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. 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?
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?
Question 5. According to the Book of Samuel, the commandment to erase the nation of Amalek extends to
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?
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