Pesach: the meaning of freedom - serving God freely
Freed from Egypt to receive the Torah as free peopleThe Jews were freed from Egypt to receive the Torah as free people. Only physically are we bound by space and time. In our minds we can travel without limits. We can approach the past spiritually. In this way we better understand the message of the Exodus from Egypt. Memory is a spiritual achievement.
In Esther 9:28 state: "The memory of these days had to be kept alive." The Jewish sages declare that as soon as the days are remembered they will be relived in Heaven. That is why every generation must relive the liberation every day. Every Jew must see himself as liberated from Egypt on that day.
The counterpart of the liberation from Egypt is the liberation of the Divine Soul from the limitations of the physical environment. And this must be experienced as if freedom is achieved every day. The inner conflict between what is Divine and physical is transcended. Only then can true freedom be experienced. This anticipates freedom and peace in the world.
From slave to free person in a very short timeOne of Pesach's lessons is that the Jew has the capacity to change himself from slave to free person in a short time. In Egypt the Jews were broken people, both physically and spiritually. And suddenly Pharaoh's power was broken and the Jews became free people, physically and within a few weeks also spiritual (God spoke directly to them: "I am the Eternal, your God."). From slave to a kingdom of priests and a holy nation by accepting the Torah.
Trust in Divine ProvidenceThe Jews had faith in Divine Providence despite the great influence of pagan values. They did not even follow the short road to the Promised Land through the land of the Philistines, but roamed through the desert trusting in God's word. They even left the relatively easy life in Egypt. For example, today the religious Jew is asked why he does not choose the easy way of the materialistic world. The answer lies in the Exodus. This path was the real path to happiness: to be in receiving the Torah and the Chosen People and to be materialistic in reaching the Promised Land of milk and honey.
That is how it is today and always. Through the Torah and the mitzvot, the Jew connects with the Creator of the World and thus frees himself from the natural limitations. This is the way of happiness in the spiritual and material world.
Vision Etsel about freedomFreedom without Torah is not true freedom. It is difficult to find the right life path then. Many people get lost and are quite the trail of life. They seek their freedom in the materialistic world, but discover that it is finite. The Torah was given to man by God because He created the world on the basis of the Torah. The Torah is the blueprint of Creation, so only in this book is how to deal with Creation. We learn from this that it is not only about physical freedom, but also and especially about spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom means serving God in order to break free from physical limitations. If we remain attached to material wealth, we will never know how to feel free, because material wealth is finite. After all, every moment our material wealth can disappear like snow in the sun (think of the economic crisis in which many people lost a lot of money). However, when we attach ourselves to spiritual wealth, we realize that it is infinite; God is infinite. So there are no restrictions here. That way we can always live in freedom.
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