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 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 2. True or false: One who is waging an "obligatory war" is still commanded to fulfill all of his daily mitzvot.
Question 3. 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 4. The Hebrew word shalom means "hello" and "goodbye" and what else?
Question 5. Which of these prayers concludes with an appeal for peace?
The Priestly Blessing
The Grace After Meals
All of these
Question 6. True or False: Some German Jews fought for the Germans in World War I.
Question 7. True or false: In Judaism, peace is an eschatological dream, not a goal for the here-and-now.
Question 8. In 1967 Israel fought a war that was
6 hours long
6 days long
6 weeks long
6 months long
Question 9. How many times has Israel been in a war with Iran?
Question 10. The Talmud explicitly prohibits the waging of war in a situation where the casualty rate exceeds what percent of the population?