Sunday, October 5, 2014

Learning from Gd to forgive


[Because forgiving doesn't end with Yom Kippur, the forgiveness-related Torah Thoughts continue...]

"[Gd's] Forgiveness does not come via proxy, but from the very hand of Gd, as Tehillim 130:4 says, 'For forgiveness is with You.' And what is this forgiveness? Gd washes away the sin, as Yeshayah 4:4 says, 'Gd has washed away the filth, etc.'…

"A person must also have this very trait. He should not say, 'Am I to repair this person's sin or destruction [by forgiving him]?' He should not say thus; after all, when a person sins, Gd personally – not via proxy – repairs that which the person has corrupted, washing away the filth of his sin.

"And due to this [close Divine involvment] one will be embarrassed to return to sinning, for the King has personally washed away the filth of his clothing."

(Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, Tomer Devorah 1:3)

חג סוכות שמח,

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