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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

חרות Cherut/Herut is Not Freedom!

We all know by now that the modern, popular accepted definition of  חרות Cherut/Herut is "freedom," but that is not what it means in Jewish theology.
For a Good Jewish Theological Discussion, You Need Hebrew!  
I've been driving people absolutely nuts about this for the past week and a half. Yes, I've been obsessed for sure.

"Freedom" is not intrinsically part of Judaism and Jewish Life. We see that in the criticism of the Biblical Time of Judges, in the text itself:
כה  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם, אֵין מֶלֶךְ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל:  אִישׁ הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו, יַעֲשֶׂה.  {ש}25 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes. {P}
Judaism is about structure and absolute Law, Torah, Mitzvot. True freedom is more anarchy and not good.
the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
"we do have some freedom of choice"

Passover celebrates our commitment to Gd and Gd's Laws, not the freedom from it or any rules. Historically we were unshackled from the slavery to Pharaoh in Egypt to become slaves/worshipers/followers of Gd. We committed to Gd and His Rules/Mitzvot.

In Hebrew every word has multiple meanings on all different letters, and the fact that the food we must eat to celebrate Passover is מצה plural מצות is spelled just like the plural of מצוה  מצות Gd's commandments to us.

That's how deeply we must internalize Gd's commandments. They must become part of us. They are our food for survival.

חרת is the root of חרות and means to engrave, to dig deeply into a stone or wood.

From this, we see that the Passover Holiday is about accepting and internalizing Judaism, Gd's Laws. That is true  חרות Cherut/Herut.


Shiloh said...

Commands of God are fine, those invented by men in the name of a god, we need not waste our time, thinking we are doing Gods will, because all that happens is the EGO is inflated.

Batya Medad said...

You are not a Jewish theologian, and I really don't care what you think. Your beliefs are not Jewish.