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Rabbi Eliezer Melamed

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed is the Dean of Yeshiva Har Bracha and a prolific author on Jewish Law. Parts of this article were translated from his popular series "Pininei Halacha." His book "The Laws of Prayer" is due to be published in English by Sukkot. This article also appears at the web-site
Prisoner Exchange in Jewish Law

Prisoner Exchange in Jewish Law


The State of Israel is faced with a difficult dilemma: To release terrorist prisoners in exchange for captive soldiers, or not. What does Jewish Law have to say?