Many articles have appeared in the recent past in learned publications commenting on the final events at Masada. A quick examination of their contents, however, reveals that, in the main, their emphasis has been on historical, national-political, or theological aspects.' One area of primary Jewish importance has to date received only minimal, and at times cursory, consideration, namely, what was the relationship of this suicide pact to the principles and practices of the halakhic tradition! This question has hardly been analyzed in depth despite its painful relevancy to the contemporary history of the Six Day War, a pertinence that has not escaped the attention of Israeli scholars. 2
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