Statement By Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters

By | Jun 04, 2009

The following is a statement from the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters regarding the recent comments in Moment Magazine by Rabbi Manis Friedman.

Regarding recent comments made by Rabbi Manis Friedman in response to a question posed by Moment Magazine, we vehemently disagree with any sentiment suggesting that Judaism allows for the wanton destruction of civilian life, even when at war.

In keeping with Jewish law, it is the unequivocal position of Chabad-Lubavitch that all human life is G-d given, precious, and must be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.
Statements and opinions expressed by individuals do not necessarily reflect the position of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Lubavitch World Headquarters is the only office authorized to speak on behalf of the movement.

4 thoughts on “Statement By Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters

  1. Jerrold Terdiman says:

    To my understanding, Judaism defines a “just War” as “milchemit mitzvah”- “war of obligation).

    There are two types of “just war”.

    The first is the command to conquer the Promised Land. This mitzvah was given to Moses and Joshua. It was suspended (but not cancelled) when the Jewish Nation(due to certain failures to keep G-D’s mandate to “love your fellow as yourself”) was exiled by G-D’s command and dispersed into the Galut which is still in force. At present we may not take up arms to conquer the land by force until we do tshuvah and perceive the revelation of our beloved Moshiach and restoration of the great Sanhedrin.

    The second type of “just war” is defense. This is not merely a “right” but more accurately an OBLIGATION. This commandment,of course,is ALWAYS in force. The Talmud tells us”—when the rodef(persuer) comes to kill you, rise up and kill (neutralize or immobalize) him FIRST—-“. This strongly implies premption. Our sages describe the details of this alien assault which include lethal threat, robbery and violating ones boarder for this purpose. Once the enemy is rendered impotent he may not be further harmed. The taking of life is a last resort. Everything possible must be done to protect the lives of innocents. As important as this is, however, it remains secondary to the obligation of effective defense.

    Of course, we are not permitted to generalize and brand or harm peaceful neighbors as “rodef”. We are commanded to love, respect, protect and help them when they are in need. This is mandated because “—–we were once strangers in the land of Egypt—“.

  2. Stuart says:

    This man needs to be immediately fired and relieved of his post. His impact on innocent people must be considered. To do anything less is to condone his beliefs.

    1. Chabad says:

      Yes I am agree with you.

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