When does exile begin or end ? The mere physical location cannot be as significant as the psycho-emotional and spiritual aspects are explored. G-D uses in 6:6-7 four separate languages of redemption the first calls for taking Jewry out from under “SIVLOOTH MITZRYUM” Literally this reefers to the oppression of servitude, However another reading is as sovlonuth, patience or tolerance. Therefore, Rabbi Meir of Permishlan ZY’A thought thinking exile is tolerable, an acceptance of the way things are , adjusting to a new normal is indeed the most profound type of exile.
Why is that so? Why should exile be intolerable? The Chassidic authors offer a full portrait laying out the concept. 6:5 finds G-D assuring Moshe our teacher A’H ZY’A that He has heard the cries of Bene Yisrael who are in Egypt. What has G-D heard? Rabbi Israel Taub of Modzitz ZT’L ZY’A explains G-D sees how Bene Israel and the Egyptians differed in their world view.
Jewry crushed by slavery called out G-D for help. The Bene Yisrael realize there was no where or nobody who could alleviate their plight but G-D Himself. The Egyptians acted with arrogance, not merely ruling over them but subjugating Bene Yisrael.
The Bas Eiyan ZT’L ZY’A takes the Modzitzer Rebbe’s Torah a bit further, Bene Yisrael while in exile lost their sensitivity to Provenance and belief as R’ Meir taught exile is indeed exile when it becomes a tolerable way of life. Now after hitting bottom Bene Israel got it. Bene Yisrael learnt collectively and individually everything comes from G-D anything or everything one needs can only come through HIM. How deep is this concept ? Bas Eyain points out the first letters of Na’akath Bene Yrael Asher spell Navi, prophet. Recognizing how truly dependent one really is on G-D raises one’s consciousness to the level of prophets/
Now Rabbi Meir’s observation comes in to focus. Exile exists as long as one cannot see the providential hand orchestrating history looking after the world collectively and individually. Redemption starts once one recognizes fate is not in any mortal’s hands,
Bat Eyain carries this idea of humility before G-D as a prerequisite for prayer, In effect leave Egypt’s fantasies of controlling their world and wards standing alone against it all. Rather in prayer come to include oneself within G-D’s domino.
Through intensef prayer one came approach prophecy. One can overcome the limits of one’s surrounding and taste the redemption and truly expirence liberation.