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Teshuva for adultery for a Non-Jew?

What is the proper teshuva for a non-Jew who had intimate relations with a married woman (non-Jew as well)?
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Did Rambam say that God closes the gate of Teshuvah?

R' Yossi Mizrachi mentions in a YouTube video that the Rambam (Maimonides) writes in Hilchos Teshuvah: The biggest punishment to a Jew is God closing the gate of teshuvah (repentance) in his face. ...
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What is the Jewish belief about atonement for suicide?

Is it possible that the sin of suicide is not forgiveable because the person is no longer living and cannot perform teshuvah? Can the soul repent once it has left this world? (I did see a question ...
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Teshuva and spilling cold water on one's body

To repent can you pour cold water on yourself in the shower. With a pot or something while having teshuva in mind for the sin? Does it do anything? Like I’ve heard people do it before Yom Kippur. Can ...
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Can a sin be completely cleaned?

If a person does a sin, is it possible to completely clean it in the spiritual and physical worlds as it never happened and fix all the damages it caused? What are the sources that prove that? Are ...
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Avraham Avinu and gehenom ( I did research like you said) [duplicate]

https://thetorah.com/abraham-circumcision/ This link here says that someone that had intercourse with non-Jew will not be saved from gehenom. I was wondering, my question is and it’s very simple. ...
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Illness in certain part of body

I remember hearing that if someone has a sickness, disease, or ailment in a specific part of the body, they should do specific cheshbon nefesh regarding that area of their body. For instance, if a ...
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Sleeping and listening to something that's a Mitzvah

Is there anything that someone can listen to that is as if he is doing mitzvot or good things or even teshuva while he is trying to sleep or asleep? I’ve heard subconsciously you still realize ...
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Teshuva for intercourse with non Jew [duplicate]

This question is different than the one people think is a duplicate because the other one doesn’t necessarily answer the questions I’m asking. If someone has intercourse with a non Jew even if he ...
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Must a person do Teshuvah on sins done by previous Gilgulim?

I see that the Chayei Adam in Shabbos and Yom Tov Klal 143, in his explanation for Vidui and ideas for sins to include on the list, has an interesting note for the sins beginning with Beis (...
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Hashem as the judge vs His omniscience

How can Hashem's role as the Supreme Judge on the High Holidays be reconciled with His omniscience: On one hand, we picture Him as He weighs the Mitzvot and the sins and awaits for our Teshuvah for ...
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Weekdays atoning for Weekdays during the year

I have heard from a few speakers that during the week before Rosh Hashana (some versions say that it is the week of Aseres Yemei Teshuvah), each day of the week that one does Teshuvah and acts ...
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Is one allowed to ask forgiveness for a misdeed he committed towards another before he/ she was bar/ bat mitzvah?

Is one before bar/ bat mitzvah obligated (or allowed) to ask forgiveness for misdeeds, as they are not entirely accountable for them (source needed: that one’s averot are upon the father until the age ...
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Where do we first see Elul as a time for repentance?

Today, the month of Elul is seen as being an introduction to the period of the High Holy Days (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). For instance, Tur Orach Chaim 581: התקינו חז"ל שיהו תוקעין בר"ח אלול ...
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What are the consequences of homosexuality?

We all know that homosexual intercourse is forbidden in Judaism (directly from Torah). But that it also has consequences in the spiritual world as everything in the physical realm has its ...
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Does someone who does teshuvah get answered only after he prays or even before?

The Rambam in hilchos teshuvah (7:7) states: כמה מעולה מעלת התשובה אמש היה זה מובדל מה' אלהי ישראל... צועק ואינו נענה שנאמר [גם] כי תרבו תפלה [אינני שומע ... והיום הוא מודבק בשכינה... צועק ונענה מיד ...
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Teshuvah feeling guilty

In Teshuvah it says you must feel guilty let's say you talk bad about God or even curse him. Do you have to feel bad for days, weeks, years or simply acknowledge, ask for forgiveness and not repeat?
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Someone in authority apologizes?

I am looking for examples where someone in authority apologizes to someone lower than him. I am specifically looking for examples where we know that the authority figure is someone to emulate (eg. the ...
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Hakanah; Teshuva Process

I'm reading the Artscroll biography Reb Elyah. It mentions that he completed a six year Teshuva process known as Hakanah, which includes almost constant fasting and other acts out of love for Hashem, ...
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Can a believer in Jesus do teshuvah [closed]

I believe in Jesus and also believe in the way the Jewish faith see God so I am asking how can I do teshuvah while not losing my faith? Is it the same steps since I’m a gentile?
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Teshuva for gentiles

What is teshuva for non Jews? Im Christian and have broken some laws of Noah, so does praying for forgiveness as a Christian and not doing the sin constitute teshuva for me? Or is just feeling regret ...
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The Rambam's “Complete Repentence” + halachical logistics

In Chapter 2 of the Mishnah Torah on Repentance, the Rambam presents an achingly romantic view of "Complete Repentance" (doubly romantic as it involves love between both a man and a woman and a man ...
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Adam and Chava's lack of repentance

I searched but did not find this exact question. Were Adam and Chava's expulsion also in part due to their lack of repentance or was it specifically because of their disobedience?
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If I'm unconscious about it should I still apologise?

Someone else points out to me that I have hurt another person by something I've done or said, but any of the following apply, then how should I deal with it? How should I react? 1) I'm unaware of it ...
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Source wanted: Talmudic story about the power of teshuvah

The story is about a man who lived his life sinning and rebelling against God. I remember his sins being sexual in nature. Then the last minute before his death he did Teshuvah and God forgave him ...
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Is one exempt from asking forgiveness for a sin against another if the result of that apology could lead to greater consequences for the community?

