Elul and Yom Kippur are flying by fast. I am looking for something uplifting.

Books on teshuva are usually quite depressing; too much talk about gehinom. Not that it's not good, just that it doesn't work so well for me.

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Gates of Repentance (Sha'arei Teshuvah) by Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerona.


I would recommend Igeres Hatshuva by Rabbi Shnuer Zalman of Liadi. An excellent translation and commentary is available online.


Reb Meir Stern teaches Rambam Hilchos Teshuva like I have written elsewhere. I would recommend you listen to a shiur on the Rambam from YUTorah etc.

  • "elsewhere" == judaism.stackexchange.com/a/47498/5323 ? – MTL Oct 21 '14 at 4:01
  • I was just taking a guess at what you meant by "like I have written elsewhere" ....if I'm right I'd advise editing that in....doesn't hurt to cross-reference information. – MTL Oct 21 '14 at 4:04

Generally, I find books of mussar (i.e. character development) to assist in teshuvah.


One Elul I gained a lot from Waking Up Just in Time by Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski. Another year I read Elul by Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser

Both not hard core but inspirational

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