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224. Olam HaBa Exists Now
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Teshuvah 8:7 We see how much King David wanted to earn life in the Next World from such statements as “If I had not believed I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living” (Psalms 27:13). Our Sages have taught us that we do not have the ability to truly understand […]
223. Kareis
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Teshuvah 8:5 The worst punishment of all is for the soul to be “cut off” and not merit life in the Next World as per Numbers 15:31, “This soul will be utterly cut off; his sin will be upon him.” In such a case, the soul is destroyed. The prophets referred to this with metaphors […]
222. More About Olam HaBa
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Teshuvah 8:3 “Soul” as used here refers to the nefesh. This is not the neshama, which needs a body. Rather, it refers the knowledge that it understands according to its ability; it also understands abstract concepts and certain other things. This is the soul we are talking about here. Life in the Next World is […]
221. Olam HaBa – The “Next World”
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Teshuvah 8:1 The reward reserved for the righteous is life in the Next World. This is life without death and good without evil. The Torah references this in Deuteronomy 22:7, “So that it will be good for you and your days will be extended.” Our oral tradition explains that “it will be good for you” […]
220. Recounting a Baal Teshuvah’s Past Misdeeds
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Teshuvah 7:7 How great is teshuvah! Previously, a person was distanced from God, as per Isaiah 59:2, “Your sins separate between you and your God.” One could call out without being answered as per Isaiah 1:15, “Even if you pray many times, I will not listen.” One could perform mitzvos, only to have them trampled […]
219. The Greatness of Teshuvah
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Teshuvah 7:5 All the prophets commanded the Jewish people to perform teshuvah because that’s the only thing that will enable Israel to be redeemed. The Torah tells us that the Jews will repent towards the end of the exile and then be redeemed immediately. Deuteronomy 30:1-3 says, “There will come a time when these things […]
218. Repenting from Bad Traits
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Teshuvah 7:3 One should not delude himself that repentance is only for those sins that involve actions, like acts of immorality, robbery and theft. Rather, just as we must repent from deeds, we must repent from our negative character traits, including anger, hatred, envy, foolishness, extreme desires for money and honor, gluttony, etc. These are […]
217. The Constant Possibility of Death
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Teshuvah 7:1 Since people have free will, one should always try to perform teshuvah and to verbally confess his sins in order to cleanse himself and die a baal teshuvah with a share in the Next World. Teshuvah 7:2 A person should always consider the possibility that he could die at any time and be […]