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The Talmud on Sentencing

Discovering Talmudic Principles

This three-part Talmud series will analyze the principles related to sentencing; more specifically, to cases where two separate sentences are applicable: should one or more sentences be administered? These principles, known in the Talmud as ‘Kim leh bederabah mineh’, are discussed in the third chapter of tractate Ketubot.

An Overview of the Types of Sentences
The Talmud on Sentencing, Lesson 1
This Talmud series analyzes the judicial principles related to cases where two different sentences are applicable: should one or more sentences be administered? First, the class introduces the primary categories of punitive liability, and then discusses the issues in two liabilities for the same transgression.
Timing of Conviction
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Timing of Conviction
The Talmud on Sentencing, Lesson 2
This Talmud series analyzes the judicial principles for cases where two different kinds of penalties are applicable: should only one or both sentences be administered? In this class we analyze exceptions to the principle of ‘administering only the greater penalty’ due to the timing of the transgression.
One Arrow, Two Results
The Talmud on Sentencing, Lesson 3
This Talmud series analyzes the judicial principle of only issuing the more severe penalty when one action results in two different transgressions (it’s called ‘kim leh bederabah mineh’). In this class we compare and contrast three different scenarios where this principle would or would not apply.
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