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How do I repent for an accidental sin?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Question:

I accidentally committed a sin. It was completely without thought and when I realized it I was crushed. What should I do? Am I in danger of punishment? How do I atone for this unintentional wrong?
Please help. DannyO

Answer:

Askmoses.com is not in a position to prescribe a personalized "Tikkun" (spiritual correction) for a wrongdoing. I can, and will, however give you general information.

1. To make a mistake is human. G-d created humans, and G-d understands accidents.

2. There are 4 general steps to Teshuvah: a. sincerely regret what you did (which you obviously already do). b. resolve to never do it again. c. ask G-d for forgiveness with the Tachanun/Vidui prayers. d. give charity (the more the better).

3. In addition to the above you should examine how you came to this mistake (i.e. the sinful item was around you, or you went somewhere that it was etc.) and take the necessary precautions that you shouldn't be in such a situation again in the future.


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