Received by E-mail from Rabbi Yaakov Haber:
Exciting News! We are very proud to announce that my new book "Sefiros; Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer" is at the printer and will be released next week!
Given my general obsession with finding new tools for spiritual enhancement, the counting of the Omer between Pesach and Shavuos was a natural fertile territory.
Even at its simplest historical level, during these 49 days the People of Israel needed to transform their mentality from slavery to freedom. They had to stop being ordinary and start being kingly. They had only a short time to get ready to become a light to the nation and a moral example to all. These forty nine days became the key to what it means to be a Jew.
We can take advantage of this dynamic energy every year. The Kabbalists helped by teaching us how during each one of the forty-nine days we receive a specific energy through one of the sub-categories of the Sefiros.
Together with my colleague here at TorahLab, Rabbi David Sedley, we discussed, expounded, argued and analyzed every sefirah and sub sefirah and tried to figure out what it means in terms of practical deeds for the day. Call someone you don't like calling; dress a bit more modestly; do something for your community school etc. etc. The book was beautifully designed in sefirah multi-color by our own very talented Daniella.
By keeping the 49 day program, by the time Shavuos comes around we should be ready to accept what it means to behave like a Jew.
Sefiros is published by TorahLab and will be distributed in the United States by Judaica Press.
It is available at www.torahlab.org for an introductory price of $19.95.
We think it is the perfect Pesach present for anyone who wants to experience the spirituality of this awesome time of year.
So, if you are interested in understanding, accessing and utilizing the awesome days we are about to approach, please order your copy of Sefiros today.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber
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