Talk:Repentance in Judaism

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This topic is already described in some detail in Sin. How should we deal with this? RK 00:43, Mar 31, 2005 (UTC)

  • In Judaism, Teshuva deals more with the "return process" rather than dwelling on "sin". Besides, if anything, Teshuva could be renamed Repentance in Judaism so that it should not be confused with non-Jewish notions. One should strive for greater clarity and not try to "jumble" everything under one misleading heading. IZAK 22:43, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I question the long discussion of animal sacrifice in this article. This can be discussed to in one sentence, and make the overall article more to the point. Sacrifice can be left to the section on it. I will soon make these changes if people don't pbject. mwinog2777, 27 June 2006

There are a huge number of sites on the internet, as well as books, that use the idea of giving sacrificies as a way to attack Judaism and the Jewish people. Many fundamentalist Christians believe that God gave the Jewish people only one way to atone for sin - the giving of sacrifices at the Temple. Since the Temple no longer stands and we no longer give sacrifices, the conclusion (which seems obvious to them) is that all Jews are now damned to hell. This is a very common topic of confusion, and does need to be addressed.
Actually, I have come across a number of Jews who wondered about this same thing. You'd be surprised how many Jews get through Hebrew school and have no idea what the oral says about this topic. Thus another reason to include it. RK 15:27, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

Torah Law ?[edit]

In reference to the above comment, what does the oral say about the topic? And within the oral traditions and literature, who speaks directly for God or His Law (that's rhetorical, we know no one does expect the prophets). The oral teachings have always been seen more as "interpretive" rather than prophetic and divinely-given. So, if we’re basing our discussion strictly on the Law of YHWH (as given to Moshe), then the adherents of Christianity would seem accurate. In many cases, the Divine Torah Law does attach and mandate Levitical sacrifice accompanied by Teshuva. At the end of the day, they're ultimately correct. HBCALI (talk) 18:51, 17 June 2010 (UTC)