Gates Of Repentance

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765760852
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 1,567,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Gate 1 An Explanation of the Mitzvah of Tshuvah 1
The Principles of Tshuvah 15
1 First Principle: Expressing Remorse 18
2 Second Principle: Ridding Yourself of the Sin 21
3 Third Principle: Being Sad 24
4 Fourth Principle: Manifesting Anguish 27
5 Fifth Principle: Worrying 29
6 Sixth Principle: Feeling Ashamed 34
7 Seventh Principle: Surrendering Wholeheartedly and Being Humble 37
8 Eighth Principle: Manifesting Surrender 43
9 Ninth Principle: Overcoming Your Physical Cravings 45
10 Tenth Principle: Correcting Your Actions Through the Agent Used to Sin 50
11 Eleventh Principle: Scrutinizing Your Ways 51
12 Twelfth Principle: Examining, Knowing, and Recognizing the Seriouness of Each Sin 53
13 Thirteenth Principle: Taking Your Minor Sins Seriously 54
14 Fourteenth Principle: Confessing 57
15 Fifteenth Principle: Praying 58
16 Sixteenth Principle: Amending Your Misdeeds as Much as Possible 62
17 Seventeenth Principle: Expressing Kindness and Truth 65
18 Eighteenth Principle: Keeping Your Sin Before You All the Time 67
19 Nineteenth Principle: Shunning a Sin When Faced With It and Still Fully Craving It 68
20 Twentieth Principle: Turning Others Away From Sin as Much as You Can 70
21 The Hindrances to Tshuvah 71
Gate 2 Guidance in the Instances in Which You Can Be Moved to Return to God 81
1 The Rationale 86
2 The First Instance 87
3 The Second Instance 93
4 The Third Instance 99
5 The Fourth Instance 104
6 The Fifth Instance 106
7 The Sixth Instance 109
8 The Venerable Dictum 121
Gate 3 An Explanation of the Significance of the Mitzvot and Prohibitions, and Their Various Consequences 129
1 The Rationale 135
2 The First Level: The Significance of the Sages' Decrees 139
3 The Second Level: The Significance of Imperatives 144
4 The Third Level: Prohibitions Connected to an Imperative 156
5 The Fourth Level: Prohibitions Involving No Action 160
6 Among the Prohibitions Involving Speech 169
7 Among the Prohibitions Involving Your Senses of Seeing and Hearing 179
8 Among the Prohibitions Involving Withdrawing Your Hand and Refraining from Doing Something 181
9 The Fifth Level: Prohibitions Involving an Action 186
10 The Sixth Level: Sins Incurring Death Through the Hands of Heaven 198
11 The Seventh Level: The Significance of Excision 203
12 The Eighth Level: The Four Court-Imposed Death Sentences 206
13 The Ninth Level: Those Significant Sins You're to Give Your Life for Rather Than Commit 209
14 The Tenth Level: Those Significant Sins Whose Violators Have No Place in The World to Come 212
15 Other Significant Sins Whose Violators Have No Place in The World to Come 220
16 An Explanation of the Sins of "The Four Types" 231
17 As to the Maligners, Whom We'll Classify into Five Categories 233
18 As to the Liars, Whom We'll Classify into Nine Categories 239
19 As to the Flatterers, Whom We'll Classify into Nine Categories 245
20 As to the Slanderers 254
21 As to the Slanderers, Whom We'll Classify into Six Categories 262
22 Other Forms of Disparaging Language 273
Gate 4 The Various Means of Atonement 293
1 The Rationale 297
2 The Various Means of Atonement 302
3 The Various Means of Atonement (Continued) 310
4 The Various Means of Atonement (Continued) 312
Supplementary Notes 321
Index 363
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