Judaism and the Death Penalty: Of Two Minds but One Heart

By Nathan J. Diament

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 2002

The author cites texts of the Mishna relating to capital punishment and asks about Judaism, How can a society protect human lives with a system that itself takes human life? He asserts that the Torah does not offer a one-sided view of the issue but rather reflects on the Divine nature in God's creation. He concludes that in its heart, Judaism is devoted to championing each human life as unique and sacred.

Topic: Theology, Morality, Ethics, Death and Mourning, Capital Punishment, Law, Jewish Text, Death Penalty

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.594

Page Number(s): 4-5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Diament, Nathan J. Judaism and the Death Penalty: Of Two Minds but One Heart. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). October 2002: 4-5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7032


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