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God created our souls and our bodies for the Garden of Delight. In some spiritual memory, every human being can still recall the taste of the fruit of the garden. Human beings have a longing wired into their hearts for the place of God, a desire we cannot quite articulate. We hunger and thirst for the presence of God. We are longing for Eden.Read This Discover Torah Portions
The Chasidic concept of tzaddikism explains that the merit of a single righteous person can be extended to others. On the basis of God’s gracious favor for one man, the entire nation received the forgiveness of sin. The ultimate redeemer is like the first redeemer, making atonement for the entire nation on the basis of His merit alone.
Moses foretold that when the children of Israel entered the land of Canaan, God would give them all the bounty of the land. Moses also predicted that Israel's success in the land would result in apathy toward God and a desire for materialism. The Talmud says, "A full stomach leads to sin."
Rabbi Levi said, "Great is repentance, for it reaches up to the Throne of Glory, as it is written, 'Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God.'" Resh Lakish said, "Great is repentance, for by virtue of it one's intentional sins are regarded as mere errors, as it is written [in Hosea 14:1], 'Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God for you have stumbled (which is accidental) because of your iniquity (which is intentional)'" (b.Yoma 86a).
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