Mitzrayim - the Narrow Place

Haggadah Section: -- Exodus Story

The Hebrew word for Egypt is translated as “narrow place.” Slavery in Egypt confined us to a narrow place, with constrictions on our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. The Exodus is the story of liberation from the things that hold us back.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlov (1772-1822) said, “The Exodus from Egypt occurs in every human being, in every era, in every year, and in every day.” I admit it – the quote gives me chills. What an amazing opportunity we have every day – to liberate ourselves from what holds us back. Each choice we make, we face is an opportunity for liberation. This raises the question: how do we liberate those who are not free to choose?

Gesher Tsar Me'od 

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od -

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od - 
Gesher Tsar me'od.

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
Lo lefached - 
lo lefached klal.

Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
lo lefached klal.

The whole world is a very narrow bridge, 
and the most important thing is not to be afraid. 
 

Source:  
American Mussar

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