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Jewish Holidays

The Adar Loop

March 9, 2017, by

Two halachot pertain to the month of Adar: we increase our joy when Adar begins and it continues into Nisan. If someone has a court case with a gentile he should move it to Adar (not just leading up to Purim). Why is the simcha of Adar not just for Purim itself, why is it […]

Teshuva: To Fix Free Will

September 23, 2016, by

The Rambam says that “complete Teshuva” is achieved when you are in the exact same situations with all the conditions as when you sin but you refrain from sinning, Why is this so? Why does the Rambam discuss the concept of free-will in hilchot teshuva?

Is it a Mitzvat Aseh to do Teshuva?

September 23, 2016, by

According to the Rambam, the actual mitzvah of Teshuva is viduy (confession). Other rishonim, including the Ramban, hold Teshuva itself is a mitzvah. How could it be that according to the Rambam there is no positive commandment to do teshuva? What is Teshuva as opposed to Viduy?