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There is an article based on the Torah's perspective here: http://www.koshertorah.com/PDF/beararms2011.pdf This article shows how the Jews had to be armed to protect themselves as needed. Consider the fact that while rebuilding the Temple, they had to have armed guards at all times and all the workers had to carry weapons.. Nechemiah 4:10 - 16 The ...


Rashi and other commentators say it means he tortured them. Ralbag explains that this was to dissuade other peoples from fighting the Jews. (See the context starting at, say, 10:1.)

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