When my child was little, she wanted to know whether my parents, who are not Jewish, would go to Heaven. I explained to her that the righteous of all nations have a place in the world to come. But Rabbi Kalman Winter, zt'l, told my wife she could reassure our then young daughter that because I had converted, my parents would have a special place in the world to come. What sources support the proposition that parents of a convert benefit from his or her's acceptance of Torah and mitzvos?

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    Anytime I cause/enable someone to do a good thing it counts to my credit, no?
    – Double AA
    Dec 19, 2013 at 17:59
  • @DoubleAA but did his parents cause or enable that? Dec 20, 2013 at 2:35
  • @MonicaCellio Probably depends on the case.
    – Double AA
    Dec 20, 2013 at 6:23

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InParshas Lech Lecha - Braishis 15:15 it says that when Avraham will pass away ואתה תבוא אל אבותיך בשלום. Rashi explains that even though Terach was an idol worshipper it says come to your parent, since Terach repented prior to his death.

The Marhasha was asked the following question when he was a child. How does Rashi know that Terach repented. Perhaps he remained a sinner however he received Gan Eden like it says in Sanhedrin 104a ברא מזכי אבא

The Marhasha answered that it says Avosecha אבותיך - Lashon Rabim - plural. That indicates that not only Terach was rewarded with Gan Eden also Terach's father, Nachor received Gan Eden. So you may say that Avraham was able to help Terach get into Gan Eden, however how was Nachor able to get in there? Therefore Rashi says that Terach repented and since a child helps a parent therefore Nachor also received Gan Eden. That is why it says Avosecha אבותיך - Lashon Rabim - plural.


a person is judged primarily for his own choices in life. this can be seen for example by rivka's father or rachel's father who were considered wicked people despite that their daughters were righteous. likewise, Chizkiyahu was considered a tzadik despite that his son Menashe was wicked.

It helps to have righteous descendants, but this is not the primary factor by which a person is judged.

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    The question is "What sources support [this] proposition?" I don't see how this answer addresses the question.
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 19, 2013 at 21:44
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    @IsaacMoses the bible is not enough?
    – ray
    Dec 19, 2013 at 22:12
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    the question asks for sources that support for the proposition, but there are none here. In addition, you haven't sourced the claims you have made to the Bible; you've just alluded to episodes in the Bible. This is important because your core claim, "were considered wicked people," is probably not something you can source to the Bible.
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 19, 2013 at 22:21
  • @IsaacMoses fine, thought it demonstrates the principle for those familiar with the tanach. for less advanced, its at least a good lead
    – ray
    Dec 20, 2013 at 12:45

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