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The Torah describes a nation with no place to turn: [Shemos, 14]

6. So he [Pharaoh] harnessed his chariot, and took his people with him. 7. He took six hundred select chariots and all the chariots of Egypt, with officers over them ... and he chased after Bnei Yisrael ....  were marching out triumphantly.  The Egyptians chased after them and overtook them encamped by the sea every horse of Pharaoh's chariots, his horsemen, ...Pharaoh drew near, and the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold! the Egyptians were advancing after them.

The Jews turn to and on Moshe:

They said to Moses, Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us to die in the desert? What is this that you have done to us to take us out of Egypt?  

A swift R. Hirsch digression teaches us the value of a good line:

This sharp irony (out of graves, Moshe? ) even in moments of deepest anxiety and despair is characteristic of the witty vein which is inherent in the Jew ... from their earliest beginnings

Humor counts! It is one of Hashem's great gifts to mankind. To laugh at oneself is to be able to see a bigger picture; the ultimate laughter of course is saved for the end [Bereishis Rabah, 52:3]

Vatischak l'yom acharon - And she laughs on the final day (Mishlei 31:25) . What is the meaning of on the final day? That all the reward of the righteous awaits them in the world to come, from where : And she laughs on the final day ... R. Abbahu as he was about to depart from this life, beheld all the good things that were stored up for him in heaven, whereat he rejoiced and said: 'All these are for Abbahu,

But there's a question here: Yes - the Egyptians have 600 elite chariots and a large force of people  - but consider that 600,000+ mens were all massed in one place. Why did the Jews consider themselves stuck ?  A remarkable Ibn Ezra opens up a penetrating psychological window: [14:13]

One must wonder - how could a camp of over 600,000 men be afraid of their pursuers - and why would they not fight for their souls and for their children? The answer is that the Egyptians were masters over Yisrael and this generation that left Egypt learned from their youth to suffer the yoke of Egypt; its soul was low and how could they now fight against their masters.... And Hashem alone establishes the pattern and sets the plans that the whole male nation that left Egypt would die for they would not be able to fight the Canaanites

It's not them - It's us!  The Jew was and remained a slave; long after the shackles were removed, he was still unable to fathom overcoming his master. The abusive relationship perpetuated itself to the point that Jew,  even at the banks of the Yam Suf, post plagues was unable to escape his Mitzrayim mindset. Liberation then begins with self re-assessment[1].
 

A striking contrast gives us a glimpse within the inner mindset of royalty divorced from its this-worldly trappings. The background: a Talmudic description of King Solomon's descent: [Sanhedrin 20b]

.... so did he [Solomon]  reign over the whole world. But eventually his reign was restricted to Israel, as it is written, I Koheleth have been king over Israel etc.  Later, his reign was confined to Jerusalem alone, ... And still later he reigned only over his couch, .... ....And finally, he reigned only over his stick ...     Did he regain his first power, or not? Rab and Samuel [differ]: One maintains that he did; the other, that he did not.

Shlomo sinks to utter powerlessness and yet the Talmud depicts Shlomo as King of His stick. Is this classic Talmudic irony or reflective of something even deeper?  In a classic mussar vort , Rav Chaim Shmuelevits explains:

Even after his descent, the wisest man of all found a method to not sink into depression. What did he do? He remained king over his stick - even though he had only a stick, he retained his regal bearing - even in his present state of pverty and this is what allowed him to return to his throne as before [Sichos Mussar, 5731, Ki Tisa p. 237] ...

In pithy Ishbitzer terminology: In that stick, resided Shlomo HaMelech's whole world!
 

A powerful R. Yaakov Galinsky [ a powerful and famous passionate Bnei Brak maggid] story brings it home!

In a Siberian slave labor camp, Rav Galinsky and so many others suffered unbearable and inhuman pain and misery. The Russians did not single out Jews . Whoever fell into their clutches was imprisoned and relegated to performing backbreaking labor under brutal conditions. After a full day's work the men would trudge back to their barracks ... and attempt to fall into a painfully fitful sleep.

Every night at approximately 2:00AM, one of the Polish prisoners would arise from his "bed" and remove a bag that was hidden beneath his bed. He would quickly remove what appeared to be some kind of a uniform, put it on, view himself in the mirror, quickly remove the suit, and go back to sleep.

.... To force oneself to arise in the middle of the night just to put on a suit seemed irrational. ...One day, when they were alone, Rav Galinsky asked the man to explain his behavior, "Why do you arise in the middle of the night to put on your suit and view yourself in the mirror? Do you not value your sleep?"

"Yes, Rabbi, my sleep is very important to me, but so are my sanity and dignity. Let me explain. Prior to being taken captive by our Russian tormentors, I was a distinguished general in the Polish army. I had the respect of thousands of soldiers. Suddenly, our army was vanquished and I became a prisoner. The degradation and depravation to which they subject us is, in my opinion, a greater danger than the physical blows which they rain down on us on an almost constant basis. At all costs, I had to prevent them from getting into my mind and destroying it. Therefore, every night when everybody is fast asleep, I risk removing my general's uniform which I was able to retain in my possession. I don the uniform and look in the mirror. For two minutes, I see before my eyes my true self - my position and my status. I do not see a broken down, frail prisoner. I see a general in the Polish army! This is how I am able to maintain my sanity."

Royalty and Slavery then are mindsets more than body modes. With regard to one's ability to overcome, self perception and inner royalty makes all the difference in the world.
 

And for us, a generation that suffers from chronic self esteem, from whence do we purchase a potent dosage of healthy self perception - in order to be empowered servants of Hashem?
 

Just etch these incredible words of R. Tzadok HaKohen [Tzidkas HaTzaddik 154] on your heart forever:

 כשם שצריך אדם להאמין בהש"י כך צריך אחר כך להאמין בעצמו, רוצה לומר שיש להש"י עסק עמו ושאינו פועל בטל, שבין לילה היה ובין לילה אבד... רק (אלא) צריך להאמין כי נפשו ממקור החיים יתברך שמו והש"י מתענג ומשתעשע בה כשעושה רצונו וזה פירוש ויאמינו בה' ובמשה עבדו (שמות טו')... רצה לומר: כלל ששים רבוא נפשות ישראל בדור ההוא האמינו שהש"י חפץ בהם.

Just as one must believe in Hashem, so one must then believe in himself, - meaning that Hashem has involvement with him, ... he is not a meaningless worker, who is here one night and gone the next .... (Rather)  he must believe that his soul comes from the source of life, blessed be His Name and that Hashem delights and playfully  rejoices ...  when one does His will [ this is the meaning of  "and they believed in Hashem and in Moshe His servant - all 600,000 souls believed that Hashem desired them]  

Being wanted and a real delight to God is life altering.   
 

It gives one a sense of mission and the ability to overcome all obstacles.  
 

It is perhaps the singularly most important message we can give our children/students and ourselves as we seek to lead inspired ascendant lives of Kiddush Hashem. 
 

May Hashem help us believe in ourselves - so that we can pass it forward


 

Good Shabbos, Asher Brander
 

 

 


[1] In a remarkable analysis of why it is that Moshe had to come from the outside, Ibn Ezra goes further [Shemos, 2:3]  Perhaps Hashem arranged that Moshe should grow up in the house of the king so that his soul will be on an elevated state .... And he would not be habituated and lowly in the house of slaves... do you not see that he slew the Egyptian who acted violently and saved the Midianite daughters from the shepherds ....

Moshe ability to redeem was rooted in his self perception as a royal personality [even as he was the most humble of men]


 

 
   
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