King In The Field – Day #1: Teshuva

King In The Field – Day #1: Teshuva

Ever wonder how Hashem reacts when we sin? Enjoy a refreshing view on sin, teshuva, and our relationship with Hashem.

This video is an excerpt of a discussion with Rabbi Manis Friedman and Bais Rivkah Seminary Girls

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18 responses

  1. Very broad statements.

    now days it’s all tshuva me’ahava no more tshuva me’yirah where is the source for that?

    Where is the source for this whole enlightened outlook? many ma’morim do give off the usual feelings that everyone has. i.e. “Hayom Haras olam” “haint tzitert di velt”……….

    • Once you mirror the King’s sweet countenance in Elul, you realize how “G-d is All and All is G-d” and you go to a place where you tremble with anticipation, along with all of Creation, begging G-d to renew His contract on the world.

    • I think the point is that no one wakes up on a random moring and says he came to shul because he felt a sudden fear of G-d. Poeple are far more likely to have a love of Hashem from some experiance or occurance that makes them want to come close.

  2. in response to anonymous of 1:54 pm
    “der velt tzitert” because of the “eimas hamelech”-not because of “eimas hayom”. no matter how much love there is, the fear of the king remains.

  3. Rabbi Friedman, you are very brave! may Hashem bless you to inspire many many many Yidden. the Rebbe encouraged memorizing the beginning of Tanya perek mem aleph….what do you say?

  4. the idea that “you better get your act together or else” is not only not chassidish but not even jewish??? see maamar kinyan chayim in maamorim kuntressim of the frierdiker rebbe, and see that it’s not only jewish but chassidish.

    i appreciate the idea, but why can’t there be a healthy balance as we see in chassidus and in the rebbe’s sichos, why the extremism?

    • Think of the difference between “you better get your act together or else” as it is said by a scary tough principal in a school to a terrified student or think of it as it is said deep in the heart of a man who feels he is losing his connection to his loved one and he knows that if he doesn’t make things better he is really going to lose out. I don’t think the Rebbe means that you should go out telling other Jews in the street to get their act together cause I don’t think the Rebbe ever did that. I think the Rebbe means that a person needs to recognize that his actions mean a lot to G-d, his soul, and to his loved ones and that understanding that brings him to want to be better. That’s the message the Rebbe conveyed to us. The problem is that in the mainstream Jewish world people forgot about G-d and when they hear “you better get your act together” they don’t think of it as a cry from their soul, they picture an angry and vengeful G-d (not the real G-d who loves them) who wants to punish them and that’s not Judaism. If you read the Rebbe’s ma’amer and your English translation of it is you better get your act together or else you are going to be punished then you are not understanding what the Rebbe is saying.

  5. This first lesson brought so much healing in my life. For the first time I stop beating myself with the spiritual belt something I did often in the hopes that HaShem would not have to and by the time the series was over I felt like HaShem and I were starting over and that the past no longer matter. Once I heard that HaShem assumed blame somehow it was easier for me to accept my part of the blame and now WE are moving forward together!

  6. Thank you Rabbi Friedman. I am 57 years old and hearing this class I felt the first “whisper” of G-d’s love, at least that I remember. I think I listened last year but I guess I didn’t hear. It’s Or le’Aleph of Rosh Chodesh, who knows what comes next but perhaps this time I will try this different way and “Get Him back…………”

  7. I remember when I encountered, for example, I’m Tanya the question that came up regarding what it states on all the punishments foe various sins (kaf hakella chibut hakever etc), and I learned that the way it is to be understood is, “look what your soul has to go through…pashut have rachmanus on your soul!”
    Again, a more Chasidic perspective.

    In other words: I, I really couldn’t care less about gehinom, I just want to enjoy olam hazeh…Ober I have a neshomo, and a connection to the Eibershter….

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