Exploring the Morality of War in the Jewish Tradition


FACULTY Rabbi David Thomas
LOCATION Zoom only (link will be provided upon registration)
DATES Thursdays; Jan. 4, 11, & 18
TIME 7-8:15 pm – Central time

In this series, we will explore what the Jewish tradition has to say about the morality of war as found in Biblical, Rabbinic and modern sources. What does our tradition teach about the use of power? What are its limits?  On what basis can war be justified? How can a just war be fought justly? We’ll learn about the moral challenges of asymmetrical warfare and we’ll study the IDF’s Tohar HaNeshek (Purity of Arms), the Code of Ethics every Israeli soldier carries with them into battle. 

Session 1
Power and Powerlessness
The mandate for the use of power and its limits.

Session 2
Justice of War, Justice in War
What constitutes a just war? How can a just war be fought justly?

Session 3
Moral Challenges of Asymmetrical Wars
IDF Code of Ethics

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