Follow-Ups: Siege and Triage

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Following up on this post, I saw that the Tzitz Eliezer, in his Hilkhos Medinah vol. 2 5:7:2, agrees with R. Shaul Yisraeli’s position that even the Rambam agrees that the rule about laying a siege only applies to a permitted war and not a mandatory war. I’m surprised that neither R. Yisraeli nor R. Goren quoted this.

And following up on this post regarding triage, I saw in the book Hatzalah Ke-Halakhah (no. 12) about halakhic questions that arise in the Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance organization, that the author follows R. Moshe Feinstein’s position and not that of the Tzitz Eliezer.

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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