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 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 2. Which of the following people was an Israeli prisoner of war in Gaza?
Question 3. How did the rabbis in the Mishnah categorize King David's wars of territorial expansion?
As milhemet mitzvah--obligatory wars
As milhement reshut--permitted wars
As milhemet averah--forbidden wars
As milhemet Hashem--wars of God
Question 4. 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
Question 5. What were the Freedom Seders?
Seders dedicated to the plight of Soviet Jewry
Seders dedicated to fight racism and to protest the Vietnam War
Seders dedicated to remembering the Holocaust
Seders dedicated to the plight of Palestinians
Question 6. When did the Israeli Supreme Court outlaw torture?
Never; torture is not illegal in Israel
Question 7. In the Mishnah, the rabbis describe a category of "commanded wars" that are to be fought against whom?
The seven nations of Canaan
A & B only
All of these
Question 8. True or false: A great deal of Jewish law focuses on the issue of attacking non-combatants.
Question 9. 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 10. How many times has Israel been in a war with Iran?