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On Succos Hashem Demands A Recount!
The Medrash Tanchumah says that the first day of Succos is called "Rishon L'Cheshbon Avonos", the first day that Hashem starts to count our aveiros since we did Teshuva on Yom Kippur. What about the aveiros we commit in the days in between Yom Kippur and Succos? Do they not count?
The gemara in Yuma (86b) says that when we do Teshuva out of fear "Zidonos Na'aseh K'Shgagos"; Hashem considers the aveiros we did intentionally as if we did it without intent and does not punish us. However when we do Teshuva out of love "Zidonos Na'aseh K'Zichuyos"; our aveiros turn into mitzvos. That is the power of Teshuva Mi'Ahava. Rav Levi Yitzchok MiBeridchev (Kedushas Levi) explains that on Yom Kippur we do Teshuva out of fear. We want to have a good year and know that our fate will be sealed on that day. Therefore Hashem ignores our aveiros and we are granted a good year. Succos on the other hand is a Yom Tov of Simcha and great joy. It is a time when we do Teshuva out of extreme love for Hashem. We sit in the Succah and enjoy Hashem's presence. Therefore all our old aveiros are now turned into mitzvos.
Therefore explains the Kedushas Levi when Succos starts and we do Teshuva Mi'Ahava, Hashem takes out all the aveiros that he "threw away" after Yom Kippur when he forgave us and starts to count them again. Why? Because now that they turned into mitzvos Hashem wants to recount them in order to credit us for these "mitzvos".
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