We have been told to abandon sin, to forsake sin, and not to sin. But what is sin? What does it mean to sin? And once we know, how do we avoid it?
When Nicodemus came to Jesus to learn about salvation, he was told he would need to be born again.
Kabbalist teacher Rav Akiva taught that loving others as we love ourselves is the purpose of all spiritual teachings and the very heart of our spiritual work.
We are currently in the "Flesh" state. As such, we are fallen; slaves to Ego. Our perfect souls, and we know they are perfect because we are the children of God, were corrupted by mortality.
This first Name of God can be used as a teshuvah meditation. It is used in this manner to look into and correct the past.
Teshuvah is a Hebrew word translated in the Bible as “commandment“ or “repentance.” However, it’s true meaning is “return,” as in one returning to their original state.
If the broken heart is one being open to both receiving and pouring out God’s Love, the true prayer now inscribed upon it, what then is the “contrite spirit?”