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How can I ask someone for forgiveness if I don't know where he lives now?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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Question:

How do you get forgiveness for a transgression against someone if you can't find the person, but you know you need to get their forgiveness?

Answer:

If it is impossible to contact this person, then you may make a strong resolution that you want to ask his/her forgiveness, and decide that when you meet this person you will actually do the asking. G-d considers this resolution as if you did ask forgiveness. (See Nitei Gavriel laws of Yom Kippur 17:5).


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