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Healing Begins at Home

Healing Begins at Home

from the upcoming book ”Wisdom to Heal the Earth”


There’s a story about a man who was lowered down a deep shaft, lower and lower, until the darkness was so dark he could touch it with his fingers, the damp cold so damp and cold it seeped through his bones and made them shiver.

Finally, without warning, he hit the hard rock bottom.

When they pulled him back up, they asked, “So what did you find down there?”

“It was cold,” he answered.

“What else?”

“It was dark,” he answered.

“What else?”

“What else do you want?” he answered. “I hit rock bottom and it was cold, dark and full of dirt!”

“We know it’s full of dirt!” they retorted. “It’s a mine! Now, where are the diamonds?”

If you read the introduction to the chapter on Tikun, you may have already figured out the story. It’s about us, about how our souls come down to a fractured, light-deprived world.

If you don’t know why you’re here, sometimes all you can see is dirt. And there’s no shortage of dirt in this world.

But if you know you’re here on a mission, the supreme mission to rescue the lost divine sparks and repair the universe, and if you know that the most brilliant, precious stones are to be found in the darkest, deepest places—then the dirt becomes almost irrelevant. All you see are diamonds.

The first place to look for those diamonds is in your own home. Then in your community.

Once you can find them there, you’ll see diamonds everywhere.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at, also heads our Ask The Rabbi team. He is the author of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth. To subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing, visit Freeman Files subscription. FaceBook @RabbiTzviFreeman Periscope @Tzvi_Freeman .
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LC Fl April 27, 2016

I'm in that dark hole now. My focus has been solely on getting out. I'm missing the diamonds! Reply

Brenda Porter,tx October 8, 2014

diamonds and dirt So the diamonds is God's word right, and the dirt is how we look at ourselves (sins). Deep down in the dark God shed's his light. Your a diamond in his eyes. Reply

Leni NJ August 26, 2014

We create our reality A Rabbi recently told his listeners during a shiur that we create our own reality. So this man went expecting dirt and that is what he found. If we look for the diamonds, even in the cold and dark, we will see them with our entire being.. But I think the first place to look for them is within ourselves, for what we see within, we project without. Reply

John Nocera Calhoun, LA USA August 25, 2014

Finding diamonds Excellent Rabbi. We get so used to seeing the evil we forget we are here on a rescue mission. We must direct our attention toward the hurting..........they are all around us. Reply

Anonymous Jerusalem August 21, 2014

thanks Short and to the wonderful point! As usual, great writing mined (:) from the depths of emmess. Y'yashar koah! Reply