One of the greatest gifts that G-d gave us is the gift of Teshuvah (“repentance”, or “return” to G-d).
I mean, think about it! A person can commit the worst sins – but if he sincerely regrets his actions (and, in the case of sins between man and his fellow man, asks forgiveness from the person he wronged), makes a solid commitment not to return to his previous behavior, and verbally confess his misdeeds, G-d will accept his Teshuvah and he will be completely forgiven!! Is that not a great gift or what?!
This explains why the Talmud in Ta’anis 28b calls the fast of Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) “one of the happiest holidays” on the Jewish calendar. After all, it is the day upo...
PREPARE YOURSELVES! THE DAY OF JUDGMENT IS COMING!
This Shabbos begins the Hebrew month of Elul, which can only mean one thing … that Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, is coming very soon. But how many of us will actually take the time during this ‘month of introspection’ to sit down and think about our deeds and misdeeds during the past year and try to do Teshuvah and make amends?
I fear that many if not most of us will do very little during the entire month of Elul until the High Holidays are upon us and only then try to do everything at once at the very last minute when it really doesn’t work.
Rabbi Yehudah Leib Lozorov ZT”L illustrates this sad reality with a hilarious parab...