A SCENARIO in a genocide: I am part of a targeted group. The enemy demands that the group turn over a specific member of the group to be put to death. Otherwise, the enemy says it will murder the entire group.
May the one person be turned over, to be murdered, in order to save the group? Or must the group refuse and sacrifice many lives?
This terrible dilemma occurred during the Holocaust. Something similar occurs in this week’s Torah portion.
Also this: In a natural disaster — a famine, for example — is pleasure permitted? Even if one is personally protected against the effects of the disaster, must one diminish one’s pleasure out of solidarity with those who suffer?