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 God saw that this was good. Here are some of the phrases that Rabbi Leffin gives us in Cheshbon ha-Nefesh: You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Miracle of Jewish History.

What are my strengths and weaknesses? Alan Morinis is the author of Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: Keep a small notebook beside your bed, along with a pen, and just before you go to bed, reflect back over your day to see what you can identify that in any way reveals the presence of the single quality you are working on that week.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Just do your best. This has helped me so much. How far have I come in my long-term goals?

Personal Improvement through Personal Accounting

Or you may have to think and probe a bit to uncover the imprint of your soul as it shaped your day. The conscious mind now gains access to hanecesh of the unconscious, and becomes aware of the soul-traits that mold our everyday existence, including thoughts, feelings and actions. We are very fortunate because through the Torah, God has told us what we’re here for.

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. Done like that, it provides clear knowledge of the forces and contours of your own inner landscape.


Although the term gets used to describe any kind haneefsh inner stock-taking, there is a way to do this personal accounting that is systematic, thorough and very effective. Cheshbon ha-Nefesh done like this is simple but amazingly effective. You have to provide yourself with a simple phrase that captures the ideal of each of the listed qualities. That’s how cheshbon ha-nefesh works.

May Cheshbkn Noach ‘s soul continue to grow higher and continue to inspire us all in death as he did chesjbon life, I guess he lives on through his torah. Notify me of new posts via email. This is the process a Jew goes through on Rosh Hashana: A quality may leap right out at you – you lost your temper with your kids, or you got coerced into saying yes to something that you know you shouldn’t have taken on.

The Almighty wants us to wake up and live. We have to take responsibility for our lives because no hznefesh else will do it for us. An accounting ledger filled out in blue ink. It is crucially important that you not beat up on yourself for your slip-ups, nor to heap praises on yourself for your victories. I wish the Rabbi a full and speedy recovery.

I am elavated and inspired by your articles as well as learning all about my ancestors. Habefesh we have to start asking ourselves now. Some traits will leap onto your list because they are all too well known to you, while others will need to be discovered.

Jewish tradition ascribes to each human being an infinite, unmeasurable worth. 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. We say this in the Shema twice daily and it’s written in the mezuzah: This is not about our worth as individuals; it is about the worth of our behavior as individuals.


To the Big Archives Index Page. If you ask someone: Don’t worry if what you write wouldn’t pass as literature. More important than the amount you write or the floweriness of the prose is the honesty you bring to your introspection. But if you were alive, it has to be there. She has many hats: This is the common denominator of “free will” available to every human being.

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew. It brings to light deep patterns that might otherwise remain hidden hxnefesh us. If we approach the process humbly and sincerely, it can provide us with a map for more worthy living.

We have to keep track of our time management and constantly juggle our priorities. You want to absorb the message in a deep and acute way. Cheshvon an “accounting of the soul” is actually very simple.

Spiritual Accounting System

Notify me of new comments via email. All the little steps are critically important. Cheshbon hanefesh is not for beating ourselves up.

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