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Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at, is also author of several books, including Wisdom to Heal the Earth. He writes's highly popular Daily Dose of Wisdom. Rabbi Freeman served for five years as mashpia of the West Coast Rabbinic Seminary in Los Angeles, and currently resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing with the Freeman Files subscription.
It is a pain we must feel, a pain that must be healed, until we have healed humanity itself. Until no such tragedy could ever happen again.
A Lesson in Remaining One People Despite Our Differences
What do you do if you’re celebrating with friends, and the man who opposes you turns up at the party?
On the deep and fascinating relation of Torah and Jews to the number three
This Shavuot gets a quadruple three: 3,333 years of Torah. That’s 3,333 years since we stood together as a single nation at Mount Sinai, trembling in awe as we accepted the entire Torah for all generations. In fact, it’s actually five threes, since Sivan,...
On the magnificence and agonizing beauty of the Jewish heritage of freedom
How I Received a Rich, Beautiful and Cognitively Disruptive Heritage “And when Moses took us out from Egypt,” she continued, “he told us to ask the Egyptians for their silver and gold.” I was sitting on the lap of my dear Iraqi grandmother as she pointed ...
A gentle reminder from the Rebbe
Did you receive a nice sum of money this Wednesday? Were you one of the over 90 million Americans whose bank accounts were suddenly graced with a stimulus deposit this week? So what are you going to do with it? Some of us really needed that deposit. For s...
Gifts from Above can't last forever
Trekking swiftly towards Passover, I’m clinging to a bag of insight I grabbed from the forever mysterious celebration of Purim. Two holidays, only a month apart—yet conceptually so distant. Both about redemption. Both about wonder. But while the Passover ...
The Rebbe’s gardening paradigm as an antidote to divisiveness and confusion
If I were hurtling down a rabbit-hole and a genie offered me one wish, I would likely request a tour guide. Now tell me that the past ten months haven’t taken us all on a dizzying Ozian spin. Look out the window of your space capsule and you’ll find you’v...
The Megillah of Antiochus
The miracle of Chanukah, is about shining light outward, and to the outside. The original requirements for the Chanukah menorah stipulate that it be lit only once it is dark. And where? “At the door of your house, on the outside.” Why? As the Talmud state...
It's an old debate.
Darkness fades and disappears with time, but the light that shines from a mitzvah can only increase.
The Slippery Slope of Yavan
This is the light of G-d’s wisdom. It’s not there for our use that we can manipulate it and modify it to fit our needs and desires. If we’re able to figure a little bit of it out, well, that’s pretty amazing. But if we can’t, that doesn’t change its truth...
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