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Tzvi Freeman

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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.
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...
Part Five in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy Series
Click Here If You Missed Part IV Back home, I started a regimen. Look, the last place you want to be if you want to get healthy is in a building full of sick people. Okay, there’s pain. Wiped out. Weak. But if there’s one thing Hi had taught me, it was to...
Part Four in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy Series
Click Here If You Missed Part III Sunrise and there’s a rainbow over the mist of the canyon falls. Birds celebrating in play above me. Lizards escaping from beneath their rocks at my feet. Absorbing those life-giving rays. Greens, purples and dusty reds o...
Part Three in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy Series
Click Here If You Missed Part II The next two weeks were a high. High, because it was as though Hi’s spirit was breathing inside me, the compassion in his eyes running through my blood. Until then, I had never realized how insensitive I was—even to the pe...
Part Two in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy Series
Click Here If You Missed Part I Without a job, I had a choice between hanging out with friends in the city or jogging in the canyon alone. More and more, I found myself doing the jog. There was always this expectation I would spot Hi’s frail but sprightly...
Part One in a Kabbalistic SciFi Fantasy
I first saw Hi while I was jogging beneath the tall trees of the canyon. A small child was clasping each of his hands, an older one running ahead. As I passed him, I just yelled, “Hi.” He shouted back, “How do you know my name?” “I don’t know your name, o...
Solving the Mystery of Jewish Identity
Jewish identity is both simple and mysterious. Simple: A Jew is anyone who was born of a Jewish mother, or has undergone conversion according to halachah (Jewish law). This has been the case since Biblical times and is firmly established in the Code of Je...
Every stage of a Jew’s life, every week, every day, and every activity of that day, is filled with meaning
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