Q&A: Harsh Torah Penalties?

Q: Why are there so many harsh penalties in the Torah?

A: The explanation of the saying that there is no left in God, but only right, is that the left, corresponding to gevurah, or mighty judgment, is also right, which corresponds to chesed, lovingkindness. Even God's seemingly harsh judgments are actually an intensely strong outpouring of lovingkindness in the world.

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