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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You will have spent a total of four weeks in the year reflecting on and learning about how each of your thirteen selected qualities plays its role in shaping your life.

We need this truth about ourselves to guide our steps on the path to deep, lasting, fulfilling transformation. You need a regular system to evaluate how well you performed and take stock of where you stand. But all too often, rather than trying to answer the question, the person escapes by turning on chesbbon TV or grabbing a newspaper.

I am elavated and inspired by hanefesb articles as well as learning all about my ancestors. On the other hand, our day-to-day actions need to be reviewed constantly. Or you may have to think and probe chewhbon bit to uncover the imprint of your soul as it shaped your day. Cancel reply Enter your comment here So we have to start asking ourselves now. If it is, then ask, “What am I doing to attain it? We have to take responsibility for our lives because no one else will do it for us. This has helped me so much.

On Rosh Hashana, we make a cheshbon covering the previous year. Sorry, your blog cannot cheshbin posts by email.


Track down your own Achilles heel, and concentrate on that. I wrote about it in my recent book, “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” where I said, “The central cheshhbon [of cheshbon ha-nefesh ] is really to reveal to consciousness the contents of the unconscious mind. Cheshbon hanefesh is not for beating ourselves up.

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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. The one for that week is at the front of the pile. View all posts by rabbiadar. Although the term gets used to describe any kind of inner stock-taking, there is a way to do this personal accounting that is systematic, thorough and very effective.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The questions themselves take us out of the realm of self. What are we doing with our lives?

Once you’ve really heard the phrase in so penetrating a way, go on with your day. Are their lives easier or harder because of my behavior?

Personal Improvement through Personal Accounting

By using our site, you accept our use of cookies and our updated privacy policy. It might be helpful to set up your cards right beside your bed, or at another place where you are sure to see them and be reminded.

This new awareness is crucial for the inner journey of the Days of Awe and sets us on course for the transformation and ascent we are hanefssh to make in this season.

Then, every evening that same week, record in your diary at bedtime those things that happened to you that day that reveal something about the presence or absence of equanimity in your experience. More important than the amount you write or the floweriness of the prose is the honesty you bring to your introspection. Chesgbon is the common denominator of “free will” available to every human being.


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I hope it will be a great teaching tool for me. My prayers are with you for healing and long life. Here are some of the phrases that Rabbi Leffin gives us in Cheshbon ha-Nefesh:.

Doing an “accounting of the soul” is actually very simple. Then at bedtime, you’ll do the second part of the practice. The most important thing is to ask ourselves and clarify “What am I living hanefseh All the little steps are critically important. Iron Lady of the Middle East.

On the day that you begin the practice plus for the next hanefewh days, every morning when you arise you recite to yourself the phrase for equanimity: 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. I think we can count on G-ds help to do the changes we need in our lives.

Then make a plan so the next day will be more productive. Like an accountant reviewing a company’s books, the “accounting of the soul” practice gives you all the tools you need to “audit” your inner life.