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Words in Exile
Kabbalah explains why, at first, Moses could use voice but not words.
The spiritual identity of words is in the sefira of malchut. The Zohar teaches that throughout the time that speech was in exile (i.e. Egyptian slavery), voice was disconnected from it, and speech was sealed up without a voice. When Moses came on the scene, voice arrived, but Moses was voice without speech, until he partnered with Aaron.
Exodus: Knowing is Leaving
True redemption is an exodus from constricted consciousness
Rebbe Shimon teaches in the Zohar connected with this week's Torah reading that the deepest exile is not to know of the existence of G-d - in general or in particular. Egypt was the essence of all exiles and this lack of knowledge of G-d was the darkest aspect of that exile.
The Exile of Ishmael
Based on Zohar Shemot 32A
Ishmael demanded reward for his being circumcised and G-d appeased him by giving them a portion below in the Holy Land. Thus, the children of Ishmael are destined to rule over the Holy Land for a long time and they will prevent the children of Israel from returning to their place until the reward for the merit of the children of Ishmael reaches completion.

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