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Repentance and redemption

The Babylonian Talmud: Sanhedrin 97:72

Rabbi Eliezer said: if the people of Israel repent, they will be redeemed; and if not, they will not be redeemed.

Rabbi Yehoshua said: True, if they do not repent they will not be redeemed. But the Almighty appoints for them a King whose decrees are harsh like Haman, and Israel then repents and returns to the straight and narrow.

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