To get to the specifics: A Jew sinned against someone but that person may not actually be aware of it. (Lets use the example that you stole from his shop and he never noticed) In the scenario I'm ...
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When can repentance be considered complete?

When can repentance be considered complete? When you feel bad and resolve not to do it again. (No.) The above, plus make restitution. (Maybe.) All the above, plus ask and receive forgiveness. (Maybe....
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Can one reach the point where he can no longer do teshuvah?

If someone caused pain to multiple people or caused irreversible damage, can he possibly be in a situation where he can no longer do teshuvah? If so, what does hashem want from him at this juncture?
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Where can I see the letter/proclamation the Chafetz Chaim wrote about the major natural disasters in his time?

There were multiple large natural disasters in the past two months. The Jewish newspapers referenced a letter from the Chafetz Chaim saying that HaShem does natural phenomena in the world to spur us ...
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Why wouldn’t G-d allow the decree against the Asarah Harugei Malchus to be overturned?

In general, a bad decree from G-d can be overturned through repentance and davening, while a good one can never be revoked. (This is a major theme in the books of Yirmiya and Yonah, among others.) ...
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Teshuvah: How to return or going back to one's true nature?

In the 5th bracha of the Amidah, we request from HaShem "our father" (אבינו), to return us (השיבנו) we mention three kinds of Teshuvah – 1. returning to HaShem, 2.returning to the Torah, and 3. ...
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Regret, remorsefull, repentance

They all seem to deal with some part of a process of reconciliation but could someone explain the difference between Teshuvah (תשובה) Charatah (חרטה) and L'hiNachem (להינחם) ?
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Does a blanket request for forgiveness effect teshuva?

As Yom Kippur approaches each year, I often see people in leadership positions make blanket requests like "if I have hurt any of you this year, I ask that you forgive me". Are these requests in any ...
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Is someone required to ask forgiveness if he causes tangential discomfort to another?

My son relayed this to me a few days ago. When he was in yeshiva high school, the principal would enter each classes a few days before Yom Kippur and tell all the students that he was sorry if he may ...
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Is there a Rabbinical argument that Hashem holds Baal Teshuva to a different standard from those born in observant households?

This question may sound strange but I'm attempting to find a source for an argument I heard made by someone very recently. I'm assuming this is a known argument which I'm just unfamiliar with the ...
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Requesting forgiveness when in doubt

Rambam writes in Teshuva 2,9 that one must ask a person for forgiveness when he has wronged him and personal Teshuva is not enough. I have seen people (and I myself have often done this) asking for ...
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Medrash Tanchumah 0n Teshuvah

I read a book which quoted the Medrash Tanchumah (Parshas Vayeira 18) as stating the following: "Teshuvah so powerful that it eradicates one’s sins so that no blemishes remain on his soul." I looked ...
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Is teshuva supposed to be done only when you know you're realistically capable of never sinning again?

Is teshuva done for each mitzvah individually? What if you realistically feel that you don't have it in you (yet) to refrain from commiting a certain sin ever again?
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How can Moshe risk the trustworthiness of his Nevuah?

Bamidbar 16:29 אִם־כְּמ֤וֹת כָּל־הָֽאָדָם֙ יְמֻת֣וּן אֵ֔לֶּה וּפְקֻדַּת֙ כָּל־הָ֣אָדָ֔ם יִפָּקֵ֖ד עֲלֵיהֶ֑ם לֹ֥א יְהוָ֖ה שְׁלָחָֽנִי׃ If these men die as all men do, if their lot be the common ...
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Why can't we repent every day?

I am piecing together a few different ideas so I apologize if I misstate any of them. According to the gemara in Shabbat 153a, one should repent a day before his death: (l) (Mishnah - R. Eliezer): ...
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The power/limit of Teshuva

Can I repent (sincerely) after performing ANY active sin and avoid its punishment? Would this be different at a time when there was a religious court which might still apply certain punishments/...
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Regretting intentionally breaking a fast

My daughter asked me what would happen if someone started the day not fasting -- intentionally! He wakes and says "this is dumb so I'm having breakfast." Then, due to some intervening act or ...
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About coming back to Jewish practice

I'm 47 and I've spent my whole adult life far from Jewish practice. But now I'm engaged in tshuva (i.e. returning to Judaism; lit. repentance) and I want to come back to Hashem and live my Jewish life ...
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Rebbi Akiva knew Torah before he turned 40?

I have heard there is a not so well-known opinion that Rebbi Akiva actually knew Torah before the age of 40, but had left the path of Torah observance. His story would actually make more sense if that'...
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Source for Teshuva, Repentance

Where is the source for God reaching under His throne to give us the wonderful gift of teshuva, repentance?
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Teshuva without kaballah le'asid

Is there a source for the idea that for a minimal level of repentance, it is enough for me to feel regret over sinning even though I know that I will return to the sin when the opportunity avails ...
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Are there any commentaries that refer to the word “Shanah” being an antagonym?

The Hebrew word שנה has several meanings. It means "year", "to review / repeat" (as it usage in the term, משנה תורה and it also means "to change". Thus, it is an antagonym. With Rosh Hashanna ...
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How can a dead person forgive someone?

At most burials that I have attended, I have noticed that the mourners, and frequently the rav and other friends ask forgiveness from the dead person for any sins they have caused them. Is it the ...
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Rosh HaShanah for Under 20

As mentioned in this question, Shabbos 89b states that the heavenly Beis Din does not punish people under 20. Why is to be discussed there. My question is regarding Elul and the Yamim Noraim. Is ...
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Being forgiven for all of your sins for going to a Bris [duplicate]

I heard somewhere that going to a Bris will have all of your sins forgiven because of the following story: Hashem told Eliyahu HaNavi that he'd have to go to every Bris. Eliyahu responded, "what if ...