Use this Shabbat, known as Shabbat Shuva, to contemplate how to repent for prior transgressions and how to improve going forward.

The famous Talmudic statement; “In a place where penitents stand, even the most righteous cannot stand“ begs the question: What advantage do the penitents, who were once sinners, have over those who have never sinned? For the answer to this seeming anomaly, read this enlightening analysis entitled “The Return to God” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message for the Torah portion of Nitzavim-Rosh Hashana, 5773-2012.