Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith: Part 6 — Magid: Going out with Great Wealth

Posted by Yiscah Smith on March 14, 2017
Topics: Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith, Pesach

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In this episode of Rav Kook on the Hagadah, Yiscah Smith discusses Magid: Going out with Great Wealth; understanding why God asks Moshe to “please” coax the Children of Israel to ask the Egyptians for their silver and gold, rather than command them; a freed slave desires only to be released, but there was a greater mission to accomplish, requiring the acquisition of wealth.


Rav Kook on the Haggadah with Yiscah Smith is a 10-part series that explores some of Rav Kook’s commentaries on the Haggadah. The focus will be on moving from the space of spiritual slavery to freedom, from a limited consciousness to an expanded consciousness, from fear based behavior to compassion based behavior, as inspired by excerpts from Rav Kook’s “Olat Ha Ra’ayah.”

It’s never too early to prepare for Pesach and many of us find, with our busy lives, that we don’t have the opportunity to glance at the Haggadah until just a few days before the Seder. It leaves us feeling, “if I only had more time to prepare.” And now we do.

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About Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is an adjunct faculty member at Pardes. She is a Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual dimension of authentic living. Yiscah employs her own story of ​the joys and struggles with her own spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living​. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she presents topics in an accessible and vivid style, from both a personal and a text-based perspective. Click here to read more.

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