Jewish Combat

Genocide in the Torah

The existential threat of Amalek.

Prisoner Rights vs. National Security

"A democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back."

Jewish Captives, Cruelty, & Compassion

Jewish law on the proper treatment of prisoners of war

The Ethics of Jewish War

Few traditional sources discuss the ethics of fighting noncombatants, but some Jewish laws of war do display a moral genesis.

Defensive War

When lives are at stake, Judaism permits--and probably requires--fighting.

Two Types of Jewish War

Judaism distinguishes between commanded wars and permitted wars.

Combat and Conflict in Judaism

Combat and Conflict in Jewish Tradition. Jewish Views on War and Peace. Jewish Ideas and Beliefs.