|Ask Rabbi Simmons|
What are the Jewish views on the death penalty?
Judaism supports the death penalty, but only when there are at least two eyewitnesses who fully corroborate their testimony, and also that the criminal was warned beforehand that commiting this crime could result in the death penalty.
The Talmud says that in practice, the death penalty was administered by the Jewish court only once every several years.
With blessings from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Shraga Simmons