Is Freedom What We Think It Is?
Think About This--It Has a Good Lesson
Of the following list, who is the most enslaved person and
who is the most free?
"Three years ago I was taken by the KGB and put in a
labor camp in
Siberia, I am told when to get up, when to go to bed and
- "I was ship-wrecked on a desert island. I can do
anything I want,
there's nothing to do here."
- "I'm a heavy heroine addict. I live my days just to
get the next
Luckily I inherited a large fortune that allows me to
support my habit."
- "I worked hard all my life to become rich. At the
height, I was
around $25 million. Then came the crash. The bank took
everything - my
business, my house, even my car. I now work 9-to-5 in a
struggling to make ends meet. When I had money, I used to
vacations and dine in the finest restaurants. Life was
fun. Now I'm
can afford takeout."
- "In the country I live in, cigarettes are banned. I
used to smoke
packs a day. Now I can't get them and I'm very
- "I used to be a top college athlete and was headed for
a pro career.
Then last year I dove into a pool that was too shallow and
I'm now completely paralyzed from my chin down. All I
think about all
long is what I used to be able to do."
- "Last year I tried to commit suicide but a policeman
caught me just
I jumped. I was institutionalized. There's no possibility
here for me
what I really want to do - kill myself."
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It's Already in Your Mouth
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Wake Up, and Choose Life
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Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758
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No More Excuses!
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Was Moshe a Bad Neighbor?
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Follow Your Conscience, Not Your Heart
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An Urge to Be Even Better
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Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773