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A Touch of Purity
The Soul of Teshuvah Through Stories and Reflections
By Rabbi Yechiel Spero
Artscroll - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2010
ISBN: 9781422610084

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - August 30, 2010

Rabbi Yechiel Spero, the author of the beloved Touch by a Story series is back with a new collection of stories in A Touch of Purity: The Soul of Teshuvah Through Stories and Reflections. In this collection, Rabbi Spero has compiled a soul awakening series of stories that teach us about the importance of Teshuvah (repentance) and how we discover the strength that exists in each of us to do Teshuvah and to travel the path of repentance.

The stories in this collection are infused with insights from the Torah and wisdom garnered from the great sages, both ancient and modern. Within these stories, Rabbi Spero also explores the importance and meaning of the Selichos (penitential prayers) and the secrets of cheshbon hanefesh (spiritual reckoning). He also provides tips on how to strengthen our relationship with HaShem and how to achieve forgiveness.

A Touch of Purity is a powerful book that reminds us that we are not alone on our journey. HaShem is with us with every step. More important, you don't have to start by making a major change in your life. Often it is the little changes that we make that have the biggest impact. The stories in this book are true. Rabbi Spero has retold them here with compassion and adroitness. These are stories that will touch your heart and your soul and they will inspire you to try just a little harder to do Teshuvah. In short, this is an ideal book to enhance your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences, and to enjoy the year round.

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