לספוד לשרה ולבכתה: ונסמכה מיתת שרה לעקידת יצחק, לפי שעל ידי בשורת העקידה שנזדמן בנה לשחיטה וכמעט שלא נשחט, פרחה נשמתה ממנה ומתה
Someone told Sarah about what was happening to Yitzchak, and her Neshama left her, and she died.
This got me thinking: even though it appears that at least some Meforshim say that it was the satan who told Sarah, it appears that mere words have the power of causing a persons death.
So my question is, if a person should deliver bad information to another, resulting in the latter person's death, would the former be responsible?
- Assuming there were in fact two witnesses that warned that person, would a Jewish court be able to punish him?
- Even if there weren't witnesses, would he still be liable? Would it matter whether he knew what its effect would be or not?
- And finally, if the answer to the above two is no, would he still be liable in the world to come (דיני שמים)?