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Freedom vs. Free Will?

Now that we’re getting ready to leave Egypt (assuming Moshe can get the water-splitting thing working right), I thought it might be a good time to try to understand what it means to have freedom.

The clips below, despite their titles, seem to be discussing the concept of freedom more than that of free will.

There’s a difference, right?

One Response to “Freedom vs. Free Will?”

  1. Schwartz says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your video blogs so far and I look forward to your written blogs (and to more video blogs!). I hadn’t thought much about the difference between Free Will and Freedom before reading your blog. There is an important difference: one is constant while the other continuously fluctuates. We were created with Free Will. No matter what happens to us - like the first video clip on your blog emphasized - we have Free Will. On the other hand our Freedom is continuously challenged - by our own mindsets, by others mindsets, by external forces beyond our control, by external forces within our control to which we subjugate ourselves.
    In the dictionary Freedom is defined as: “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” According to this definition, we are certainly NOT free today. We have given our power, our rights, to various institutions: social, governmental, religious, etc. Maybe, we were given the Freedom to choose our masters? Maybe we were given the Freedom to use our Free Will to choose to give up our Freedom to God as our Master…a seemingly strange and paradoxical release from slavery only to become slaves again…
    Which emphasizes your question in my head: What does it mean for us today to become Free again if we have already chosen God as our Master? Are we supposed to choose again?


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