- Projection and what it says about the "projector"
- Why is love-inspired teshuvah so much more powerful than fear-inspired teshuvah?
Projecting Yourself onto Others - For Better or For Worse
The good people in Yisrael aren't so suspicious like the lesser people of those who are kosher.
This differs from giving the benefit of the doubt because the innocent person may not even be doing something suspicious, may not have even considered that their words or behavior could be interpreted in such an unexpected and negative way, yet the lesser person automatically assumes this incongruously negative intention.
Teshuvah Out of Fear vs. Teshuvah Out of Love
When you make teshuvah out of fear, you don't cleanse yourself completely of everything, but only halfway, because you've already stumbled in your transgressions: meaning that an unintentional stumbling block created an intentional transgression.
And in that case, the imprint of the stumbling block remains within you and you weren't cleansed of every single thing….but when you return to Hashem out of love, meaning from above Shamayim, then you'll be cleansed entirely - and you don't even need a sacrifice, but just a verbal confession.
He served as rabbi and dayan and wrote several books, the most well-known being his commentary on the Chumash known as the Kli Yakar.
This is my own translation and any errors are also mine.