Talmud Sukkah 53A:
חסידים ואנשי מעשה כו': ת"ר יש מהן אומרים אשרי ילדותנו שלא ביישה את זקנותנו אלו חסידים ואנשי מעשה ויש מהן אומרים אשרי זקנותנו שכפרה את ילדותנו אלו בעלי תשובה אלו ואלו אומרים אשרי מי שלא חטא ומי שחטא ישוב וימחול לו
The mishna continues: The pious and the men of action would dance before the people who attended the celebration. The ...
What happened happened and the Torah approach is not to dwell on it, but rather focus on improving going forward. Regarding sins from the past, the Rambam writes (Hilchot Teshuva 1:3)
Teshuvah [repentance] atones for all sins. Even a person who was wicked his whole
life and repented in his final moments will not be reminded of any
aspect of his ...
According to the Ibn Ezra, Nineveh had previously been a righteous city, so they were given a chance to repent, whereas Sodom and Gomorrah didn't merit a prophet to warn them.
Ibn Ezra, Jonah 1:2:
והנה מצאנו כתוב היתה עיר גדולה לאלהים שהיו יריאים השם מקדם... ופירוש
לאלהים כי היו יריאים השם הימים הקדמונים רק עתה בימי יונה החלו לעשות
רע. ולולי זה ...
Here are some ideas. Many are not my own, but are copied or adapted from others.
If you can't or won't quit completely:
If you can't or won't quit completely, then you may want to at least reduce your pornography usage gradually. The "StayFocusd" Google Chrome extension, or one of its competitors, may help.
If you'd like to quit completely:
You can ...
In Shulchan Aruch Harav siman 582 sief 3 the Baal HaTanya writes that even if you went home and said 90 times hamelech hakadosh and then were uncertain if you did it right in davening, you still have to recite over shemoneh esrei, and he explains that this is different than mashiv haruach because when you practice saying the brochoh you can't say Hashem's ...
Among those Rabbis that I know, if/when they are approached by someone who wasn't raised as a Jew but has a Jewish maternal grandparent, they welcome them with open arms as Jews, albeit Jews who have been estranged from their own religion. I have known this to have occurred on multiple occasions (although I was never personally involved in any).
It may be ...
Non-Jews are certainly able to do teshuva and be forgiven, as evidenced by the story of Jonah and Ninveh (who were forgiven, despite having sinned both against man and God). The Mabit, in Beis Elohim Shaar Teshuvah chapters 13-14 writes that although non-Jews are able to do teshuva, their repentance is fundamentally different than that of Jews in several ...
Brothers Ask For Forgiveness: Bereshit 50:16-18
Yosef does not explicitly forgive them. Instead he tells them it was all G-d's plan: Bereshit 50:19-21
Rabbeinu Bechaye says that because Yosef never forgave the brothers the 10 Martyrs were killed.
Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 268:12
...ואפילו חזר ועבד עבודת כוכבים – הרי הוא כישראל מומר שקידושיו קידושין.
ישראל מומר שעשה תשובה – אינו צריך לטבול. רק מדרבנן יש לו לטבול ולקבל עליו דברי חבירות בפני שלושה
...even if the convert returned to worshiping idols -- he is still a Jew such that his marriage proposals are binding.
An apostate Jew who repents -- he ...
Sounds like you have a very complicated situation. This may be a job for a therapist.
Again, concepts of "sanctuary for repentance" don't really fit with the vocabulary of Judaism.
But for theory's sake: at your average Orthodox Union synagogue, if someone shows up and says "I wasn't raised observant, I was previously married to someone not Jewish and now ...
See Talmud Ta'anit 20a - 20b. Synopsis:
Rav Elazar ben Rav Shimon was on the road and an ugly man greeted him. Rav Elazar offended him by asking, "Are all people from your village as ugly as you?" He had to follow the man to his town begging for forgiveness.
The maxim that Rav Elazar himself states, on p. 20b, after he apologized and realized his error, is ...
Fine yourself 50 dollars (to be paid to tzedaka) for each time you view pornography, enforced with a neder (vow), and with a maximum of 100 dollars per day.
Make a condition that the neder be valid only if you remember it beforehand and that it is valid for one or two weeks only. (You can renew it after.)
You'll squash the habit in no time.
However, this ...
Nitey Gavriel (Yom Kippur Perek 20 Sif 19) writes that many have the custom not to whip on Erev Yom Kippur. He cites as a source Kaf HaChaim (O.C. 607:40) who claims that Erev Yom Kippur is considered a Yom Tov and we do not give lashes on Yom Tov. The Nitey Gavriel notes that this is the prevelant custom in Zitshov, Tshernobil, Gur and Amshinov.
This piece from Derekh Eretz Rabbaiti is one of my favorites:
There is no reason to treat people unkindly but we don't have to open ourselves up to being hurt. For people who repeatedly cause us pain or transgress against us, I try to remind myself of this. Suspect them, protect yourself, but never embarrass, humiliate, or refuse to show respect to them. The ...
