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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.
On the lifelong journey to get out one sincere word.
The Tzemach Tzedek told Reb Hendel, when he came for private counsel: "Learning Zohar lifts up the soul. Learning Midrash wakes up the heart. Tehillim with tears washes out the person that holds this heart and this soul.” —Hayom Yom, 16 Tevet. One Preciou...
Squeezing Out the Jewish Heart
I can’t forget Reb Meir Levitt, the oldest member of our minyan in Vancouver, Canada in the 1990s. He was a survivor of Auschwitz, his life spared not only because he worked as a tailor, but through many open miracles which he would recount in awe. As he ...
On the ugly necessity of growing up
What happens if you gain wisdom but refuse to grow up?
Turn confrontation into friendship
Return bullets with flowers. Lie low. Ponder what you like about this person. And then defuse the whole situation with a smile.
On getting past the guilt and flying even higher
Just a Lyft to the airport and, as usual, I sit in the front passenger seat. “So sir,” he asks me, “What do you do?” “I raise children. Grandchildren too. I learn. I read books. I pray to G‑d to provide for us. And then I have a job where I work, the chan...
It's never the answer you would expect
On July 20, 1969, I was old enough to follow the moon landing down to the detail, but still too young for cynicism. I collected every magazine and newspaper article I could find on the topic. But what stands out in my memory the most was the mood in the a...
Book Review: Social Vision: The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Transformative Paradigm for the World, by Philip Wexler with Eli Rubin and Michael Wexler
The truth is, when I first stood there listening to the Rebbe speak about the American educational system, penitentiaries and other broad social issues, something wasn’t resonating. Yes, it was neat to hear a Chassidic rabbi thinking outside of the rabbin...
1. Get Down to Earth The purpose of all mysticism, spirituality and religion is to bring those lofty matters down to earth so that they will heal our world. No teaching is so profound as to have no impact on everyday human life, no activity is so holy as ...
The Baal Shem Tov, in his earlier years, was known to dress as a simple shepherd and preach from the top of a barrel in the marketplace. He captured his audience with enrapturing tales and parables…
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
The world is to its Maker as the shell is to the tortoise.
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