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Forgive and Forget?

The Jewish Approach to Forgiveness vs. Justice

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Forgive and Forget?: The Jewish Approach to Forgiveness vs. Justice

When one forgives another for a crime committed against them, what does this mean? Does it mean that the sinner is absolved and cleansed? But what of justice and repentance? And, the big question: By what right can one dispense forgiveness to begin with? The problem with the crime is that it is, first and foremost, a transgression of G-d's will. Surely then, forgiveness is His domain alone?!
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Divine Providence, Holocaust, Forgiveness

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Petrea Maryland February 25, 2016

Thank you for this kind and brilliant explanation in the tradition of Maimonides Reply

Rabbi Moishe New September 24, 2015

To Teresa It is a spiritual fire. As you put it, a kind of regret. I wish you much joy and success. Reply

Casper Netherlands September 20, 2015

Very usefull Wow, what a great lessons! Thanx Rabbi! Reply

Teresa South Carolina September 16, 2015

Hell I am new at embracing my Jewish heritage so I am not yet understanding the cleansing after death. Is the fire an actual fire or just the passion of extreme regret? Reply

Janice Colorado December 8, 2014

Forgive and Forget When I was a young child, I saw on TV, scenes from holocaust - it was trauma to my soul - I can still see myself viewing the horror. Imagine, younger than 5, never touched by even the idea of death.

Today the evil are more clever, they don't come to your home dressed in uniforms with guns asking for you sons to work in the factory for the war effort; they go to you Marxist leaning public schools and universities; declaring we have your sons and your daughters; they our ours not yours, and through media, pop music, culture, movies, internet; our children are being taken from us in many other ways. Reply

Kay Texas August 30, 2017
in response to Janice:

I believe your words are true. However, they don't come to our homes yet demanding us, our children, or other things. But, I believe, they will come one day; make no mistake - they will come one day - in America. Reply

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