The goel ha'dam has either the right or obligation to kill someone who accidentally killed his/her(?) kinsman (Makkot 2:7) whom I will refer to as the refugee.

I would like to understand what parameters (if any) are included in this license. For example, if the Goel Ha'dam captures the refugee can he hold him imprisoned indefinitely before killing him? Does the Goel Ha'dam have license to torture the refugee to death?

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    פֶּן יִרְדֹּף גֹּאֵל הַדָּם אַחֲרֵי הָרֹצֵחַ כִּי יֵחַם לְבָבוֹ He can only kill him hot bloodedly and not cold bloodedly.
    – pcoz
    Sep 17, 2021 at 3:51
  • kill or pursue? Sep 17, 2021 at 4:13
  • וְהִשִּׂיגוֹ כִּי יִרְבֶּה הַדֶּרֶךְ וְהִכָּהוּ נָפֶשׁ - He shall smite him on the derech.
    – pcoz
    Sep 17, 2021 at 5:19
  • @kouty no it doesn't. I'm asking that if/when the goel hadam does kill the other person are there any parameters in the method of killing Sep 17, 2021 at 15:36
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    If a beis din has to choose the least painful punishment, I can't imagine that the goel hadam has the right to deliberately torture the rotzeach (esp. if it is only r'shus).
    – N.T.
    Sep 19, 2021 at 10:25


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