In hilchos teshuva of the Rambam (4:1), he states that one for proselytizes for idol worship is unable to repent. Are there any other sources that comment on anyway to repent for such a sin?


2 Answers 2


The Rambam doesn't say that such a person is unable to repent, just that Hashem won't provide him an opportunity like He does for most people (אין מספיקין בידו לעשות תשובה). In halacha 6 there, the Rambam clearly states that neither this nor anything else prevents (מונעין) teshuvah, just impedes it (מעכבין).

  • See the guide for more info.
    – Turk Hill
    Aug 28, 2019 at 18:28
  • According to Rambam does it make a difference if the person was doing it as a former Frum person or if he didn't know any better?
    – larry909
    Jul 14, 2021 at 19:15
  • @larry909 Elsewhere (Hilchos Mamrim 3:3) the Rambam speaks of תינוקות שנשבו, people who were raised in a non-Torah observant environment, who are not held fully responsible for their transgressions, since they didn't know better. Presumably the same thing would apply here, but given that we're anyway talking about something that Hashem (rather than an earthly beis din) would or wouldn't do, then it would be up to His judgment.
    – Meir
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:17

Coming from a more reformed opinion, I think Hashem would have no issues with your repentance. It says in Yechezkel 18:21-23

And if the wicked man repent of all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My laws and executes justice and righteousness, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he has committed shall not be remembered regarding him: through his righteousness that he has done he shall live. Do I desire the death of the wicked? says the Lord God. Is it not rather in his repenting of his ways that he may live?

  • 2
    Great to have you learning with us, @Rivka! I hope you don't mind that I added a link to the text you cited. Aug 28, 2019 at 5:01
  • Thank you so much!
    – Rivka
    Aug 28, 2019 at 6:28

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .