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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on real repentance

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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
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"Say I'm sorry." 

That's the refrain we repeat to children when they've hurt someone. But we all know words alone don't make it right. And in today's world of stubborn denials, glib apologies and quick comebacks, sincere amends are rare.

By contrast, Judaism teaches that true repentance is hard work, that forgiveness isn't cheap, and that the process is only over when a new path is forged.

MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about the Judaic concept of teshuvah and whether incomplete repentance does more harm than good.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.