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Tzvi Freeman

Tzvi Freeman

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Rabbi Freeman is the author of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, Book I and Book II, collections of meditations based on the teachings of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, but in pithy, bite-size doses. Same with the highly popular Daily Dose of Wisdom emailed out to wisdom-addicts every morning by Chabad.org. Another one of his bestselling books, Men, Women & Kabbalah, is a primer for the ideal relationship. Also at Chabad.org, you'll find his KabbalaToons, starring Rabbi Infinity (“Give me one minute and I'll give you cosmic consciousness”) and his Heaven Exposed series, a unique genre of Kabbalistic Sci-Fi. More recent is his Jewish Meditation video series, guiding the viewer through simple exercises for meditation in Jewish prayer. Rabbi Freeman is director of Chabad.org’s Ask The Rabbi service, a team of responding "rabbis that care." You can subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing with the Freeman Files subscription.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman is available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics, including a meditation workshop and a classical guitar kumzitz. For more info, contact him here.

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Ian Saint Petersburg, Russia September 30, 2015

Thank you very much, Rabbi! Reply

Anonymous Yacolt, WA September 1, 2015

Tzvi, your words have helped shape and encourage me through both challenging and delightful times. The light in your words illuminates me over and over again. I just want to encourage you to press on during times when the voice that reaches to G-d grows less than strong. There are few men that have ever influenced my thinking like you and Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg that you so kindly 'wired' me to, years ago. May G bless you and keep you. My sincere prayers are with you and may our G-d give you abundant strength to march forward, especially in times challenge - much love and light to you... Reply

Irene Tanzman Boston April 30, 2015

Rabbi Freeman,
If we are all in the same boat together, we need to address access to Judaism for all Jews. There are Jews with developmental disabilities living in group homes with little or no access to Judaism. If family members die off, the Jewish community cannot even secure contact with these individuals because of HIPPA restrictions. There are questions in terms of these folks getting access to a Jewish burial. These are individuals who do not fit in with recent so-called "Jewish Inclusion" programming. This is a huge issue that we ignore. Great article. I enjoyed it. Reply

igor bartolic zagreb February 1, 2015

chabad is fantastic it s food for soul. Reply

Anonymous westlake September 29, 2014

Perfect for my Hebrew High class. Finally something that speaks their language! Thx so much for creating Reply

Isaiah D. Cooper Hamden, CT September 19, 2014

Rabbi Freeman,

I would have written the ending of today's Daily Dose message a little differently. I would have said:

"But that life force is G-d as He has constricted a portion of his energy within each creature and thing which He has made."

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Tikateyvu! Reply

Scott Borman-Allen August 17, 2014

Thanks for the post on Gratefulness and the Holey Bagel. Straightforward insights into the prayers. Reply

Sam IL August 12, 2014

To darren middle
There is no contradiction. The founding principle of the Jewish culture has nothing to with marrying others. Actually, it has nothing to do with gentiles. It is a self-absorbed culture. Reply

darren middle israel May 16, 2014

Just read "Why Do Jews Exclude Other People?" question reply. The questioner does not accept the exclusion of non Jews marrying Jews (and the implied extensions of this), dislikes the distinction I imagine. The answer is that the Jewish people must survive. So the founding principle of a culture is crushed to preserve the culture. So the real question is how to avoid the question? Reply

Matthew Markovich Alta Loma, CA May 6, 2014

Judging by this list on AMAZON you have written a lot of books! I plan on reading some especially the KABBALISTIC SCI-FI! Sounds up my alley. Reply

Klaudio Vinkerlic Porec April 25, 2014

We are created to enable creation To Be under rules of Truth and Love. Do believe in Your self You can...even to Learn if You do not Know How To Be Forth. Do not continue taking as there is very little left. Reply

Anonymous April 25, 2014

Since Judaism is a religion, it cannot be genetically "traced." I have both Sephardic and Ashkenazi blood, and am also the descendant of a woman who converted to Habad in Jerusalem. So, yes, I also share genetic markers with non-Jews. (I also have the "Jewish" Crohn's gene). There is no such thing as being "more" Jewish, by any standard. My Mother was a Jew, therefore I am a Jew (in my case, my Father was also a Rav, but I was raised that religion is through the maternal line). It is that simple. But people born non-Jews can become Jews, and people born Jews can choose to ignore or deny it. Thank God that Israel has less and less division between Sephardic and Ashkenazi, for it is a silly division. And Thank God that we do not use blood tests to define who is a Jew. Reply

