Good Teshuva Throw-Away Line
My annual Rosh Hashanah shiur is now available for download
A bit of review of important themes in the machshavah of Rosh Hashanah. A few new themes developed (Malchus Hashem; why we have festive meals) Some shorter pieces. Pretty much something for everyone, except those who respond best to moving stories, of which I had none to offer this year. Torah from the Chasam Sofer, Rav Kook, Ramchal, R Simcha Zisel, and R Yechezkel Lipshitz. Now available for download, till Dropbox discovers the traffic. [NB Through the suggestion of a reader, the file has been converted to mp3, making for a much faster download]
I will share my best/only throw-away line for those who have the good sense not to listen to the shiur. It is built on an anecdote William Kristol told at the Tikvah Institute for Yeshiva Men. He related how his father, the late Irving Kristol, had defined a neo-conservative as a liberal who had been mugged by reality. A protogee of his then quipped that a neo-liberal was also a liberal who had been mugged by reality, but who refused to press charges.
Failure to do teshuva in Elul means that although we have been mugged by the reality of aveirah, we too refuse to press charges.