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On the mitzvah to kill innocent Amalekite and Canaanite civilians and children
Did G‑d once not just promote, but command genocide, including women and children, even infants?
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 339 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
I have been under the impression that “turning the other cheek” to your enemies is not a Jewish approach. But recently a friend pointed out the verse in Lamentations (3:30), “Let him offer his cheek to his smiter; let him be filled with reproach.”
The Philosophy of "Just War" in Judaism
An overview of the Jewish position on when armed conflict is justified. The Jewish view is contrasted with "Just War Theory."
There are a number of ways of approaching the issue. Let us try a scientific approach
A Lightful Meeting with an Injured Israeli Soldier
"I had a bad feeling," he tells me, "I saw in their eyes the sudden realization: this is real. This is thighs shattered, limbs detached...this is war."
A Letter from the Trenches
I will never understand, Father. Why can't the world be simple? Why do we need to fight for our souls? Why can't the good side get along with the... other side?
There's a war going on. No, I don't mean Georgia. Nor Iraq. Nor Afghanistan. I mean you. And me. But the war isn't between us. It's within us.
Why do we have to "wipe out" Amalek and the Canaanites? Why administer capital punishment? Shouldn't G‑d's message be one of love?
Question: I've heard it said that King David was denied the opportunity to build the Holy Temple because he had "blood on his hands" from the many wars he waged. If this is the case, why do we hold David in such high esteem? Why was he chosen to be the pr...
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