Month of Redemption

From: Carla

Dear Rabbi,

If G‑d told Abraham that his descendants would be enslaved in Egypt but would be redeemed, then why did He exile them there in the first place?

Dear Carla,

This question is related to the essence of the month of redemption itself, Nisan.

One who experiences redemption has emerged from darkness to light. One who has never suffered the oppression of servitude will not fully appreciate redemption. The very essence of redemption is the freedom which has its source in the slavery itself. Had Israel not been enslaved, they would have never experienced true freedom. Once they were enslaved, that very enslavement gave rise to their redemption. From the depth of that darkness light burst forth. Our Sages taught (Yalkut Hoshea 533): “Israel said to G‑d, ‘Master of the Universe, when will you redeem us?’ G‑d answered, ‘When you descend to the lowest level, at that moment I shall redeem you’”.

This occurred in the month of Nisan, which marks the end of winter’s cold darkness and heralds the light and warmth of spring. The name Nisan itself which literally relates to miracles, also implies the bursting force of the rising sun or the blossoming forth of a flower. It is apropos, then, that the miraculous redemption took place in the month of waxing light and burgeoning rebirth.

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