Freedom is timeless. The essence of freedom, particularly from a Jewish perspective, never changes. Human beings are endowed with free will so that we might choose, of our own volition, to live lives of goodness, decency and kindness. Stated in more pious terms, we are free to cultivate our God-given capacity to serve God and bring about a better world. Very different from other ideas of freedom, to be free, Jewishly, is to consciously and joyously align ourselves with God’s vision for humanity and all creation.
Rabbi Micah Lapidus is the director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy