Fighting Back Against Friendly Fire

Our previous post cited a ruling by R. Yitzchok Zilberstein allowing Jewish soldiers to shoot down an aircraft piloted by a Jew who had mistaken them for the enemy and engaged them: In one of the Israeli wars, an Israeli pilot was assigned a mission to bomb an enemy company of soldiers. The pilot flew […]

It’s the Thought that Counts – Or Is It?

We recently discussed the question of whether the status of רודף requires the intention to cause harm. About seven years ago, I came across the following: LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE How is it שייך that 2 people see a רודף about to attack but only one of them may kill the רודף? ANSWER In one of […]

Follow-Up to a Footnote On Philippa Foot and the Fat Man

Our previous post cited Philippa Foot‘s discussion of “the story, well known to philosophers, of the fat man stuck in the mouth of the cave”: A party of potholers has imprudently allowed the fat man to lead them as they make their way out of the cave, and he gets stuck, trapping the others behind […]