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When and why did the Rabbis discontinue capital and corporeal punishment?

1. Capital punishment was only legally allowed as long as the Sanhedrin (the Jewish supreme court, comprised of 71 of the greatest sages of the time) was...

Why does G-d allow virtuous people to struggle with poverty?

We can never truly know the reason for difficulties and tribulations in life. There are two possible scenarios which can explain why a person...

Isn't it a bit harsh to stone a person to death for lighting a fire on the Shabbat?

1. Even in the most liberal society, freedom and liberty are only granted when they do not interfere with the common good of the population. You aren't...

Can you please define the punishment of Kareit (excision)?

Kareit is the punishment for certain sins (for example, eating chametz on Passover, eating on Yom Kippur, not circumcising oneself, etc.). Kareit means...

Chassidic insight into the curses of the admonition in the Torah

Question: Why are there such harsh curses in the admonition in the Torah? Answer: The Admonition appears in the Torah twice: once in the end of Leviticus,...

What's all this business about being "G-d fearing"?

Fear of G-d has many levels.When we say people are G-d fearing, we normally don't mean they live in fear that G-d might punch them out for doing the wrong...

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

Judaism does have a concept of reward and punishment in the afterlife. However, since words we use bring to mind certain images, particularly...

What is the Jewish view on reward and punishment?

The Short Answer: In Judaism, there is reward and punishment--but there is more to that idea than the eye sees. There is more to an...

Why does the Torah list "earthly" rewards for following its precepts?

The simple answer is that not everyone appreciates abstract, spiritual rewards. The Torah must therefore detail the palpable rewards that await us for...