Heschel On Self-Defense


“We have a right to demand, ‘Love they neighbor as thyself.’ We have no right to demand, ‘Love they neighbor and kill theyself.’ No moral teacher has ever asserted, ‘If one stands with a knife threatening to kill you, bare your heart for him to murder you.’ There is no moral justification for self-destruction.”


Source: Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Israel: An Echo of Eternity, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.