Rav Chaim Brim Zatza”l, a Yerushalmi Tzadik, met a friend on the first day of Pesach. They asked each other how the Seder went the night before, and the friend revealed to Rav Chaim that he had a dream after the Seder, in which he was told that the Gematria of (“anyone who discusses the Exodus from Egypt at length is praiseworthy”) is the same as “Zeraim Moed Nashim Nezikin Kedoshim Teharos” (The names of the six orders of Mishna and Talmud, which effectively comprise all of Torah).

Although at first glance there does not seem to be any connection between these two phrases, perhaps, with the help of a comment from the Zohar, we can make sense of this dream.

The Zohar writes:

“And they embittered their lives with hard work” this refers to Kushyos, “with mortar” this refers to Kal Vachomer, “with bricks” this refers to clarification of Halacha, etc.
Obviously, the Egyptians did not actually force the Jews to study Torah in-depth. Rather, the Zohar is telling us, the back-breaking labor forced upon the Jews in Mitzrayim, was intended to “condition” them for the exhausting toil that is required for the study of Torah. Each type of labor enforced upon them by the Egyptians prepared them for a new method, with which to understand the Torah.

“Anyone who understands the aforementioned reason for “Enslavement in Egypt” and the subsequent Exodus, will understand the need to immediately channel our labor
skills toward in-depth study of Torah. Such a person will, no doubt, be inspired to fulfill the daunting task of learning and mastering: Zeraim, Moed, Nashim, Nezikin, Kedoshim, Teharos.

Chag Kasher V’Sameach,

Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer