Catholic writing of Titus 1:14
"Not giving heed to jewish fables and commandments of men, who turn themselves away from the truth."
Note on Titus 1:14: The religion of the Old Testament Israelites was the Catholic Faith unfulfilled, it wasn't "judaism", see Section 39.1 of this site.
Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Daniel 9:26
"Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny Him shall not be His."
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PART TWO - PRECEPTS OF THE talmud CONCERNING CHRISTIANS
From what has been shown thus far, it is clear that,
according to the teaching of the talmud, Christians are idolaters and hateful
to jews. As a consequence, every jew who wishes to please God has a duty
to observe all the precepts which were given to the Fathers of their race
when they lived in the Holy Land concerning the idolatrous gentiles, both
those who lived amongst them and those in nearby countries.
A jew is therefore required (1) To avoid Christians;
(2) To do all he can to exterminate them.
CHAPTER I - CHRISTIANS MUST BE AVOIDED
jews are required to avoid all contact with Christians
for four reasons: (1) Because they are not worthy to share in the jewish
way of life; (2) Because they are unclean; (3) Because they are idolators;
(4) Because they are murderers.
Article I. —Christians Must Be Avoided—Because They
Are Unworthy to Share jewish Customs
A jew, by the fact that he belongs to the chosen people
and is circumcized, possesses so great a dignity that no one, not even
an angel, can share equality with him.(1)
In fact, he is considered almost the equal of God. "He who strikes
an Israelite" says rabbi Chanina "acts as if he slaps the face
of God's Divine Majesty."(2)
A jew is always considered good, in spite of certain sins which he may
commit; nor can his sins contaminate him, any more
than dirt contaminates the kernel in a nut, but only soils its shell.(3)
A jew alone is looked upon as a man; the whole world is his and all things
should serve him, especially "animals which have the form of men."(4)
(1) cf. Chullin, 91b
(2) cf. Sanhedrin, 58b
(3) cf. Chagigah, 15b
(4) "Thus on the Sabbath day jews celebrate with wine, meats,
fish and all the delicacies made for men; for them it is a full holiday;
they abstain from all kinds of work and will not lift a finger to do anything
that has the appearance of labor or that involves work of any kind. Thus
if there is need to light a fire in winter, to light or blow out a candle,
to cook or heat food, or to milk cows, they employ poor Christians to do
such work. Hence they glory in the fact that they are masters and Christians
are their servants who must minister to them while they rest at their ease.
Christian rulers should see to it that this should be stopped and that
others should not minister to jews in this way on their Sabbath and other
festivals. And it must be admitted that we, to the detriment of our Christian
liberty, aid them too much in upholding their superstition to avoid all
kinds of work on the Sabbath." Buxtorf in Synag. Jud. p. 382.
Thus it is plain that they regard all contact with Christians
as contaminating and as detracting from their dignity. They are therefore
required to keep as far away as possible from all who live and act as Christians
(5) "They are diligently warned not to have any contact
with Christians, not to play with their children, nor to eat or drink with
them, nor to have anything to do with them socially. And parents tell their
children the conversation of Christians is so horrible and vicious that
they conceive an implacable hatred of Christians from their very cradle."
Ibedem, ch. VII, p. 136.
1. A jew MUST NOT SALUTE A CHRISTIAN
In Gittin (62a) it says:
"A jew must not enter the home of a Nokhri
on a feast day to offer him greetings. However, if he meets him on the
street, he may offer him a greeting, but curtly and with head bowed."
2. A jew MUST NOT RETURN THE GREETINGS OF A CHRISTIAN
In Iore Dea (148,10) it says:
"A jew must not return the greeting of a Christian
by bowing before him. It is good, therefore, to salute him first and so
avoid having to answer him back if the Akum salutes him first."(6)
(6) Urbanity is therefore not the reason why jews appear
so amiable in bowing down so humbly before Christians.
rabbi Kohana says that when a jew salutes a Christian
he should say "Peace to my Lord," but intend this for his own
rabbi. For the Tosephoth says: "For his heart was turned towards his
3. A jew MUST NOT GO BEFORE A CHRISTIAN JUDGE
In Choschen Hammischpat (26,1) it says:
"A jew is not permitted to bring his case before
Akum judges, even if the matter is judged by the decisions of jewish
law, and even if both parties agree to abide by such decisions. He who
does so is impious and similar to one who calumniates and blasphemes, and
who raises his hand against the Law given us by Moses, our great law-giver.
Hagah says 'The Bethin has the power to excommunicate such a one
until he release his jewish brother from the hands of the Gentile.' "
4. A CHRISTIAN CANNOT BE USED AS A WITNESS
In Choschen Ham. (34,19) it says:
"A Goi or a servant is not capable of acting
as a witness."
5. A jew CANNOT EAT CHRISTIAN FOOD
In Iore Dea (112,1) it says:
"The Elders forbade the eating of the bread of the
Akum, lest we would seem to be familiar with them."
And in Abhodah Zarah (35b) it says:
"The following things belonging to the Goim
are forbidden: Milk which a Goi takes from a cow, in the absence
of a jew;(7) also their bread,
(7) "For fear he would mix the milk of swine or of
some other unclean animal with it"—Surenhusius Mischnah Ab. Zar. p.6.
6. A jew MUST NEVER ACT IN ANY WAY LIKE A CHRISTIAN
In Iore Dea (178,1) it says:
"It is not permitted to imitate the customs of the
Akum, nor to act like them. Nor is it permitted to wear clothes
like the Akum, nor to comb the hair as they do...neither must jews
build houses that look like temples of the Akum."
Since, however, it is not possible to observe all these
rules in every place, the Hagah says that they can be overlooked
to a certain extent when, for instance, it is to the advantage of a jew
to do so; for example, if a jew would profit by a trade which requires
a certain kind of dress.
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Article II. —Christians Are to Be Avoided—Because They
It is not known how often jews must wash and purify themselves,
nor how much they must study to avoid everything which might render them
unclean. The talmud teaches, however, that Christians are people whose
touch alone makes things unclean. In Abhodah Zarah (72b) it says:
"A certain man was pouring wine from one jar into
another by means of a tube, when a Goi came along and touched the
tube with his hand. As a result all the wine (in both jars) had to be thrown
Every vessel, therefore, must be washed which comes into
the possession of a jew from a Christian, although it has never been in
use. In Iore Dea (120,1) it says:
"If a jew buys a vessel for use at table from an
Akum, whether it is made of metal, glass or lead, even if it is
new, he must wash it in a Mikvah [a large basin], or in a cistern
which holds forty quarts of water."
* * * * *
Article III. —Christians Are to Be Avoided—Because
They Are Idolaters
1. Lest a jew be the occasion of sin to the idolatrous
Christians, according to the precept in Levit. XIX,14: Do not
put a stumbling-block before the blind—he must avoid all contact with
them on the days when they worship their gods. In Abhodah Zarah
(2a) it says:
"For three days before their idolatrous festivals
it is not permitted to buy or sell them anything. It is also forbidden
to give or take any help from them, to change any money with them, to pay
them back any debts or allow them to pay back debts."
In the Abhodah Zarah, 78c (the Perusch of
Maimonides, fol. 8) it says:
"All the festivals of the followers of Jesus are
forbidden, and we must conduct ourselves towards them as we would towards
idolators. The first day of the week is their principal feast, and it is
therefore forbidden to do any business whatsoever with those who believe
in Jesus on their Sabbath. We must observe the same rules on their Sabbath
as we do on the feastdays of idolators, as the talmud teaches."
2. A jew MUST NOT USE ANYTHING WHICH PERTAINS TO THE WORSHIP
In Iore Dea (139,1) it says:
"It is forbidden to have anything to do with idols
and everything that is used in their form of worship, whether they are
made by the Akum or by jews."
3. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO SELL TO CHRISTIANS ANYTHING CONNECTED
WITH THEIR IDOLATROUS WORSHIP
The Abhodah Zarah (14b, Toseph) says:
"It is always forbidden to sell incense to an idolatrous
priest, for it is evident that when he asks for it he wants it for no other
purpose but to offer it before his idol. Anyone, therefore, who would sell
it to him sins against the precept which forbids us to place a stumbling-block
before the blind. It is also forbidden to sell candles to gentiles for
their Feast of Candles. Candles however may be sold to them on other days.
Neither is it permitted to sell a chalice to a gentile which a jew has
bought after a Goi has broken it and thrown it away. It may only
be sold again to a gentile after it has been completely made over. For
after it has been broken just once it can be used still to hold the wine
which is offered in honor of their idol." Then follows the prohibition
as to the selling of books to Christian priests, as we have seen above.
Even the work of binding such books is forbidden to a jew. In Iore Dea
(139,15) it says:
"It is forbidden to bind the books of the Akum,
with the exception of law books. It may be done, however, if refusal to
do so should cause enmity, but only after every effort has been made to
refuse such work."
Likewise in Iore Dea (151,1, Hagah):
"It is not permitted to sell water to an Akum
if it is known that it will be made into Baptismal water."
Mention is also made of many other things which it is
forbidden to sell to Christians, such as: cloth from which priestly vestments
and banners may be made; paper and ink which may be used for writing books
pertaining to their divine worship. It is forbidden to sell, or even to
rent, houses to Christians which will be used by them as a place of worship.
Nowadays, however, jews trade with Christians, especially on Christian
feast days, and also sell them houses knowing full well that certain Sacraments
will be administered therein, such as Baptism, Holy Communion and Extreme
Unction. The talmud can give no reason for this, and in the Abhodah
Zarah (2a, Toseph) it says:
"It is difficult to say by what right jews nowadays
trade with the Goim on their (evil) feast days. For although many
of them commit all kinds of licentious acts and perversions on their feast
days in honor of saints which they do not look upon as gods, yet every
week they celebrate the Day of the Nazarene [Sunday] which has always been
forbidden to us."
Bartenora, however, in his commentary on Abhodah Zarah
(I, 2, fol. 7b) it says:
"Since, while we are in captivity, we cannot live
without trading with them, and we depend upon them for our food and we
must fear them, it is only forbidden to trade with them on their feast
days.(8) Furthermore, it is permitted
nowadays to trade with them on the actual day of their feasts, because
the rabbis are convinced that they do not worship their idols just because
they trade with us. And what is forbidden in this book must be taken as
applying directly to idolatry."
(8) Although rabbi Ischmael says it is forbidden to trade
with them for three days before their feast days.
however, contends that the Mischnah only forbids the selling of
things to idolaters which will be used by them in the worship of idols,
since they rejoice and worship their idols because they obtain the things
necessary for that worship. He explains it thus (in Abhodah Zarah,
"No one should wonder at this custom of ours. For,
although we look upon them as idolaters, they can only offer up what they
buy for money. Hence, our gain and their joy is not the reason for this
prohibition, for they have enough money for these things, even if we did
not trade with them."
(9) One of the authors of the Tosephoth, died in 1170.
4. THIS PROHIBITION DOES NOT APPLY TO ATHEISTS
In Iore Dea (148,5) it says:
"It is only permitted to send a gift to an Akum
on one of their feast days if it is known that he does not believe in idols
and does not worship them."
Maimonides has the same in Hilkhoth Akum (IX, 2):
"It is also wrong to send a gift to a Goi
on their feast days unless it is certain that he does not believe in the
worship of Christian idols, and does not serve them."
* * * * *
Article IV. —Christians Are to Be Avoided—Because They
There is nothing that jews are more convinced of than
the harm which Christians can do to the children of Israel. Because of
this, the rulers of the Chosen People have always instructed them not to
accept any help from Christians who will always resort to murder, and to
other crimes, whenever they cannot otherwise obtain their evil ends. Thus
a jew must not employ a Christian as a nurse, or as a teacher for his children,
or as a doctor, a barber or an obstetrician.
1. NOT AS A NURSE
In Iore Dea (81,7, Hagah) it says:
"A child must not be nursed by a Nokhri, if
an Israelite can be had; for the milk of the Nokhrith hardens the
heart of a child and builds up an evil nature in him."
2. NOT AS A TEACHER
In Iore Dea (153,1, Hagah) it says:
"A child must not be given to the Akum to
learn manners, literature or the arts, for they will lead him to heresy."
3. NOT AS A DOCTOR
In Iore Dea (155,1) it says:
"When a jew is wounded in any way, even so gravely
that he would have to violate the Sabbath in having a doctor, he must not
employ the services of a Christian (Akum) doctor who is not known
to everyone in the neighborhood; for we must guard against the spilling
of blood. Even when it is not known if the patient will live or die, such
a doctor must not be allowed to attend him. If, however, he is sure to
die, then such a doctor may attend him, since an extra hour of life is
not much to lose. If the Akum insists that a certain medicine is
good, you may believe him, but be sure not to buy it from him. There are
some who say that this holds only when the Akum offer help free,
and that it can be accepted every time it is paid for. But it can be taken
for granted that they would not harm a jew just for the sake of a matter
In Pesachim (25a) it says:
"rabbi Jochanan says: medical help can be accepted
from all except idolaters, fornicators and murderers."
4. NOT AS A BARBER
In Iore Dea (156,1 ) it says:
"You must not be shaven by an Akum unless
your jewish friends are with you. There are some who say that it is not
permitted to be shaved by an Akum even when others are present,
unless you can see yourself in a mirror."(10)
(10) This does not refer to the shaving of beards, but
only of the locks of hair on the neck. For, a jew who shaves his beard
commits five sins, because of its five (star-shaped) points—cf.
Maimonides in Hilkoth Akum, XII, 5.
5. NOT AS AN OBSTETRICIAN
In Abhodah Zarah (26a) it says:
"Our rabbis have passed it down to us, that a foreign
woman must never be allowed to act as midwife at the birth of a child of
Israel, because they are given to the shedding of blood. The Elders say,
however, that a foreign woman may perform this task provided there are
other jewish women present, but never alone. rabbi Meir, however, says
that it is not allowed even when others are present. For they often crush
the soft head of the child with their hand and kill it; and they can do
this without being noticed by those who are present."
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CHAPTER II—CHRISTIANS MUST BE EXTERMINATED
The followers of "that man," whose name is taken
by the jews to mean "May his name and memory be blotted out,"
are not otherwise to be regarded than as people whom it would be good to
get rid of. They are called Romans and tyrants who hold captive the children
of Israel, and by their destruction the jews would be freed from this Fourth
Captivity. Every jew is therefore bound to do all he can to destroy that
impious kingdom of the Edomites (Rome) which rules the whole world. Since,
however, it is not always and everywhere possible to effect this extermination
of Christians, the talmud orders that they should be attacked at least
indirectly, namely: by injuring them in every possible way, and by thus
lessening their power, help towards their ultimate destruction. Wherever
it is possible a jew should kill Christians, and do so without mercy.
Article I.—HARM MUST BE DONE TO CHRISTIANS
A jew is commanded to harm Christians wherever he can,
both indirectly by not helping them in any way, and also directly by wrecking
their plans and projects; neither must he save a Christian who is in danger
I. GOOD MUST NOT BE DONE TO CHRISTIANS
In Zohar (1,25b) it says:
"Those who do good to the Akum . . . will
not rise from the dead."
At times it is permitted to do good to Christians, but
only in order to help Israel, namely, for the sake of peace and to hide
hatred of them. Maimonides in Hilkhoth Akum (X,6) says:
"Needy Gentiles may be helped as well as needy jews,
for the sake of peace..."
In Iore Dea (148,12 Hagah) it says:
"Therefore if you enter a town and find them celebrating
a feast, you may pretend to rejoice with them in order to hide your hatred.
Those, however, who care about the salvation of their souls should keep
away from such celebrations. You should make it known that it is a hateful
thing to rejoice with them, if you can do so without incurring their enmity."
1. IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO PRAISE A CHRISTIAN
In Abhodah Zarah (20,a, Toseph) it says:
"Do not say anything in praise of them, lest it be
said: How good that Goi is!"(1)
(1) Maimonides (in Hilk. Akum X,5) adds: "Moreover,
you should seek opportunity to mix with them and find out about their evil
In this way they explain the words of Deuteronomy
(VII,2) . . . and thou shalt show no mercy unto them [Goim], as
cited in the Gemarah. rabbi S. Iarchi explains this Bible passage
"Do not pay them any compliments; for it is forbidden
to say: how good that Goi is."
In Iore Dea (151,14) it says:
"No one is allowed to praise them or to say how good
an Akum is. How much less to praise what they do or to recount anything
about them which would redound to their glory. If, however, while praising
them you intend to give glory to God, namely, because he has created comely
creatures, then it is allowed to do so."
2. A jew NOT ALLOWED TO MENTION THE THINGS WHICH CHRISTIANS
USE FOR THEIR IDOLATROUS WORSHIP
In Hilkhoth Akum (V,12) it says:
"It is also forbidden to make mention of the Akum;
for it is written (Exodus XXIII,13):. . . and make no mention
of other gods."
3. THEIR IDOLS MUST BE SPOKEN OF WITH CONTEMPT
In Iore Dea (146,15) it says:
"Their idols must be destroyed, or called by contemptuous
"It is permitted to deride idols, and it is forbidden
to say to a Goi: May your God help you, or I hope you will succeed."
rabbi Bechai, explaining the text of Deuteronomy
about hating idolatry, says:
"The Scripture teaches us to hate idols and to call
them by ignominious names. Thus, if the name of a church is Bethgalia—"house
of magnificence," it should be called Bethkaria—an insignificant
house, a pigs' house, a latrine. For this word, karia, denotes a
low-down, slum place."
In numerous places ignominious names are given by the
jews to Christian things. It will not be out of place to list a few of
these names which they give to things and persons which are held holy and
dear by Christians, as follows:
JESUS is ignominiously called Jeschu—which means,
May his name and memory be blotted out. His proper name in Hebrew
is Jeschua, which means Salvation.
MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS, is called Charia—dung,
excrement (German Dreck). In Hebrew her proper name is Miriam.
CHRISTIAN SAINTS, the word for which in Hebrew is Kedoschim,
are called Kededchim (cinaedos)—feminine men (Fairies). Women
saints are called Kedeschoth, whores.
SUNDAY is called the day of calamity.
FEAST OF CHRISTMAS is called Nital, denoting extermination.
EASTER is not called by the proper word Pesach
(Passover), but Ketsach, meaning a cutting down; or Kesach,
A CHRISTIAN CHURCH is not called Beth Hattefillah,
House of Prayer, but Beth Hattiflah, a House of Vanity, a House
THE GOSPEL BOOKS are called Aavon Gilaion, Books
CHRISTIAN SACRIFICES are called Dung Offerings. In the
Jerusalem talmud (fol.13b) the following occurs:
"He who sees them mezabbelim (excrementing—sacrificing)
before their idol, let him say (Exod. XXII, 20): He that sacrificeth
unto an idol shall be utterly destroyed."
rabbi Iarchi (referring to Num. XXV, 3) teaches
that the Gentiles actually honor their God by excrementing before him.
A CHRISTIAN GIRL who works for jews on their sabbath is
called Schaw-wesschicksel, Sabbath Dirt.
4. A jew IS NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE GIFTS TO CHRISTIANS
In Hilkhoth Akum (X,5) it says:
"It is forbidden to give gifts to the Goim.
But it is permitted to give them to a convert who lives among the jews;
for it is said: To the traveller who stops in your cities, give it to him
to eat, or sell it to a Gentile, that is sell it, not give it."
In Iore Dea (151,11) it says:
"It is forbidden to give free gifts to the Akum
with whom a jew may not treat familiarly."
The talmud, however, allows a jew to give gifts to Gentiles
who are known to him and from whom he has hope of getting something in
5. A jew IS FORBIDDEN TO SELL HIS FARM TO CHRISTIANS
In Iore Dea (334,43) it says:
"In 24 cases a jew must be repudiated, namely . .
. 8. Anyone who sells his farm to the Akum must be sent into exile—unless
he undertakes to make up for all the harm that follows as a consequence
of having the Akum live near the jews."
6. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO TEACH A TRADE TO CHRISTIANS
In Iore Dea (154,2) it says:
"It is not permitted to teach any trade to the Akum."
* * * * *
II. HARM MUST BE DONE TO THE WORK OF CHRISTIANS
Since the Goim minister to jews like beasts of
burden, they belong to a jew together with his life and all his faculties:
"The life of a Goi and all his physical powers
belong to a jew." (A. Rohl. Die Polem. p.20)
It is an axiom of the rabbis that a jew may take anything
that belongs to Christians for any reason whatsoever, even by fraud; nor
can such be called robbery since it is merely taking what belongs to him.
In Babha Bathra (54b) it says:
"All things pertaining to the Goim are like
a desert; the first person to come along and take them can claim them for
1. CHRISTIANS MUST NOT BE TOLD IF THEY PAY TOO MUCH TO
In Choschen Hammischpat (183,7) it says:
"If you send a messenger to collect money from an
Akum and the Akum pays too much, the messenger may keep the difference.
But if the messenger does not know about it, then you may keep it all yourself."
2. LOST PROPERTY OF CHRISTIANS MUST NOT BE RETURNED TO
In Choschen Ham. (266,1) it says:
"A jew may keep anything he finds which belongs to
the Akum, for it is written: Return to thy brethren what is lost
(Deuter. XXII, 3). For he who returns lost property [to Christians]
sins against the Law by increasing the power of the transgressors of the
Law. It is praiseworthy, however, to return lost property if it is done
to honor the name of God, namely, if by so doing Christians will praise
the jews and look upon them as honorable people."
3. CHRISTIANS MAY BE DEFRAUDED
In Babha Kama (113b) it says:
"It is permitted to deceive a Goi."
And in Choschen Ham. (156,5 Hagah) it says:
"If a jew is doing good business with an Akum
it is not allowed to other jews, in certain places, to come and do business
with the same Akum. In other places, however, it is different,
where another jew is allowed to go to the same Akum, lead him on,
do business with him and to deceive him and take his money. For the wealth
of the Akum is to be regarded as common property and belongs to
the first who can get it. There are some, however, who say that this should
not be done."
In Choschen Ham. (183,7 Hagah) it says:
"If a jew is doing business with an Akum and
a fellow Israelite comes along and defrauds the Akum, either by
false measure, weight or number, he must divide his profit with his fellow
Israelite, since both had a part in the deal, and also in order to help
4. A jew MAY PRETEND HE IS A CHRISTIAN TO DECEIVE CHRISTIANS
In Iore Dea (157,2 Hagah) it says:
"If a jew is able to deceive them [idolaters] by
pretending he is a worshipper of the stars, he may do so."(2)
(2) This text is also found in the Vilna edition of 1873.
5. A jew IS ALLOWED TO PRACTICE USURY ON CHRISTIANS
In Abhodah Zarah (54a) it says:
"It is allowed to take usury from Apostates(3)
who fall into idolatry."
(3) The jews call Baptism Schomed, and an apostate
baptized jew, a Meschummad.
And in Iore Dea (159,1) it says:
"It is permitted, according to the Torah,
to lend money to an Akum with usury. Some of the Elders, however,
deny this except in a case of life and death. Nowadays it is permitted
for any reason."
* * * * *
III. CHRISTIANS TO BE HARMED IN LEGAL MATTERS
1. A jew MAY LIE AND PERJURE HIMSELF TO CONDEMN A CHRISTIAN
In Babha Kama (113a) it says:
"Our teaching is as follows: When a jew and a Goi
come into court, absolve the jew, if you can, according to the laws of
Israel. If the Goi wins, tell him that is what our laws require.
If however, the jew can be absolved according to the gentile law, absolve
him and say it is due to our laws. If this cannot be done proceed callously
against the Goi, as rabbi Ischmael advises. rabbi Akibha, however,
holds that you cannot act fraudulently lest you profane the Name of God,
and have a jew commited for perjury."
A marginal note, however, explains this qualification
of rabbi Akibha as follows:
"The name of God is not profaned when it is not known
by the Goi that the jew has lied."
And further on, the Babha Kama (113b) says:
"The name of God is not profaned when, for example,
a jew lies to a Goi by saying: 'I gave something to your father,
but he is dead; you must return it to me,' as long as the Goi does
not know that you are lying."
2. A jew MAY PERJURE HIMSELF WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
In Kallah (1b, p.18) it says:
"She (the mother of the mamzer) said to him,
'Swear to me.' And rabbi Akibha swore with his lips, but in his heart he
invalidated his oath."(4)
(4) cf. supra, p.30
A similar text is found in Schabbuoth Hagahoth
of rabbi Ascher (6d):
"If the magistrate of a city compels jews to swear
that they will not escape from the city nor take anything out of it, they
may swear falsely by saying to themselves that they will not escape today,
nor take anything out of the city today only."
* * * * *
IV. CHRISTIANS MUST BE HARMED IN THINGS NECESSARY FOR
jews must spare no means in fighting the tyrants who hold
them in this Fourth Captivity in order to set themselves free. They must
fight Christians with astuteness and do nothing to prevent evil from happening
to them: their sick must not be cared for, Christian women in childbirth
must not be helped, nor must they be saved when in danger of death.
1. A jew MUST ALWAYS TRY TO DECEIVE CHRISTIANS
In Zohar (I, 160a) it says:
"rabbi Jehuda said to him [rabbi Chezkia]: 'He is
to be praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel, and
the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight against
them.' rabbi Chezkia asked, 'How must we fight against them?' rabbi Jehuda
said, 'By wise counsel thou shalt war against them' (Proverbs,
ch. 24, 6). By what kind of war? The kind of war that every son of man
must fight against his enemies, which Jacob used against Esau—by deceit
and trickery whenever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing,
until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say
we should free ourselves from them and rule over them."
2. A SICK CHRISTIAN MUST NOT BE AIDED
In Iore Dea (158,1) it says:
"The Akum are not to be cured, even for money,
unless it would incur their enmity."
3. A CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN CHILDBIRTH MUST NOT BE HELPED
In Orach Chaiim (330,2) it says:
"No help is to be given to an Akum woman in
labor on the sabbath, even in a small way, for the Sabbath must not be
4. A CHRISTIAN IN DANGER OF DEATH MUST NOT BE HELPED
In Choschen Ham. (425,5) it says:
"If you see a heretic, who does not believe in the
Torah, fall into a well in which there is a ladder, hurry at once
and take it away and say to him 'I have to go and take my son down from
a roof; I will bring the ladder back to you at once' or something else.
The Kuthaei, however, who are not our enemies, who take care of the sheep
of the Israelites, are not to be killed directly, but they must not be
saved from death."
And in Iore Dea (158,1) it says:
"The Akum who are not enemies of ours must
not be killed directly, nevertheless they must not be saved from danger
of death. For example, if you see one of them fall into the sea, do not
pull him out unless he promises to give you money."
Maimonides, in Hilkhoth Akum (X,1) says:
"Do not have any pity for them, for it is said (Deuter.
VII,2): Show no mercy unto them. Therefore, if you see an Akum
in difficulty or drowning, do not go to his help. And if he is in danger
of death, do not save him from death. But it is not right to kill him by
your own hand by shoving them into a well or in some other way, since they
are not at war with us."
Article II. - CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE KILLED
Lastly, the talmud commands that Christians are to be
killed without mercy. In the Abhodah Zarah (26b) it says:
"Heretics, traitors and apostates are to be thrown
into a well and not rescued."
And in Choschen Hammischpat (388,10) it says:
"A spy is to be killed, even in our days, wherever
he is found. He may be killed even before he confesses. And even if he
admits that he only intended to do harm to somebody, and if the harm which
he intended is not very great, it is sufficient to have him condemned to
death. He must be warned, however, not to confess to this. But if he impudently
says 'No, I will confess it!' then he must be killed, and the sooner the
better. If there is no time to warn him, it is not necessary to do so.
There are some who say that a traitor is to be put to death only when it
is impossible to get rid of him by mutilating him, that is, by cutting
out his tongue or his eyes, but if this can be done he must not be killed,
since he is not any worse than others who persecute us."
And in Choschen Hamm. again (388,15) it says:
"If it can be proved that someone has betrayed Israel
three times, or has given the money of Israelites to the Akum, a
way must be found after prudent consideration to wipe him off the face
of the earth."
* * * * *
I. RENEGADES TO BE KILLED
Even a Christian who is found studying the Law of Israel
merits death. In Sanhedrin (59a) it says:
"rabbi Jochanan says: A Goi who pries into
the Law is guilty to death."
II. BAPTIZED jews ARE TO BE PUT TO DEATH
In Hilkhoth Akum (X, 2) it says:
"These things [supra] are intended for idolaters.
But Israelites also, who lapse from their religion and become epicureans,
are to be killed, and we must persecute them to the end. For they afflict
Israel and turn the people from God."
* * *
And in Iore Dea (158,2 Hagah) it says:
"Renegades who turn to the pleasures of the Akum,
and who become contaminated with them by worshipping stars and planets
as they do, are to be killed."
Likewise in Choschen Hamm. (425,5) it says:
"jews who become epicureans, who take to the worship
of stars and planets and sin maliciously; also those who eat the flesh
of wounded animals, or who dress in vain clothes, deserve the name of epicureans;
likewise those who deny the Torah and the Prophets of Israel—the law is
that all those should be killed; and those who have the power of life and
death should have them killed; and if this cannot be done, they should
be led to their death by deceptive methods."
rabbi Maimonides, in Hilkhoth Teschubhah (III,8)
gives the list of those who are considered as denying the Law:
"There are three classes of people who deny the Law
of the Torah: (1) Those who say that the Torah was not given by God, at
least one verse or one word of it, and who say that it was all the work
of Moses; (2) Those who reject the explanation of the Torah, namely, the
Oral Law of the Mischnah, and do not recognize the authority of
the Doctors of the Law, like the followers of Tsadok (Sadducees)
and Baithos; (3) Those who say that God changed the Law for another
New Law, and that the Torah no longer has any value, although they do not
deny that it was given by God, as the Christians and the Turks believe.
All of these deny the Law of the Torah."
III. CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE KILLED BECAUSE THEY ARE TYRANTS
In Zohar (I,25a) it says:
"The People of the Earth are idolaters, and it has
been written about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth.
Destroy the memory of the Amalekites. They are with us still in this
Fourth Captivity, namely, the Princes [of Rome] . . . who are really Amalakites."
