All work was prohibited during the Sabbath, even minor tasks, such as "gathering sticks" (Numbers 15:32-36). It's unclear whether this was an act of gardening or preparation of a fire.
Since the decline of classical Semicha (rabbinic ordination) in the fourth century CE, the traditional view is that Jewish courts have lost the power to rule on criminal cases. As such, it would be practically impossible for Orthodox courts to enforce the death penalty in modern times, even if they had the political standing to do so.
Further, the legal protections for defendants in murder cases delineated in the Talmud make execution a very unlikely sentence, if not a practical impossibility, even by a competent court, such as the Great Sanhedrin. The most prominent of such safeguards are the necessity of two competent witnesses to the Sabbath violation and the necessity of an official court warning prior to the violation. These stringent safeguards have been read by many modern commentators as de facto abolition of capital punishment. This has contributed to the major rabbinical bodies of the Reform and Conservative movements condemning capital punishment generally.
The prohibition against working on the Sabbath is also mentioned in Exodus 20:10.
The Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) lasts from dusk on Friday evening until nightfall Saturday night. During the Sabbath, there are 39 specific forbidden acts, derived in the Talmud from the construction of the Biblical Tabernacle.
Halakha (Jewish law) derives many further forbidden acts from these 39 (toledoth and shevuth), with varying severity, that may not be performed save for preventing severe illness or death. Unwarranted violation of any of these precepts is termed chillul Shabbath (profanation of the Sabbath). Although there is no physical punishment nowadays, people who consistently violate the Sabbath are generally not considered reliable in certain matters of Jewish law.
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