Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to besiege a city


"We are instructed to leave a direction open, unsieged, when we besiege a city, so that they should have the means of flight. This way we will learn to act with mercy even upon our enemies in war. Also, this is advantageous in opening a path through which they will flee, rather than strengthen themselves against us."

(Ramban to Sefer haMitzvot, Omitted Aseh #5)

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