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Leaders of People and of Time
The Zohar
The Zohar teaches that the spiritual leader of the Jewish people is the equivalent of the entire Israelite nation. If he is righteous and worthy as Moses was, then all the people are deemed worthy in his merit. However, if he is not worthy, then the entire people are punished.
Conversation with a Soul
The Holy Ari
The Ari discusses how the powers of the evil inclination set out to chase the soul in order to harm it when the soul leaves the body. This is because the evil inclination is also the accusing angel. After taking the soul from the body, it pursues it in order to harm it and take vengeance on it.
Hands in the Heavens
Mystical Classics
Rebbeinu Bachya teaches that when Moses raised his hands in the battle against Amalek, he did something similar to what the priests do when they raise their hands in the priestly blessing. By concentrating on the number ten [the number of fingers] he concentrated on the ten sefirot and the source of blessing that flows from that region to disembodied spirits.
In the Dead of Night
Chasidic Masters
Shem miShmuel teaches that day and night represent two different aspects of serving G‑d. The day stands for a clear understanding of what we have to do. But, there are times in life when we are stumbling to find our way through the darkness.Then we have to proceed on faith alone, knowing that G‑d is guarding us from going astray. This kind of spiritual service is called "night."
Journey Forth!
Contemporary Kabbalists
Four factions developed in front of the Sea of Reeds, each with another plan of action, all erroneous. The common denominator of them all was that their plan of action originated in their own human psyche.

When one reaches the level of absolute surrender and "travels forth", the sea is split -the deepest dimension of the soul, the aspect that is absolutely one with G‑d, is manifest.
Sing for Joy, Now and Then
Ascent Lights
The Shabbat when this Torah reading is read is also called "Shabbat Shira" ("Shabbat of Song") because of the song Moses and the Jewish people sang at the splitting of the Red Sea.

The commandment of keeping Shabbat is also first mentioned in this week's Torah reading and this indicates that this Shabbat is the source for the elevation of all spiritual and physical worlds on every Shabbat of the year for all generations!
A Different Form of Manna
Mystic Story
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