Monday, August 31, 2015

Aveirot Ben Adam Lahavero

Aveirot Ben Adam Lahavero
Day: Monday
Date: August 31, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 606

Yom Kippur brings atonement for many sins. However, sins between man and fellow man are not forgiven by HaShem until one first attains forgiveness from the one he sinned against. This is true whether the offense involves withholding money that is owed, belittling the other person, or causing physical or monetary damage to the other person. Therefore a person who has in any way slighted another must right the wrong and beg for forgiveness before Yom Kippur. If Reuven asks Levi for forgiveness and Levi refuses, he should return and ask again two more times in the company of three people. If after these three times Levi still refuses, he need not ask again. He should declare in front of ten people that he did his best to attain forgiveness and then he does not need to worry about it anymore. However, if Levi taught him Torah he can not give up even if he needs to go back a thousand times. On the flip side, one who is asked forgiveness may not be stubborn. He must do his best to forgive his fellow with his full heart. It is a wonderful thing for everyone without being asked to declare that they forgive anyone who may have slighted them.

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