By Rabbi Albert Gabbai
Only a free people can determine its calendar. It is only when this nation, the USA, became free that we declared that the Fourth of July will be a holiday and so on for many other ones.
Time belongs to free people. A slave, like a prisoner, is not the master of his time. As a matter of fact, during Hanukah, the Greco-Syrian forbade the Jews to declare the new moon precisely to send the message that they were not free, but under their dominion. In retaliation, the Jews rebelled to be free again.
Rabbi Albert Gabbai is the spiritual leader of Congregation Mikveh Israel.