A Day of Cheshbon Hanefesh

From the age of 16, the 16th day of Cheshvan has been a day of a ‘cheshbon nefesh‘ for me.

I am referring to the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z’l, which comes out on the 16th of Cheshvan. On the anniversary of the day a person passed on, their light, passion and life’s missions are more tangible.

As much as there is an abundance of love and sweetness, a strong dose of mussar can be heard through each of Reb Shlomo’s words.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I attempt to dig deep and ask myself if my closeness to other people has grown.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I check to see if I took my responsibility to respect all of humanity more seriously.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I take a deeper look at my children and seek out from within a much more patient Abba.

On the 16th of Cheshvan, my relationship with Shabbos needs to be internalised and upgraded.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I take more time with my davening, embracing the present moment.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I pay much more attention to the holy soldiers who are guarding me day and night.

On the 16th of Cheshvan Eretz Yisrael calls out to me loud and clear.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I take a look at my learning and know it could be so much deeper, so much stronger.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I take a look at the sefarim on my shelves and am reminded how they ended up there in the first place.

On the 16th of Cheshvan I muster up enough courage to ask myself if my heart has opened.

On the 16th of Cheshvan a chance to get a better grip on all that’s important is in the air.

On the 16th of Cheshvan my heart is filled with gratitude to Hashem.

About the Author
Born in New Jersey, while growing up between Los Angeles and Ra'anana. I released a number of albums, and have been blessed to sing some of my melodies throughout the world. Received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at Yeshivat Hamivtar. We live in Efrat, with our four precious daughters. Spiritual leader of Beit Knesset Shirat David, in Efrat, where I get to pray and learn with some of my best friends. Founder of the Shlomo Katz project.
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