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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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