Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, The Knowing Heart p. 304
הרוצה לרפאות חלי רפואה שלמה צריך שישרש אחר הסבה, ואז יסור המסובב
For one who wishes to effect a complete cure for an illness must seek out its cause, after which he is in a position to remove the effect.
CAN'T WE JUST MOVE ON ALREADY?
On Rosh Hashana, Challenge the Lives We Have Created
By DONNIEL HARTMAN
A thief's desire to complete his or her process of self-correction by making restitution is clearly understood and valued. The problem is that this standard may inhibit them from beginning the process. A lifetime of harm cannot be erased and as a result may lock us in our imperfections under the argument that one can never really begin again. "Fool, if you are going to make restitution, even the clothing which is on your back would not remain yours."
In response the rabbis teach that we have a responsibility towards each other to enable these new beginnings. A Jewish society is one where we make sure that reflection, self-criticism, self-evaluation, and the ability to accept new horizons and new ideas are things society fosters and encourages, even at a high cost. We are individually responsible not to merely refrain from hindering each other's growth, but that we must be willing to forgo what is rightfully ours in order to ensure that our fellow citizens will grow and change....
BURN IT DOWN
Netivot Shalom, Vol. 1 (Teshuvah b’Behinat Gerut)
A person wants to build a magnificent home on a rotten piece of land. If he doesn’t want to invest a lot of money and dig a foundation that is deep and solid, this building will never have a strong infrastructure. As a result, cracks will constantly form in the walls of the house. And time after time he will have to invest significant amounts of money into strengthening the building, even though he will never see any real benefit from these improvements, because there will only be new breaches revealed, and the whole house will stand in constant danger of collapsing. Eventually he will only have one option before him: he will need to have the courage to break down the entire structure of the house, and to dig foundations that are deep and strong, upon which he can truly build a strong house.
If a person enters, every year, into repairs and improvements on his spiritual home, but that home is not built upon a strong, solid foundation, all year long he will find breaches and cracks, and his spiritual home will stand on the verge of collapse. Only when he comes to find the courage and understanding to know that all of these repairs are not the solution to the problems of his existence, only when he digs deep foundations and uproots the corroded, rotten foundation, will he be able to build something of permanence.
RECKON, REPAIR, REIMAGINE
“We can’t recover from this history until we deal with it.” -Bryan Stevenson