(The Rebbe writes) My grandfather said: "A Jewish groan which, G-d forbid, arises from physical misfortune, is also a great Teshuva (repentence / reconnection to G-d); how much more so then, is a groan arising from spiritual distress a lofty and effective Teshuva.
The groan pulls him out of the depths of evil and places him on a firm footing in the realm of good.
Recognizing one's bad straights, knowing one must turn to one's Creator, is already a great step in improvement. Note, this is not a moan, as in bemoaning one's fate, this is a groan, recognizing where you are and that it's not a good place (or as good a place as it could be), and wanting it to be better. Stand up and take the next step!
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