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Make The Tikkun - Fix The Sin

The ARIZAL¹ wrote in his Sefer, Shaar Ruach HaKodesh, exactly how many fasts are required in order to fix each sin as part of a person's TeShuva. The Hebrew work Tikkun means to fix.

If a person has the strength and willpower to fast from before sunrise until nightfall the number of times required, they can and should fast. 


— Replacing Doing Countless Fasts With Money Donated For Torah. 

In this generation, most people find it very difficult to fast. Instead of Fasting, a person can donate the cost of daily eating towards the Torah teachings directly related to their sin.  Some Sages have stated that it's best to fast at least 1 time (for 25 hours) and then replace the rest of the required fasts with donations (Tzedaka/Ma'aser/Chomesh). 

How To Calculate?

If the cost of food for an average day is $5, a person would multiply this $5 by the number of fast days they need to fast for that sin. 


THIS DOES NOT MAKE SINNING PERMISSIBLE, But Rather Is There To Make A TIKKUN For The Past Mistakes. 

The Arizal's prescribed fasts required for Tikkun:

Eating without a Blessing:                                       3 Fasts

Intimacy with Unmarried Jewish Woman:             40 Fasts 

Intimacy with a woman who is Niddah:                82 Fasts

Wasting Seed:                                                       84 Fasts

Homosexuality:                                                   233 Fasts

Intimacy w/ Goya:                                              216 Fasts

Idolatry or Atheism:                                              301 Fasts                                                          

Intimacy with Married Jewish Woman (adultery)   325 Fasts 

Example:  If one is doing a Tikkun for 10 times they ate without a blessing, then it would be:   

$5 (meal cost) x 3 (fasts)  X 10 (sins) = $150 to Tzedakah.

Fixing Wasting Seed

The Tikkun for a single time of Wasting Seed is 84 Fasts and therefore the calculation is:

$5 (meal cost)  X  84 (fasts) = $420

Due to its inherently addictive nature (as elucidated by RAMBAM Issurei Be'ah 22:18), the act of wasting seed stands out as one of the most addictive sins. Consequently, individuals often find themselves repeatedly succumbing to this tragic mistake. Throughout history, numerous righteous individuals who embarked on the path of repentance for this transgression chose to express their remorse through continuous acts of charity. They would dedicate themselves to donating whatever they could afford on a monthly basis for an extended period, symbolizing their commitment to rectifying their past actions.  

Donate Now! Fix The Sin!

  1. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (1534-1572), known as the Arizal, was one of the most celebrated Kabbalists of all times.

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