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Jews are Halachicly allowed to start a voluntary war to conquer and enslave other nations and to expand the Jewish kingdom (Rambam Melachim 5).

As the Halachah forbids both killing and robbing non-Jews "in private", by single Jews, what Halachic ground is there for allowing to open a war that results in the expropriation of property and very probable mass killing?

  • I think the Brisker Rav ah"t in Parshas Bo/Beshalach discusses this.. Will try look it up and post answer. – chortkov2 May 19 at 10:34
  • IIRC, 'acts of war' are not considered 'murder'. – chortkov2 May 19 at 10:35
  • @chortkov2 Good point! I understand when murder is part of an obligatory war but in voluntary? – Al Berko May 19 at 15:31
  • The way I understand it - once in a state of war, there parameters change... I need to have a look at it – chortkov2 May 19 at 17:18
  • Not to mention that certain nations/tribes need to be and WILL get killed Berzat HaShem (in due time, may it come speedily as this will be the precursor of Mashiachs arival if I asume it correctly). In the light of the Ultimate Redemption, it will all come with acceptance and a smile. – Ilja May 19 at 21:31

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