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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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There are two ways to think about this situation: We do not see beis din proactively removing agents that posses the potential to cause damage beforehand - they don't fill up pits, confiscate animals, or remove public obstacles, though they can declare them ownerless. Infectious disease represents a damaging agent (most likely eish) that a person is ...


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I have a hard time imagining a situation in which you're being forced to evacuate but there isn't some recognizable threat to life. As A.L. said, in the case of pikuach nefesh, you are clearly allowed to do anything to save yourself or someone else, even travelling outside the techum shabbos. If they is something that would be a pikuach nefesh, but there ...



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