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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.
How It Came About and What It Is Meant to Be
Jewish education, when done by the book, is a little strange. Keep in mind that we’re talking about Judaism’s most vital institution. Jews make major decisions in their lives (like where they are going to live and how much they need to make) centered arou...
How is it unique, and where do I get some?
Judaism has a body and a soul. The two dance in harmony, in a wondrous union of seeming opposites. The soul finds expression through its embrace of the body, and the body comes alive through its fusion with the soul. We call the body of Judaism halachah. ...
Traditionally, a baal teshuvah was someone who left the good path and has now returned. But then, we are all constantly returning. Or, at least, we should be.
Who invited him, anyways?
That such damnations are unlikely to charm the young man’s heart is a no-brainer. But lousy pedagogy aside, this is the opposite of what we are supposed to be doing tonight.
How Jewish Mothers were the early adopters of health, education and everything else that's good for the world.
The Jewish mother is a personality type very common among mothers who are Jewish. If you were an unborn soul making an informed decision about what sort of mother to be born to, in any part of the world, at any point in history, you would certainly choose...
What could be more valuable to a young mind than respite from the noise?
The world has changed. Our needs have changed. Our vision of the future has changed. Schools haven’t been keeping up. If our children are our future, then the way we run our schools reflects our dreams for the future. There was an era when American parent...
..and neither are the people that celebrate it
Purim is nuts. A rational person cannot celebrate Purim, nor can those who believe they know who they are. Because the joy of PurimA rational person cannot celebrate Purim. means leaving all reason and sense of self behind. Purim is the ultimate joy, and ...
All the responsibility, no room for despair
Free will is scary. Free will means there are consequences to my actions; that if something goes wrong as a result of my choices, I’m responsible. The question is: Just how badly can I mess up? If G‑d created me withAm I the god of my own life? a purpose,...
How much choice do we really have?
Free will in Judaism is the capacity to choose between different courses of actions, words or thoughts—not due to outside influence, internal nature or any sort of personal preference. Just a balanced choice between right and wrong. This notion that human...
Part Six in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy
Click Here If You Missed Part V My head crashes on the table, and it’s a dream, a vivid dream. I’m back on the canyon floor, after that fall. There’s a little boy standing over me, crying. I pull myself up. Small, wide eyes look up to me. My reflection st...
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