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Forgiveness Date: March 29, 2005
One of the most grievous sins is to not believe you are forgiven once you repent. For as long as you believe that you are still a sinner, you will fool yourself in to believing you have no hope and sin again.
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rob613 Date: June 12, 2005
On whom would be this sin of not feeling forgiven?

How far should one forgiving another go to show that they have forgiven the other? If one gave their immediate forgiveness and continued to work on themselves to ensure that they internalized the forgiveness, is it worth broaching the subject of the original apology to be certain that the forgiveness has truly been felt by the apologetic party in case they might have picked up on the immediate proper response as not yet heartfelt?
dbotton Date: June 27, 2005
The intent of the entry was repentance for a sin between oneself and the creator. As for forgiving another, and all things between each other, one must love his neighbor as he would love himself.
yisroel.killian Date: July 07, 2005
Rabbi, Well said. What an encouragement to stay away from sin. Thank you!
Daryl Date: December 17, 2005
I live in shame. I know (some of) the ways in which I sin but I cannot repent. I have no reason for not repenting other than a real desire to keep my afflictions/addictions. Although I'm a decent man, sometimes I feel like nothing more than an embarassment. Is it better to be ashamed but honest with myself and my creator? I feel like offering a sort of fake repentance would be mocking something much greater than myself. I don't know how to get past where I am and feel stuck. Maybe I'll have to be stuck until I feel enough shame....Sorry, I don't mean to be off topic; but wouldn't it be a terrible sin to knowingly only give lip service to repentance? I want to repent but at the same time I don't feel like I am yet willing to make the changes I would need to so my repentance was genuine. I would rather be an ashamed vessel than a mockery to something I don't even understand.
dbotton Date: January 08, 2006
Honesty is always the best policy, so better to spend you prayers asking for help to overcome your desires first. You can not repent until you first stop sinning. I would also suggest listening to the Shaarei Teshuvah series on the site.
jimileddc Date: October 17, 2006
dear rabbi
ill do weeks doing the right thing and then i slip and this gos on and on, how do i keep from sliping?
dbotton Date: November 19, 2006
The key to not slipping is putting knots in the rope. That means to say you need to place something in the way of slipping again, personal restrictions beyond the letter of the law that will prevent you from being challenged.

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