Dvar Torah Ki Setzei: Fate

Fate is a difficult thing to discuss because there are many conflicting sources regarding Judaism’s position on predetermination.

Last week’s parsha discussed the incidence of conspiring witnesses who are executed should their ruse be discovered prior to their conspiracy succeeding.  Thus, if the execution they testified in favor of was indeed carried out, the Talmud (Bavli Makos 5b) dictates that the false witnesses suffer no punishment!  Nachmanides, based upon the assumption that the court would not err, explains that the man duly convicted and executed must have indeed deserved death.

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