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Jewish Holidays

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?

I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow

September 8, 2016, by

Make the most out of the month before the high holidays. You can accomplish a lot in a month. All God asks of us is to be better today than we were yesterday, to focus on present, not to worry about the future.

The Power of Elul

September 2, 2016, by

Why did Moshe have to be at Har Sinai for 40 days and nights to receive the second luchot – he learned it the first time!?! What did he learn that was new?

VaYigdal Moshe on Rosh Chodesh Elul

September 2, 2016, by

If Yaaleh V’Yavo Was Forgotten In Brachos (26b) there is a machlokes Rishonim brought down in Tosafos and the Rosh regarding someone who forgot to say yaaleh v’yavo in Mincha of Rosh Chodesh, and only realized after nightfall.  By then, it was no longer Rosh Chodesh.  One shitah holds that there is no reason to […]

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