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Justice and the idea that God seeks the pursued

In a recent question, the OP sought a source for the idea that God "always sides with the pursued, regardless of merit" and the accepted answer came from Leviticus Rabbah 27:5: וְהָאֱלֹהִים ...
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The Pre-Planned Rodef - How Far Does it Go?

The Talmud in Avoda Zara 10b states: ה"ל ההיא נקרתא דהוה עיילא מביתיה לבית רבי כל יומא הוה מייתי תרי עבדי חד קטליה אבבא דבי רבי וחד קטליה אבבא דביתיה א"ל בעידנא דאתינא לא נשכח גבר קמך The ...
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Let's Kill Hitler

There is a popular moral question - if you had access to a time machine that was capable of allowing you to do so, should you go back in time and kill Hitler when he was a child, before he had a ...
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Is there an halachic basis for allowing attacks that may or even will result in civilian casualties? [duplicate]

I’d learned at some point that you cannot kill someone who isn’t directly threatening a life even under threat of death from someone else (along with abandoning God and adultery) and that you should ...
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Importance of mentioning "woman; saving; her husband" in a street fight

@Shalom had summarized the two halachic approaches to learning the verse: "If two men get into a fight with each other, and the wife of one comes up to save her husband from his antagonist and ...
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How in Rabbinic view, can a man be killed by grabbing his private parts?

"If two men get into a fight with each other, and the wife of one comes up to save her husband from his antagonist and puts out her hand and seizes him by his genitals, you shall cut off her hand;...
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To what extent are "executors" considered "persecutors" (Rodeif)?

"If two men get into a fight with each other, and the wife of one comes up to save her husband from his antagonist and puts out her hand and seizes him by his genitals, you shall cut off her hand;...
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Is a rodef liable for defending himself?

If a rodef kills the person trying to kill him, is he chayav misa? Or is it similar to the case of the zealot where if he is killed in self-defense by his victim, the victim is not chayav?
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Is killing a robber by shooting first considered murder?

Apologies if this has already been answered : If someone comes up to you on the street waving a gun and demanding your money and you immediately draw your concealed weapon and shoot and kill them, is ...
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What to do when there are multiple pursuers

We know that if there is one (a rodef) who is actively attacking another person in the hopes of killing him, one is allowed to restrain, maim, or even kill the rodef. However, what happens if there ...
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Can the definition of a "rodef" be applied to any member of a terrorist group?

One is permitted to kill a rodef - someone who is planning to kill you. What are the parameters of identifying someone as a rodef when he is a member of a terrorist or any other group? Examples If ...
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Is a doctor obligated to force vaccination?

As per the injunction of "לא תעמוד על דם רעך" - "Stand not [idly] over the blood of thine fellow"(Leviticus 19:16), is a Torah-observant doctor obligated to vaccinate an unvaccinated patient for a ...
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Killing a Rodef and collateral damage and suicide

Similar but an extension of Killing Civilians in a defensive war On September 11, 2001, there was a military pilot in an unarmed military jet who considered flying into one of the hijacked planes in ...
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political assasination and rodefs

The classic example of a roded is a murder chasing you with a knife but sometime politicians can threaten life with bad policy. E.g. Governor of Michigan Wants to use Flint River Eg politician wants ...
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Suicide to prevent Zombification

This is a serious question which deals with what is now a fictional construct, but one that has ramifications and which has been dealt with (in other situations) by halachic discussion such as this ...
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הבא במחתרת vs רודף

After learning the סוגיא of בא במחתרת I was filled with a bunch of questions regarding what is a בא במחתרת. The Gemara סנהדרין דף עב ע״ב seems to answer my question by telling us that the reason ...
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Medically treating a 'rodef' (/terrorist)

Although this is done routinely in Israel, is a doctor halachically allowed to treat a terrorist that has been injured, given that they would be considered a rodef. Or is rodef an 'in the act' status, ...
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Is one allowed to kill false witnesses to his own capital crime?

Reuven and Shimon conspire to execute Levi in Beis Din (court) for killing Yehuda by their testimony. There were no Eidei Hazama (counter-witnesses) who will expose Reuven and Shimon to be liable to ...
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Is a person endangering others always* a Rodef?

Does a person endangering others inherently* have a Din of a Rodef? Related: Is a speeding driver who causes damage exempt from paying due to his status as a Roidef? *Leave aside for purposes of the ...
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Is it a mitzva to escape the death penalty?

If someone is being led to his death by bes din (a Jewish court), is he supposed to try to escape, since, in general, saving one's own life is paramount? More: normally, we say that if someone is out ...
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