Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Impossible to make whole


Five actions make full repentance impossible, according to Rambam, because one will not be able to make it up to the individual he has harmed:

1. Cursing a group of people, as opposed to a particular, known individual;

2. Taking part in a thief's spoils, so that one doesn't know who the victim was, and one encourages the thief further;

3. Finding a lost object of unknown ownership and failing to announce it;

4. Eating the property of paupers, orphans and widows, who are not known and who often wander from place to place, so that one will not be able to find them and make it up;

5. Accepting a bribe to warp justice, so that one does not know the full impact of his deed and one encourages the briber to continue this practice.

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance 4:3)

גמר חתימה טובה,


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