דא"ר אבהו מקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין שנאמר (ישעיהו נז, יט) שלום שלום לרחוק ולקרוב לרחוק ברישא והדר לקרוב
Babylonian Talmud, Brachot, 34b
As Rabbi Abbahu said: In the place where penitents (ba'alie teshuva) stand, even the full-fledged righteous do not stand, as it is stated: “Peace, peace upon him who is far and him who is near.” [Peace and greeting is extended first] to him who is far, [the penitent], and only after is peace extended to him who is near, [the full-fledged righteous].
What is the difference between a ba'al teshuva (penitent) and a tzadik (righteous person)?
Why do you think a tzadik cannot stand in the place of a ba'al teshuva?
Rambam, Eight Chapters, Chapter 1
You know that the improvement of character traits is the healing of the soul and its capacities.
How does the Rambam explain the nature of a person?
What do you think of the idea that 'the improvement of our character traits is the healing of the soul?
According to Rabbi Yaakov why is fixing ourselves so important?
Why is so great a value given to fixing ourselves and teshuva?
Why would Rabbi Yaakov think that one hour of teshuva (change/repentance) is better than all time in the world to come? Do you agree with this statement?
How can you use Hillel's quote to inspire you to change?