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Rabbi Arthur Segal’s love of people, humanity, and Judaism has him sharing with others “The Wisdom of the Ages” that has been passed on to him. His writings for modern Jews offer Spiritual, Ethical, and eco-Judaic lessons in plain English and with relevance to contemporary lifestyles. He is the author of countless articles, editorials, letters, and blog posts, and he has recently published two books:

The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew

and

A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud

You can learn more about these books at:

www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: JEWISH SPIRITUAL RENEWAL: CHESHBON HA NEFESH: PASSOVER

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL:
JEWISH SPIRITUAL RENEWAL:
CHESHBON HA NEFESH: PASSOVER
 
 SHALOM: Passover is time for redemption from our bondage of self. The 49 weeks of the Omer is time to do a moral inventory of ourselves. Shavuot is the time when our true selves are revealed so that we can change. Learn more?: http://tinyurl.com/lx5gnj8 .
 
 
 
SHALOM! And a Pre Chag Pesach Sameach!
 
One of the best times to do a Cheshbon ha Nefesh, a fearless moral inventory, is during the week preceding Passover, continuing thru the 7 week Omer period, and ending on Shavuot.
 

THE ROAD to JEWISH SPIRITUAL

 RENEWAL TRANSFORMATION:  

The Omer is a perfect time for our souls to receive a spiritual bathing. The Kabbalah teaches us that during these forty-nine days following Pesach, we need to take great care in ridding all negativity from every area of our lives. But do we truly know all what is negative in our lives? We cannot know without taking an inventory, called a chesbon (cheshbon) ha nefesh.

After Pesach, we begin anticipating Shavuot, the next 'big' holiday and in essence the conclusion of Pesach's Redemption with Shavuot's Revelation.

 Pesach was a the start of redemption from the bondage of self, when we learned that we are our own Pharaoh-Jailers in our self made Mitzraim (Narrow Places). At our seders, we learn that the attribute of matzah, flat and humble, is a middot, a trait, we wish to obtain; and we desire to rid ourselves, of the chometz, the puffiness, the ego, the selfishness, in our lives.

The Omer is the work we do to obtain the Revealing Light of Pesach and Shavuot. We cleanse our souls, covered over, with unspiritual schmutz, by counting the days of the Omer until Shavuot's arrival. The Omer is counted from the second night of Pesach through the night before Shavuot.

And with counting comes accounting. Cheshbon literally means an accounting, an inventory. And Ha Nefesh means of our souls.

Over the seven weeks we have the opportunity to break open klipot  (negative shells) from within our being, releasing the Light that has been trapped by our own unspiritual choices. Yes, the extraction process takes work. But the benefits of releasing the trapped sparks of Light are worth it.

We do this with a Cheshbon Ha Nefesh,  a fearless, complete moral inventory. See Chapter Four of The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew for a complete, step by step, easy to understand method of doing your Chesbon ha Nefesh and having true revelation  to bring you to a complete Jewish spiritual renewal and awakening. Click on http://tinyurl.com/pbl66fo

 
CHAG PESACH SAMEACH!!