War Between Nations: When is it Permitted



This is a short audio review (2:45) of an article by Rabbi J. David Bleich. He explains the circumstances that lead to very limited permission within the Torah’s Noahide Code for warfare by Gentile nations.

Information on permissible or forbidden actions for Gentile soldiers, in taking prisoners or booty, is included in Sheva Mitzvot HaShem. (This book by Rabbi Moshe Weiner is in Hebrew.) In Part VIII on Courts of Law, Chapter 16 covers some Torah laws of wars by Gentile nations.

See also The Divine Code, Part VII, topics 10:1-4 (Taking Captives), and topics 14:1-3 and 9-10 (Land Conquered in War).