War & Peace QuizPeace is one of Judaism's most revered concepts. And yet Jewish tradition assumes that war is inevitable. How much do you know about the Jewish ethics and laws of combat?
Question 1. What kind of war does the Talmud prohibit?
War with any nation other than Amalek
War where the casualty rate will be more than one sixth of the population
War where the casualty rate will be more than one tenth of the population
Question 2. Which of the following people was an Israeli prisoner of war in Gaza?
Question 3. Which of these prayers concludes with an appeal for peace?
The Priestly Blessing
The Grace After Meals
All of these
Question 4. According to Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel, what three things preserve the world?
War, peace, and the wisdom to know when to pursue each
Peace, love, and harmony
War, restraint, and patience
Truth, justice, and peace
Question 5. According to Deuteronomy, what must an Israelite army do prior to attacking an enemy?
All of these
Question 6. According to Deuteronomy, what are the Israelites supposed to do if the seven nations of Canaan do not accept the terms of peace offered to them?
Wipe out all men, women, and children
Kill all the men, and take women and children as captives
Exile all men, women, and children out of Canaan
Teach them about Judaism and try to have them join the Israelites' side
Question 7. Complete this quote from the Talmud: "If someone comes to kill you_________"
Welcome him with open arms
Get up early in the morning to kill him first
Reason with him as best you can
Save yourself by hiding from him
Question 8. According to the Book of Samuel, the commandment to erase the nation of Amalek extends to
All of the above
Question 9. According to the Torah, which is these people is NOT qualified for an exemption from battle?
Someone who built a new house but did not yet dedicate it
Someone who was engaged but not yet married
Someone who was afraid
Question 10. True or False: According to Jewish law, communal self-defense and personal self-defense are the same thing, with the same rules.