Along the path to Torah is the splitting of the sea.

What is the sea? It is the thick blanket of materialism that smothers the fire of the G‑dly soul. With a miracle, it is ripped away and the truth revealed. Only then can the Torah be received.

Don’t imagine you can keep your belief in a materialist world and append to it a Torah consciousness. The sea of concealment must part and the world must be seen for what it truly is: A G‑dly place ever awaiting miracles.

Acharon Shel Pesach 5734. Sefer Hasichot 5751 vol. 2, pg. 857.