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Inspirational words of Torah from Gedolei Yisroel.

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A Time To Forgive

Rabbi Eliezer said, "Perform repentance one day before you leave this world."
HaShem, our merciful Father, overflows with goodness, compassion, and kindness for mankind; and His "arms" are always open to receive us. In light of this, the Mishneh teaches, "Perform repentance one day before you leave this world." Meaning, even if a person lives his entire life in opposition to Torah values, he should not despair of finding favor in the eyes of HaShem. Rather, he should know that HaShem will not rebuff his sincere desire to return to Him.
If an individual is moved to repent, HaShem will show him mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance - regardless of his past misdeeds.  What’s more, even if he does not open his heart to repent till the very last moment of his life, nevertheless, HaShem will compassionately accept him!
If HaShem shows mercy to a person who lived his entire life in conflict of HaShem’s will, how much more will HaShem show mercy to a person who did not intentionally breach HaShem’s will and returns to HaShem, well before the last moment of his life.
Yet, despite this great revelation of HaShem’s abundant mercy, an inner voice attempts to dissuade us of our freedom to change and our wondrous opportunity to redeem ourselves.
Our challenge is too detach from the false claims of the negative impulse, and embrace the truth of the Holy Torah, which reveals the infinite mercy of HaShem, Who patiently waits for us to return. Even more, He waits for us our entire lifetime and on the day we open our hearts to return to Him - He immediately accepts us, forgives us, cleanses us, and loves us as if we had never strayed.
[Based on the commentary of the Chidah and the Rambam]
TODAY: Ask HaShem for forgiveness and feel the joy of knowing that He will surround you with compassion and kindness

Posted 6/17/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)

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