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Sixth & I

Jewish Ethics: Freeing Captives 

Oct 19, 2023 • 5:30 pm ET
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On Saturday, October 7, Hamas terrorists, in addition to murdering over 1,400 Israelis, kidnapped over 200 hostages. While this hostage situation is unparalleled in its magnitude and brutality, this is sadly not the first time Jews have been forced to deal with the painful challenge of freeing captives.

According to Jewish texts, how far must we go to redeem captives? How far are we allowed to go? How do we balance the needs of the individual captives with the needs of the broader society? Explore with Rabbi Aaron the ways our ancient rabbis addressed these complicated questions.