Paul Leibovitch Tshuva
Well , we all know what guilt is. That uneasy queasy feeling that we have done something terribly wrong that can never be fixed… But how is regret different?
An eccentric but wealthy, elderly acquaintance tells you to meet him at 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoon at Starbucks for coffee. At 2:00 pm you are busy watching a great movie and decide not to show up to the 2:30 meeting. That evening you find out that this elderly gentleman made the 2:30 appointment with 10 people, you being one of the 10.Only five out of 10 arrived at the meeting. To each of the five who showed up, your eccentric acquaintance gave a bank check for $50,000 dollars. Now you know what regret is. The feeling of missed opportunity. When you find out that you missed out on 50 grand for a stupid movie, you feel regret, not guilt. When we go against the will of God, the feeling we are supposed to have is regret. What a lost opportunity! We lost a piece of eternity!
Siddur Ashkenaz, Weekday, Shacharit, Amidah, Repentance 1
(undefined) Return us, our Father, to Your Torah, and draw us near, our King, to Your service. Cause us to return to You in perfect repentance before Your face. Blessed are You, O Lord, Who desires repentance.
- Chayei Sara
- Ki Tisa
- Achrei Mot
- Ki Teitzei
- Ki Tavo
- V'Zot HaBerachah
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