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Do People Deserve a Second Chance?

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How often have you felt regret over a past mistake or bad decision and wished you were given a second chance? You may have hurt someone or done something stupid. It may have been deliberate or inadvertent. Whatever the circumstance, you are left with a gnawing feeling: “If I can only go back and do it again.”

Is this wishful thinking? Do we deserve a second chance? Can we have a second chance? Conventional wisdom would seem to dictate that time travels in only one direction: forward. The past is the past, and you can do nothing to change it — as much as you may want to. This is how we have been trained to think. Today’s culture often takes it a step further: Get real and stop having illusions of grandeur. Come to terms with the fact that bygones are bygones. Shattered dreams, broken promises, love betrayed — this is all part of reality. There are no second chances. As the cynics or the pessimists say: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Ecclesiastes puts it this way: A generation goes, a generation comes, and there is nothing new under the sun. Basically, lower your expectations and don’t hope for any great changes in your life. If something was damaged, there’s nothing you can do about it. We are victims of circumstances. Period.

But is this true?

Unequivocally not. Please join Rabbi Jacobson as he challenges conventional thinking and offers us a radically different approach that will transform the way you think about your past and your future. Discover how to look at yourself in a new way. Learn how your sincere longing for a second chance can open up new channels, allowing you to indeed turn past mistakes into tremendous opportunities and actually create second chances in life.

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Noah Gordon
8 days ago

Thank you, Rabbi.
I have made terrible mistakes that have deeply hurt those I love. I am working diligently to learn from my wrongs. There is a saying that “however disorienting, difficult, or humbling our mistakes might be, it is ultimately our wrongness—not rightness—that can teach us who we are and who we are capable of becoming.” Thank you for your wisdom as with G-d’s blessing I pray for a second chance with those that I love in my life.