The Torah provides that a Jewish soldier may, by following a specific process, take a woman captive as his wife and convert her to Judaism as an אשת יפת תואר (Devarim 21:10-14).
Is this provision currently in effect in the modern day? For example, would a Jewish Israeli soldier participating in the 2023 military actions in Gaza be permitted to take a gentile Gazan woman as an Eshet Yefat To'ar? Now, obviously, our hypothetical soldier should first CHLOR and also check current Israeli military regulations on relations with the enemy, but assuming all of those things were done and were favorable, would it be permitted under the Torah?
Alternatively, if Reuven is serving in the Russian Army today, and he finds a gentile Ukrainian woman he takes a fancy to while fighting in the war there, would the law apply? Obviously, he would have to first get Putin's permission according to dina d'malkhuta dina, but supposing he did get such permission, would Torah law then permit him to complete the acquisition?
Obvious possible answers:
- The law applies to the present day.
- The law applies to the present day only for wars fought in Eretz Yisrael and/or as part of a majority Jewish military force.
- The law does not apply today.