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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.Read This Discover Torah Portions
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).
The Torah says that, in the Messianic Era, God will circumcise our hearts. As Moses described the final redemption to come, he told Israel that God will circumcise their hearts. He said, “God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live”
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