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When does G-d desiring a person to "return and live" apply?

In the machzor there are many variations on a theme that G-d does not desire the death of the wicked, but really wants them to do teshuva and live. For example, For your praise is just as your name. ...
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When was Adam restored to favor?

In the Guide for the Perplexed (Part 1, Chapter 7), Rambam quotes the Midrash which states that during the 130 years when Adam was under rebuke, he begat spirits, i.e demons; when, however, he was ...
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Why is there no mention of the distinction between teshuva me'ahava and teshuva me'yira in the Rambam's hilchos teshuva?

In all 10 chapters of the Rambam's hilchos teshuva, there is no mention of teshuva me'ahava or teshuv me'yira, why is that?
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Natural disasters and Israel

Is there any correlation of an uptick in natural disasters and ימים נוראים? The basis is from the gemara in yevamot אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בַּר אֲבִינָא: אֵין פּוּרְעָנוּת בָּאָה לָעוֹלָם אֶלָּא ...
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TIKKUN OLAM תיקון עולם [closed]

I am looking for material about TIKKUN OLAM, POST TALMUDIC PERIOD, NOT kabbalist (too difficult for my students) somebody can give share a few links or detailed resources?
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Teshuva and Torah study

There are, according to the famous work of the Rabbeinu Yonah "Shaarei Teshuvah", twenty principles of teshuvah (mentioned in the first chapter). The Rabbeinu Yonah writes that for example, ...
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Looking for online resources to learn about the Midot

I want to work on my middot. I'm already learning Mussar and am now in search of the teachings of pinimiut referencing the 13 Attributes and also the characteristics that reside within, namely 7 ...
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Asking For Mercy vs. Repentance On Shabbath

Being that one is not allowed to do teshuvah tataah on Shabbath, is asking for mercy for committing a melacha or sin on Shabbath the same as repentance? For example, “Hashem, I ask for your ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World [closed]

In today's society, where secular influence is prevalent, many individuals are navigating the balance between religious observance and worldly engagements. This leads to the question: How does ...
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What is Teshuvah?

I’m trying to understand what Teshuvah is, is it repenting and ceasing evil or also restitution? I ask because restitution is not always possible
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How does one complete tshuvah for a jewish woman having a child with a non-jew?

If a Jewish woman has a child with a non-Jewish man, is there a standard repentance process recommended in the sources? This is specifically repentance regarding having the child, not regarding ...
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In Orthodox Judaism, can a person repent for a sin normatively punished by death?

Say someone commits a sin that is normatively punished by death - can one perform teshuva and be forgiven in such a case? Is the situation different for sins classified as yehareg ve'al ya'avor (...
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Yisro and the message of the convert

This weeks parasha (Yisro) starts with the posuk stating that: When Yisro, the priest of Midyan, Moshe’s father in law, heard of all that G-d had done for Moshe, and for Yisrael his people, and that ...
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If all Jews reaccepted the covenant w/ love and did complete teshuvah after being saved during the Purim events why weren't they redeemed immediately?

Achashverosh ruled over all (majority) the Jews in the world in 127 provinces. All the Jews reaccepted the covenant out of love (voluntarily) “They stood beneath the mountain”: Rav Avidni bar Chama ...
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How to use the Tikkun HaKlali?

Not too long ago I bumped onto a video on YouTube by user Shaarei Binah entitled “Tikkun HaKlali General Rectification of the Soul with Kavvanot”. I was looking at the video itself, in the description ...
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Apologizing On Shabbath Day

Being that one is supposed to be happy on Shabbath, on The Shabbath Day, is one allowed to apologize to one they wronged?
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How can we compare a Ba'al Ga'avah who did teshuva to avraham avinu?

It says in Masechet Sotah 5a: דָרַש רַב עֲוְִירָא זִמְנִין אָמַר לָהּ מִשְּמֵיהּ דְרַב אַסִּי וְְזִמְנִין אָמַר לָהּ מִשְּמֵיהּ דְרַב אַמִי כָל אָדָם שֶיֵּש בוֹ גַּסּוּת הָרוּחַ לַסּוֹף מִתְמַעֵט ...
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Teshuvah and Justice

I am confused about the issue of Teshuvah. Is it only for Jews? If not, what is the process like for Gentiles? Who legislates on this? Another doubt is the dynamics of forgiveness and justice. In ...
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Concept of sinner?

In Judaism is there a concept of being a sinner. What I mean by that is in the xhristian religion, most everyone considers themselves a sinner. Would not the point be to consider yourself righteous ...
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Why did Joab grip the ram horns of the altar? [duplicate]

In Kings 2:28 it is written: When the news reached Joab, he fled to the Tent of the Lord and grasped the horns of the altar - for Joab had sided with Adonijah, though he had not sided with Absalom. ...
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Repentance on Shabbath

Because Shabbath is a day of celebration and happiness, if one erred in preforming Torah, are they allowed to repent on Shabbath? Being that repentance requires a sense of remorsefulness and sadness?
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Parameters of a Cheshbon Hanefesh

I've come across the concept of a Cheshbon Hanefesh (eg. in Garden of Emunah). Is this a universally recognised thing? Is there any halacha about it? Do different opinions consider it to be ...
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Rambam's example for teshuva

Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Teshuva 2:1: For example, a person engaged in illicit sexual relations with a woman. Afterwards, they met in privacy, in the same country, while his love for her and ...
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Teshuva knowing that I'm likely to sin again

Every year I have a very similar list of aveiros that I want to stop. Practically, I know that it is too much to expect myself to have completely stopped all of them by next Rosh Hashana, so I ...
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Does coming to God near death count less than coming to God when times are good?

