Jewish War & Peace 101

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In addition, the Torah lists several types of people who are exempt from military service. This list includes men who are engaged to be married and those who are "fearful" and "gentle-hearted." Contemporary thinkers like Arthur Waskow have invoked the exemption for the "gentle-hearted" to raise the possibility of excusing conscientious objectors.

In summary, although Judaism may not be fundamentally pacifistic, the hope for peace, the pursuit of peace, and the expectation of a universally peaceful time at the end of history are among its most basic tenets.

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