Long time congregant Hy Levy was just awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II. Yasher Koach!!
From the Talmud, Tractate Makkot
“A Sanhedrin that puts a man to death once in seven years is called ‘destructive’. Rabbi Eliezer ben Azariah says: Or once in 70 years. Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva say: Had we been in the Sanhedrin, none would ever have been put to death. Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says: They (Rabbis Tarfon and Akiva) would have thus multiplied the murderers in Israel.” To read more on this subject, go to http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-death-penalty-in-jewish-tradition/
Shabbat Shalom, RabbiB