Reflections & Resources on Teshuvah

Reflections & Resources on Teshuvah

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This discussion guide explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas facing those who seek to heal the wounds of their own souls--especially self-inflicted wounds. How do we change our life's course without negating the past? What happens if there is no one left to grant forgiveness? And, perhaps most difficult of all, how can we forgive ourselves without at the same time excusing our actions?

These questions and more are explored through a series of dialogues between a very unusual Ba'al Teshuvah and his rabbi. Ovadya ben Malka, a former member of the Birkenau Sonderkommando in search of atonement, originally approached Rav David Ish-Shalom to be his judge. However, the rabbi soon stepped out of that role, becoming mentor, confidant, and healer. But for Rav Ish-Shalom's wisdom and compassion, Ovadya's story would have had a very different ending.

Ovadya's story is told in detail in Returning. However, this discussion guide stands on its own: the included dialogues can be read and pondered without reference to the rest of the story.

Each discussion topic focuses on a particular dialogue between Ovadya and the rabbi, supplemented with sources from Jewish texts. Each topic is followed by a few questions to get the discussion going.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156751525
Publisher: Kasva Press
Publication date: 09/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 475,437
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Yael Shahar
After an adventurous and unattributable career in security and intelligence, Yael Shahar divides her time between researching trends in terrorism at and learning Talmud, often with the dubious assistance of a one-eyed cat. She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker, and lectures both in Israel and abroad.

Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is the Founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem. A sought-after lecturer on the international stage for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, Rabbi Cardozo is the author of 13 books and numerous articles in both English and Hebrew. Rabbi Cardozo heads a Think Tank focused on finding new Halachic and philosophical approaches to dealing with the crisis of religion and identity amongst Jews and the Jewish State of Israel. Hailing from the Netherlands, Rabbi Cardozo is known for his original and often fearlessly controversial insights into Judaism. His ideas are widely debated on an international level on social media, blogs, books and other forums.

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