Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: War and National Security

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Is it morally acceptable to use surveillance and profiling to protect national security? Should war only be used in self-defense? Is torture in times of war morally acceptable? Contributors include scholar Noam Chomsky, Lt. Col. Seth Milstein, and political philosopher Michael Walzer. Each volume in this series presents hypothetical cases on specific topics, followed by traditional and contemporary sources. Supplementing these are brief essays, written by contributors of various ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints ...

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Overview

Is it morally acceptable to use surveillance and profiling to protect national security? Should war only be used in self-defense? Is torture in times of war morally acceptable? Contributors include scholar Noam Chomsky, Lt. Col. Seth Milstein, and political philosopher Michael Walzer. Each volume in this series presents hypothetical cases on specific topics, followed by traditional and contemporary sources. Supplementing these are brief essays, written by contributors of various ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints to provoke lively thought and discussion. These voices from Jewish tradition and today’s Jewish community present us with new questions and perspectives, encouraging us to consider our own moral choices in a new light.

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Editorial Reviews

Heritage Florida Jewish News

"War and National Security and Social Justice are the most difficult volumes of the series to read because they demand far more attention than previous books. Yet, the need to address these topics is vital. The Jewish Publication Society is to be commended for publishing works that should engender discussions on issues that will affect not only current generations but the future of humanity."—Heritage Florida Jewish News
Midwest Book Review

"Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: War and National Security is a must for those trying to understand the Jewish opinion of today's society."—Midwest Book Review
Spirituality and Practice

"In the face of rampant and continuing warfare around the globe, it is imperative that contemporary prophets be heeded -- since the ancient sources have so little to say about the complexities of our modern times. Be sure to check out the interviews with Noam Chomsky and Michael Walzer."—Spirituality and Practice
Heritage Florida Jewish News

"War and National Security and Social Justice are the most difficult volumes of the series to read because they demand far more attention than previous books. Yet, the need to address these topics is vital. The Jewish Publication Society is to be commended for publishing works that should engender discussions on issues that will affect not only current generations but the future of humanity."—Heritage Florida Jewish News

Midwest Book Review

"Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: War and National Security is a must for those trying to understand the Jewish opinion of today's society."—Midwest Book Review

Spirituality and Practice

"In the face of rampant and continuing warfare around the globe, it is imperative that contemporary prophets be heeded -- since the ancient sources have so little to say about the complexities of our modern times. Be sure to check out the interviews with Noam Chomsky and Michael Walzer."—Spirituality and Practice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827609068
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Series: Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,423,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Case 1 National Security

Case Study 3

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 5

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 8

Responses: Homeland Security Nadav Morag 15

Responses to Terror and their Consequences: An Interview Noam Chomsky Elliot N. Dorff 21

Terrorism-A Viewpoint Joan Schultz 30

The Necessity for Strong National Security Larry Greenfield 34

Politics, Rights, and Security Ben Murane 40

Case 2 Justifications for War

Case Study 49

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 51

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 54

Responses: War in the Jewish Tradition Michael Walzer 59

From the Dream of an Ideal Society to the Reality of Self-Defense Donna Robinson Divine 64

The Challenges of Using Self-Defense as a Justification for War: An Interview with Rebecca Vilkomerson Elliot N. Dorff 70

Case 3 The Conduct of War

Case Study 81

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 83

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 85

Responses: To Keep Our Honor Clean Seth M. Milstein 91

Fighting, with Fear and Trembling Sharon Brous 101

Ethics on the Battlefield Joe Kashnow 105

Rules for War Ari Brochin 110

Does Torah Permit Torture? Defending Dignity, Life, and Sacred Personhood Melissa Weintraub 116

Case 4 National Policies Concerning War

Case Study 129

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 131

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 135

Responses: A Solemn Duty: Citizens' Responsibilities for the Nation's Wars and Warriors Harold L. Robinson 140

War, Peace, and National Security: A Theme and Variations Linda B. Miller 145

The Ethics of the Sale of Arms by Governments Steven L. Spiegel 150

The Complex Relationship between the Military and the Economy: An Interview With Richard Immerman Julia Oestreich 158

Conclusion: The Ethics of War and National Security 167

Suggestions for Further Reading 169

Editors and Contributors 173

Index 180

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