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War & Peace Quiz

Peace 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?
 Nuclear war
 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?
 Gilad Shalit
 Yonatan Netanyahu
 Natan Sharansky
 David Broza


Question 3. Which of these prayers concludes with an appeal for peace?
 The Amidah
 The Kaddish
 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?
 Offer peace
 Offer sacrifices
 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
 Their cattle
 Their camels
 Their infants
 All of the above


Question 9. According to the Torah, which is these people is NOT qualified for an exemption from battle?
 A teacher
 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.