Elokim, the Divinity inherent in nature itself, in "exile."
"Egypt" (?????) means "straights, patient " alluding to psychological blocks and states of confinement. Chametz (leavened bread) symbolizes egocentricity.

Egocentricity (chametz) is the source of all psychological confinement (Egypt). No slave could escape the confining borders of Egypt. The Exodus is the miracle of breaking through the borders of Egypt by nullifying one's sense of egocentricity.

There's really something else out there. It's not all me.

Ultimately, troche the "something out there" (not my initial sense of me) is God, who encompasses me in His true egocentricity, so to speak. All (including my true me) exists within the "I" of God.

The first word of the Ten Commandments, the culmination of the Exodus, is "I" – "I am Havayah your God who has taken you out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage." God's absolute "I" takes us out of psychological confinement and bondage to our exaggerated sense of ego.

In Hebrew, "something out there" (??? ????) equals 312 = 12 times 26, the value of God's essential Name, Havayah, whose 4 letters (2 of which are the same) permute in 12 different ways. Thus, All 12 permutations of Havayah (corresponding to the 12 months of the year etc.) equal "something out there."

In a previous post we saw that 312 = "He is not a body and not a power in a body" (???? ??? ??? ?? ????). A body is a state of confinement, a well-defined, created (finite) sense of egocentricity. A body is all "here" (in a negative sense) but not "out there."

But God is all "out there," and His "out there" encompasses everything that is "here."

In the Song of Songs, that we read on Pesach, the bride, the collective soul of Israel, says to her groom, God: "I find you out there, I kiss you" (????? ???? ????).

We kiss God "out there."

2 Responses to “Out There”

  1. Sela says:

    We kiss Hashem, “out there”, in that instant he is ” in here”. The Keter is in Malchut. Is this not the way to the Ribono shel Olam? The initial sense of awe, the “out there” is internalised and becomes the “in here” right now, in the moment. This is the way I understand the Shema. We bring the sense of Hashem down, to take ourselves back up.

    Chag Peasach sameach.

  2. sand says:

    Ha Rav Yitzchak and Romi and all the mishpacha,,,
    Blessings for a Kosher , and Freliechen and GEULA Sedar/ Pesach,,, may we all Kiss Hashem
    with the wonders of Geula during the first taste of Matzoh!!! yisrael n sara