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. The Hebrew name for the Israeli army is
Tzahal—Tzavah haganah l’yisrael
Nili—Netzah Yisrael Lo Yishaker
Question 2. The Hebrew word shalom means "hello" and "goodbye" and what else?
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Which of the following people was an Israeli prisoner of war in Gaza?
Question 5. Which of the following countries did not declare war on Israel after Israel was declared a state in 1948?
Question 6. True or false: A great deal of Jewish law focuses on the issue of attacking non-combatants.
Question 7. 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 8. According to Rabbi Joshua ben Korha, the concept of peace is in direct opposition to what?
Question 9. 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 10. Which of these wars started with Israeli pre-emptive attacks?
The War of Independence
The Six-Day War
The Yom Kippur War
All of these
None of these