Mishneh Torah, Repentance
לְשׁוֹן כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא טז כא) “וְהִתְוַדָּה עָלָיו אֶת כָּל עֲוֹנֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל“. שָׂעִיר הַמִּשְׁתַּלֵּחַ שָׂעִיר הַמִּשְׁתַּלֵּחַ לְפִי שֶׁהוּא כַּפָּרָה עַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל כֹּהֵן גָּדוֹל מִתְוַדֶּה עָלָיו עַל מְכַפֵּר עַל כָּל עֲבֵרוֹת שֶׁבַּתּוֹרָה, הַקַּלּוֹת וְהַחֲמוּרוֹת, בֵּין שֶׁעָבַר בְּזָדוֹן בֵּין שֶׁעָבַר בִּשְׁגָגָה, בֵּין שֶׁהוֹדַע לוֹ בֵּין שֶׁלֹּא הוֹדַע לוֹ, הַכּל מִתְכַּפֵּר בְּשָׂעִיר הַמִּשְׁתַּלֵּחַ. וְהוּא שֶׁעָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה. אֲבָל אִם לֹא עָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה אֵין הַשָּׂעִיר מְכַפֵּר לוֹ אֶלָּא עַל הַקַּלּוֹת. וּמַה הֵן הַקַּלּוֹת וּמַה הֵן הַחֲמוּרוֹת. הַחֲמוּרוֹת הֵן שֶׁחַיָּבִין עֲלֵיהֶם מִיתַת בֵּית דִּין אוֹ כָּרֵת. וּשְׁבוּעַת שָׁוְא וָשֶׁקֶר אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵין בָּהֶן כָּרֵת הֲרֵי הֵן מִן הַחֲמוּרוֹת. וּשְׁאָר מִצְוֹת לֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה וּמִצְוֹת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁאֵין בָּהֶן כָּרֵת הֵם הַקַּלּוֹת:
בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה שֶׁאֵין בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ קַיָּם וְאֵין לָנוּ מִזְבַּח כַּפָּרָה אֵין שָׁם אֶלָּא תְּשׁוּבָה. הַתְּשׁוּבָה מְכַפֶּרֶת עַל כָּל הָעֲבֵרוֹת. אֲפִלּוּ רָשָׁע כָּל יָמָיו וְעָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה בָּאַחֲרוֹנָה אֵין מַזְכִּירִין לוֹ שׁוּם דָּבָר מֵרִשְׁעוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (יחזקאל לג יב) “רִשְׁעַת הָרָשָׁע לֹא יִכָּשֶׁל בָּהּ בְּיוֹם שׁוּבוֹ מֵרִשְׁעוֹ“. וְעַצְמוֹ שֶׁל יוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים מְכַפֵּר לַשָּׁבִים שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא טז ל) “כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם“:
“At this time, when the Temple no longer exists, and we have no atonement altar, there is nothing left but repentance. Repentance atones for all transgressions. Even if a man was wicked throughout his life and repented at the end, we must not mention anything about his wickedness to him, as it is written: “A wicked man’s wickedness shall not bring about his downfall when he gives up his wickedness” (Ezekiel 33:12). Yom Kippur itself atones for those who repent, as it is written: “Atonement shall be made for you on this day” (Leviticus 16:30).”
Here we see that not only did this scholar/rabbi recognize the words of Yeshua that “there is nothing left but repentance,” and also likewise recognized how a thief confessed to Jesus while on the cross to receive redemption from death at the last moments of life.
Instead of acknowledging Yeshua prophecy as foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of Israel to the nations, there is no remembrance of His words, but another deception is given to the people of Israel through false rabbi.
The deception now is that “Yom Kippur itself atones for those who repent.” Of course clearly that is an opinion. No where in Torah does YHWH insinuate to Israel that Yom Kippur “itself” atones for repentance WITHOUT karbanot.
This is a new philosophy originating after Beit HaMikdash as all of Israel that remained understood that YHWH had severely judged the nation, as Nevi’im prophesied, upon the people and Sanhedrin for aiding in the condemnation of an innocent man, Yeshua, or the mitzvah of do not bear false witness against your neighbor, which resulted in the crucifixion of Israel’s Moshiach.
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
Furthermore, and what we know historically and from modern day Jewish culture, the notion that one can do anything they wish (evil wise) their entire life or entire year and then ask for repentance on Yom Kippur, or at the very end of their life, to receive total forgiveness has led to a culture of secularism the likes which have never been seen before.
YHWH made known very well through Nevi’im that the rebellion of Israel and the false teachings of false prophets throughout the generations would lead them astray for destruction.
YHWH said through Isaiah that he would dull the wits and hearts of His children so they would not understand these things and be healed,
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
Through Isaiah we learn that YHWH has confused those who profess to know Him or teach of Him. We know Israel was scattered to many nations, and we know that they (teachers and the majority of the nation) cannot understand, nor perceive their confusion, but only a 10% remained of the nation.
One can clearly see how those who profess to follow HaShem, still reject Yeshua in whom He foretold the destruction of karbanot and Beit HaMikdash.
The Temple was destroyed forty years after the resurrection of Yeshua and yet all modern day hasidic/chabad rabbi reject Him as Moshiach.
Yeshua not only foretold the destruction but explained why the destruction would happen,
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
And thus occurred exactly as Moshiach Yeshua said it would – utter destruction within one generation!
Yet still, two thousand years later, Moshiach Yeshua is still rejected before YHWH by the blind hypocrites who are under the prophecy of Isaiah “blind, deaf, and unable to understand,” and will continue to be so until YHWH fulfills his word through Yom YHWH.
As Yom Kippur is upon us, repent to YHWH in humility, ask for forgiveness of your ignorance, your sins, and for YHWH to open up your hearts, open your ears to hear, and your eyes to see the wonderful redemption in the Moshiach waiting for you with open arms. Yeshua is Moshiach as I a Jew attest before mankind and all those who are redeemed by HaShem will recognize Him as such, all those who deny Moshiach, deny YHWW and will continue to be blind, teaching falsity of Elohim word and remain as the curse of Jacob as prophesied.
I pray that YHWH will deliver you my brothers and sisters and redeem you through Ruach HaKodesh in truth, that the scales may fall from eyes and your heart and see your Moshiach for the first time and receive the gift of YHWH, His spirit upon yourself even as King Saul was able to taste for a moment the spirit of HaShem, I ask that YWHW make you like David, in His redemption, deliverance, and presence for all time redeemed by the true karbanot of Yeshua the Moshiach who was and always will be eternal.
For those who can hear let them say amen and be blessed on this Yom Kippur,
g’mar chatima tova.