Joyful Remorse?
Tishrei 4, 5773 · September 20, 2012
This Week's Features
Yom Kippur
It's all there: the underpinnings of creation, the saga of human struggle, and the ultimate triumph which arises from the imperfections and failings of man—all played out in a four-month period . . .

Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
The common notion is that repentance consists of tears and intense remorse. After all, if one really feels bad for a wrongdoing, it is only natural to cry. Why is this notion totally wrong?

By Ezra Schochet
A Message of Teshuvah
"A person might also become disheartened wondering how is one to fulfill adequately one's real purpose in life on this earth, seeing that most of one's time is taken up with eating and drinking, sleeping, earning a livelihood, etc..."

Correspondence by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe
At the very beginning of Yom Kippur, before Kol Nidrei, we declare: "With the sanction of the Omnipresent, and with the sanction of the congregation, by authority of the Heavenly Court, and by authority of the earthly court, we hereby grant permission to pray with those who have transgressed." All agree that on this day, there are no differences between Jews; they all stand united as one in the presence of G-d.

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