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When can repentance be considered complete?

Rabbeinu Yonah in Shaar Teshuva lists 20 principles of Teshuvah, interestingly the last principle he lists is dettering the public from sin, to the extent one is able to do so. להשיב רבים מעון כאשר ...
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When can repentance be considered complete?

The Rambam answers this in Hilchot Tshuva: there are three stages Confession Regret and commitment not to sin again Not transgressing when facing the same situation again (some say there are four ...
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תעבנו, תעינו, תעתענו Why three things that begin with a ת?

Firstly, Seder Rav Amram Gaon (Seder Sheini Vechamishi, page 9) only has תעבנו and תעתענו, so in that version (which is fairly authoritative) it is only doubled and not tripled. Also, in the sefer ...
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Why am I always the last person to finish davening Al Cheit?

This is impossible to answer since we do not know where you daven or what kind of speed they daven at. My experience has been that in shuls that are "frummer" i.e. higher percentages of people who are ...
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Is Vidui before a Talmid Chacham permitted? (based on Breslov/Likutei Mohoran)

R' Nachman could have been inclined to the Raavad's opinion that sins committed against God may be publicized so the person experiences humiliation. (See Lechem Mishneh Teshuvah 2:5 justifying the ...
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What sins are just bein adam l'chaveiro?

Rabbeinu Yona in chapter 4 explains that after getting the mechila you still need vidduy, but that vidduy prior to getting forgiveness doesn’t work ואמרו רבותינו זכרונם לברכה מכל חטאתיכם לפני ה' ...
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In the Al Cheit prayer, do we say bagalui or b'galui?

In several places, pesukim say בַּסֵּתֶר, or at the end of a sentence בַּסָּתֶר, to mean "in private". Examples are Devarim 13:7 and 27:15. (Sometimes it's connected to the next word, like Shir ...
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Why do we sing while saying viduy on Yom Kippur?

I heard an answer for a question very similar to this. During the days of Selihot, the Sepharadim recite it in a very joyful tune. My rabbi gave a reason for this. Since we recite Selihot in a minyan, ...
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Why am I always the last person to finish davening Al Cheit?

Praying does not require speed - it requires Kavana - focus, concentration and meaning. I'm not sure why you should feel embarrassed in any way. Contrarily, if the majority finishes a long time before ...
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Why can't we repent every day?

I suggest that one of the blessings of the weekday Amidah (page 120) covers confession without the need to say Tachanun: Forgive us, O our Father, for we have sinned; pardon us, O our King, for ...
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Why do we sing while saying viduy on Yom Kippur?

I believe I once heard this in a speech: Given that saying Viduy is part of the Teshuva process, we sing to show that we are happy , בשמחה, to fulfill that Mitzva.
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why no letter "ס" samech in viduy of yom Kippur?

Many acrostic piyutim interchange ס with שׂ because of their sound being the same. I suppose it is because the author could not find a fitting word that began with ס. One example of this would be in ...
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Where do i insert vidui in bedtime shema?

The following nusach ashkenaz siddurim have vidui as the first item in the bedtime shema: Siddur Otzar Hatefillos The Koren Sacks siddur Siddur Rinas Yisrael p 189 Artscroll Siddur so that ...
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Sins mentioned in Yom Kippur davening

Probably a more useful and more specific source is the first Perek of Maseches Shevuos which deals with a massive argument amongst the Tannaim as to which karbanos atone for which sins exactly.
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Sins mentioned in Yom Kippur davening

It sounds like what you are looking for is all found in the ten chapters of Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Teshuvah. It seems to cover everything you are inquiring about in the last paragraph of your question....
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The almost-alphabetic acrostic Al Chet

I heard it is related to ס being the first letter of ס"מ (the evil inclination) and we don't mention that letter (sources needed). However, earlier in אשמנו בגדנו it does appear as סררנו. It seems ...
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The almost-alphabetic acrostic Al Chet

Many acrostic piyutim interchange ס with שׂ because of their sound being the same. I suppose it is because the author could not find a fitting word that began with ס. One example of this would be in ...
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How can saying vidui for a dying person substitute for his own confession?

I've heard of a case where somebody in a coma was aware of things happening around him, but couldn't respond in any way. This person eventually recovered and thanked the chaplain for sending someone ...
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How do I say vidui in Selichos in a meaningful way?

"Better a small number of prayers with concentration, than many without concentration." (Shulchan Aruch OH 1:4) "If... one estimates that he will not be able to concentrate for a large number of ...
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