Crime and Punishment in Jewish Law: Essays and Responsa

By Walter Jacob; Moshe Zemer | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

"When the State of Israel has its share of thieves, prostitutes, and thugs, then it will be a normal state like all others" is a statement attributed to Ben Gurion; he wished to characterize Israel as a "normal" land among all other nations. Actually this should have been the least of his worries as we have always had such a criminal element in our midst.

Judaism has sought to move in the other direction and to minimize this criminal element. As a "chosen people," we would, hopefully, have a lower percentage of criminals in our midst. The aim is laudable, but the goal has never been attained. The legal systems that we have developed since Biblical days had to deal with crime and the criminal in an ethically effective way. The Bible presents only a small portion of the laws necessary for a state to function; undoubtedly criminal law developed separately as royal prerogative, although we know nothing about this. The later halakhah as we see it in the Mishnah and Talmud had to be creative even though the power of its courts both in Babylon and Palestine was limited. Whole tractates of the Talmud discuss a wide variety of legal issues both civil and criminal. Some elements of this material have been incorporated into modern Israeli law, but that is not the subject of this volume. We are concerned with the way in which the halakhic approach can shape our modern thinking in this area wherever we live, in the Diaspora or in Israel.

As we look at the halakhah, we must immediately distinguish between the practical and the purely theoretical. Although the jurisdiction of the bet din was limited in every land where we lived, the scholars felt that it was important to develop a system

-ix-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Crime and Punishment in Jewish Law: Essays and Responsa
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 142

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.