What Does Independence and Freedom Mean to You?

With July 4th, Independence Day, upon us, it’s a good time to ask: What exactly is freedom and independence? What does it really mean?

When the American Founding Fathers declared independence 248 years ago, it was straightforward. They felt the overbearing control of King George of Great Britain and that compelled them to throw off the shackles and declare their independence from that sovereignty. So, is that what freedom means—to not be under someone else’s control? Does it simply mean not being in prison? Or is there a deeper meaning?

You can be physically free—no shackles, no prison—and still be enslaved to your passions, addictions, your fears and insecurities, and other forces that inhibit your free expression. What about emotional freedom, psychological freedom, spiritual freedom? As a very wealthy individual once told me, “I can do anything I like in this world, but I live in a gilded cage. I am not free. I have no idea why I am here and where my life should be headed.”

It’s important to think about this because it’s not just a general or hypothetical question—it’s about who you are. Are you truly free?

Please join Rabbi Simon Jacobson in this special July 4th program to explore the meaning of freedom. Discover ways to free yourself from the many pressures that trap you from realizing your full potential, allowing you to spread your wings, be the best you can possibly be, and reach the heavens and beyond.

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