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Negative Commandment 322

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Negative Commandment 322 (Digest)
Administering the Death Penalty on Shabbat

"You shall not kindle fire throughout your settlements on the Shabbat day"Exodus 35:3.

It is forbidden for the courts to administer punishments on Shabbat. The Sages interpreted the above verse as an injunction against executing a criminal via burning (one of the four methods of capital punishment employed by the courts) on Shabbat—and the same rule applies to all other forms of capital punishment. From this verse the Sages also extrapolated the prohibition against holding any court proceedings on Shabbat.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
When Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi wished to bless R. Yekusiel Liepler with wealth, the latter said he did not want to be distracted from studying Chassidus and from his service of G-d. When the Rebbe wished to bless him with longevity, his answer was: "But not 'peasant years' in which one has eyes but does not see, has ears but does not hear -- not years of those who do not perceive G-dliness nor do they hear G-dliness..."
  –Hayom Yom, Cheshvan 6
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