The Essence of Teshuva
Why does the great sage Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi cry after hearing moving stories of repentance? Is Teshuvah a process or a moment? A triumph or a tragedy? Is there a right way to repent? Join Rabbanit Yafit Clymer as she explores the world of Teshuvah through the lens of one of the greatest chachamim of all time.
The Essence of Teshuva: The Essence of Teshuva- When Rabbi Cried: “The Unbearable Lightness of Repentance”
Upon hearing some of the most startling tales of Teshuva in the Talmud, Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi suddenly weeps. By examining one of these events, we will seek to understand why he is crying. Is there something wrong with the Teshuva in this story?
And while delving in the sources we will also ask: Is repentance a process or a moment, a triumph or a tragedy? Is there a right way to repent?
Rabbanit Yafit Clymer is a senior lecturer in Jewish Studies at the several Matan learning centers, at 'Emunah' and 'WebYeshiva'. She is a group instructor for various programs. Rabbanit Clymer is part of the steering committee of the 'Beit Hillel' organization and answers halachic questions online as a part of their Meshivat Nefesh project.