Shabbat Shuva: The Eternal Message

22 09 2009

Shabbat Shuva: The Eternal Message

The Shabbos before Rosh Hashana is called Shabbat Shuva, after the Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) which is specified for that Shabbos. This Haftora, taked from Hoshea Chapter 14, contains many of the yesodot (fundamnetals) of Teshuva (repentance), and Hashem’s unique relationship with the Jewish people. Shira Smiles plumbs the depths of this relativly short passage, in this unique four-part series.

The first class in this series is:

The Intrinsic Purity of Every Jew

In this Torah shiur (class) on the Haftarah of Shabbat Shuva, Mrs. Shira Smiles begins the reading from Hoshea chapter 14.  In this class, we learn that teshuva/repentance is a dynamic process with Hashem, and that every Jew’s soul is intrinsically pure, which means that even sin does not become part of its essence.  When embarking on the teshuva process, one should have an image of who they want to be, so that they have a goal to aspire to. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats at




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