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Passover: Holiday of Liberty

Much has been written about historical parallels, but I find the Biblical story of exodus from Egypt especially fascinating because just a few decades ago, more than a million of Soviet Jews emigrated from the USSR.

In 1973, you had to be extremely brave to demand "Let my people go" (that is, from "the country of victorious socialism") in front of the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs

In 1973, you had to be extremely brave to demand "Let my people go" (that is, from "the country of victorious socialism") in front of the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs

Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2009 by Yoram Ettinger
A few short excerpts:


Passover highlights the fact that the Jewish People have been passed-over by history’s angel of death, in defiance of conventional wisdom. Non-normative salvation has characterized Jewish history…

The Exodus took place around 1,300BC, 600-700 years before Greek philosophers promoted democracy, establishing the Jewish People in the forefront in the on-going battle against rogue regimes.

Passover (role model of Liberty/Exodus) interacts with Pentecost (role model of Morality/Ten Commandments), since Liberty interacts with Morality. The one constitutes a prerequisite for the other. The absence of one means the absence of the other. The Liberty-Morality interaction/interdependence distinguishes Western democracies from rogue regimes. No appeasing-rhetoric would transform rogue regime into a free/moral entity. Herut is the Hebrew word for Liberty and Harut (spelled with identical Hebrew words) is the Hebrew word for Inscription, which refers to the Ten Commandments.

Passover – just like monotheism, the Sabbath, Ten Commandments, repentance/Yom Kippur – constitutes a Jewish gift to humanity. It constitutes inspiration to liberty and to national liberation (“Let My People Go”). Jews have been targeted by enemies of Liberty (from Pharaoh, Nazism, Communism to Palestinian/Arab/Islamic terrorism and Ahmadinejad), because Jews have been rightly perceived as the messengers of liberty as a God-given natural right and equality before the law.

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April 8, 2009 - Posted by | Judaism |

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