Jewish Peace and Nonviolence
Peace: Jewish Traditional Sources
The concept of peace is deeply ingrained in the Jewish legal and ethical system.
Objecting to Conscientious Objection
According to at least one scholar, Jewish tradition does not recognize the right of personal conscientious objection.
The Gentle Heart in Israel Today
Extending a biblical exemption from military service to Israeli refuseniks.
Jewish Peace Offerings
Deuteronomy's laws of warfare include the requirement that a nation seek a peaceful settlement before engaging in war.
Rabbinic Limitations on War
Deuteronomy 20 permits wars of aggression, but the talmudic rabbis made it difficult to declare one.
Exemptions from Military Service in Judaism
An incomplete lifecycle process or an unsuitable attitude may exempt you from service.
Pacifism in Jewish Law
Jewish tradition never embraced complete pacifism, though minimizing violence has always been a priority.
Jewish Ideas of Peace and Nonviolence
In Judaism, peace is not merely the opposite of war, but denotes an ideal state of affairs.