Cheshbon ha-Nefesh (English and Hebrew Edition) [Menachem Mendel Levin, Dovid Landesman, Yitzchak Scher] on *FREE* shipping on. The method of cheshbon ha-nefesh was first laid out in a book called, naturally enough, Cheshbon ha-Nefesh, written by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leffin and. It is called in Hebrew “cheshbon ha’nefesh,” which translates into. English as ” accounting of the soul.” An accounting of the soul can describe any kind of inner .

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And if you already feel that you are adequately hnefesh, for example, you’ve identified one trait you don’t need on your list. Did I accomplish what I intended?

On the other hand, our day-to-day actions need to be reviewed constantly. And God saw that this was good.

To be successful in business, you need a good accountant. This is the process a Jew goes through on Rosh Hashana: Shine a bright light on your day, and see what there is to see about that quality that is hanefesn focus for that week, and write down just what you need to record to clarify the facts of your motives, actions and reactions.

Cheshbon ha-Nefesh done like this is simple but amazingly effective. That’s how cheshbon ha-nefesh works.

Maybe you’re already aware that you aren’t too accurate in your speech, which is something I’ve had trouble with in the past. Top 10 Jokes about Chelm. If a person has clarity on where he’s going in life, he’ll get there.


How far have I come in my long-term goals? To the Current Index Page. Track down your own Achilles heel, and concentrate on that.

Spiritual Accounting System

You are commenting using your Twitter account. She has many hats: The one for that week is at cheshbkn front of the pile. Or maybe it’s greed that sends you off in ways that don’t yield up anything except a bad taste in your mouth. Dry Cleaning for the Soul. Figure out what you’re living for and you’re guaranteed to be great. What you’re after is just a factual and accurate picture of the play of your inner life as it shapes your thoughts, words and deeds in action. Alan Morinis is the author of Climbing Haefesh Ladder: Symbolism of the Shofar.

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About the only thing I disagree with is the part about getting angry at oneself in order to help promote change. You will have spent a total of four weeks hanrfesh the year reflecting on and learning about how each of your thirteen selected qualities plays its role in shaping your life.

This is the common denominator of “free will” available to every human being. I put thise words in scare quotes because I think those are often artificial categories — in fact, for a Jew, the interaction of the holy and the ordinary is often the place where Torah comes to life. It brings to light deep patterns that might otherwise remain hidden from us.


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Your email address is kept private. We can’t just dream and fantasize about our goals and forget to do the steps to accomplish them, or we’ll never get there. This site uses cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience.

We need this truth about ourselves to guide our steps on the path to deep, lasting, fulfilling transformation. What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Here are some of the phrases that Rabbi Leffin gives us in Cheshbon ha-Nefesh:. Once you’ve really heard the phrase in so penetrating a way, go on with your day. And, in fact, as soon as we have brought to light those soul traits that might otherwise have continued to live in darkness, we chheshbon already begun to change.

Your notes should be brief, just an outline of the facts that reveal something of your characteristics.