- Hardcover: 302 pages
- Publisher: Dwelling Place Publishing (Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968240801
- ISBN-13: 978-0968240809
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 2.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: 365 Meditations from the Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson: 1 Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007
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About the Author
With the publication of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, Tzvi Freeman shot into the spotlight as one of the foremost teachers of inner Jewish wisdom. Today, his Daily Dose of Wisdom from Chabad.org has one of the largest subscriptions on the Jewish Net. The weekly Freeman Files, answering real people on real issues, fans out to countless cyberfans. And his Heaven Exposed series gets across the stickiest issues of Kabala in spicy, sci-fi dramas. Tzvi Freeman has built a reputation for delivering the authentic inner wisdom of Judaism in highly original, bite-size packages. Tzvi Freeman was born in Vancouver, Canada, where he became involved at an early age in Yoga, Tao and radical politics. In 1970, he was a founding member of Total Education, an alternative high school. In 1975, he left a career as a classical guitarist and composer to study Talmud and Jewish mysticism for nine years. He received rabbinical ordination at the Lubavitch Central Yeshiva in New York and completed post-graduate studies at the Rabbinical College of Canada. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I lent it to him over night, and the next day he said he was going to get a copy for his mother.
This is a series of selections made from the writings of Rabbi M.M. Schneerson, edited by Tzvi Freeman. As a genre, it belongs to that category of ‘thoughts for the day’, but I have never come across anything quite like it: 365 quotations - one per day. This is not actually the kind of book you can read from cover to cover: there is no narrative, no polemic, no agenda; simply a series of statements that will make you laugh and then realise what you are laughing at, or be stopped short in thought with the sheer beauty – not only of the thought, but also of its expression. This is wisdom at its best: non partisan and universal. A beautiful book.
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We are all prisoners. But we sit on the keys.
Finitude is our cell.
The universe is our prison.
Our jail is the Act of Being.
The keys to liberation are clenched tightly
in the fist of our own egos."
and how about
"#132 Not If, But How
Sometimes, it may appear that there is a place where, according to all considerations, G-dliness can't come. An obstacle that prevents you from accomplishing something beneficial. A freind who cannot be approached to help do a favor. A gathering of people that seems meaningless.
The appropriate thing to do in such a situation is to throw out all considerations and just do.
Your job is not to determine if and where. Your job is to determine how.
Do, and you will see miracles."
Thank you Tzvi for this wonderful book.
I say this as a non Jew who has found the Rebbe's guidance irreplaceable .
Eventually I found a place that suits me spiritually, in which I can dwell and feel no need to convert the unfaithful. From within this place, I have rediscovered a desire to spend some time reaping the wisdom of the religion I always took for granted, the one I was born into. This is not necessarily a comfortable journey for me but one it has been time to make for a while.
One of the things I had never come to understand about Judaism until well into college was the tremendous mystical richness of Judaism. What makes this mysticism special is its refusal to abandon the world in which we make our way. From Jewish mystics and rebbes we expect practical advice as well as inspiration. Rebbe Menachem Schneerson was for many years the premier spokesman for the Lubavitcher tradition of mystical Judaism. A man who valued humility, wisdom, affection, humor and a deep abiding faith.
Tzvi Freeman has taken the time to compile the essence of Rebbe Schneerson's meditations and teachings. This is simple, direct writing that would touch anyone, Jewish or not. Short sections that can be read a paragraph at a time and meditated upon at will. We are invited to take our beliefs out of the ivory tower and apply them in the world. The first recommendation for the spiritual treatment of illness is 'find a good doctor and follow his instructions.' The fourth is 'Increase your study of the inner light of the Torah.'
This kind of wisdom is good for all to use. I would recommend "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth" not just to crabby old men such as I, but to anyone who finds themselves sometimes a seeker or wishes to understand more of the depths of Judaism.
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