Maccabee's Wars

A venting rage against the ills of our society with some hopeful observations.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


After reviewing the Tradition article on Torture and the Law a second time, I see that I misinterpreted R. Bleich’s position.

In quoting R. Kook’s position as to torture, it seems that a Hora’at Sha’ah would only be needed to violate murder, which would be illegal both under Noahide and Judaic law.

As to torture, however, it seems that once the person who will be subject to torture is categorized as a rodef, torture would be permissible, and may be required by law.

I regret my misinterpretation of R. Bleich’s article, as per my previous post, and do so apologize for my error.