On Oct. 27 a gunman opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, killing 11 people and injuring six others, four of whom were police officers. It is believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in U.S. history. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Jewish tradition frequently stands against the death penalty. Synagogue shooter’s case may put it to the test.

There is a strong belief in the Jewish tradition that every life is sacred, which makes some Jews leery of using the death penalty in most cases. But this shooting could put their principles to the test. Jewish scholars say there is Biblical support for implementing the death penalty in principle but there is a wide variety of opinions about how or whether it can be fairly applied.