Ten Days of Awe and Ten Sefirot – A Guide To The Ten Days of Repentance

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“The First Ten Days” by Rabbi Yaacov Haber (Kindle Edition)

Adam and Chava were created on the last day of the Six Days of  Creation- a day forever celebrated as Rosh Hashanah. On that very day, Adam and Chava committed the very first sin. Hashem judged and forgave them, and this day became a day of forgiveness forever.

When Adam sinned he damaged his soul. The Zohar teaches that what Adam actually lost can be described as a ‘G-dly light’ which illuminated his soul. This light radiated out through the Ten Sefirot – the divine emanations that form the infrastructure of the world. The human soul is a microcosm of that infrastructure – when a person violates his soul, he, in essence, extinguishes the ‘lights of the world’.

The Ten Days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur correspond to the Ten Sefirot and these days are a special time when each individual is given the potential to restore the light of these Sefirot into their souls, referred to in Kabbalistic language as the process of ‘Tikun’. Each day of the Ten Days presents a unique opportunity for Tikun through the light of a different Sefirah – studying, understanding, processing and internalizing it into our lives in an actualized way – thereby altering the fabric of our very soul.

Tikun is a down-to-earth process. Very simple deeds and adjustments to our lifestyle can have eternal ramifications. The true work of the Ten Days has more to do with delving into our inner selves and disciplining our day-to-day behavior than conceptualizing or attempting to approach the sublime.

This powerful little book is a down-to-earth guide to the Ten Days based on the Sefirot. “Based upon the Zohar’s observation that the Ten Days of Repentance parallel the ten mystical sefirot, Rabbi Haber takes the reader through each Sefira/Day. Each Sefira/Day is covered in just four or five pages, including an eminently understandable description of the Sefira, its relationship to the Repentance Process, and a short To Do list for the reader to take immediate action and apply to his/her own life.

Rabbi Yaacov HaberRabbi Haber was ordained in Jerusalem by Rabbi  Chaim  Pinchas  Scheinberg  of  Yeshivah  Torah Ore and  by Chacham Avrohom Ochana of  Yeshivah Ahavat Shalom.

After his ordination in Israel, Rabbi Haber returned to his hometown of Buffalo, New York in 1979 with his family to found the Torah Center of Buffalo. During his ten years in Buffalo he served as spiritual leader, first of the Amherst Synagogue and later at the Saranac Synagogue.

From there he went to Melbourne, Australia where the Rabbi founded the Australian Institute of  Torah, an adult education program that ran in almost every synagogue in Australia and was attended by thousands of men and women.

Rabbi Haber was then brought back to the United States to become the National Director of Jewish Education for the Orthodox Union. In that capacity he created Pardes Project and many other learning programs.

Rabbi Haber was the Rav of Bais Torah Congregation in Monsey, New York where he succeeded Rabbi Berel Wein in leading one of Monsey’s most dynamic communities. Currently, Rabbi Haber serves as President of  TorahLab.

The First Ten Days’ (Kindle Edition) by Rabbi Yaacov Haber is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app (download app – here), get Amazon app for BlackBerry – here,  for Android – here and for PC– here

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 7918 KB
Publisher: TorahLab (August 28, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $9.83 (Buy now)

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