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Jewish Spirituality - Volume 26
After Yom Kippur
Subject: After Yom Kippur
By: Scott Spiegler
In post-Yom Kippur mode, I am reviewing what I communicated to G-d in terms of doing teshuvah. And, as everybody knows, in doing teshuvah- we:
1. acknowledge before G-d what we have done that was wrong
2. feel and express remorse for the wrong deed
3. vow not to do it again
What I am interested in getting feedback from this list about is how do people come up with a plan of not doing it again? In other words, if someone has violated a halacha, you can tell G-d with a sincere heart that you will not repeat that violation. But, whatever was in you- prior to commiting the aveirah- that caused you to commit it- may still be inside you. And, so the question then is- given that it still may be a part of me, what would prevent me from repeating the action under similar circumstances in the future?
Now, I know that there is an inyan by Y"K that the day itself cleanses. And, if one were to have fasted and davened, there would perhaps be a deeper purification. And, it is possible that, because of this quality of Y"K, a tikun (a fixing) was done on that person on that day, which removed the blemish from us to correct our middot. But, suppose one either did not fast and/or daven properly or the middah (personality trait) that caused the person to do the aveirah is so well-engrained in the person that the cleansing process of the day of Y"K did not fully remove the
blemish on that person's neshamah.
So, my question is how do put in place a plan to work on that middah, so that we can live up to our vow on Y"K that we not engage in that wrongful act in the future? What would a workable plan of action look like? And, if we can create a workable plan, what are the practicals that we need to do to carry it out?
Good Shabbos and Good Yuntif, Scott
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