Ensuring That Good Deeds Go Unpunished

Rabbi Mark Dratch writes: Moral development theorist Lawrence Kohlberg presented the following dilemma in order to measure the sophistication of a person’s moral thinking: In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that …

Justifiable Homicide, Assault and Retaliation – Part II

We recently discussed some parallels between the Halachah and what had been, until fairly recently, the law in various Southern states excusing a husband or father who murdered the paramour of his wife or daughter. The most fascinating of the legal rationales of the Southern states is the idea that a man shouldn’t be punished …