Ethics of War
Jewish Military Ethics
In light of the situation in Israel, we have broadened some of Ematai’s work to include the ethical and emotional issues rising for Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. Below is a compilation of recent articles and events that are related to the ongoing situation.
Ethics of Our Fighters
Rabbi Brody’s newest book, Ethics of Our Fighters: A Jewish View of War and Morality will soon be published by Koren. You can pre-order your copy here.
This book systemically presents, for the first time, a holistic Jewish perspective on military ethics. Jews and non-Jews alike, from the halls of Congress and West Point to batei midrash and IDF bases, can draw from Jewish wisdom on these life-and-death matters. This worldview that is at once distinctly Jewish and more broadly insightful can help all civilized nations fight wisely and act nobly.
War & Morality
Rabbi Brody spoke with Professor Michael Walzer on “War and Morality.” Professor Walzer is one of the leading ethicists in the world and the acclaimed author of Just and Unjust Wars and Arguing About War. The event was hosted by the Edmund and Lily Safra Center for Ethics and Harvard Hillel.
Fighting an Ethical War with an Unethical Enemy
Rabbi Brody spoke with Maj. Elliot Chodoff about “Fighting an Ethical War with an Unethical Enemy.” Maj. Elliot Chodoff is 35-year military veteran and political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East and the global war on terror. The event was hosted by the Genesis 123 Foundation.
On the Ethics of War
Rabbi Brody was a guest on The Jewish Link podcast, The Pitch Meeting, to discuss the emotional and ethical issues facing Israel during this war.
Dr. Selma Botman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Yeshiva University, moderated a discussion with Rabbi Brody on “The Ethics of War.”
Rabbi Brody was a guest on the Tzarich Iyun podcast from Yeshivat Orayta to discuss “The Ethics of War.” You can listen to the discussion here.
Rabbi Brody was a guest on the Halacha Headlines podcast to discuss “Halacha Perspective on Warfare.” You can listen to the discussion here.
Articles on Military Ethics and Captives
Rabbi Brody’s article “Halachic Perspectives on Civilian Casualties” was published in the Channukah edition of HaMizrachi.
Rabbi Brody’s article “How Israel Missed Its Chance to Eliminate the Leadership of Hamas” was published in Tablet Magazine on December 5, 2023.
Rabbi Brody’s article “Should Terrorists Receive Treatment in Israeli Hospitals” was published in The Jerusalem Post on November 24, 2023.
Rabbi Brody’s essay “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” was published in Law & Liberty on November 16, 2023.
Rabbi Brody’s article “How Israel Can Respond Ethically to Hamas” was published in Sapir‘s October 2023 special edition.
Rabbi Brody’s article “Concerning Captives” was published in The Jerusalem Post on October 20, 2023.
Rabbi Brody’s article “All Options Grim” was published in The City Journal on October 17, 2023
Rabbi Brody’s article “Do Not Hold Israel Hostage” was published in The City Journal on October 27, 2023.