Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Zt"l apparently recommended reciting a series of ten psalms--plus several interpolated prayers--as a teshuvah for any sin, and particularly the questionable sin of involuntary nocturnal emission. I am wondering if there are any authorities outside of Breslov who agree that this so-called "Tikkun HaKlali" is in fact an appropriate atonement for any sin. (I had been thinking of trying to use it for missed davening.)

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    Rambam Teshuva 1:1. This is basic Judaism.
    – Double AA
    Jun 20, 2016 at 20:30
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    @DoubleAA I wasn't aware that Rambam=normative halacha in every case (or even close)
    – SAH
    Jun 20, 2016 at 21:58
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    @DoubleAA: Rabbeinu Yonah has a much longer list, but it includes those four. I would argue the four steps the Rambam gives was proven authoritative not by the Rambam, but by the centuries of "peer review" since. Which is why everyone repeats it as basic Judaism. (Much the way the 13 Articles of Faith are authoritative -- AS THEY APPEAR IN THE SIDDUR. The Rambam and his original did not define Jewish belief as much as what we did with his idea.) Jun 21, 2016 at 15:37
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    In any case, the idea that prayer is the central piece to teshuvah, not correcting the sin, trying to do better, or even confessing it, is -- I believe -- part of R' Nachman's novellum. A bigger novellum is that R' Nachman promises to intercede; he does not claim the prayer helps directly! (R' Nachman's Wisdom #141) Intersessionary saints is considered heresy in a lot of circles. I am betting that the final answer to this one is going to be "no other authorities". Jun 21, 2016 at 15:41
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    Details about Tiqun haKlali that I think the question gets wrong: (1) Those other prayers are later than R' Nachman, and therefore I believe not part the actual tiqun. (2) An important part is to give tzedaqah, even if only the smallest coin. Jun 21, 2016 at 15:42

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The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe in his sefer Taharos Hakodesh says that it was revealed to Rav Nachman from Heaven that the 10 psalms are for rectifying involuntary nocturnal emissions. Which kinds of sounds like it excludes other possibilities.

  • Who is the Shomer Emunim? Jun 21, 2016 at 8:09
  • And not every sin Jun 21, 2016 at 8:09
  • Sorry @ShmuelBrin, I meant Shomrei Emunim. Fixed it. Its Rav Ahron Roth zt"l, the author of the more famous sefer Shomer Emunim.
    – Y K
    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:13
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    But according to R' Nachman, the flaw in Yesod (the sephirah in which humans corresponds to the reproductive organ/s) is the keystone which holds together all other sin. Fix this, and the "other side" loses all hold. (Liqutei Moharan 1:29) Jun 21, 2016 at 15:45
  • A friend told me that he looked into this topic a while back, and found Rav Chaim Palagi (Haim Palachi on Wikipedia) brings Rav Nachman's tikkun klali and highly praises it. He doesn't remember in which sefer the reference appears. It also seemed like it was Rav Nachman's chidush, but that it was accepted by mekubalim.
    – Binyomin
    Jun 10, 2020 at 19:46

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