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Any hope for people who say, "I will sin then repent, sin then repent"?

Refer to the Mishnah in Yoma 8: With regard to one who says: I will sin and then I will repent, I will sin and I will repent, Heaven does not provide him the opportunity to repent, and he will remain ...
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Any hope for people who say, "I will sin then repent, sin then repent"?

Rambam, Hilchot Teshuvah, Chapter 4: 1. There are 24 deeds which hold back Teshuvah: Four are the commission of severe sins. God will not grant the person who commits such deeds to repent because of ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World

Neither were Abraham, the holy matriarchs, Josef, Jethro, and even Mosses brought up in the best of surroundings, and the Midrash even says that Abraham worshiped idols in his youth, yet heaven ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World

Repentance is the biggest cleanser of the soul; and there is no sin that can't be forgiven, if a person truly repents. The first step of repentance; is regret, which you've amply expressed. The second ...
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Any hope for people who say, "I will sin then repent, sin then repent"?

Tanya, Iggeres HaTeshuva 11: ואין זה ״אחטא ואשוב״, כי היינו דוקא שבשעת החטא היה יכול לכבוש יצרו, אלא שסומך בלבו על התשובה, ולכן, הואיל והתשובה גורמת לו לחטוא – ״אין מספיקין וכו׳״. ואף גם זאת ״אין ...
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How is the hardening of pharaoh’s heart reconciled with the fact you can always repent

This was discussed in this question, and my answer there. Rashi on Shemos 7:3 writes: וְגָלוּי לְפָנַי שֶׁאֵין נַחַת רוּחַ בָּאֻמּוֹת לָתֵת לֵב שָׁלֵם לָשׁוּב - and it is manifest to Me that the ...
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Teshuvah still possible when Mashiach comes or not?

Bear in mind that there are different types of teshuvah. There is "teshuvah of love" vs. "of fear" vs. "brought about by suffering" (Yoma 86a); there is "higher ...
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Why did the plague of the first born work in changing Pharaoh's mind? (in light of explanation of R Albo and Sforno on Pharaoh's free will)

So, in my "to be published" sefer with chiddushim Al HaTorah, I wrote an entire chapter on this episode. I wrote it in Dutch, so am trying to translate it :) Rashi on Shemos 7:3 writes: ...
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Tzedakah Missing from the Purim Story

This might not be exaxctly what the Ohr Chadash is getting at, but it is how I understand it -- the Jews were worthy of being saved by Hashem because they were acting as a unified nation, and part of ...
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Are gentiles obligated to help Jews do teshuva?

There are definitely Talmudic sources about non-Jewish persecution causing the Jews to do teshuva. (A famous quote from the Talmud is that "King Achashverosh handing his signet ring to Haman did ...
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How is the hardening of pharaoh’s heart reconciled with the fact you can always repent

The Rambam, Raavad (Hil. Teshuva 5:5), and Ramban (Shemos 7:3) have lengthy discussions of Pharaoh's free will. These opinions are relatively well known and mentioned by others here, so I would just ...
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When was Adam restored to favor?

As per your comment: What happened in those 130 years (and why 130 years?) that meant that Adam was restored to favor. Refer to Eiruvin 18b which shows how he took steps to repent: מֵיתִיבִי, הָיָה ...
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When was Adam restored to favor?

Radak on Bereshit 5:3 states that he had done teshuva and became a perfectly righteous person after 130 years. He suggests that it was a form of intellectual pollution that he fixed through teshuva. ...
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Teshuva and Torah study

From the Shalah Hakadosh עשרת הדברות, יומא, נר מצוה ב׳) עוד בכלל בפיך, לימוד התורה. ילמוד בעל תשובה כפלים ממה שהיה רגיל ללמוד, כי תלמוד תורה מכפר עון. אמרו במסכת מנחות (קי, א) מאי דכתיב (ויקרא ז, לז) ...
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