Saturday, May 18, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce


Sound the Shofar of Freedom

bird free of cage

Three times daily we implore G-d in prayer: “Sound the great shofar for our freedom.” As we prepare to sound the shofar and usher in the new Jewish year this Sunday, it’s high time we assess the precarious state of freedom in our present day. In case you haven’t been paying attention, freedom is in serious jeopardy here in the United States and around the world.

Fear and dread are historic ways with which tyrants have exploited populations to willingly cede their freedoms. Pandemic panic and pandemonium have recently accomplished just that. Quicker than you can say “social distancing,” government has already begun to encroach on our precious freedoms in ways hitherto unimaginable.

Without any strict scrutiny, the state has shut down our houses of worship, banned our gatherings, violated our bodily autonomy, forcing masks on our faces, all without providing a shred of scientific evidence that asymptomatic carriers pose significant risk to anyone. And they are poised to do much more… brace yourselves for adult vaccine mandates.

Truth be told, this sort of medical tyranny is not without precedent. For years, government has enforced a mandatory vaccine policy on school-age children while we were asleep at the wheel. They threw us a doggy bone. “Religious exemption” was the paltry concession prize we were “benevolently” rewarded for tolerating their benign despotism. And in recent months and years, just before the Wuhan virus was unleashed, states began to take back these religious exemptions, by default forcing all children to comply with their mandated vaccine policies without exception.

Of course, the state had no right to meddle with religious freedom, since the First Amendment was inviolable to begin with. In past articles,1 2 3 I’ve lamented the grave injustice of vaccine mandates altogether.

In the spirit of sounding the Shofar of freedom, let’s make it known to all that Judaism strongly advocates medical choice. Vaccination must be a choice. It may not be coerced. If you want 99 percent vaccination compliance, move to Communist China. It’s unattainable here in Land of the Free. If you are so panic-stricken by disease, perhaps you shouldn’t live in a free society where bodily autonomy and First Amendment rights are sacrosanct.

China might be a better fit for you. They enforce compulsory vaccination with no exceptions, so you’ll feel right at home. They tend to force-sterilize people too, but hey, as long as you’re not an Muslim Uighur or some political dissident, and you only have one child, you should be just fine.
Some have asked me: “Does that mean you want measles to return?” My response: Not necessarily, but I’d prefer a return to measles of the fifties any day before submitting to medical dictatorship. I don’t want disease. I just want freedom. But if freedom comes with a price tag that includes increased risk of any particular disease, then so be it. Tyranny is far more dangerous to humanity than any microbe ever was. Give me freedom or give me death.
I simply yearn to breathe free. I do not wish to be part of a new huddled masses in my own country, marginalized and persecuted by an all-powerful pharmaceutical lobby driven by its insatiable profit margins. No, I do not want your medical bondage. Nope, I will not join you in your dependency on pharmaceutical products. I will not accept anything less than freedom. Freedom to choose what I put into my body.
Freedom from dubious ingredients like:
  • glyphosates
  • fluoride
  • aluminum adjuvants
  • thimerosal mercury
  • dna from murdered human beings in a cruel procedure of live dissection,
  • substances that carry risks of carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, infertility
  • substances that haven’t been evaluated for carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, infertility
… to name a few, and many more morally objectionable ingredients that I never consented to.
If I am forced to choose, I prefer natural dangers to man-made ones. As King David observed (and we cite in the Selichot liturgy): “I am greatly oppressed; let us fall now into the hand of G-d; for His mercies are great; but into the hand of man let me not fall.” (Samuel II 24:14) — נִפְּלָה נָּא בְיַד ה’ כִּי רַבִּים רַחֲמָיו וּבְיַד אָדָם אַל אֶפֹּלָה
So while I might applaud researchers’ efforts to develop a safe vaccine for a coronavirus or any virus, I will oppose a mandate with every fiber of my being. And so should you, if you cherish freedom. Sound the Shofar and let freedom ring.

This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published at Rabbi’s Blog. Michoel Green is a Jewish rabbi.


1 Green M. What’s Wrong with Religious Exemption? Rabbi’s Blog Aug. 29, 2019.
2 Green M. Exposing the Lies. Rabbi’s Blog Jan. 12, 2020.
3 Green M. Bodily Autonomy and Halacha. Rabbi’s Blog Sept. 11, 2019.

11 Responses

  1. Thank you for putting into words fundamental beliefs that are not always easy to articulate. Just a note to say that measles is an infection, as opposed to a disease. A disease is abnormal structure or function. The healthy human body is perfectly capable of mounting a response to the infection of measles be making antibodies and acquiring immunity for life.
    Thanks to God! L’shana tova!

  2. While I also oppose mandatory vaccination without consent I disagree that pandemic public health mandates are “medical tyranny”! Have you been to a business, restaurant or grocery lately? Churches are not being singled out for persecution! Until we have available testing, we should reasonably behave as if we, and everybody else, are potentially contagious and avoid causing possible harm to ourselves or others. Risking possible illness or death by refusing to wash, distance and mask in public (like everyone else) may be a foolish form of paranoid and arrogant religious tyranny! Thank you for allowing me to write my opinion.

  3. I love this article. Telling it like it is. I am a follower Of the Way and a Zionist !!! I am seriously overwhelmed how people conform so quickly to mask wearing etc.
    thank you for the Scripture reference I’ll be putting it to memory
    G-d Bless you and your work.

  4. What a wonderful article! I’m sending this to everyone I can. I have been concerned about the state’s encroachment on our freedoms for years now, and felt like a voice crying in the wilderness. I am amazed at those who want a risk-free life. There’s no such thing unless you live in a bubble, and then the risks merely change.

    Let’s hope a critical tipping point is soon reached where the masses will awake. It takes only 6-10% to make a change, but they MUST be vocal and take action.


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  6. Considering you affiliations Mr. Johnson, one has to wonder just how much you might be connected to the very hands that seek to choke us (A former member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee). I love how often you made individuals show up to offer sage, medical counsel when you are the very ones profiting from your collaborated efforts to prey upon society. I wonder how many times Hitler utilized such individuals in his social engineered propaganda.

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