Psalm 51

“I recognize my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” (51:5)

Judaism favors the religious person who rejects the impulse to say ‘I am a sinner and I am worthless’ in favor of saying ‘I am a sinner and my repentance completes my atonement.’ To do so, one needs to recognize the necessity of daily heshbon hanefesh, self-evaluation. A person cannot recognize transgressions unless he or she is willing to take responsibility for the mistakes which happen every day. Admitting one’s errors is the first step towards teshuvah (repentance) and atonement.


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