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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

190 - THE LAW OF NON-OBLIGATORY WAR


Deuteronomy 20:11 -- “And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you.”

“On besieging a city in order to seize it we must not surround it from all its four sides, but only from three of its sides – thus leaving a path of escape for whoever wishes to flee or to save his life, as it is said, And they warred against the Midianites, just as the LORD commanded Moses (Numbers 31:7). Tradition tells us that it was on this matter that the Lord commanded Moses.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Shoftim, Hilchoth Melachim VI, 7

The king did not require the authorization of the Great Court to fight an obligatory war, but could not engage in a non-obligatory war without it.*

* ibid., V, 2

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