Death Penalty: A Thing of the Past

By Marla Feldman

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 2002

The author agrees with Diament's assertion that ambivalence characterizes how the Jewish tradition has dealt with the biblical death penalty historically, and how most Jews feel about it today. The same ambivalence is reflected in modern Israeli courts. She cites elements among the injustices of the American system and concludes that the ancient wisdom of the rabbis continues to guide us: the death penalty may exist on the books, and perhaps there it should stay, but only God has the authority to impose it.

Topic: Theology, Morality, Ethics, Capital Punishment, Law, Jewish Text, Crime, Prejudice, Death Penalty, Discrimination

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.594

Page Number(s): 15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Feldman, Marla. Death Penalty: A Thing of the Past. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). October 2002: 15.


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