Sometimes, it feels like we don’t deserve forgiveness, or that it’s impossible to forgive an offender. But Jewish tradition teaches there are few, if any, unforgivable sins. A midrash has it that God kept Pharaoh alive as long as necessary for him to repent. He survived the Reed Sea and lived to become king of Nineveh (many centuries later). When the prophet Jonah prophesied doom, Pharaoh led his people in heartfelt repentance. Even Pharaoh could earn forgiveness. And so can we.
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