Posted on Sep 6, 2020 | 0 comments

DAY 18

Since Elul is compared to the month of REPAIR, let’s look at some ways to actually do that. First a little history lesson on one of the most famous Jewish sages ever born. His name was Maimonides. Maimonides was born as Moshe ben Maimon or in Hebrew – רמב״ם‎‎ – and then acronymed RAMBAM for “Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon“, “Our Rabbi/Teacher Moses Son of Maimon”).
He became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. Born in Cordova, Almoravid Empire (present-day Spain) on Passover Eve, 1135 or 1138, he died in Egypt on December 12, 1204; his body was taken to the lower Galilee and buried in Tiberias. He worked as a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt. He was posthumously acknowledged as among the foremost rabbinical arbiters and philosophers in Jewish history, and his copious work comprises a cornerstone of Jewish scholarship. His fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah still carries significant canonical authority as a codification of Talmudic law. He is sometimes known as “ha Nesher ha Gadol” (the great eagle) in recognition of his outstanding status as a bona fide exponent of the Oral Torah. (from Wikipedia)
Maimonides wrote codes of law for the Jewish community, clarifying common Jewish practice and accepted standards of observance. His commentaries not only helped the scholars, they were well received by the man on the street and have remained relevant for us today.
Ok, so now that we know a little bit about him, let’s see what he says about ‘repair‘.
Repair: Maimonides’ Four Steps
  1. Verbally confess your mistake and ask for forgiveness (Mishneh Torah 1:1).
  2. Express sincere remorse, resolving not to make the same mistake again (Mishneh Torah 2:2). Do everything in your power to “right the wrong,” to appease the person who has been hurt (Mishneh Torah 2:9).
  3. Act differently if the same situation happens again (Mishneh Torah2:1).
  4. The fourth concept originates in the Talmud:
How is one to tell whether a penitent is genuine? Rabbi Judah said: When the penitent has the opportunity to commit the same sin once and once again and he refrains from committing it.  Yo m a 8 6

Ask yourself:  Think of one person today that you can reach out to and ask forgiveness from in order to repair a broken relationship.

Exercise for the day:  Don’t just think about it – do it!


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