Kenneth Cohen

Always Room for Teshuva

Chapter thirty of the Book of Devarim, deals strictly with the subject of Teshuva, repentance. The discussion in the Torah speaks about Teshuva on a national and individual level.

On a national level, there will come a time that when the Jewish people will be in Exile, that they will wake up and return to G-d. Their prayers will be heard, and they will be gathered from the four corners of the earth, to Eretz Yisrael.

We are witnessing this return today, as there will first be a physical return. This will be followed by an infusion of spirituality, that we are also witnessing today.
The individual return comes with a great deal of encouragement. Nobody should feel that they have gone too far astray, and that they cannot return. It is not something far away, or unattainable. It is something much closer than we realize.
When we desire to make a positive change, and get closer to G-d, we will receive Divine assistance. The difficulty is in taking that first step, of desiring change. We must overcome fears and doubts.

The realization that we are trying to make a more meaningful life for ourselves, should give us motivation. Teshuva is available to everyone, and there cannot be a more appropriate time than now.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at