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It would seem from the order of the Rambam in הלכות סנהדרין והעונשין המסורים להם, that only the 4 capital punishments are included. The Rambam includes the force-feeding-execution in Ch. 18 along with the laws of lashes. ד מִי שֶׁלָּקָה בְּבֵית דִּין עַל אִסּוּר כָּרֵת וְלָקָה פַּעַם שְׁנִיָּה עַל אוֹתוֹ כָּרֵת עַצְמוֹ כְּגוֹן שֶׁאָכַל חֵלֶב וְלָקָה ...


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I am sorry that I don't remember who I heard this from, but I recall learning that the idea behind the death penalties was to show how serious the matter under discussion is. Violating Shabbos, for example, has a death penalty, even though it is almost never carried out, in order to teach that observance of Shabbos is more valuable than one's life. The ...


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It is possible for someone to be mistakenly executed for a crime he was innocent of. The system is reconciled by the belief that God knows that the person executed was guilty anyway of some other sin or otherwise deserved to die. For example: see the story of "Vinegar son of Wine" in Bava Metzia 83b. (This story, however, did not involve a beit din, but a ...


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I'd like to answer along two dimensions, one about capital punishment and one more broad. First, it is possible for the conditions to be met under which capital punishment can apply. Tractate Sanhedrin in the talmud discusses in great detail the relevant laws. We know that sentences of capital punishment were carried out in the past. They were rare, with ...


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If the Torah system is from God then surely it must be perfect. so you have questions about it, go and learn from the right teachers. In practice, however there are so many conditions in Jewish law that must be fulfilled that an actual execution only was carried out something like once every 70 years.



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