In this episode of Rav Kook on the Hagadah, Yiscah Smith discusses Rachtsah/Motsi/Matsah – The spiritual meanings of these 3 interwoven essential steps in the Pesach Seder; examining the deeper insights.
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.
Yiscah is a Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine Presence within, the foundation of authentic living. She employs her personal story of the joys and struggles with her spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she exemplifies what it means to carve one’s own path, understanding one’s inner being and cultivating the integrity to remaining faithful to that understanding, unapologetically. As a spiritual trailblazer, while carving her own path, Yiscah encourages, ennobles and empowers others to do the same. Yiscah is adjunct faculty and teaches Jewish spirituality at Pardes and provides as well spiritual guidance to individuals seeking an awareness of the Divine spark within. Yiscah is also a public speaker, both in Israel and abroad. Click here to read more.