Real Freedom

Judaism is a very goal-oriented religion.

The Torah tells us to count the days between Passover and Shavuot. Ramban (Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman) explains that Passover is just the beginning of the process of freedom, but the goal is 50 days later, and that is the receipt of the Divine Holy Torah.

People forget that the famous verse chanted at the free Soviet Jews rallies around the world of “Let my people go” ends with the words “to serve Me”. (Exodus 5:1) In Judaism physical freedom is not the goal – spiritual, emotional and mental freedom is the goal. Judaism views physical freedom as the beginning of a process that leads to the goal of spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom teaches us self-control and provides the structure to enable us to be free from our inner longings and our three powerful drives of jealousy, lust and desire.

The Torah is a system of self-help and growth providing a clear pathway to spiritual and physical growth and harmony. Can you imagine living in a place where there are no policemen, no security guards, where you can leave your doors unlocked at night from feel safe and secure. That is the society that the Torah is trying to create where individuals are self-policing based on their awe and love of the Almighty G-d. A society where love your neighbor as yourself will be the rationale of daily life.