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 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?
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?
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?