• August 14, 2022
  • 17 5782, Av
  • פרשת עקב

The Rishonim on Repentance

The Rishonim on Repentance

In this course with Rabbi David Sedley we will look at the medieval Rabbis (Rishonim) and their views on Teshuva (Repentance). We will look at different opinions and explanations amongst those who wrote books on teshuva, including the Meiri, Rabbeinu Yonah and Rav Chaim Vital.

September 5, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Rishonim on Repentance: Lesson 1
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GREAT PERSONALITIES IN JEWISH HISTORY: THEIR VIEWS ON REPENTANCE: We look at the life of Rabbeinu Yonah (and discover that there are two Rabbeinu Yonahs). We look at a selection from Shaarei Teshuva on the fundamental principles of repentance.

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September 12, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Rishonim on Repentance: Lesson 2
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GREAT PERSONALITIES IN JEWISH HISTORY: MENACHEM MEIRI: Rabbi Menachem Meiri wrote many books, including Chibur HaTeshuva (Work on Repentance). Though this was probably the first book that he wrote, it was not published until 700 years later, when it was rediscovered in manuscript. In this class we look at the life and times of the Meiri, and some of his ideas on teshuva (repentance)

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September 19, 2012 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Rishonim on Repentance: Lesson 3
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GREAT PERSONALITIES IN JEWISH HISTORY: RABBI CHAIM VITAL AND SHAAREI TESHUVA: In this class we look at Rabbi Chaim Vital’s kabbalistic view of teshuva, and how to attain Ruach HaKodesh (Divine Spirit). We also speak a bit about his life and times.

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Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel.