Liberty Bell 633


The inscription on the Liberty Bell, “PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF” (Vayikra 25:10), is taken directly from Parashat Behar-Bechokotai within the context of the laws of the Yovel, the Jubilee year.

What is unique about the holiness of the Jubilee year (50th year)?

According to Rabbi Mordechai Sabato, “the sanctity of the Jubilee is linked to that of the Israelites.” Unlike Shabbat which is sanctified by God, the Jubilee is sanctified by the people.

How does Sabato’s insight connect to the concepts of freedom and democracy as captured in the verse on the Liberty Bell?

In our course Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness, we explore these ideas and questions.