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Repentance in Judaism
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The word “repentance” renders into English the Hebrew theological word, teshuvah, meaning, “turning,” in the sense of a turning away from sin, a turning toward God. Repentance in Judaism when properly carried out erases the consequences of sin and reconciles God and the sinner. That means the one who has sinned regrets the sin and resolves not to repeat it, and, further, when the occasion to repeat the sinful deed comes once more, the penitant does not then revert to the prior sinful action or condition. …

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Neusner, Jacob, “Repentance in Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0011>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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