INSIGHT: Teshuvah – Return!

Unsinning?! Unstealing?!

Unsinning?! Unstealing?!

Undo the past. As hard as you try, it can’t be done. Nobody yet has invented a time machine (not even Shazak). If you lose a ball game, for example, you can’t go back and win it. You can only try harder next time. Come to think of it, even if one returns something they stole, there is no such thing as “unstealing.”

Yet, here in our Parsha, we learn of Teshuvah (translated as “repentance”), which is a sort of “unsinning!” Indeed, only HaShem has the power to help us “unsin,” since it’s HaShem who is in full control of time – the past, present, and future. Amazing!

Shazak Disclaimer: Open any dictionary and you won’t find “unsin” or “unsteal.” It’s one of those Shazak-made-up-words.

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Teshuvah – Return!

A Hebrew-English dictionary can help you increase your Hebrew vocabulary. But, watch out… it’s not always 100% accurate.

Take the word Tzedakah, for example. It is translated as “charity” – a kindness performed out the goodness of one’s heart. But it’s far more than that. It’s “justice” – helping others because it’s your duty and obligation to treat people kindly. It’s because HaShem trusts you to be His treasurer. It’s your job to distribute His money the “Torah way” – by giving money to people in need, and to worthy organizations.

Similarly, Teshuvah does not (just) mean regretting the things you did and vowing to do better in the future. Teshuvah is returning – returning to HaShem, to His Torah and Mitzvos. Your Neshamah (soul) inside you is always pure and good. When you do Teshuvah, you are returning to who you really are – a perfect person!

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