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The Bright Side of Enslavement
Kabbalah teaches that the Israelites' enslavement in Egypt served a higher purpose.
The Zohar teaches that the Israelites' enslavement in Egypt served a higher purpose in that it protected the Jewish people. Just as thorns protect the rose, the antipathy of the Egyptians towards the Israelites actually enabled the house of Jacob to grow into an entire nation without becoming assimilated.
A Golden Opportunity
At the Redemption, the question is: are you friend or foe?
Egypt provided the Jews with the land of Goshen and houses and food and was nonetheless punished with the plagues and military destruction. How much more will be the punishment of Syria and Edom [Europe] and those other peoples who anguish them and kill them and take their wealth.
Fortunate are the Righteous
Based on Zohar Shemot 20B
A good shepherd saves the sheep from the wolves and lions; so too the leader of Israel should save them from the heathen and the Judgment of below and of above and guide them into the life of the World to Come. Moses was such a faithful shepherd, and G-d saw that he was worthy of shepherding Israel.
Heard By Birds and Children
Sometimes divine wisdom is revealed only to very unique souls.
A prophetic spirit constantly rests upon true Torah scholars. In their merit, divine wisdom permeates all of Creation, and even when the general populace is unworthy of prophetic revelation, small children and those with developmental disabilities are often privy to insights descending from the higher spiritual worlds.

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