The Essence of Teshuvah

Image: A portrait of Maimonides, also known as the Rambam.

“I committed iniquity before You by doing the following. Behold, I regret and am embarrassed for my deeds. I promise never to repeat this act again” (Hilchot Teshuva 1:1).

Everything else is commentary.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi based in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, mom, poodle groomer, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at https://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ as the Coffee Shop Rabbi.

3 thoughts on “The Essence of Teshuvah”

  1. When my children are in trouble I often have them write sentences in order to think about what they have done. It’s calming, repetitive, and it gives us all a “time out/break. It’s usually a positive, not negative setence, and I like to start it with “I will endeavour to…”

    This is how I think of teshuvah, that we are truly endeavoring to turn from our ways. We can’t truly promise to NEVER do it again, but we can promise to endeavour to never to it again. That’s my thoughts anyways.

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