Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ambivalence toward the Death Penalty


"How do I know that even capital punishment must be carried out in a respectful manner, and not by taking a butcher's cleaver to the back of the guilty person's neck?
"Rav Nachman said, citing Rabbah bar Avuha: It is written, 'Love your neighbor as yourself' - Choose a good and speedy death for him."
(Talmud, Ketuvot 37b, as explained by Rashi)

Have a good day,

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