Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sin: Illness of the Soul?

"It is sometimes found with physical illness, that an illness lightens and most of the affliction heals, but the body is not cleansed of it other than by drinking bitter potions and suffering the pain of withdrawal from desirable foods.

"So, too, the soul may be ill from a great transgression, and even though most of the illness will be healed and the multiplicity of aspects of punishment will leave once one repents and HaShem retreats from His wrath, still, the soul will not be cleansed of the illness and her sin will not be fully forgiven until the sinner has suffered…"

(Rabbeinu Yonah, Shaarei Teshuvah 4:1)

 שנראה בנחמת ירושלים,

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