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


Question 2. True or False: According to Jewish law, communal self-defense and personal self-defense are the same thing, with the same rules.


Question 3. 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 4. Which Jewish scholar posited that members of Amalek could be welcomed as converts to Judaism?
 Sefer Hahinukh


Question 5. True or false: A great deal of Jewish law focuses on the issue of attacking non-combatants.


Question 6. 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 7. When did the Israeli Supreme Court outlaw torture?
 Never; torture is not illegal in Israel


Question 8. In 1967 Israel fought a war that was
 6 hours long
 6 days long
 6 weeks long
 6 months long


Question 9. True or false: In Judaism, peace is an eschatological dream, not a goal for the here-and-now.


Question 10. Which of the following people was an Israeli prisoner of war in Gaza?
 Gilad Shalit
 Yonatan Netanyahu
 Natan Sharansky
 David Broza