Independence Day for an American rabbi

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In a way, 4th of July is the American Shavuot: the moment when people summon the divine voice by bringing about liberation.

In 1914, Mary Antin, an American Jewish writer and immigration activist, described the founding of the United States in biblical terms:

“I have chosen to read the story of ’76 as a chapter in sacred history…. Once the thunders of God were heard on Mount Sinai, and a certain people heard, and the blackness of idolatry was lifted from the world.


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