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Allow In The Murderer!
Several years ago, a soldier in the IDF arrived home for a vacation from the army. During his stay at home, there was a dispute in the household, and the soldier actually shot and killed his own father. For various reasons, the soldier was sentenced to only five years of prison. While he was sitting in jail, he suffered from feelings of regret and eventually became a complete baal teshuvah. Eventually, he was transferred to the prison for religious prisoners. In shul one morning, the baal teshuvah expressed his wish to say Kaddish for his father, and all the prisoners ran from the shul and refused to answer Amen. "Should we answer Amen to the Kaddish of a son who killed his father?" they complained to the Rav of the prison.
The Rav of the prison consulted with Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who ruled that the prisoners did not act properly. The gates of teshuvah are never locked, and therefore even someone who murdered his father, but did teshuvah, is considered a complete baal teshuvah, and one must answer amen to his Kaddish.
When the baal teshuvah was released from prison, he applied to a yeshivah for baalei teshuvah, and the roshei yeshivah refused to accept him, with the excuse that they didn't want to accept a murderer. R' Elyashiv again ruled that their behavior was inappropriate. Every Jew that does sincere teshuvah on an aveirah of bein adam lamakom (since the father was no longer alive), his teshuvah is accepted in shamayim, and there is no reason not to accept him into a yeshivah. (Aleinu Leshabeach)
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