Jebusites

How Do We Relate To Morally Difficult Texts In Jewish Tradition?

02/27/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

We have all become familiar with the tactics of bigots who distort our religious beliefs or make up horrible lies to advance their hatred. Fortunately, most people in our pluralistic society recognize and reject these tactics.

But how would we respond to a skeptic who points to the morally troubling verse, “When...the Lord your God delivers them to you and you defeat them, you must utterly doom them to destruction: grant them no terms and give them no quarter” (Deut. 7:1-2)?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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