Many of us live fragmented lives. We rush about trying to make a living or raise a family, which in today's climate are both becoming increasingly difficult. Our focus tends to be on output; long hours at work, time-consuming commutes and responding to the demands of clients, colleagues or managers.
Consequently, we are left with very little time for any meaningful input such as personal learning and development, cultivating relationships and just thinking and reflecting. As a result, we lose touch with who we really are, what we are truly capable of and what matters most in life.
This tragic fragmentation of self can lead to behaviour that conflicts with one's deepest principles. Repentance then is a process of returning to one's deepest self and rediscovering the moral bedrock of one's value system.
Returning to one's true self through higher-order questioning is what the Shabbat of Return is all about.