On certain days of the year, viduy may not be recited (month of nissan, hol hamoed, rosh hodesh, etc.). If one did make a sin on one of these days, how can he/she repent for the sin on that same day?

  • Viduy as in Tachanun or Nefilat Apayim, I assume. (Some communities only say Viduy during Selichot.) Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 14:08
  • @DannySchoemann, other communities say viduy every non-festive day of the year.
    – Ani Yodea
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 14:29
  • "how can he/she repent for the sin on that same day?" Why do you think there is a way to do that?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 16:52
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    Do you have any reason/source to assume that a personal viduy essential to teshuva could be forbidden on any day?
    – Loewian
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 19:01
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    @LN6595 Conceptually, we say that someone who sees a tzaddik perform an aveirah shouldn't be meharher acharav, since he surely did teshuvah that day. The gemara does NOT OBJECT to this on the bounds that it was a day where vidui is prohibited. Ergo, the prohibition of vidui does not pose an impediment to the process of teshuvah on these days, either because one may recite it privately, or because external recitation is not required for the process of teshuvah, or because something about these days obviates the need for vidui. Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:41

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The is a chassidic saying, "joy breaks all boundaries". Through the simcha of the yomim toivim one is able to reach a high level of teshuvah


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