Divine payback

The Schulchan Orach has a warning for those who invoke the wrath of Heaven against their enemies.

Whoever prays for evil to come on his fellowman,

punishment comes on him first.

&#8212Kitzur Shulchan Orach, XXIX, 14.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

3 thoughts on “Divine payback”

  1. Right text (although my translation says "Divine Judgement" rather than "evil"), wrong link: the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is not the Shulchan Aruch. ("Kitzur" is Hebrew for "abbreviated". My copy of the KSA is a single trade-paperback-size book. My copy of the SA is ten tabloid-size volumes, each one as thick as my KSA.)

  2. It would be nice if the world worked this way, but where's the evidence?
    ^^^This criticism works for a great many religious texts. e.g., karma^^^

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