Why We Had to Leave Pharaoh
The locusts begin,
brought in by an east wind (Ex. 10:13)
carried away by a west wind (10:19).
The wind blows both east and west for us.
East wind: the silent heart of wisdom
unreflective, the seamless embrace —
chochmah; aha —
the heart’s deep wisdom.
West wind: self conscious spirit of inquiry
Chochmah and binah
right and left sides —
both winds blow through our camp.
Western branches eastern roots –
a tree of life.
Union sheleimut; shalom
the integrating dream —
every shabbat a cosmic union.
Par’oh; to rend, to split —
Separate from the Other Side
the side of separation
and that’s why
we had to leave Pharaoh —
to become one