Pittsburgh rabbi asks AG to spare killer from death sentence

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JTA reports Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, whose New Light Congregation lost three worshippers in the October attack by Robert Bowers that killed 11, has written to Barr “as a victim of the attack,” reminding him that “both our religious traditions, yours Catholic and mine Jewish, vigorously oppose the death penalty.”

Although the Bible does condemn those who commit certain sins to death, he continued, the Talmud says that a court that puts a man to death once every 70 years is called a “bloodthirsty court.”

“I would like the Pittsburgh killer to be incarcerated for the rest of his life without parole. He should meditate on whether taking action on some white separatist fantasy against the Jewish people was really worth it,” Perlman said. “Let him live with it forever. I am mainly interested in not letting this thug cause my community any further pain.”

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  1. Although the Bible does condemn those who commit certain sins to death, he continued, the Talmud says that a court that puts a man to death once every 70 years is called a “bloodthirsty court.”

    Apparently, he only knows about this from some liberal talking point and not from actually learning the sugya

    Had he seen the Mishna (not Talmud) inside he would know that is a three-way machlokes about the time period to be called “Chavloness” which probably doesn’t mean bloodthirsty. The Rambam brings down and paskens with the Shito that it is seven (not seventy) years.

    The Rambam also explicitly says that this principle should NOT be used to let off someone who deserves the death penalty off if tragically the Beis Din has more than one person in seven years that they can’t find a reason not to give the death penalty to.

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