A BRIEF JEWISH THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

A BRIEF JEWISH  THOUGHT  FOR THE WEEK

Good News

Long time congregant Hy Levy was just awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II.  Yasher Koach!!

Jewish Opinions on Capital Punishment – There are many.

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