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Milchemt Reshut, an optional and/or permitted war, is the term describing offensive wars. It stands in contrast to Milchemt Mitzvah, war by commandment, which describes defense war. The two terms are used to discuss past time wars, since they are relevant only when the state have both a king and Sanhedrin in place. A king can go to a Milchemet Mitzvah based ...


Last night, i asked this question of someone who served in the war. He said that when they were in the field, there was no time for davening, and he didn't say that they said the extremely short version, so i assume they didn't. On the base for a break, they were able to daven, but not everyone was able to put on tefillin. He didn't say exactly why not; ...

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