The Long and Winding Road: Overcoming Obstacles on the Path of Teshuvah
There are real physical and psychological obstacles we face when we attempt to do teshuvah (literally “turning”; repentance and spiritual return). For example, how can we do teshuvah if we can't find the person we harmed, or the person has died? What fears, habits and ingrained ways of thinking hinder our ability to engage in the work of teshuvah? This session will explore traditional wisdom that addresses these roadblocks and can help us on our spiritual journey towards the Days of Awe.
Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University. Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, he served as the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Dean of the College and Director of Advising at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
He is the author of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics. He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality and Contemporary Jewish Theology. He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.
"Dr. Newman teaches us that the past can be transformed, the sinner can be reborn, the God of justice can become the God of forgiveness. In short, he has given us the way of hope.” —Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of To Begin Again and Talking to God.