This may be a silly question, but is there a difference between the way Jewish people view/experience/observe repenting and the way Christians do? I was raised Christian and it always seemed like such a solemn and guilty and miserable thing, yet they didn't fast or anything. I'm considering conversion and trying to figure this stuff out
What a fantastic question. There is a major difference in how Jews and Christians understand sin.
In Hebrew, we translate the word “het” as “sin,” but that is really not the true definition. It really means “missing the mark”. As Jews, we do not believe that a het is the worst thing in the world, but just an area of our life that we screwed up a bit. That’s it! We believe that God loves all of God’s children and because we were not created as perfect (look at all of the examples in the Hebrew Bible of human characters) and only wants us to improve!
I hope that this helps!