Jewish Thought

Tshuva Erases Sin

24.09.19

Question

I have the following question about a seeming contradiction re: teshuva. On the one hand, we are told that tshuva erases sins and that each year we begin 'anew'. On the other hand, we are told that after a person is niftar they are shown their whole life and it is a source of tremendous shame for them. Can you explain please reconcile this for me? If we do tshuva then shouldn't all those aveiros be erased from the 'video'? What's the point of the teshuva? Thank you.

Answer

To the questioner, 

When it says that after a person is niftar they are shown their whole life and it is a source of tremendous shame for them, it is talking about a case where one did not do Tshuva. 

According to what we have passed down, true and sincere Tshuva erases all sins, and can even turn them into merits. It would therefore not allow the previous mistaken act to be a source of shame in the world of Truth - as you point out.  

With blessings,
Rav Nachum

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