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Military
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Modern nation-states commonly conscripted Jews. Military service ran contrary to the traditional Jewish self-understanding of being a civilian population that even detested war. In spite of ethical concerns, Jewish representatives, authors, and rabbis ultimately recognized involvement in wars as a civic obligation. Furthermore, p…

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Penslar, Derek Jonathan, “Military”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0544>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312



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