Growing old and dying are a normal part of life. For some people though, the realization time is running out can result in them pursuing God in a last minute act of desperation. Hypothetically ...
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What's the difference between all the sins in vidui?

When saying ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu, etc, I'd like to have something specific in mind that feels relatable/relevant for each sin category. What's the difference between each of these sin categories ...
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What are we supposed to achieve during our lifetime?

I originally asked this- Feeling overwhelmed with too much teshuva to do and I've realised that there is a more basic question that I should have asked. What are we supposed to achieve during our ...
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Feeling overwhelmed with too much teshuva to do

I'm having practical difficulty with something that seems to be a contradiction to me. On the one hand, we're told that practical advice for Elul/RH/YK is to take on a single small thing to improve on,...
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Forgiveness after repentance?

There are many teachings that a sincere repentance will bring forgiveness. One example: Shim'on bar Yohai said: If a person was perfectly just all his days and at the end he rebelled, he lost all he ...
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Where is this Yereim?

I see from this question and answer that the Artscroll quotes a Yereim to say Parshas Hayirah and Hateshuva. Does anyone know where this Yereim can be found?
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What’s the source for saying Parshyot Yirah and Teshuva daily?

In many Siddurim, after Shacharit the Parshas of Yirah and Teshuva, both from Sefer Devarim, are written. What is the source for this? NB: Parshas HaMon is usually printed along with them, but I know ...
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Looking for a list of Sefarim on Teshuva

As Elul approaches, I am curious about a list of Seforim that are focused on Teshuva. The starting point, of course, is Shaarei Teshuva by Rabbeinu Yonah. The seforim could be all Hebrew, all English, ...
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How is Teshuva right before death possible?

There are instances in the Talmud, like that of Elazar ben Dordaya, where one does Teshuva right before death. My question is how this is possible. Teshuva, as I understand it, is a process in which ...
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Personal Fast and Davening

If one is undertaking a personal fast (let's say for teshuvah/kapparah purposes), should one add "Aneinu" to his personal shemoneh esrei at minchah? If one normally says Shalom Rav at Mincha ...
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Teshuva Gentiles [duplicate]

Hello I have a question: I read that teshuva does not work for non-jews. Sources: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/45798/teshuva-and-non-jews MY question would be if this is really true ...
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Does God forgive freely?

This question is based on a Christian notion I used to always hear, that every sin needs to be "paid off". They claimed you can pray for forgiveness for doing sin X and God will forgive of ...
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According to the theory of Gilgul Nashamot, are there new souls?

Within the Jewish schools of thought that affirm the idea of reincarnation (i.e. that a soul can return to Earth in order to correct mistakes), Are there any new souls on Earth today? How do we know ...
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Forgiveness of Adam's sin

Why do we suffer for the sin not committed by us, is it not contrary to Ezekiel 18? Can we ask for this sin to be forgiven? and how do we repent from something we have no access to?
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How did King Manasseh and King David repent? [closed]

In Judaism it’s said if you sin against man you must make it right with that person, but Kings Manasseh and David didn’t, yet God accepted their Teshuva.
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Are ALL a convert's sins erased?

I've heard a convert's sins are all forgiven when they convert. Are even sins between men erased? If, G-d forbid, a non-Jew said "I will sin now, and the sin will be forgiven when I convert" ...
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Why does אָבִֽינוּ מַלְכֵּֽנוּ כָּתְבֵֽנוּ בְּסֵֽפֶר סְלִיחָה וּמְחִילָה come last in the sequence of repeated lines?

I apologise if this a klotz kasher, but as Pirkei Avos 2:5 says: וְלֹא הַבַּיְשָׁן לָמֵד And a shy person can't learn So here goes.... When we recite Avinu Malkeinu at this time of year i.e. the ...
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How does one do Teshuva?

Apologies for the seemingly simple question, but I feel it is appropriate for this time of year. How do we actually do it? I know the Rambam says Regret, Confess, and Resolve, but I also know that ...
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Is it a mitzvah to forgive without being asked?

Is one required to forgive someone who hasn’t apologized? Is it pious even if not required? I am aware the Shma Al Hamittah includes a paragraph of forgiveness but my question is more in terms of our ...
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Remembering One's Sins After Yom Kippur

Should one remember and keep the guilt of his sins after Yom Kippur? If he had previously written them in a book, in order to have the proper mindset during tachanun throughout the year, should the ...
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“The Process of Tshuvah” - how to apologize properly according to Halacha

The “Process of Tshuvah” requires that one must sincerely promise never to repeat the sin(s) again. I hope to apologize sincerely and do Tshuvah properly, however, I can’t promise I will never repeat ...
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Is there a source for the claim that a dishonest person cannot do teshuvah?

If I recall correctly, I remember someone saying in a shiur a long time ago that a dishonest person cannot do teshuvah. Is there any source for this claim?
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Which Rav was this?

I heard a rabbi tell a famous true story of a certain other rabbi. A black man broke into his house in the middle of the night and demanded at gunpoint all of the rabbi’s money/valuables. The rabbi ...
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Tikkun for Timtum HaLev

Is there teshuva/tikkun for timtum halev (specifically for forbidden foods)? Please cite sources.
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What is the halakha for public displays of contrition / regret for sin?

In many places in Tanakh we are told of people wearing sackcloth openly, putting ash on their heads and lamenting publicly on account of their sins and the sins of the community. Hashem commands this ...
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Did Esav do Teshuva?

The Chizkuni Bireishis 25:8 says at the end of his comment that Esav also did Teshuva. Is there other sources for this amongst the Rishonim and Chazal?
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