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Because keeping prisoners is very expensive resource wise. Also, this wasn't a war to steal loot or create a vassal, it was a war of supplantation- to come in and replace the cannanites. You can't keep them prisoner because they might regroup.


One does not tie a "permanent" knot on the tachrichim (burial clothes) in order to show that the death is not permanent. That is, the person will get up at techiyas hameisim (resurrection of the dead) after the mashiach comes. Additionally, the knots are this way so as not to hinder the dissolution of the tachrichim with the body. The chevra kadisha that I ...

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