Jewish Captives, Cruelty, & Compassion

Jewish law on the proper treatment of prisoners of war

Print this page Print this page

Therefore, permission to declare war, to take captives, and to execute punishment is always tempered by the more basic obligation to preserve the inherent dignity of the human being who, even under the most extreme circumstances, remains one's "brother."

Did you like this article?  MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization.

Please consider making a donation today.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She previously served as the Rabbi-in-Residence for the Jewish Funds for Justice.