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אם בא להרגך - השכם להרגו - literally: If someone is coming to kill you, rise early and kill him (במדבר רבה פרשה כא פסקה ד; מדרש תנחומא, פנחס, פרק ג‏. - Medrash) Also, scripture is replete with references to commands from G-d to go to war, e.g. the source text for the above ruling (Numbers 25): טז וַיְדַבֵּר ה' אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר. 16 And the L-RD ...


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We know that ISIS wants to kill people, and they are actively working toward that end. That would seem to make an ISIS person a rodef (pursuer). It is permitted to kill a rodef in order to prevent him from killing another person. Here is a link to an English version of the tractate of Talmud that discusses this. You can find the discussion on folios 73 and ...


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It seems to me that the issue was to uproot any supporters of Haman left in Shushan, especially within the government\palace. This is why she had Haman's son's hanged, and the people killed were probably affiliated with Haman's family. The purpose was to solidify Mordechai's position and to make sure the Jews would be secure for years to come.


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I don't agree with the premise of the question: "...the Megilat Esther says the Jews of the city of Shushan (the capital) needed/took an extra day to fight for their survival. " Initially, after Haman was killed, permission was granted for the Jews to defend themselves on the 13th Adar - and to kill their enemies. For some reason, Esther asked for ...


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Thanks to Shokhet and Fred for pointing me to this answer. The Ohr HaChaim on Devarim 21:11 says as much. There's more, but i'll only quote some of it here. (Translations are my own.) אלא באה להעיר שבאמצעות היותו עוסק במצוה יגלה ה' את עיניו להכיר בגויה שיש בה יפת תואר שהיא נשמה הקדושה הנקראת יפת תואר, כי זוהר נשמות הקדושות מופלא ועצום הוא, וזאת האשה ...


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R' Ephrayim Oshry answered in MiMaamakim (4:10) regarding someone's question if he can join the partisans. It looks like the Teshuva was written around the time that the extermination camps were just beginning and their existence was still just a rumor. Following this rumor, many ran away at night to join the partisans, saying that this is the only way ...


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I am reminded of this recollection of a visit by Harvey Swados with the Lubavitcher Rebbe: I began ... by asking his opinion of ... of the controversy about the behavior of the German masses and the Jewish leadership, which has tormented the western world ever since, particularly since the appearance of Hannah Arendt's book on the Eichmann trial. ... ...



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