Sunday, October 28, 2012

Even the last day has value


"Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said: Even if someone is a completely righteous person for his entire life, and he rebels at the last, he has lost all that came earlier, as it is written (Ezekiel 33), 'And the righteousness of a righteous person won't save him on the day of his rebellion.'

"And even if someone is a completely wicked person for his entire life, and he repents at the last, he will never again be reminded of his evil, as it is written (ibid.), 'And the wicked person's wickedness will not cause him to stumble on the day he returns from his wickedness.'

"Why is such a person not simply considered 'even,' half transgressions and half merits? Reish Lakish explained: This is talking about a person who regrets his initial actions."

(Talmud, Kiddushin 40b)

Have a great day,

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