The Holiness of Repentance
Where Ba’alei Teshuvah (those who repent) stand, the Tzadik (absolutely righteous) cannot stand with them. Who is greater, the Tzadik or the Ba’al teshuva? It sounds like a no brainer, but it is actually an argument found in the Gemara, and most opinions side with the Ba’al Teshuva! It doesn’t exactly sound fair does it? This class will look at how and why this seems to be so. Through this analysis what will emerge is why Teshuva (repentance) is so powerful and what it means to be a Ba’al Teshuva, which literally means “a master of return”.
The Holiness of Repentance: Lesson 1
Why is the Baal Teshuvah so special, that not even the most righteous compare?: This seemingly provocative statement is the cornerstone of Teshuva and its power. Tonight we begin with Avahu’s statement, and the surrounding context. Let the unpacking begin!!!!!