‚Torat Hamelech‘ revisited

24.10.2011                      26.Tischrei. 5772

Tradition heute:

'Torat Hamelech' revisited

The book asserts that under certain circumstances Jewish law permits the killing of non-Jews, including civilians and young children.

Long after its publication, the book "Torat Hamelech" continues to generate tremendous controversy. The book asserts that under certain circumstances Halacha (Jewish law) permits the killing of non-Jews, including civilians and young children, who might become killers of Jews at some future time.
It’s not only the book’s content that is controversial, however. The motivations of its author and the well-known Torah authorities who endorsed it have been debated by many, and their refusal to be questioned by police regarding the matter has also drawn criticism.
Those who supported them in this refusal contend that no one has the right to question rabbis’ halachic decisions and pronouncements….