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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.
Part 2: Mindful Mitzvahs
Before doing any mitzvah, a blessing is also said, but somewhat longer. Rabbi Freeman illuminates the meaning of the added words.
Part 1: Holy Bananas
Mindful eating begins by opening a channel. Tzvi Freeman works backwards, step by step, disclosing the thoughts behind a mindful blessing.
The Exit
Leaving the upper world while holding on tight.
The Plea – Communal Requests
Next comes the story of redemption, leading up to the ultimate prayer in the temple of a rebuilt Jerusalem.
The Plea – Personal Requests
The Shemoneh Esrei tells a story, began with a proper order of priorities in life, each need in its proper place.
Logging-on – Praise
The very idea of prayer is absurd--a tiny creature speaking with its Creator, like a figment of your imagination talking back to you. Once you accept that absurdity, you are ready to stand in the awe of prayer.
Going Back Out Into the World
Now we bring this all back down to earth with an added line after the Shema.
The Essential Secret
Real secrets don't need to be hidden--they are known only to those who already know. The most absolute secret is to know existence itself.
Speech: The Ultimate Metaphor for Creation
We use the emergence of speech from the human psyche to experience the act of creation within ourselves.
Imagining Creation
The first step of Shema is to lift yourself into a space from which you can see the view from above.
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