Jewish Quotes on Freedom

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Judaism has its roots in the Exodus from Egypt, when the tribes of Israel became the Jewish nation, a free people. The Exodus is mentioned numerous times in the Bible as a reason that Jews must be extra-careful how they treat others. Throughout Jewish history, Jews have valued freedom – physical, spiritual and emotional. Here are some quotes that reflect that:

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. -Hannah Arendt

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Freedom is the world of joy. – Nachman of Bratslav

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Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.  – Albert Einstein

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Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice. – Erik Erikson

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Victor Frankl

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Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud

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Spirit is free when it ceases to be a support – Franz Kafka

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I am free and that is why I am lost – Franz Kafka

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It is much harder to live a life of freedom and self-rule than to be ruled by others. – Mordechai Kaplan

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Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom. – Golda Meir

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Religious freedom is about our common humanity, and we must fight for it if we are not to lose it. This, I believe, is the issue of our time. – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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The message of Passover remains as powerful as ever. Freedom is won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home. Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it. – Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

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Believe me, the drug of freedom is universally potent. – Natan Sharansky

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Pesach is not only about “freedom from.” It is about our having the freedom to make the world a more sacred place by expanding God’s presence in it. – Rabbi David A. Teutsch

Our free will actions affect this world, and then are sent up to the heavens, inspiring God to react to our deeds. – Jonathan Udren

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There is always something new to be said and expressed at the Seder table. And it is this constant renewal of ideas and traditions that gives Pesach its unique ability to represent true freedom and psychological, spiritual and mental liberty. – Rabbi Berel Wein

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As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. – Elie Wiesel

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