In this week’s parsha, Yisro, the concept of freedom is celebrated. Interestingly, this freedom is a result of the Torah being given, rather than the freedom following the exodus from Egypt. Many of the commentators discuss this shift in the concept of freedom: this is not freedom from oppression but a different kind of freedom which enhances personal liberties. The Torah can be viewed as providing us with a blueprint for human action and a framework to feel safe and free within carefully constructed parameters.
In a similar vein, we are welcoming the more relaxed Covid freedoms that have been announced by the Government this week. From Thursday 20th January, students no longer need to wear face coverings in our classrooms. They need to continue to wear them in the corridors and communal areas until Thursday 27th January. Please note that TFL still require students to wear face coverings on London Transport.
We are hopeful that the list of these new-found freedoms continues to grow and that soon we are able to put these past few years of the pandemic behind us.
Have a wonderful Shabbos.
Mrs D Lebrett
Hasmonean High School for Boys