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Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at Chabad.org, is also author of several books, including Wisdom to Heal the Earth. He writes Chabad.org'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.
The Classic Maamar, Translated and Unfolded Into Plain English
Translator’s Preface Every year, on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, Chabadniks gather around while an appointed person presents a maamar. You can read about the idea of a maamar elsewhere on our site. The particular maamar that’s presented on ...
Our job is to find the divine sparks hidden within each person, each object and each event, and let that shine.
“I am going to deal with you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the big crocodile who sprawls in his channels, who says, ‘My Nile is my own and I have made myself.” (Ezekiel 29:3) We all have a little pharaoh inside. Sprawling through the veins of every human animal...
This is how the master of the Kabbalah, the Ari, describes the enslavement of Ancient Egypt: It is when the mind is entrapped and cannot speak with the heart. It is when you understand well how you should be and what you could be, but your heart does not ...
Egypt, in Hebrew, is Mitzra’im—meaning “straits.” A tight, narrow place. Existence, for a human being, is a tight and narrow place. We are children of an infinite Creator. The natural order of time and space is for us a prison. A mitzvah, on the other han...
“Nothing G‑d creates is for nothing. If not for the frogs, how would G‑d have taken retribution on the Egyptians?” (Midrash) Why did G‑d need frogs, of all creatures, to deal with Ancient Egypt? Because to Pharaoh the whole world was a frog. There were th...
“In every generation and on every day, you must see yourself as though you left Egypt that day.” (Tanya ch. 47, expanding upon the Mishnah) Life is meant to be a daily exodus from Egypt. Every day, you need to transcend the natural order of things once ag...
“…and if the Holy One, blessed be He, did not take us out of Egypt, we and our children and our children’s children would be slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt.” (The Haggadah) The Exodus did not happen once. It reoccurs at every moment. At every moment, you have...
The Rebbe on optimism in the face of disappointment and failure
Along the route of every bad turn, a new path of even greater ascent has just opened.
There are two ways to read the stories of our forefathers. You can read them as bygone events, as a series of ups and downs, elation and disappointment, victory and tragedy. Indeed, most often, the tragedy seems to overshadow the brief moments of elation....
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