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Butterflies, Journeys & Destinations

  We all have moments when we feel butterflies in our stomach, but for these past few weeks those moments have seemed endless. First there was the frantic search for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel. Our brave soldiers

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May Their Memory be a Blessing

It is with deep sadness and profound outrage that we learned of the murders of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach. For the past few weeks, the lives of these boys, and the incredible faith of their families, have

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Reflections on an emotional week in Gush Etzion

I wanted to share this very moving reflection. May Gilad, Naftali and Eyal be speedily returned to their family’s embrace and may God watch over our soldiers. KB   REFLECTIONS ON AN EMOTIONAL WEEK IN GUSH ETZION by Dassi Billet

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 7

Checks and Balances in Waging War: A Jewish Perspective In previous posts we shared that Walzer is critical to the lack of checks and balances in the Jewish tradition regarding the king’s ability to wage war. He cites King David

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 6

Destruction in warfare are there any limits? Maimonides states. It is forbidden to cut down fruit-bearing trees outside a (besieged) city, nor may a water channel be deflected from them so that they wither, as it is said: Thou shalt

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 5

Does the Jewish Tradition have an Ethical Norm in Warfare? Michael Walzer suggests that Jewish tradition does not comprehensively differentiate between just and unjust wars, a third category of war, namely, banned or forbidden wars are missing from the Jewish

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 4

Fair Conduct in War: The second component to the notion of Just War Theory is fair conduct in war.  A Just War can be fought in an unjust way as General Sherman committed in the burning of Atlanta (Just and

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 3

War Must Have a Purpose: In order for a soldier or civilian not to have died in vain, war must be just, a purpose that is worth dying for. A purpose that is morally urgent may include political independence, communal

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 2

Reasons to Engage in Warfare: As Walzer suggests in Just and Unjust Wars reasons for a “just war” can include an aggression against the state, a violation of the state’s territorial integrity or political sovereignty (52, 62).  The anticipation of

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“Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought Part 1

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut and the Reunification of Jerusalem I am sharing some ideas on “Is All Fair in Love & War?” Just & Unjust Wars through the prism of Jewish and Secular Thought These ideas are also relevant

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