The Intention of T’shuvah

Elul 23/August 29, 2013—  “He who sets his heart on becoming purified (from ritual defilement) becomes pure as soon as he has immersed himself (in the waters of a mikveh), though nothing new has befallen his body. So, too, it is with one who sets her heart on cleansing herself from the impurities that beset the human soul – namely, wrongful thoughts and false convictions: as soon as she consents in her heart to withdraw from those counsels and brings her soul into the waters of reason, she is pure.”


For reflection: Even as the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur creep ever-closer, it is never too late to begin this work by setting a pure and clear intention for turning. Regroup – reset your objectives today, clear out the guilt from what you might have missed attending to over these past weeks, and immerse your soul in the cleansing waters of sincere intention.


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