The Gilad Shalit Deal: Exchanging Many Terrorists for One Israeli

What would halachah say about the Gilad Shalit deal? Is it permissible, forbidden, or obligatory to exchange many terrorists for a single Jewish prisoner? Are there any limits to the mitzvah of pidyon shevuyim (redeeming captives)?

Based on the popular book Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events by Dovid Lichtenstein, this sourcesheet was adapted for teens by Shaya First. Formatted and edited by Rachel First. Includes the tzuras hadaf for the quoted Gemaras.

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