Why Did Moshe Not Do Teshuvah? by Michael Winner/6/29/2023 I told my daughter before she left that there are two sources of holiness in the United States. The first is the Burger Buddy from Ken's Diner in Chicago. The second is the Slurpee. Being a spiritual being that she is, she went and bought a Slurpee to achieve high levels of holiness (and caffeine). She reported back two things: 1) How HUGE the American version of "medium" is compared to the Israeli version 2) After drinking half of it, she started to feel sick.Mission Accomplished.I saw an interesting question, by Rav Pincus (of course). In this week's parsha, when the nation began to complain about a lack of water, Hashem told Moshe to speak to the rock and water will flow from it. Instead, Moshe hit the rock, which caused water to flow out, but also left Moshe with the punishment of not being able to enter Eretz Yisroel. This episode has left a lot of big people to wonder and write about what exactly was the sin that Moshe did to deserve such a punishment.However, Rav Pincus notes that we do not see anywhere that Moshe attempted to do teshuva. We know that he davened and pleaded Hashem to let him enter, yet we know that teshuva is greater than davening. So, why is it that he did not attempt to do teshuva?We know that the bigger the person is, the more accountable he is for his actions. Being that Moshe ranks pretty high, it's possible to say that he himself had no real grasp on exactly what made his sin so great that he could not enter Eretz Yisroel. If so, how can he do teshuvah for something that he knows not of?It's similar to how people, right before Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur go around and ask "Please forgive me for anything that I might have done this year." It seems pretty empty to me. If you're going to do teshuvah or ask for forgiveness, you sort of have to know what you did wrong in the first place in order to try to correct it in the future.From this we see something else. Sometimes we see people, usually in positions of power, in my experience, who will never ask others for forgiveness. Nor do they ever change. The entire community can clearly see the person's faults, but no matter what, that person will never change. Perhaps, from here, we see why. A person can only change if he knows that he did something wrong and what he did wrong. Without that first step, he can never truly change.We can learn from this the importance of always trying to be aware of one's actions. All the more so, if others make our actions known to us. If we cannot at least acknowledge that we did something wrong, we have no possible way of correcting it.With that, I wish you all a wonderful Shabbos!