Category Archives: Teshuva

Starts with a Tiny Spark

The Gemara (Shabbos 104a) states “He who comes to cleanse himself receives help from Above.” It does not state “He who cleanses himself,” but rather, “He who comes to cleanse himself.”  The wording teaches us that with the slightest beginning, … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | Leave a comment

So Embarrassed

The Gehinnom that one experiences for his sins in the next world is the scalding embarrassment of having to face the truth of his mistakes in life.  The Gemara (Brachos 12) teaches “One who commits a sin and is embarrassed … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | 2 Comments

Embarrassed to Face God?

Citing the gemara in Brachos that one who is embarrassed of his sins is forgiven for all of them,  I heard from Rav Shmuel Braun in the name of Rav Kook zt”l that if a person feels so low from the … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | 10 Comments

Mixed Feelings

Though someone who committed many serious offenses has an obligation to feel deep regret for his past, he should feel joy that he is presently repenting.  His regret ought to be mixed with feelings of joy about his present awareness … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | Leave a comment

The Greatest Enemy

It is a mistake to think that the yetzer hara’s purpose is to merely cause a person to sin; its true goal is to destroy a person completely.  Once he tricks someone into sinning, it does not even let him … Continue reading

Posted in Mussar, Teshuva | Leave a comment

Creating Angels

When we prepare for Rosh Hashana during the month of Elul with Teshuva, Hashem creates Malachim (angels) in proportion to that preparation, that will escort us in and testify on our behalf during the days of judgement. ~ R’ Tzvi Mayer Zilberberg – Think Hashem

Posted in Teshuva | Leave a comment

Rosh Chodesh Elul – Bad Day for the Yetzer Hara

The Vilna Gaon explains that there are three painful days for the yetzer hara (evil inclination), when the yetzer hara can’t incite people to sin.  They are Rosh Chodesh Elul, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Today is Rosh Chodesh Elul; … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | Leave a comment

Advice from Rebbe Nachman

Serve God with all your strength and rely completely on His infinite love. He will never abandon you regardless of what you may have done in the past. The past is nothing, what counts is the time from now on. … Continue reading

Posted in Emuna, Spirituality, Teshuva | Leave a comment

Always be Right

As I was once putting my children to sleep, my six-year-old daughter remarked aloud to the other kids, “Abba is always right, because even when he’s wrong, he knows he’s wrong, and so he’s still right.” We can live our … Continue reading

Posted in Humility, Spirituality, Teshuva | Leave a comment

Zos Chanukah

What the tzadikim cannot reach on neilah of Yom Kippur ,a regular person can reach on Zos Chanukah, the 8th day of Chanukah.  ~ R’ Eli Mansour

Posted in Teshuva | 1 Comment