Optimal Justice: Education, Rehabilitation, Forgiveness - Or How Joseph Ends Sibling Rivalry and Becomes a Saint
30 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2011
Date Written: November 2, 2011
The method of exacting justice differs among the secular civil and criminal systems and the Judeo-Christian paradigm. The place of charity is debated in all three. In the biblical portion of Vayigash (Genesis ch 44:18-47:27), Joseph earns the title of The Righteous. It is suggested here that the manner in which Joseph addresses his brothers' crime of his abduction, attempted murder and kidnapping and how he brings his father to task for fostering the internecine climate of contempt and enmity that precipitated these crimes, is a model for effectuating justice. In sum, it is suggested, that the maxim "let the punishment fit the crime," be amended to read "let the punishment fit the criminal."
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