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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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  • 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)
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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.

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A truely insightful book where lessons relating to most of lifes difficulties and questions can be learned. Its insights apply to all religions and cultures. I would recommend it to anyone searching for some light in a sometimes confusing existence.
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This is a book full of gems. I lent it to a Jewish friend of mine, saying, ‘Open it and any page, and you will find it beautiful.’ He opened it at random, read, and then laughed, saying ‘This is very Jewish.’ I said, ‘read on.’ The page he opened produced an expression akin to awe. ‘That is beautiful,’ he said. ‘The book is beautiful,’ I said.
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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It does what it says: bringing heavenly inspiration into our hands. Tzvi Freeman, a former outlier, is equipped with the 300 % receptivity and the same peak capacity to transmit which make the whole thing happen. I love the conciseness and the nuggets format. There is so much to digest in each of the small packets, full pages and chapters would be too much to take on.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 45 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Tzvi Freeman 9 Aug. 2012
By Jay Pako - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a remarkable collection of amazing words from the Rebbe. Having it on my Kindle means the words are always with me- to soothe, to prod and provoke, to illuminate. To help me "visit the house of study daily." One page I have read over and over
"#163 Prisoners
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 6 Mar. 2017
By T. Epps - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book; I refer to it often. The only thing I didn't care for was the color of the text: it seems a dark gray instead of black making it difficult to read sometimes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this. 19 April 2015
By fitzg7 - Published on Amazon.com
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No matter what faith you belong to this is a book that should comfort and guide you. The Rebbe was truly a great and holy man.
I say this as a non Jew who has found the Rebbe's guidance irreplaceable .
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing With The Rebbe 12 Dec. 2001
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
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I was an early casualty of the faith of my parents. Not particularly religious themselves, they left me with a sense of the form of our religion, but no picture whatever of it's content. This wasn't their fault, it was simply very much the way we were in the 50's and 60's. My own spiritual needs left unmet by my faith of origin, I drifted from the time I entered college, first as an atheist, and then as almost every kind of theist one can imagine.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly Book! 27 July 2014
By Howard C. Wasserman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful little book by Tzvi Freeman, a superb expositor, filled with the wisdom of both heart and mind. The wonderful material is presented clearly, and the gems are so plentiful that it is a true wonder! This is one of my favorite expositions of the heart of Hasidism. It is a moving work to which I will eagerly return again and again and yet again.
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