Gates Of Repentance

Gates Of Repentance

by Rabbeinu Yonah
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765760851

ISBN-13: 9780765760852

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

The Gates of Repentance (Sha'arei Teshuvah), by Rabbeinu Yonah of Geronah (d. 1263), is one of the most important books of Jewish literature. Now available in a modern English translation, this volume probes the profound idea of teshuvah, often translated as "repentance" but in reality far more complex and subtle than the simple meaning of "regret for sin" or

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The Gates of Repentance (Sha'arei Teshuvah), by Rabbeinu Yonah of Geronah (d. 1263), is one of the most important books of Jewish literature. Now available in a modern English translation, this volume probes the profound idea of teshuvah, often translated as "repentance" but in reality far more complex and subtle than the simple meaning of "regret for sin" or "contrition." Rabbi Feldman furnishes the reader with an eminently readable translation and provides notes directly on-site when difficulties arise in the text. He gives a general introduction as well as short introductions to each gate, followed by a synopsis of each gate for review and overview. Unique to this work are the scholarly notes Rabbi Feldman provides, which enable the reader to follow themes throughout the work, get a better understanding of other sages' insights, and develop to a higher level the ideas discussed in The Gates of Repentance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765760852
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Gate 1An Explanation of the Mitzvah of Tshuvah1
The Principles of Tshuvah15
1First Principle: Expressing Remorse18
2Second Principle: Ridding Yourself of the Sin21
3Third Principle: Being Sad24
4Fourth Principle: Manifesting Anguish27
5Fifth Principle: Worrying29
6Sixth Principle: Feeling Ashamed34
7Seventh Principle: Surrendering Wholeheartedly and Being Humble37
8Eighth Principle: Manifesting Surrender43
9Ninth Principle: Overcoming Your Physical Cravings45
10Tenth Principle: Correcting Your Actions Through the Agent Used to Sin50
11Eleventh Principle: Scrutinizing Your Ways51
12Twelfth Principle: Examining, Knowing, and Recognizing the Seriouness of Each Sin53
13Thirteenth Principle: Taking Your Minor Sins Seriously54
14Fourteenth Principle: Confessing57
15Fifteenth Principle: Praying58
16Sixteenth Principle: Amending Your Misdeeds as Much as Possible62
17Seventeenth Principle: Expressing Kindness and Truth65
18Eighteenth Principle: Keeping Your Sin Before You All the Time67
19Nineteenth Principle: Shunning a Sin When Faced With It and Still Fully Craving It68
20Twentieth Principle: Turning Others Away From Sin as Much as You Can70
21The Hindrances to Tshuvah71
Gate 2Guidance in the Instances in Which You Can Be Moved to Return to God81
1The Rationale86
2The First Instance87
3The Second Instance93
4The Third Instance99
5The Fourth Instance104
6The Fifth Instance106
7The Sixth Instance109
8The Venerable Dictum121
Gate 3An Explanation of the Significance of the Mitzvot and Prohibitions, and Their Various Consequences129
1The Rationale135
2The First Level: The Significance of the Sages' Decrees139
3The Second Level: The Significance of Imperatives144
4The Third Level: Prohibitions Connected to an Imperative156
5The Fourth Level: Prohibitions Involving No Action160
6Among the Prohibitions Involving Speech169
7Among the Prohibitions Involving Your Senses of Seeing and Hearing179
8Among the Prohibitions Involving Withdrawing Your Hand and Refraining from Doing Something181
9The Fifth Level: Prohibitions Involving an Action186
10The Sixth Level: Sins Incurring Death Through the Hands of Heaven198
11The Seventh Level: The Significance of Excision203
12The Eighth Level: The Four Court-Imposed Death Sentences206
13The Ninth Level: Those Significant Sins You're to Give Your Life for Rather Than Commit209
14The Tenth Level: Those Significant Sins Whose Violators Have No Place in The World to Come212
15Other Significant Sins Whose Violators Have No Place in The World to Come220
16An Explanation of the Sins of "The Four Types"231
17As to the Maligners, Whom We'll Classify into Five Categories233
18As to the Liars, Whom We'll Classify into Nine Categories239
19As to the Flatterers, Whom We'll Classify into Nine Categories245
20As to the Slanderers254
21As to the Slanderers, Whom We'll Classify into Six Categories262
22Other Forms of Disparaging Language273
Gate 4The Various Means of Atonement293
1The Rationale297
2The Various Means of Atonement302
3The Various Means of Atonement (Continued)310
4The Various Means of Atonement (Continued)312
Supplementary Notes321
Index363

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