Passover is not about freedom. The Hebrew word for freedom, חירות, is mentioned nowhere in the Torah. Instead, Pesah is about גאולה, ‘redemption,’ implying exchange, trading in one thing for another, leaving one state of being and entering another. The Israelites aren’t freed; they exchange one master (Pharaoh) for another (God). The holiday invites us to consider who or what we serve (for we all serve someone or something) and offers us a chance to exchange for a better master.
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