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#47 When We Fall along the Way
8Collections 6:220; Glimmerings of Penitence 14:19

Even if a person sees

that along with the awakening in his heart

to stick to a straight path,

and grow stronger at serving God, blessed be He,

the evil inclination within him grows even stronger,

making him fall towards lusts and lowness,

he must nonetheless not feel any regret over his increasing strength,

and let him add even more strength to his strength;

and as for the stumblings that happened to him along his road of risings,

let him turn around from them in penitence,

[but] he must know that all this [stumbling along the way] falls into the [halachic] category of

‘a person who errs while performing a commandment,’

who is not required to bring a sin sacrifice;1

and let him not feel any fear at all, only a holy awe,

and let him extract understanding of the road home to God from everything.2

עברית +/-


  1. Shabbat 137a; see also Rambam, Hilchot Shegagot 2:8. Back to text
  2. uTeshuva yikach miKol davar, literally, ‘and let him take Teshuva from everything.’ Including his sins. Back to text
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