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Return to Essence

The Fast of Gedalia

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 The inner motivation for Prayer The Fast of Gedalia



A Return to Essence

The first ten days of Tishrei -- two days of Rosh Hashana, the seven days following, and Yom Kippur -- are an auspicious time in which to rectify our shortcomings and draw closer to G-d. They are therefore known as the "Ten days of Teshuvah."

Teshuvah -- frequently translated as repentance -- actually means returning. Judaism emphasizes that our essential nature -- the divine spark of the soul -- is good.

True repentance is best achieved not through harsh self-condemnation, but through the realization that our deepest desire is to do good, in accordance with the will of G-d.

For more information on Teshuvah see The Dynamics of Teshuva (Repentance)

 The inner motivation for Prayer The Fast of Gedalia



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