Poem for Courage to Act Honestly and Compassionately in Repentance

Recognizing our wrongdoings is important for teshuva, repentance, but it doesn’t complete the process. Maimonides explains: “What is complete repentance? One who once more had in their power to repeat a transgression, but separated themself from it, and did not do it because of repentance—not out of fear or lack of strength.”1 Such transformative repentance doesn’t happen without preparation for potential future pitfalls.