Chayim Deerfield March 21, 2014

Greetings Rabbi,

Was your beautiful post "We are One" based on any piece of Torah in particular? I know for your Daily Doses you say "Based on the wisdom of the Rebbe" but for this article you did not. I am making a web page in an attempt to unite yiddin and am using your article as the foundation and basis for everything. Skoach! Reply

Emeritus Professor Elemer Elad Rosinger January 31, 2014

The relationship between religion and science is indeed most important in our days, even if very little concern is shown about it in the general, and even less of it goes deep enough, in order to facilitate a better understanding. Recently, I myself have, after long long years of meditation on that issue, published the related paper :

"Difference between Science and Religion ? A Superficial, yet Tragi-Comic Misunderstanding ..."

In case you may find it appropriate to give it a reading, you are, needless to say, most welcome to comment on it. It is posted on a website which I am glad to let you know elsewhere.

By the way, for many years by now, I have been in close contact with a study group in Johannesburg, South Africa, run by a Lubavitch rabbi, where more fundamental issues of life are the subjects of concern, and the teachings of The Rebbe are the guiding lights.

In case it may be of interest, I could email my c.v. to an email address which allows longer texts than this place. Reply

Christina BELLVILLE July 22, 2013

Faith/Truth knows no size. It just is. Being. Who can ever understand even a small part of the Divine Thoughts? Reply

Miha Ahronovitz Rocklin March 20, 2013

Tzi, this is superb piece of divine writing, in every day language.

Condensing it, here is the essence

"perhaps there is more to the miracle of life than survival. Perhaps life has a more profound meaning, as a work of art has more meaning than strokes of color upon canvas. Perhaps, as art provides a window upon the soul of the artist, life provides a window upon the soul of G‑d. Only that the core essence of G‑d cannot be known except through the window of paradox, of an insane union of opposites becoming one, while all the time remaining opposites."

Miha Ahronovitz Reply

Michael Groetzinger New Cumberland, PA September 24, 2012

First, thanks for your scholarly responses. I want to preface my final remark with something I find quite interesting and I feel strengthens my points on patrilineal descent; It is only through the Jewish male Y chromosome ( I hope I have that right) that it can be determined how much actual "Jewish" lineage existis in that particiular family. It is an on line lecture and he ends by saying (I'm paraphrasing) " Alot of you of Ashkenazic descent will not be pleased with what I'm about to say. The evidence thus far indicates the vast majority of Ashkenazic Jewry descend from a Middle Eastern male and a gentile female...So by the standard of normative Judaism, most Askhenazim, would not considered even to be Jewish..." I believe that Hashem through science is pointing us towards the truth. Only through the Father's genetics can Jewish lineage be charted. Please don't denigrate science here because Israel has used it in the case of Ethiopian Jewry. Thank You. Reply

Mr. Robert Lenassi August 1, 2011

I am not Jewish but try to follow Jewish law as a Christian. I have learned more here in a few days then I have learned in church. Because of your wisdom and perspective my family is stronger. I would also like to say on a side note to kosher dietary laws I think a good reason for it might be the health aspect. I lost 20 pounds on it, I feel great! Though I have to confess I do cheat on taco night:( Reply

Marianne M. Miles Tulsa, OK/ USA June 12, 2011

I am not Jewish, but I know that our Jewish people are a light unto the world. I think these messages you send out every day are amazing. They are one of the messages that I look for first going through over 30 emails a day.
Sometimes they are so 'deep' that I have to go to 'Ask A Rabbi' just to understand what I've read about 10-15 times.
I love reading these messages every day. I pray you Never Stop posting them!!
Coming to you with love. Reply

elinor bat noah Tehran, Iran February 4, 2011

Rabbi Zvi Freeman liberates people's minds with his wise and spiritual words. May was read and be inspired with your words 120+ :) Amen :) Reply