Monday, August 21, 2017

Almost Elul, Time for Teshuva, #BlogElul

The imabima has been blogging her #BlogElul and #ElulGram for quite a few years now. She takes various aspects Teshuva and assigns them to a day of the month of Elul.

Teshuva is translated as "Repentance," but what it really means is more complex. A few years ago, I attended a course by Rabbi Reuven Grodner in Pardess which taught us about the concept, the act of repenting and what it is for Jews.

Teshuva is multi-dimensional. It's not just a simple act of being "sorry." We must reach the level that if/when we find ourselves in the same sort of position, we now act properly and don't sin. Proper Teshuva demands a lot of growth and change in ourselves.

Teshuva is a never-ending process. None of us will ever be perfect enough to say that we no longer have to "do Teshuva."  As high a level we achieve in our spiritual quests, there's always a new challenge.

We must also remember that Teshuva is not reserved only for the Jewish Month of Elul, it's a process that should fill every single day of the year, Gd willing.


Mr. Cohen said...

Let us do teshuvah by refusing to buy
newspapers like The New York Times,
which hate Jews and hate Israel and hate Judaism.

Let us do teshuvah by refusing
to buy from Arab stores.

Let us do teshuvah by visiting
Jewish doctors, not Arab doctors.

Let us do teshuvah by sending emails
to yordim, encouraging them to return.

Let us do teshuvah by shutting
our mouths, instead of spreading rumors
and talking in Beit HaKnesset.

Today’s topic is teshuvah,
so these links are relevant:

How a Reform Rabbi Became Orthodox (true story):

How intermarriage harms
Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel


How Shabbat-desecration
harms Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem:

How Torah Can Defeat Terrorism
(based on the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov ZYA)

Batya said...

We must all do our best.

Mr. Cohen said...

Rosh Chodesh Elul is here,
so some Jews will want this:

Shiloh said...

You know, as a dog returns to his vomit, so does a fool return to his foolishness. Advise like the above comments are absolute proof that nothing will change by following that advise. Being a decent human is what is required of God. So many have left Israel because of the corruption from the rabbinut to the gov't to the businesses that screw us daily to the nasty rude and arrogant behavior of the Jews here. The Arabs are not the problem, they are the stick that God has sent for us to wake up which we will never figure out. All the religious babbling has not in 2200 years since their invention changed the behavior of the people here. How can people here change their behavior when they are not taught how to behave in a normal society. The game has gone very very wrong and most are sick of it, but do not know how to fix it but turn to those who have got us to this position. God weeps.

Batya said...

Gd demands the mitzvot not that people can just do their own interpretations of the "decent human" routine. Your "religion" isn't Judaism.