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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. The Hebrew name for the Israeli army is
 Tzahal—Tzavah haganah l’yisrael
 Nili—Netzah Yisrael Lo Yishaker


Question 2. In 1967 Israel fought a war that was
 6 hours long
 6 days long
 6 weeks long
 6 months long


Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following people was an Israeli prisoner of war in Gaza?
 Gilad Shalit
 Yonatan Netanyahu
 Natan Sharansky
 David Broza


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. According to Rabbi Joshua ben Korha, the concept of peace is in direct opposition to what?


Question 8. According to Deuteronomy, what must an Israelite army do prior to attacking an enemy?
 Offer peace
 Offer sacrifices
 All of these


Question 9. 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 10. What is Maimonides' principle for how to lay siege on a city?
 Provide food and water for its inhabitants
 Surround it on only three out of four sides, so civilians who wish to flee may do so
 Kill anyone who tries to escape
 Cut down all fruit-bearing trees in the area