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Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War – How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Religious Zionism, Jewish Law, and the Morality of War: How Five Rabbis Confronted One of Modern Judaism's Greatest Challenges

Robert Eisen

Abstract

When the state of Israel was established in 1948, it was immediately thrust into war, and rabbis in the religious Zionist community were challenged with constructing a body of Jewish law to deal with this turn of events. Laws had to be “constructed” here because Jewish law had developed mostly during prior centuries when Jews had no state or army, and therefore it contained little material on war. The rabbis in the religious Zionist camp responded to this challenge by creating a substantial corpus of laws on war, and they did so with remarkable ingenuity and creativity. The work of these rabbi ... More

Keywords: War, Jewish law, Halakhah, Jewish ethics, religious ethics, religious Zionism, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190687090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190687090.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Eisen, author
Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies, George Washington University