The Jewish people left Egypt on the fifteenth of Nissan, at midday. No sooner had they departed, they began counting the days to the giving of the Torah on Sinai, scheduled to occur seven weeks later.

One second there. The Jews were still on the run, they hadn't even crossed the Red Sea yet, Pharaoh was still bound to chase them and attempt to bring them back to slavery (as he indeed tried to do), and they are already counting down to the next event?

Moreover, we can be sure that the Jews had a pretty decent idea about what would transpire at Sinai. They knew that Sinai would spell the end of doing what they want without accountability, that a whole new way of life with many limitations and consequences/punishment would be given to them. The Jews hadn't even had the chance to live like free men, and they're already impatiently counting down to religion?

They hadn't had the chance to live like free men, why were they impatiently counting down to religion?The answer struck me when I thought of the opening lines of the United States' Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

In the words "endowed by their Creator" lies the difference between the American Revolution, which made the country the beacon of freedom and liberty to the whole world until this very day, and the other revolutions crying the same cry of "all men are created equal" (e.g., communism) which did not last.

Freedom without a Creator is not freedom. It might sound like freedom, it might even taste for a moment like freedom, but it is not freedom. It isn't even a democracy. For the strong will find a way to exploit the weak under any system. If there are no divine principles to be accountable for, then ultimately there are no principles at all.

Without G‑d, democracy can be just as evil like any other form of government. What makes the USA a city on a hill is not its form of government as much as those four words in the Declaration of Independence and the four words on the dollar "In G‑d we Trust."

Thirty-three centuries ago, our ancestors rushed to Sinai to live a life of true freedom—as servants of the Creator.