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Tzvi Freeman is a senior editor at Chabad.org. He is also the author of two volumes of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth -- collections of meditations based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe -- as well as numerous articles and essays on Jewish mysticism, philosophy and practice. He also writes Chabad.org's widely acclaimed Daily Dose of Wisdom, mailed daily to tens of thousands of subscribers. Subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing with the Freeman Files subscription.
The Female Admiration Test
Man Versus Beast There’s really only one thing a man needs to do to gain a woman’s respect. He needs to be a man. The good news is that women want a man. The even better news is that there aren’t many to go around—which means that if you can be one, you‘r...
How one-quarter can make a whole Jew
Dear Ask-The-Rabbi, Last week these dudes in fedoras pulled a bar mitzvah on me. I’m twenty years old. I never had a bar mitzvah. Simple reason: I’m not Jewish. My dad’s not Jewish. My mom’s not Jewish. But I let out to these guys that my mom’s mom is Jew...
On the absurdity of Simchat Torah
Books are for reading. For understanding. For discussing. Dancing? Really? Does anybody do this?
On Memory, Remorse and Returning
How about someone who abandoned a religious lifestyle because she was abused by the authority figures of that system?
On the utter awesomeness of the Days of Awe
By adolescence I was doing my own thing on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—and it wasn't anywhere near a synagogue.
How to search through your past without falling into it
Proceed With Caution There’s a lot of bad advice going around this time of year. Dangerous advice. The Internet is full of it. So is your synagogue. Maybe even your favorite rabbi. Look, they mean well. But they’re often completely unaware of the hazards ...
The ultimate explanation to why things are so messed up—and what we are supposed to do about it
Before, it was impossible to imagine a world. Now it is impossible to imagine anything but world.
In each of us there shines a bright sun. In each of us there is a time of its eclipse.
The Solar Eclipse Within If you can observe it, recognize it and understand it, it must be found somewhere within you. Yet more: Anything you observe is teaching you something about something inside of you. Something vital for your Divine mission here on ...
Whoever knew the job could be this complex—and exasperating?
This August 21 (eve of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar), daylight will suddenly become twilight. Birds will cease their chatter. Temperatures will plummet. Massive streamers of light will streak through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. ...
Question: I am troubled by the fund raising that goes on this time of year in the Jewish world. I always imagined that these "Days of Awe" between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days for soul searching and spiritual yearning. It all seems soiled by the c...
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