The Miracle of Teshuvah

Teshuvah involves recognizing that you did something wrong, stopping to do it, regretting having done it, and resolving never do it again. In addition, the mitzvah of teshuvah involves vidui—confession—a verbalization of that recognition, regret and resolution. But why should it have to be put into words? You know what you have on your mind….


Mourning has two purposes, two things which are engendered by the ritual and emotional expression of mourning. The first one is the statement: Something is not right. I’m missing something that is so serious that I can’t continue my regular routine and I can’t be involved in the usual niceties of ordinary life. My loss…