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The Teshuva Elevator

A few days’ before Rosh Hashana, I had a fairly long drive somewhere, so I took along a couple of Rav Ofer Erez CDs – randomly, whatever I grabbed, I took. Dear reader there is never any ‘randomly’ when it comes to Breslev stuff; whenever…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 4

Why self-forgiveness is the key So, this is what my correspondent from the last post replied: “I knew you were going to say to apologize to my children.  And I know I need to do this.  But emotionally I can’t do it.  It will hurt me…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 5

Learning the lessons of forgiveness   There are so many things we could learn about true forgiveness from the last few posts, and I’m sure that each of us will have our own insights. When I was trying to pull it together into a coherent…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 3

Learning how to forgive: The famous story from the Baal Shem Tov One of the Baal Shem Tov’s students once asked him the seminal question: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ In response, the Baal Shem Tov sent him to a well in…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 2

Why is it so hard to accept someone else’s apology?   OK, in the last post we were thinking about why it’s so hard to apologise. Now let’s switch sides and ask ourselves another question: Q: When someone asks us to forgive them,…
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The Secret of Forgiveness – Part 1

The secret of forgiveness – Part 1 With Rosh Hashana around the corner, I thought I’d treat you (and myself…) to a series of posts over the next couple of weeks, exploring the secret of forgiveness, and then the secret of teshuva –…