War & Peace
While Jewish law does not directly address the treatment of POWs, we can extrapolate a great deal about battlefield ethics and appropriate punishments for opponents judged to be criminals. Many of the specific restrictions on military behavior and on punishment recognize the potential for these actions to lead to the degradation of another.Read more
Practices and Traditions
Along with truth and justice, peace is a hallowed Jewish value.
Is there such a thing as "purity of arms"?
Minimizing violence has always been a Jewish priority.
Deuteronomy permits wars of aggression, but the talmudic rabbis made it difficult to declare one.
Jews hope for peace, pursue peace, and expect universal peace at the end of history.
Judaism prohibits military action that will result in a colossal number of casualties.
War in the name of God must be examined in our own tradition as well.
Have Israeli and U.S. attacks been ethically justifiable?
And refusal to serve.
Establishing a new program of Jewish resistance.
"A democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back."
The existential threat of Amalek.
When a revered value becomes all-important, it can become like an idol.
According to this scholar, Jewish tradition does not recognize the right of conscientious objection.
The importance of hoping for, and believing in, peace.
Edited by Murray Polner and Naomi Goodman
By Albert B. Randall
Edited by Terry Nardin
Edited by Daniel Landes
How much do you know about the Jewish ethics and laws of combat?