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 …

The Needs Of The Many And The Needs Of The One

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. The actual context in which this was uttered involved self-sacrifice, not the compulsory harm of the few or the one on behalf of the many, and by one who would have died anyway, had he not given his life on behalf …