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Six Steps of Teshuva (Turning or Repentance)

Tashlich, the ceremony at the beach in which we throw breadcrumbs to symbolically cast away our sins, is powerful symbolism. But the real work of teshuva (literally, “turning” but easily understood as cleaning up your life) is more complex and time consuming. Jewish tradition teaches that we need to engage in the process of teshuva year-round. The High Holy Days are a reminder for those procrastinators among us to get moving on this life-fixing process. This distillation of the medieval rabbi Maimonides’ Laws of Repentance can help guide all of us as we do the work we need to do. Click here to read my Six Steps to Teshuva.

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