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There is indeed a Jewish way of war. See Rambam's Mishne Torah Melachim uMilchamot chapter 6 and to some extent 7 and 8. Some of the key principles are propose a peaceful settlement first (except for Amnon and Moav, but we can accept peace if they start it) it is forbidden to lie after they accepted peace don't kill women and children (except for Amalek and ...


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R Shlomo Goren and his autobiography (With might and strength) explains that he was at the Dome of the Rock the day it became liberated and saw it as a special one-time opportunity. He writes he went back up to the Temple Mount and went to the Dome of the Rock with sappers. He took a Sefer Torah and shofar with him. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,...


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This is a reference to the Siege of Pressburg, also known as the Siege of Bratislava, in 1809, which was a little over a month-long Napoleonic campaign that ultimately failed (on Napoleon's part). I haven't been able to find much general information (external to the Chatam Sofer's writings) online on the subject, other than it took place sometime during the ...


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This saying is quoted in the name of the Chafetz Chaim on multiple websites: Here's a video in which Rabbi Ovadyah Yosef zt"l says it in his name (from 19:14). And the story is likewise told in this book about Rav Ovadyah's sayings and in this article by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. His version is thus: "פעם נכנס החפץ חיים לישיבת ראדין, כולם תלמידי חכמים, ...


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This story is brought in the biography of R' Baruch Ber (pg. 130-131) by Rabbi Yitzchak Edelstein whose father was a student of R' Baruch Ber. He himself knew R' Baruch Ber when he was young and also attended his funeral, which took place during the Holocaust. As he puts it: סיפר: בבריסק, בימי כהונתו של הגרח"ס, קיים חוג מסויים הצגת חוכא וטלולא על הנושא ...


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Here is a link that discusses a novel approach to the Midyan war and it's similarities to the Chet HaEgal that can possibly answer these questions. https://www.etzion.org.il/en/tanakh/torah/sefer-bamidbar/parashat-matot/matot-latter-generation-and-war-midyan


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Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook wrote a work on the War called "Orot Hamilchamah" (Lights of War) or just "Hamilchamah" (the War). In the work, he explains what brings nations to war and what are the positive geulistic aspects of large-scale wars. Orot Hamilchamah was written during WWI when Rav Kook was trapped in Europe and couldn't ...


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Note: The Babylonian Chronicles entries brought in this answer were translated by me from the book "Historical Texts From Assyria and Babylonia: 9th-6th Centuries BCE" by Mordechai Cogan, which is a Hebrew translation of various Tanach-related Mesopotamian inscriptions and texts dated to said centuries. A different translation can be found here (...


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