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Jewish Holidays

The 13 Midot of Rachamim

September 11, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Our recitation of the thirteen ‘middot ha-rachamim’ [God’s thirteen attributes of mercy] is certainly the focal point of the ‘selichot’ prayers and the highlight of ‘ne’ila’ on Yom Kippur.  But how are we to understand this recitation?  Is it a […]

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?

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