Having trouble viewing? Please click on this link: http://mussarinstitute.org/emails/elul/2017elul_lesson25.html

ripples of water

Yom Kippur: Teshuva / Repentance, or more accurately, “To Return”

This week’s introduction and Lesson 25

Welcome to week 5 of the Elul Program 5777. The theme for this week is Yom Kippur: Teshuva / Repentance, or more accurately, “To Return”.

Please click the image below to access a short video by Alan Morinis, that will introduce this week’s theme.

Avi Fertig video still

Lesson 25: Sept 24/Tishrei 4

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707-1746), from the fourth chapter of his Mussar classic, Mesillat Yesharim / Path of the Just:
 
It is the attribute of compassion [rachamim] that… provides that the sinner be given time, and not be wiped out as soon as he/she sins; that the punishment itself not involve utter destruction; and that the gift of repentance be given to sinners with absolute lovingkindness [chesed], so that the rooting out of the will which prompted the deed be considered a rooting out of the deed itself. That is, when one who is repenting recognizes his/her sin, and admits it, and reflects upon the evil, and repents, and wishes that the sin had never been committed, as one would wish that a certain vow had never been made, in which case there is complete regret, and one desires and yearns that the deed had never been done, and suffers great anguish in one’s heart because of its already having been done, and departs from it for the future, and flees from it, then the uprooting of the act from one’s will is accredited as the uprooting of a vow, and he/she gains atonement. As Scripture states (Isaiah 6:7), "Your wrong will depart, and your sin will be forgiven."
 
In what way do you see God’s acceptance of our "teshuva" as rooted in God’s "middah" of compassion and lovingkindness? What does this teach us about what is needed to forgive others and to “return” to the wholesome relationship we had with someone before they wronged us?
 
Your practice for this week is to engage directly in the four primary components of the teshuva process as delineated in the Practice document. Today, bring your focus to your relationship with others. Identify a person who you have wronged and/or a person who has wronged you. Engage in the teshuva process as it pertains to this relationship. See the details of your weekly practice by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to access an archive of our Elul material.


Today’s learning is sponsored by Regina Gradess and Bonni Kraus, in memory of Max Rosenzveig, who exemplified the middot of tzniut — modesty, achrayut — dependability, and nedivut — generosity. Our father was a consummate educator, who lovingly shared his knowledge with both his students and his family. He always downplayed his own intelligence and learning even when others recognized his abilities. He was open-minded and ahead of his time, supporting causes that were not yet “popular.” He loved to laugh, loved to help others, and was generous with his time and money. May his memory continue to be an inspiration.

Email info@mussarinstitute.org

facebook  twitter  Youtube  google plus Donate now

THE MUSSAR INSTITUTE

For further information on The Mussar Institute, visit www.MussarInstitute.org

Email address: info@mussarinstitute.org | Phone: 305-610-7260

Unsubscribe from Elul emails here.