This may be one of the most important prayers you ever say. Knowing that many people find it difficult to pray in Hebrew, I am presenting the translation I wrote of Rabbi Aharon Rota’s “Tikun HaYesod” learning and prayer to atone for sexual transgressions. With all of my heart, I urge everyone to study the translation posted on our jewishsexuality.com website, in order to take advantage of the special, 6 week “Shovavim” period, which is an especially favorable time to repent for sexual sins like masturbation, pre-marital sex, sex with non-Jews, adultery, violations of Niddah, homosexual relations, mistakes during marital relations, and watching Internet smut.
You may think it is just a lot of mumbo jumbo, but remember, I grew up in America. I spent years playing the bohemian playboy in Hollywood and New York. I’ve done things I could never write about, may G-d forgive me. In other words, I’ve been to hell and back. Since then I have had the great merit of learning Torah for thirty years in Israel, including studying about Shmirat HaBrit for ten years with the elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Leon Levi. And I have fallen and risen, fallen and risen, fallen and risen many times along the path. The things that our holy Sages have taught us are real, as set forth in the link to Rabbi Rota’s learning and prayer. Please read it. Please try to recite the prayer. Do it for the good of your souls, for the good of your children, for the good of Am Yisrael. And if you are fortunate to absorb its deep teachings, to feel true remorse, and to recite the confession with tears, then don’t worry – be happy – know that G-d has accepted your prayers. And even if tears don’t come, know that the learning itself, and the prayer, on whatever level you can say it, brings great cleansing in its wake to you and to all of the world.
(While the learning and prayer primarily apply to men, women can receive benefit as well in their study and recital, as the old saying goes, “It takes two to tango.”)