Friday, September 9, 2016

The Proper Way to do Teshuva

The Proper Way to do Teshuva
Day: Friday
Date: September 9, 2016
Parshat: Shoftim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 581/602

The most important part of teshuva is for a person to completely stop the sin he is doing teshuva for and resolve to not return to his sinful ways. One should also feel regret for what he has done. Another component is verbally admitting to HaShem that one has sinned. More than anything, the constant study of Torah causes HaShem to forgive a person. The Midrash Raba tells us (Vayikra Parsha 25) "A person who has committed severe sins and is sentenced by the heavenly courts to death can save himself. What should he do? If he normally studies one page of Torah, he should study two. If he normally learns one chapter of Mishnayot, he should learn two chapters. If he is not able to study Torah, he should raise money for charity and in so doing he will live." Our Hachamim have also taught us that one who sinned and does teshuva is considered even greater than a person who never sinned. The reason for this is because the one who sinned was confronted by an overbearing yetzer hara and yet still managed to break free.

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