Socialism and The Holiday Of Freedom


by Jeff Dunetz at

Passover Is A Celebration Of Freedom And Personal Choice—Socialism Is Government Controlled Slavery

Karl Marx famously said, “Religion is the opium of the people.” Following Marx’s lead, Socialism tries to replace God with a socialist Government. It destroys principles inherent to Jewish and American traditions, such as limited government, individual responsibility, and traditional morals. It even tries to destroy the meaning of Passover, which is constantly repeated throughout the Torah-individual freedom “Once we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Eternal God took us out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” While we observe the holiday with friends and family, it is a holiday about individual freedom, “In every generation, one is obligated to see oneself as one who personally went out from Egypt … “In every generation, one is obligated to see oneself as one who personally went out from Egypt.

Let’s start at the beginning, or in the beginning; the creation narrative in Genesis explains that man is created in God’s image. But we are also taught that our maker has no bodily form, so how can that be? The Bible is not telling us that we are all dead ringers for the “big guy upstairs.” If that were the case, the picture on everyone’s driver’s licenses would be the same, no one would be able to get a check cashed, and all of those TV shows about using DNA to solve crimes would be very boring.

“Created in God’s image” is supposed to teach us that just as God acts as a free being, without prior restraint to do right and wrong, so can man. God does good deeds as a matter of his own free choice, and because we are created in his image, so can man. Only through free choice can man indeed be in the image of God. It is further understood that for mankind to have absolutely free choice, it must have inner free will and an environment in which a choice between obedience and disobedience exists. God thus created the world such that both good and evil can operate freely; this is what the Rabbis mean when they said, “All is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven” (Talmud, Berachot 33b). God controls all our options, but it is up to man to choose between correct or incorrect choices.

When it comes right down to it, free will is the divine version of limited government. God picks the correct direction and even gives us the Torah as a guidebook to follow, but he does not pick winners and losers—it is up to us to choose the direction we want to proceed.


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