Dear Rabbi,

Can one forgive a thief?

I took something from a place some time ago, and did not return it.

I recently sent them a letter about this and offered to pay them back, but they said that they are me מוחל?

What is the הלכה in this case, am I still required to repay them, what am I supposed to do?

Thanks.

Answer:

A thief can be forgiven.

If you offered to pay and they agreed to forego the obligation, there is nothing more that you need to do vis-a-vis the store or person involved.

However, you still need to do teshuvah concerning the act of theft itself.

Best wishes.

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