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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Pharaoh's Teshuvoh

A story from R Schwadron, from his sefer Leiv Sholeim.

About how Pharaoh’s tshuvoh is very similar to that of most people. He admitted his sins, and said Hashem is “hatzadik,” and we also say oshamnu and “attoh tzodeik ahl kol habo oleinu.” And just like he just wanted to be rid of the makkoh, and as soon as the makkoh was over he was chozeir l’suro, we often are chozeir l’sureinu with the first cup of coffee after Yom Kippur. This is because we are asking to have an easier life and we promise to do tshuvoh later, after Yom Kippur, and we are asking for Hashem’s grace on credit. When was Pharaoh really chozeir b’t’shuvoh? When he ran to Moshe and said “Go right now!!!”

We shouldn’t just promise to do t’shuvoh some time later, we need to make immediate kabbolos that we really intend to honor.

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