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. According to the Talmud, what kind of consultations must be completed before a discretionary war of expansion?
The Sanhedrin must be consulted
The Urim V'Tumim (priestly breastplate) must be consulted
The prophets must be consulted
A & B only
All of these
Question 2. When did the Israeli Supreme Court outlaw torture?
Never; torture is not illegal in Israel
Question 3. Which Jewish scholar posited that members of Amalek could be welcomed as converts to Judaism?
Question 4. 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 5. In 1967 Israel fought a war that was
6 hours long
6 days long
6 weeks long
6 months long
Question 6. According to the Torah, what did Amalek do to deserve the scorn of the Israelites?
They tried to assassinate Moses
They attacked the weakest members of the Israelites
They stole all of the Israelites' food
They burnt down the First Temple
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. The Talmud explicitly prohibits the waging of war in a situation where the casualty rate exceeds what percent of the population?
Question 9. 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 10. According to Jewish law, when besieging a city the invading army must:
Walk around the city while blowing shofars
Allow the people inside to keep getting the animals they need for animal sacrifices
Leave one side of the city open so people may flee
Be sure to kill everyone inside, including all cattle and livestock