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 of :

Qustion 1. According to the Torah, what did Amalek do to deserve the scorn of the Israelites?

They tried to assassinate Moses They attacked the weakest members of the Israelites They stole all of the Israelites' food They burnt down the First Temple

Qustion 2. According to Deuteronomy, what must an Israelite army do prior to attacking an enemy?

Pray Offer peace Offer sacrifices All of these

Qustion 3. Which of these sages refers to "obligatory war" as a positive commandment?

Rashi Nahmanides Maimonides Joseph Caro

Qustion 4. True or False: According to Jewish law, communal self-defense and personal self-defense are the same thing, with the same rules.

True False

Qustion 5. The Hebrew name for the Israeli army is

Tzahal—Tzavah haganah l’yisrael Nili—Netzah Yisrael Lo Yishaker Irgun Hashomer

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. 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

Qustion 8. How many times has Israel been in a war with Iran?

Once Twice Three times Never

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. According to the Talmud, what kind of consultations must be completed before a discretionary war of expansion?

The Sanhedrin must be consulted The Urim V'Tumim (priestly breastplate) must be consulted The prophets must be consulted A & B only All of these
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