Reminder #1

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz Question:What is the definition of the term “Cheshbon Hanefesh” – literally, “Accounting of the Soul”? What does this entail? Answer:The Chovot Halevavot says: “Cheshbon Hanefesh is the critical analysis a person does between himself and the situation in which he finds himself in

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Reminder #2

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz Question:The Chovot Halevavot asks whether everyone has the same obligation to do Cheshbon Hanefesh? Answer:The Chovot Halevavot explains that not everyone has the same drive to grow in performance of Torah and conduct in this world. The nature of this drive depends on

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Reminder #3

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz The Chovot Halevot now says that a person who believes in Hashem should make for himself a very meticulous Cheshbon, and delve as deeply as possible into the fine details of what he is obligated to do for Hashem – as we said

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Reminder #4

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz The Chovot Halevavot now gives us 30 tools that, when a person thinks about them in terms of his understanding of his obligations toward Hashem, he will then put his heart into them and accept upon himself to delve deeply into them, think

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Reminder #5

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz Now that we have gone through Tool #1, do we feel any different realizing that we are that abandoned child who was picked up from that doorstep by a benevolent benefactor? Do we feel any sense of Hakarat HaTov (gratitude) for that? There

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Reminder #6

Author: Rabbi Yossi Michalowicz Yesterday we mentioned that people who feel that their benefactor is giving solely for altruistic reasons are more likely to feel gratitude than they would towards a benefactor who has benefited through his own giving. Yet there are people who cannot believe that

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