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What Constitutes Teshuvah?

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Who You are Today: What Constitutes Teshuvah?

Maimonides teaches that “genuine” repentance is when the “Knower of Secrets,” G-d himself, can attest that a person will never commit the same sin again. Yet practically, Jewish law judges a person only by his current, observable deeds and not by what he has in his heart, or what the future may hold.
Teshuvah, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Who You are Today
What Constitutes Teshuvah?
Disc 117, Program 466

Event Date: 14 Adar I 5746 - February 23, 1986

Maimonides teaches that “genuine” repentance is when the “Knower of Secrets,” G-d himself, can attest that a person will never commit the same sin again. Yet practically, Jewish law judges a person only by his current, observable deeds and not by what he has in his heart, or what the future may hold.

When it comes to repentance, there is no limit to how much a person can grow, yet even on its most superficial level, it has the power to redeem.

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Anonymous USA August 16, 2013

What does it means when the Rebbe of blessed memory says that Hashem can attest of a person's repentance? When one repents to Hashem, how can anyone know? Thank you for your kindness. Reply

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