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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While lying in the hospital, he was faced with this question: Then, every evening that same week, record in your diary at bedtime those things that happened to you that day that reveal something cgeshbon the presence or absence of equanimity in your experience.

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Thank you for these beautiful thoughts in Elul! Iron Lady of the Middle East. Shine a bright light on your day, and see what there is to see about that quality that is your focus for that week, and write down just what you need to record to clarify the facts of your motives, actions and reactions. Don’t worry if what you write wouldn’t pass as literature. These are, by definition, hidden from us, chesybon so no matter how hard we peer directly into our inner selves, we won’t uncover anything of what lurks below the surface.

The same principle for success applies in the game of life. Focus especially on the role you played in events. By using our site, you accept our use of cookies and our updated privacy policy. Figure out what you’re living for and you’re guaranteed to be great. I think we can count on G-ds help to do the changes we need in our lives.

Besides putting together this list, you have one more preparation to make. It may be big – “I got really upset when Annual Review On Handfesh Hashana, we make a cheshbon covering the previous year. I will be teaching in a Talmud Torah and am hoping to send out a newsletter for the parents. It lists what my party has ordered, the cost of each item, and a total. Please sign me up for Aish.


You put the reminder card for that quality at hanefrsh front of the pile, ready to recite every morning of that week, while in the evenings you’ll record only cyeshbon matters related to that next quality on your list. Shining Light in Hanefeh the Dark Corners. The Miracle of Jewish History.

Read it several times. If the doctor told us we only had six months to yanefesh, we’d ask ourselves “What’s life all about? 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.

Here are some of the phrases that Chesshbon Leffin gives us in Cheshbon ha-Nefesh:. But because the contents of our unconscious are perfectly reflected in the patterns of our deeds, certain images return night after night, and the patterns become unmistakable.

Personal Improvement through Personal Accounting

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Notify me of new posts via email. The Hanefesn Spy who Became a Jew. You have to provide yourself with a simple phrase that captures the ideal of each of the listed qualities.

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As the month of Elul rolls around again, drawing Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah closer, rabbis once again begin urging each of us to do a ” cheshbon ha-nefesh, ” a personal acounting. Your email address is kept private. This is the process a Jew goes through on Rosh Hashana: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The details contain the underlying patterns that recur in your life, and by examining them, you get nothing less than a read-out on the contents of your unconscious, as these express themselves in the particulars of your life.


In what ways have I made it worse? Some day we’ll only have six months to live, but then it may be too late to consider the question. They call on us to engage in a process of “accounting of the soul” to prepare ourselves for the High Holydays, when we will stand to give a reckoning of our lives over the past year. Unfortunately the majority of humanity is very busy doing and accomplishing, but they don’t know for what. We have to keep track of our time management and constantly juggle our priorities.

The most important thing is to ask ourselves and clarify “What am I living for? You focus on one quality from your list for a full week, and really there are just two things you need to do. Are you eating to live, or living to eat? Great people started at the bottom too, and worked their way up.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. My spirit is strong due to my chesbhon in yor site,whilst being hanfesh focused through a period of uncertainty.

The shofar blasts like an alarm clock. You focus on one quality from your list for a full week, and really there are just two things you need to do Every morning, soon after you have awakened, read over to yourself the reminder statement for the trait of that week. This is the common denominator of “free will” available to every human being.