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"We must feel regret and we must verbalize it"


Regret is essential to teshuvah, but we cannot allow it to become so overwhelming that we give in to despair: 

"It's no use; I can't possibly change"
Or try to drown our distress with alcohol, drugs, or mindless "entertainments." 

We cannot bury it under excuses: 

"I can't help it; it's the way I am."

Or dismiss it as just part of being human: 

"No one is perfect. I'm OK; you're OK." 

We must feel regret and we must verbalize it:

To ourselves, to God, and, as hard as it may be, to those we have hurt.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From an essay, "Re-Turning to God in the New Year" by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz