When Elisha turned his back on Judaism, his disciple, R' Meir, did not cut off ties with him, but continued to maintain a close connection with him. The Talmud tells of a heavenly voice that issued forth and declared: "All can repent and be accepted -- except Elisha ben Avuya." What was it about this man that was so evil that his teshuvah could never be accepted? Why did Rabbi Meir remain so fiercely loyal to him?
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