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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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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?


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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Mitzvot » Love thy Neighbor
Jewish Identity » Love thy Neighbor
Holidays » Yom Kippur » Repentance

Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.