- Capital Punishment
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Question: Hello, i am studying Judaism at School. Please
could you tell me what views Judaism has on Capital Punishment?
- Thank you,
- Mesora: Rachel, Judaism believes
in capital punishment for many reasons. One is to rid society of those
who would harm others. Another reason is to display to the world what
corruption truly is. By killing someone, we realize the gravity of
their offense as so bad that it requires death. Still yet is the
reason to act a deterrent, so people are afraid of committing certain
acts, acts which God decided are harmful.
- Life is only treasured by one who follows God Who is the giver of
life. If one violates what God desires, then God has outlined in the
Torah their punishments. Life is not something which is the top
priority. Serving God is top priority, and when we don't, God
determined that our fate sometimes is death.