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Do they learn Torah in hell?

06.12.17

Question

Hello Rabbi,

I wanted to ask if G-d has pity on the wicked in hell? If He feels sorry for them, will He take them out of it? I also want to know if they study Torah in hell?

Answer

The way to clean the soul from the sins that contaminated it is by undergoing a cleansing-purifying process in the fires of Hell, and therefore, Hell is a great and tremendous mercy for the person who needs it.

It appears that one can not learn Torah in Hell since the sages say in the Babylonian Talmud Hagiga 27a: “Rabbi Abbahu said in the name of Rabbi Elazar: The fire of Hell has no power over Torah scholars.” We derive from this that the fire of Torah extinguishes the fire of Hell and only those with no Torah can remain in hell.

 

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