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Creating a Perfect Past

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Creating a Perfect Past

The Torah is replete with the stories of our forefathers and foremothers. Highlighting their righteous and saintly behavior, it’s supposed to inspire us to emulate their ways. But are such lofty heights really achievable for any of us? And what if we’ve already messed up in the past?
Past, The, Teshuvah, Chayei Sarah, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Creating a Perfect Past
Disc 185, Program 738

Event Date: 20 Cheshvan 5745 - November 15, 1984

The Torah is replete with the stories of our forefathers and foremothers. Highlighting their righteous and saintly behavior, it’s supposed to inspire us to emulate their ways.

But are such lofty heights really achievable for any of us? And what if we’ve already messed up in the past?

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Mirla Silva April 22, 2021

Repentance does not merely impact one´s future. thats only true of repentance which derives from fear. But ultimate repentance comes for love as explained in Iggeret Hateshuvah and that can also alter the past. Deliberate sins can be transformed into unintentional ones, and more so, they can become like merits, to the extent that they actually tarnsform into good deeds. Darkness is transformed to light. Because repentance can literally alter the past. And one´s past sins can be turned into virtues. Obviously then, he can transform all his years to be equally virtuouses. This also explains Tanya statement, that doing only good is within the reach of every person. The well-know question is: if in one time in a person lifetime he commited a sin and strayed from the path, even if unintentionally, it means, as explained in Iggeret HaKodesh, that his animal soul overpowered him. How can be later become a benoni, defined in Tanya own words, "as one who never sinned, and never will sin"? Reply

Mariamm April 22, 2021

Thank you for this meaningful message Reply

Me April 22, 2021

Wow! This is so meaningful and inspirational! Reply

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