Can a Jew ever be a rasha?
Well, we have to look in the chumash and ask Moshe Rabbeinu. And Moshe Rabbeinu said about Korach, “סוּרוּ נָא מֵעַל אָֽהֳלֵי הָֽאֲנָשִׁים הָֽרְשָׁעִים הָאֵלֶּה – Move yourselves away from the tents of these resha’im” (Bamidbar 16:26). So he called them resha’im. So we see that sometimes a Jew could be a rasha.
There’s no such thing as saying “There’s no resha’im”. This liberal attitude that everything is excusable cannot be accepted by us. We have our principles and sometimes you have to call a thing by its name. And a person who is disloyal to the Torah certainly deserves a certain rebuke. And if he deserves the name of rasha – it doesn’t mean you have to say it – but you could certainly categorize him in the category of rasha.
TAPE # 625