“I have strayed like a lost sheep: Seek out Your servant” (Psalms 119:176).

Hashem’s way is to call a person the moment He sees him straying from the path of good sense, asking him to turn back. He calls each person in the way most suited to him. To some, He beckons with a hint. To others, the summons is literally a cry. Some people kick, and He must strike them in order to call them. The Torah is Hashem’s voice calling and begging those who sin to return to Him.

As long as a person has not strayed too far from the right path, it is easy for him to return, because he still recognizes the voice. This is because only a short time has passed since he was close to G-d and heeded His voice, the voice of the Torah. Similarly, when a sheep strays from the path and the shepherd immediately calls it, as long as the sheep has not yet strayed too far, it still recognizes the shepherd’s voice and immediately responds.

But once the sheep strays far from the path, it forgets the shepherd’s voice and no longer recognizes his call. Similarly, when a person has been going in the wrong direction for a long time, having strayed far from the true path into all those corrupt, devious, and confusing pathways, it is hard for him to repent.

King David prayed: “Search out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your mitzvos (Psalms 119:176).” “I have strayed like a lost sheep”: I have strayed from the good path like a lost sheep that has strayed from the road. This is why I beg of You: “Seek out Your servant, because I have not forgotten Your commandments.” Hurry and search for me as long as I still remember the voice of the Torah and mitzvos. Take pity on me and search me out quickly, as long as “I have not forgotten Your mitzvos” and still recognize the voice of the call of the Torah and the mitzvos.

Hashem’s greatness is unfathomable; that is why t’shuvah has such power. No matter how far you strayed from the right path, never despair, because you can always return to Hashem. With just a little effort, you can turn even your worst sins into merits and you can easily come back to Hashem. This is because of His unfathomable greatness. Nothing is beyond His power. Just never give up! Keep crying out, praying, and pleading to Hashem at all times.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yonasan ben Sigalit

David ben Sarah

Yaakov ben Simchah

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yitzchak ben Mazal

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Yosef ben Nosrat

Moshe ben Mazal

Mordechai ben Chanah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Yosef ben Renee

Nesanel ben Miriam

Ariel ben Sarah

Chaim Yonah ben Ilana

Ovadiah ben Avraham

Tinok ben Yocheved


Fredel bas Hendil

Rachel Leah bas Esther

Adele bas Sarah

Ava bas Ilana Esther

Sonia bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Ora bas Naomi

Miriam bas Rivkah

Elka Rachel bas Sarah Malkah

Lielle Devorah bas Esther

Blume bas Esthel Rivkah

Tziporah bas Fruma

Miryam bas Sarah

Shalvah bas Sarah

Ahavah Chayah bas Neda

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