Maimonides states the steps of teshuvah as follows:
Saying 'I'm Sorry'A 'comprehensive' apology is more likely to win forgiveness, researchers say. There are eight elements:
- Acceptance of responsibility
- Admission of wrongdoing
- Acknowledgment of harm
- Promise to behave better
- Request for forgiveness
- Offer of repair
- ExplanationSource: University of Waterloo
- Realizing what you did was wrong
- Confessing to the wrongdoing
- Correcting the wrong you caused
- Acting properly when confronted with the same situation that led to the original wrongdoing
Here are some questions to help you think about the difference between "I'm sorry" and "teshuvah"
- What is the purpose of "I'm sorry"?
- What is the purpose of teshuvah?
- What step that leads to teshuvah is missing from the "I'm sorry" list above?
- How does this help you understand teshuvah?