“Fairness” of Collective Punishment
I have always been confused about the concept of punishing the people as a group for the sins of some. Indeed everyone did not sin, yet “the people of Israel” must endure punishment for the transgressions of some. I have been taught each of us must bear the responsibility for our actions. I don’t recall being taught that I am responsible for the actions of others, even people I do not know nor have ever met. Yet, it seems that whenever there is a terrible event, wars, exiles, the holocaust, etc., it is because we are all being punished for the transgressions of some. I need a better explanation than a cryptic quotation from the Torah or Talmud. I would like very much to have a more complete explanation.