Punishment: Not removed via Repentance
Moshe Ben-Chaim
Reader: "If the punishment associated with the violation of a particular commandment must be carried out no matter what, then what purpose does repentance serve?"
Mesora: The one positive effect of death for the one being slain is his attonement. Prior to his death, repentance by the individual is to correct his values and perfect his soul, but he still must be slain to uphold the system and instill fear in society. The Torah says that you kill so and so and then describes the societal benefit of the slain's death acting as a deterrent, "v'lo yzidoon ode" , "the people will not again sin". (Deut. 17:13)

Ezekiel Chapter 18, G-d completely forgives one who repents fully, even to the point that G-d will deter his timely death due to his new found perfection. However, perfection of the person does not warrant the courts to alter the halachik system. What is in man's (the courts) obligation to exercise must be meted out in accordance with Jewish law. G-d on the other hand will alter nature for the one who fully repents. G-d will even protect him from disasters, but G-d will not alter the system which is His desire to be fulfilled by man.

Complete repentance therefore assures us of G-d's complete protection from evils which arise due to nature, and the course of the world. But it does not cause the courts to abandon their following of the justice system.

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