Scope Chanukah 2014
January 6, 2015 | By Mark Twersky |
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Rabbi Dale Polakoff, Great Neck Synagogue, Shuvah Drasha 5755 Page 2 Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (The Steipler) (1899 - 1985) I will discuss here that which seems unclear according to the opinion of Rebbi. He states that the actual day of Yom Kippur itself secures atonement even for those who do not repent. If this is so, then a person who is careful the entire year to avoid sin is considered on the same level as someone who has violated several prohibitions. At first glance this seems puzzling. Actually this can be explained by a reference to Kiddushin 39, where it is recorded that a person who avoids transgression at a time of temptation receives a reward as if he had done a mitzvah… There are many levels of teshuvah, and according to the level is the closeness to Hashem. Even though all levels of teshuvah bring forgiveness, the soul will not be completely purified to the point where the transgressions will be as if they never existed, unless a person completely purifies his heart and prepares himself spiritually. This can be compared to washing a soiled garment. A little bit of washing will remove the soil but only an extended washing can bring back the whiteness of the garment. The soul will be cleansed to the extent that the heart is purified. Yonah ben Abraham Gerondi ( Hebrew : ידנוריג הנוי ) (died 1263), also known as Rabbenu Yonah ( הנוי ונבר ) and Yonah of Gerona , was a Catalan rabbi and moralist, cousin of Nahmanides . He is most famous for his ethical work The Gates of Repentance ( Hebrew : הבושת ירעש ).