Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Yom Kippur

The theme of Yom Kippur is repentance. At the New Year, we review our mistakes from the past and commit ourselves to new beginnings. Part of starting over is clearing the past record, which requires repentance.

Repentance for any transgression requires 3 steps for forgiveness from G-d:

  1. sincere regret
  2. commitment not to repeat the sin in the future
  3. confession, or viduy, which is verbally stating one's sin (privately to G-d, as in prayer)
In addition, for any sin which was committed against another, it may be required to ask that person's forgiveness. This is the case if any harm came to the victim of the transgression.

In the case of speaking Lashon Hara or Rechilut, the speaker should try to rescind his words by going back to all the people he spoke to and telling them he was wrong. If this is not possible or successful, he must ask the subject forgiveness for what he said. However, he might not be allowed to ask forgiveness if the subject does not know anything was said against him; this would depend in part upon whether the subject will be upset. We are might not be allowed to achieve our own repentance at the expense of causing another anguish. [Please consult a Rabbi versed in the laws of Shmirat HaLashon for any practical application of these laws.]

If someone listened to L"H or Rechilut, and even accepted it CH"V (heaven forfend), he does not need to [and possibly should not] ask forgiveness from the subject. He should, however, convince himself that the information is not to be believed. [Also note that if he responded to the speaker in a way that conveyed approval, he may have to approach the speaker and retract such approval. This is certainly the case if he added L"H to the conversation (i.e. "he did the same thing to me last week....").]

Best wishes to everyone for a g'mar chatima tova (favorable, permanent inscription for the New Year).

Ellen Solomon


Text Copyright © Ellen Solomon and Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON TETZAVEH AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Parshas Zachor
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Esther - True Leadership
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

A Divine Environment
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Restoring the Urim Vítumim in Our Lives
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Commanding Emotions
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Our Whole Selves
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

ArtScroll

Battle the Amalek Within
Shlomo Katz - 5759

We Donít Know!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

The Importance of Being, the Importance of Having...a Rav
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Game is Over
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Delving into the Megila
- 5774

Our Story is History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

> Knowing Why and When To Say When
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

Make Yourself At Home
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Master the Torah
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Moshe Unmentioned
Shlomo Katz - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information