A Jewish man wants to say tehillim for his messianic mother who died recently. The guy is a convert. Is it allowed? What else could be done le'ilui Nishmat?

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    His mother isn't Jewish then he isn't Jewish. Is he a convert or did his mother think she was able to convert out of being Jewish? Just asking bc the question is unclear at the moment. Either way what makes you think praying for someone would not be allowed bc they aren't Jewish? – Dude Dec 11 '18 at 19:30
  • As i stated that he is Jewish, it is understood that he covered – Rh Haokip Dec 12 '18 at 11:07
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    It was not understood which is why I asked. You would improve your question by clarifying this as well as adding why you think there is an issue with saying tehillim for someone not jewish – Dude Dec 12 '18 at 14:55
  • I could hear that it's NOT allowed. If the son saying the tehilim is as if the mother was saying tehilim, and she isn't Jewish, it might be like teaching Torah to a non-Jew. But living a proper life according to Halacha is by itself an iloy neshama, and probably this would apply even to his technically unrelated mother. – Mordechai Aug 20 '19 at 21:00

Yes it's allowed. The rule of thumb is that once your'e born a Jew you die as Jew, no matter what you did. The source is "ישראל שחטא ישראל הוא"

  • Not only that, maybe in her last minutes in this world she repented. Jewish belief is that G-d's hand is always open to repentance. – Epicentre Dec 11 '18 at 12:43
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    The OP said the mother was a gentile – Double AA Dec 11 '18 at 14:57
  • Offhand, I don't see any problem reciting Tehillim. Period. That's essentially what you're doing. – DanF Dec 11 '18 at 23:46
  • The point is she had never been jewish – Rh Haokip Dec 12 '18 at 11:08
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    @quizhead not if he's a convert – Double AA Dec 18 '18 at 14:40

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