The Root of Repentance

Elul 6/August 12, 2013—Humility is the root and beginning of repentance.

(Bachya ibn Pakuda, Duties of the Heart, 2:125)

For reflection: We must learn to bow ourselves down at the very moment when we are feeling most full of ourselves. If we redirect our own ego to endeavor to learn something from each encounter in our lives, cultivating an external curiosity, then there will be room in our soul to recognize our failings and correct them. Find one new thing to learn today that takes you out of your own concerns.

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