Thoughts about Teshuvah

Aspaqlaria: Aseres Yemei Teshuvah” (49 pages) is a collection of essays adapted from those that appeared here on the subjects of teshuvah, shofar, vidui, and the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. It is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, ready for printing.

Table of contents:

Spiritual Planning 1
9/11 and How to Effect Permanent Change 3
Teshuvah and Submission 7
A Good and Sweet New Year 9
Crowning Hashem My King 11
Epilogue: Pragmatics 14
Memories of His Dear Child Ephraim 16
And with What? With a Shofar 20
The Simplicity of the Shofar 22
From Qeren to Shofar 23
The Shofar’s Call 24
Unesaneh Tokef 25
Selichah, Mechilah, Kapparah, Yir’ah and Simchah 28
Aval Asheimim Anachnu 31
Anu ma’amirekha ve’Atah ma’amireinu 33
Invoking The Thirteen Middos 34
Appendix: The Mechanism of Teshuvah 39
Of Empty Cups 42
The Thermodynamics of History 45
The Gift of Justice 47

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  1. Nice, but could have benefitted from a little editing. The segues are a bit jarring. “In the last two essays,” etc. They may have been the last two essays when you posted them, but not in the order presented here.

  2. Neil Harris says:

    Thanks for putting this together, Micha.

  3. You’re welcome. Please come back with editorial comments — there is “blog” level proofreading (meaning: little to none) on it.

    As you might have noticed from the age of some of the comments, this is an annual post. Every time I blog something I think is relevant, I add another chapter. Every year, I advertise the booklet’s availability. And every year, I try to hit up a commenter for free editing.

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