Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Asman told how the Torah explains the emergence of war and how to survive it all.
Like the Christian Bible, the Torah explains what is happening in our society and why and how to survive and overcome it all. Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Asman said it in an interview with News.LIVE.
“The Holy Scriptures say that the army should be among the righteous. An example is the army of King David. It was small, but it won over everyone.
And we were all convinced of this. The Russian army is one of the largest in the world, but it can’t do anything because the Ukrainians are more motivated.
“The winner is not the big one and the big one, but the small one and the agile one”. Unity is essential, according to the Torah. We see that Russia has united Ukraine. This unity is fundamental: willingness, self-sacrifice, people do not think about themselves, they care about others.
According to the Torah, evil cannot be tolerated. There is such a thing as self-defense. If you are being chased by a man with a stone, and it is clear that he wants to kill you, you must kill him first and save your life. It’s your duty.
“Ukraine defends itself. It is not a sin, as sin lies in an intentional murder. Defending oneself is not a sin.
According to the Torah, if the murder is premeditated and there is evidence, then the punishment is the death penalty. When a person kills unintentionally, they will also suffer a certain punishment, but not as severe,” the Rabbi explained.