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This or the Other: Kiddushin 39

There is no more tragic figure in Talmudic literature than that of Acher, the Other. Destined for greatness, the teacher, colleague and friend of Rav Meir left the path of Torah, becoming perhaps the most famous apostate in Jewish history. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, his rejection of Judaism he was figure of great interest to his colleagues. They implored him to return but he was unwilling or perhaps unable, to return. "Return return my people  - all except for Acher." (Chagigah 15a)

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