|Examine Your Life
Question 19: Am I truly free?
One is never truly free, in this life, in this
world. As much as you may think you are free, you are not. You will only
truly be free in the next life, but that will depend on your mitzvot in
this world and your correction, on the path of you and your soul. We
are all at different levels trying to reach the same goal and
destination. Rabbi Schwartz :
be free is not always good. We want to be bound and obligated to family
and friends. We want to be bound and obligated to integrity and higher
goals. We want to be bound and obligated to Torah living and Hashem -
"For you who are attached to Hashem, live all of you this day"* i.e.
live for eternity."
What then is so great about being free?
This is because we do want to be free of the forces of evil - evil
deeds, words and thoughts in others, and also evil deeds, words and
thoughts within ourselves. We do want to be free of our lowest
inclinations, jealousy, lust, attention-seeking, pettiness, irritation,
anger, indolence, sorrow, etc. - all those traits that destroy us. And
we do want to escape negative influences and choices, the pitfalls and
traps that again and again we stumble into.
To free ourselves
from evil and attach ourselves to goodness and beauty is in our hands.
It is up to us. To reach this best type of freedom, we must make it our
goal, and pursue it with focus, joy and a prayer to Hashem.
* Devarim 4.4
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