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if freed slaves owe their redeemer (jews owe HaShem) how do we look on america freeing slaves

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Hello and welcome to Mi Yodeya. Can you provide support for freed slaves owing their redeemer? –  Monica Cellio Jun 18 '13 at 2:41
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9050/… –  Isaac Moses Jun 18 '13 at 3:09
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The US didn't free slaves. They just stopped enslaving them. There's a (huge) difference. –  Shimon bM Jun 18 '13 at 6:37

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If we look at bnei yisroel as "free" then we will not understand the true nature of yetzias mitzrayim. We were not "freed" in a complete sense -- we are bnei chorin in that we serve a different master. This sums up OUR responsibility as avdei hashem.

You can look at the Emancipation of American slaves then, in a parallel light. Someone who is not a slave to a human master still owes the institution that emancipated him -- as citizens, freed slaves have to follow the laws of the overarching community placed there by the same power that freed them, the government.

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