Chovos Halevavos - #7 - Shaar Teshuva ch.10
But for the sins towards G-d and man, it will be difficult to repent
for several reasons: He may not be able to find the person he
oppressed, or the person died or moved far away...
Perhaps the oppressed will not forgive him for what he oppressed him
or hurt him physically, or spoke badly of ...
In general, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their desires are. It is mainly concerned in how we act. Nowhere does the Torah consider feelings for same-sex people to be a prohibition. But the Torah is concerned about actions and as is well known homosexual male intercourse is forbidden.
The gmara in Kiddushin 40a ...
Based on the accepted answer to the question you refer to (Why does earthly punishment start at 13 and divine punishment at 20?), it seems that
teenagers really should be taking the Yamim Noraim seriously.
To be more specific, the accepted answer lists 4 caveats from the Chacham Tzvi (Response 49) about the under 20 rule.
Let's analyze each one:
I think you're referring to the story of R. Elazar ben Dodaya, which can be found in Avodah Zarah 17a.
To summarize the story, it was said about a man named Elazar ben Dodaya that there was not a prostitute in the world that he had not been with. When he heard of a distant beautiful woman, he went to go be with her. In the middle of his act, the woman told ...
R. Ephraim Luntschitz indeed explains (Kli Yakar Bamidbar 19:21) that the penitent must seclude himself with the woman that he previously sinned with. He thus explains the statement of the Sages that in the place where penitents stand even the wholly righteous cannot stand: the penitent must seclude himself with the woman in order to repent but the righteous ...
There are many stories of great rabbis apologizing to people much below their spiritual level. For instance, this story of the Steipler Gaon apologizing to a bar mitsva boy for mistakenly criticizing him six years earlier (written up by R Mordechai Kamenetzky on torah.org)
In the city of B’nai Beraq there are many Bar Mitzvah celebrations
every Shabbos. ...
For example did Hashem ever apologize?
Chulin 60b tells of how God tried to appease the moon after diminishing it, and eventually ordains the new month's sacrifices as a sin offering for his having diminished it.
רבי שמעון בן פזי רמי כתיב (בראשית א, טז) ויעש אלהים את שני המאורות הגדולים וכתיב את המאור הגדול ואת המאור הקטן אמרה ירח לפני הקב"ה רבש"...
There is nothing that does not come from G-d - even evil has a kernel of good. This is why evil is referred to as a klipah, a shell - it separates holiness from G-d but the holiness is still there, buried within.
While it is not advisable to deliberately pursue a sinful life for the sake of "redeeming" it later, once it is already done, there is always a ...
Marry a wife
Pele Yoetz (here) says it helps with sin
Seifer Hachinuch (mitzva 582.2) explains that the reason of the Mitvzah that after the first year of marriage you need to be happy with your wife is that you should (get use to her, since you like what you are use to and) and to make **all other woman disgusting for you ** (I guess this will include ...
When Nimrod started doing Avoda Zara, the nation of Ashur had no interest in idolatry. The nation of Ashur left their homes and established a new city "Ninve". In that merit Hashem sent Yona to Ninve to tell them to do Teshuva. (Imrei Chein)
It's a typo, and should say 7:32 (link). The text there reads as follows:
לכת אחת לסטין שהיתה חבושה בבית האסורין, חתר אחד מהן חתירה אחת וברחו כולן, נשתייר שם אחד מהן ולא ברח, כיון שבא השלטון התחיל לחבטו במקל, א"ל ביש גדא וטמיע מזלא חתירתא קומך לא הות עריק, כך לעתיד לבא הקב"ה אומר לרשעים התשובה לפניכם ולא שבתם
From Rambam Sefer Madda Hilchos Teshuvah
(I am posting only a very short summary, read the source for the full details. In particular chapters 1 and 2.)
Chapter 1 Halacha 1
If a person transgresses any of the mitzvot of the Torah, whether a positive command or a negative command - whether willingly or inadvertently - when he repents, and returns from his ...
In terms of actual prohibitions:
1- Male homosexual sex is prohibited to both Jew, and under the covenant G-d made with Noah, to non-Jews as well.
2- Male homosexual intimacy that is not prohibited under #1 is prohibited to Jews under the same kinds of laws that prohibit masturbation.
3- At least some forms of female homosexual sex if not all are ...
There is a disagreement between the Rambam and the Raavad regarding the Ir Hanidachas - wayward city, whether it is possible to remove the punishment if the town did indeed repent.
The Rambam (עבודת כוכבים פרק ד׳ - הלכה ו׳)
ו והיאך דין עיר הנדחת. בזמן שתהיה ראויה להעשות עיר הנדחת. בית דין
הגדול שולחין ודורשין וחוקרין עד שידעו בראיה ברורה שהודחה כל העיר או