The Death Penalty
Moshe Ben-Chaim
Question: I'm a young African man from Botswana. Recently a white woman was sentenced to death (by hanging) and this caused great commotion among many especially the west.The sentence was not the first one, but it was the first time a white person was sentenced to death. could the Rabbi please illuminate me on the Torah's stance on the death penalty. Your personal views (or any other notable views you know of are welcome) thanks
Mesora: Death is meted out according to severe infractions against God's word as defined by the Torah and the Rabbis of the Talmud. We don 't kill based on man's estimation of when life should be over. Go created life, and therefore is the Only One Who may determine when life should be terminated. Man's fabrication of even the best law systems must be lacking by definition of the fact that man's intelligence is limited.

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