Choosing Freedom

Most of the Israelites didn’t leave Egypt. How do we become free?

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Comments (30)

(24) CRISTOBAL RODRIGUEZ, April 12, 2020 5:22 PM


Thank you so much

(23) Anonymous, April 14, 2019 12:49 PM

Wow, thank you, so great :)

(22) Anonymous, April 6, 2017 3:09 AM

Thank You!

Freedom is my choice -
Thank You for the Brilliant Reminder.

(21) sharona, March 25, 2015 5:05 AM

Sometimes we don't realize that the door is open, we just have to walk through and keep going, don't let fear hold you back

(20) Edwin.Hissink, August 14, 2014 7:37 AM

Freedom to choose

This is good, this is great. Allthough the pas over doesn't apply to me totally, and as Noachide Shabbat is partly for me, I understood the message of this video. My fore fathers didn't have the same choice, but the father and mother of all human kind Adam and Eve, showed us that we all have a choise, the freedom to say yes to Hashem, or to say: "No, too hard."
I said:"Yes, I follow you." And that was/is/and will be the ultimate choise. Thank you for inspiring me so much.

(19) Joey, April 20, 2014 8:40 AM

Excellent insight. Thank you and God bless!

(18) Dvirah, April 17, 2014 4:26 PM

Choosing Freedom

No one who grew up in the US in the 1960's can think that freedom is a gift. We watched too many people struggling for theirs. Excellent message!

(17) Rivkah with a "resh", April 17, 2014 3:12 AM

I don't have enough superlatives to praise this

Brilliant, stirring, luminescent, and inspiring. That's just the warm-up! I do,however, find some want of coherence. Also, of accuracy.
Freedom IS a gift: Freedom of religion, of speech, of assembly. They're yours if you are simply an American citizen. Everyone in the USA is free to develop their capacities. What more freedom do you want?
The speaker opines, "You want to be great? -- Go out and get it." Well, yes. But what does that have to do with freedom?

Might help if the speaker defined his terms (i.e., "freedom") and if he stuck to his theme.

Avi, April 19, 2014 5:38 PM

Freedom CANNOT be a gift

I am sorry to break it to you, first and foremost, that he US of A is a small portion of the world.
Next, all these "freedoms" you mentioned, you have to get up and do them, and none can give it to you and none can take it away. Why was Sharansky free in Siberia? because he practiced Judaism on his choice, none can take that away, I would guess that freedom is Free Will, none can take it or give it and you must act on it

Carol, August 5, 2014 1:13 AM

Freedom must always be earned

No it is not a gift- if you remember your American history this country fought hard for all those freedoms you mentioned we broke away and earned our independence so what are you talking about?

(16) Anonymous, April 16, 2014 8:11 AM

So true in our lives today.

(15) Anonymous, April 14, 2014 8:01 PM

amazing video

great job as always Charlie.i love when you come out with new videos

(14) Neicee, April 14, 2014 6:20 PM

Tears of Joy

Most times watching a video by Mr. Harary I'm laughing myself silly. This time I had tears, but tears of joy. Such a simple lesson but one we all tend to forget from time to time. We are only limited by our lack of faith - in G-d and of ourselves. Thank you Aish for this lovely offering.

(13) Aliza, April 14, 2014 6:05 AM


Amazing!!! But I also have a question, if it's the desert aka hardship that makes someone great and free then shouldn't it have been that Binai Yisrael feed themselves in Egypt, why then did they need the desert if they already went thru Egypt? And they did keep their identities in Egypt which was probably extremely hard by not changing their language, dress, and given names. Also, what is Pesach equivalent to in its step toward freedom, what is the glimpse of? Thank you and Chag Kasher V'sameach.

Sam, April 14, 2014 1:36 PM

Thanks sharp and clear message.happy pesach for klal yisroel

Avi, April 20, 2014 3:36 PM

I don't know if this fully answers your question, but Rav Soloveitchik suggests the following: perhaps the purpose of being enslaved was to instill in the Jewish people the trait of sensitivity and compassion. Anyone can do acts of kindness, but the higher level to strive for is to have an inner drive for chessed. Such a feeling is possible since we were once slaves, and therefore we can empathize with people who are downtrodden or in need.

(12) Tyler, April 14, 2014 12:00 AM


This is great! Thank you so much for posting it!

(11) Anonymous, April 13, 2014 6:53 PM

I would like listen it in spanish! thank you!

(10) Shraga, April 13, 2014 6:53 PM

Excellent production

Love the addition of video clips. Great music, great message. L'chaim!

(9) Galina, April 13, 2014 5:46 PM

Well done as always.

Mr. Charlie Harary is so great speaker. Every statement is right to the point. Well done as always.

(8) Judith Dowla, April 13, 2014 5:43 PM

Choosing Freedom

Well done Charlie! I never knew that only 20% of the Jews in Egypt followed Moses. Thankfully they did.

(7) Dina, April 13, 2014 5:25 PM

Wow. I needed to hear that. Simply amazing. Hashem has given him such a special power to be able to deliver messages in such poignant ways.

(6) Mindful Pottery, April 13, 2014 4:41 PM

Beautiful! Thank you! So articulate!

People who speak in a complicated way, do not understand themselves. Those who speak simply understand. You understand.

(5) Michael, April 13, 2014 4:29 PM

Inspirational and commanding

Listen and ACT!

(4) Albert Johnson, April 13, 2014 2:31 PM

Choosing Freedom

Very Inspirational Video. Challenging in a Very Good Way.
I Thoroughly Enjoyed it.

(3) Caterina Catapodi, April 13, 2014 1:03 PM


You cannot believe and do if you are not free. To be free, you have first to feel free. Slavery is first in mind, so what?..God is waiting for us, we for Him.
Again, today especially, VIVE ISSRAEL, and all countries of the world, under a single God who sent His representatives on Earth to serve Him on the name of All Human values. Because in the religious sense of the word, Believe in God means feel Free first, not slave of yourself!!,

(2) Rafi, April 11, 2014 3:28 PM

Sound alot like Aliyah...

Hashem has opened the door in this generation, to Eretz Yisrael. most of North American Jewry has said - NO THANK YOU, TOO HARD.

sherri, April 17, 2014 4:08 PM

couldn't agree more!

no thank you to aliya, today, for the most part, is equivalent to the 80% of those who said it in egypt. sad.

Zita, May 16, 2014 5:04 PM

Is It?

Is It?
Are all Jews living in Israel doing so under personal freedom?
Mr. Harary is pointing out that each person has to go through his/her own "personal Egypt" and "personal redemption."
From my perspective, this means that each person in every land needs to look at his/herself and ask:
- "What are my issues?
- What do I need to work on and change?
- Am I willing to go through the painful process of asking myself these questions?
- Am I willing to destroy my excuses, reasons, justifications as to why I can't change?
- Am I willing to take that first step towards change?
- Am I willing to leave my "comfort" and feel some pain and work through it?
- Am I willing to endure the many setbacks associated with any meaningful change and pick myself up and try and try and try again???????


(1) LarryB, April 11, 2014 1:13 PM

Great Message

This guy is great.


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