Elisha ben Avuya was a learned Rabbi in first century Jerusalem, he moved away from Jewish belief and practice and is counted among our most infamous heretics. The Talmud records that one Yom Kippur Elisha ambled behind the Synagogue and heard a heavenly voice “let all repent, except for Elisha.” How could this be? R. Yoel Schwartz explains: Elisha was drawn to the Synagogue but could not bring himself to enter. He wondered behind the Synagogue – had he but entered, the gates of repentance and forgiveness would have opened to him, as it is to all of us who enter the Synagogue this Yom Kippur.