In the course of my business, sometimes I come across assimilated Jews who practice avodah zarah. Should I try to influence them to do teshuva?
The gentleman is asking a question: Should you try to influence Jews against worshipping idols? I think so. You should influence Jews for any good thing that you can, certainly. You can buy them a subscription to a frum Jewish newspapers or Jewish magazines; that’s the best way to do it. Little by little it might work – they can’t throw it into the garbage every week after all, so one day while they’re eating breakfast they’ll be reading it and maybe something will come into their minds.
TAPE # 640 (May 1987)
How do you deal with a close relative who is an apikores and yet he acts respectful to his Orthodox relatives?
First of all, have nothing to do with him. הרחק משכן רע – Keep away from relatives that are apikorsim because your association with them is not going to do you any good.
Now, if you wish to do something, subscribe to Orthodox newspapers and magazines for him and that way every week the mailman will be bringing propaganda to him. All kinds of Orthodox Jewish newspapers or periodicals you can send him. Send him books too. Let him read. Maybe in the course of time, it’ll have some influence.
But you and your family should not be identified at all with irreligious relatives; it is important that they should not come into your home and that your family should not visit them. The mere knowledge that there are irreligious relatives in the background is already – TAPE ENDED HERE
TAPE # 714 (December 1988)