The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy


Capital Punishment and Abortion

Filed under: EthicsJudaism — eidelberg @ 2:44 am

Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, September 18, 2007.

We read in the Mishna: “Therefore but a single man was created in the world, to teach that if any man has caused a single soul to perish, Scripture imputes it to him as though he had caused a whole world to perish; and if any man saves alive a single soul, Scripture imputes it to him as though he had saved alive a whole world.”

To avoid misunderstanding, let me state at the outset that I do not advocate capital punishment in Israel at this time—except for Muslims or Arabs who, as members of a terrorist group, have deliberately murdered Jewish civilians in pursuance of genocide or politicide: genocide against the Jewish people, or politicide against the State of Israel.

Nor do I regard as correct the Catholic view of abortion. (more…)