Cultivating the Inner Self by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Original is not a word often used in connection with a code of Jewish law. In general, the rule tends to be that if it’s true it isn’t new, and if it’s new it isn’t true. But “original” is precisely the right word to use in connection with Maimonides’ text of law code, the Mishneh Torah, especially in connection with Rosh Hashanah. Maimonides was the first halachist to create a work called Hilchot Teshuvah, the Laws of Repentance. One law, in particular, is stunning in its originality, as well as in its implications for us.

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