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Shmuley Boteach to Newsmax TV: Passover Can Liberate Us

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By    |   Monday, 06 April 2020 07:59 PM

Sharing a message of liberation amid Jewish Passover, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Newsmax TV said Americans should keep practicing social distancing along with faith, but with more "concern" than "fear."

"There's a tinge of sadness, yet it is a festival and it's supposed to be joyous," Boteach told Monday's "Spicer & Co."

"Passover is the festival of liberation, and one of the greatest forms of liberation is to be liberated from fear. Pharaoh kept the Jews slaves – and we saw this also with African American slavery here in the United States – through fear."

Boteach was adamant Americans must strictly follow recommendations against gathering amid the global coronavirus pandemic, but do so out of concern and not fear.

"What this pandemic has done is lead us to such incredible fear," Boteach told host Sean Spicer. "But I want us to be concerned as opposed to fearful.

"Fear is a hysterical response to an imagined threat, but concern is a calculated reaction to a real danger.

So, we can't have hysteria and that's part of the Passover message. The Passover message is we should be enslaved to nothing."

Boteach finished with an impassioned plea for all faith practioners to not endanger lives by circumventing social distancing during Passover and the Holy Week.

"Any religious figure who does not put life first at this moment, any religious figure that puts prayer, meditation, church-going before human health, human life, is subverting the message of faith," Boteach concluded. "They are making faith into a curse rather than a blessing, because the essence of faith is you have to be healthy to serve the one true God."

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Sharing a message of liberation amid Jewish Passover, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Newsmax TV said Americans should keep practicing social distancing along with faith, but with more "concern" than "fear."...
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