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Is change possible?

Thursday, 25 July, 2019 - 9:40 pm

Is change possible?  

There were a few people, the instigators of a mutiny. The group grew, and ultimately, they were defeated — a group of people who attacked Moshe's leadership and his credibility.

Amongst those who started this revolt were Korach's sons. During the uprising, they had second thoughts which lead to internal regret and remorse. This type of contrition, in the language of the Talmud, is called  a Hirhur Teshuva - "contemplating repentance".

In the merit of these feelings of remorse "an elevated area was set apart for them in Gehinnom, and they stayed there"! Additionally, Samuel the prophet was a descendant of one of Korach's sons.

So is change possible? Do we see any source that they did anything other than feel bad? During the dispute they contemplated repentance yet they still carried on the fight! 

We aren't perfect. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we do things that we know are wrong and we feel a pang of regret even before we do it. This is the key to change! It starts with that small piddling feeling of regret which creates the possibility for change!

We need to applaud and encourage that feeling and of course, try to fan those flames into action. Eventually, the imperfect person who only contemplated repentance can be the progenitor of a great prophet like Samuel.

So if you ever feel bad, know that you are amazing! It's the first step to change!

Is change possible? If you recognize that it's needed, yes!

Have an amazing Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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