1. THESE PRINCES ARE TO BE KILLED FIRST
For if they are allowed to live, the hope of the liberation
of the jews is in vain, and their prayers for release from this Fourth
Captivity are of no avail. In Zohar (I,219B) it says:
"It is certain that our captivity will last until
the princes of the gentiles who worship idols are destroyed."
And again in Zohar (II,19a) it says:
"rabbi Jehuda said: Come and see how it is; how the
princes have assumed power over Israel and the Israelites make no outcry.
But their rejoicing is heard when the prince falls. It is written that:
the King of the Egyptians died and soon the children of Israel were released
from captivity; they cried out and their voice ascended to God."
2. THE PRINCEDOM WHOSE CHIEF CITY IS ROME IS THE ONE TO
BE HATED MOST OF ALL BY THE jews
They call it the Kingdom of Esau, and of the Edomites,
the Kingdom of Pride, the Wicked Kingdom, Impious Rome. The Turkish Empire
is called the Kingdom of the Ismaelites which they do not wish to destroy.
The Kingdom of Rome, however, must be exterminated, because when corrupt
Rome is destroyed, salvation and freedom will come to God's Chosen People.(5)
(5) cf. Synag. Jud. ch.X, p.212.
rabbi David Kimchi writes as follows in Obadiam:
"What the Prophets foretold about the destruction
of Edom in the last days was intended for Rome, as Isaiah explains (ch.
34,1): Come near, ye nations, to hear . . . For when Rome is destroyed,
Israel shall be redeemed."
rabbi Abraham also, in his book Tseror Hammor,
section Schoftim, says the same:
"Immediately after Rome is destroyed we shall be
IV. LASTLY, ALL CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING THE BEST OF THEM,
ARE TO BE KILLED
In Abhodah Zarah (26b, Tosephoth) it says:
"Even the best of the Goim should be killed"
The Schulchan Arukh, after the words of Iore
Dea (158, 1) that those of the Akum who do no harm to jews are
not to be killed, namely those who do not wage war against Israel, thus
explains the word Milchamah—war:
"But in time of war the Akum are to be killed,
for it is written: 'The good among the Akum deserve to be killed, etc.'
V. A jew WHO KILLS A CHRISTIAN COMMITS NO SIN, BUT OFFERS
AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE TO GOD
In Sepher Or Israel (177b) it says:
"Take the life of the Kliphoth and kill them, and
you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him."
And in Ialkut Simoni (245c. n. 772) it says:
"Everyone who sheds the blood of the impious is as
acceptable to God as he who offers a sacrifice to God."
VI. AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM,
THE ONLY SACRIFICE NECESSARY IS THE EXTERMINATION OF CHRISTIANS
In Zohar (III,227b) the Good Pastor says:
"The only sacrifice required is that we remove the
unclean from amongst us."
Zohar (II, 43a), explaining the precept of Moses
about the redemption of the first born of an ass by offering a lamb, says:
"The ass means the non-jew, who is to be redeemed
by the offering of a lamb, which is the dispersed sheep of Israel. But
if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull....They should be taken
out of the book of the living, for it is said about them: He who sins against
me, I shall take out of the book of life."
VII. THOSE WHO KILL CHRISTIANS SHALL HAVE A HIGH PLACE
In Zohar (I,38b, and 39a) it says:
"In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who
lamented over Sion and Jerusalem, and all those who destroyed idolatrous
nations ... and those who killed off people who worship idols are clothed
in purple garments so that they may be recognized and honored."
VIII. jews MUST NEVER CEASE TO EXTERMINATE THE GOIM;
THEY MUST NEVER LEAVE THEM IN PEACE AND NEVER SUBMIT TO THEM
In Hilkhoth Akum (X, 1) it says:
"Do not eat with idolaters, nor permit them to worship
their idols; for it is written: Make no covenant with them, nor show
mercy unto them (Deuter. ch. 7, 2). Either turn away from their
idols or kill them."
"In places where jews are strong, no idolater must
be allowed to remain..."
IX. ALL jews ARE OBLIGED TO UNITE TOGETHER TO DESTROY
TRAITORS AMONG THEM
In Choschen Hamm. (338,16) it says:
"All the inhabitants of a city are obliged to contribute
to the expense of killing a traitor, even those who have to pay other taxes."
X. NO FESTIVAL, NO MATTER HOW SOLEMN, MUST PREVENT THE
BEHEADING OF A CHRISTIAN
In Pesachim (49b) it says:
"rabbi Eliezer said: It is permitted to cut off the
head of an 'idiot' [one of the People of the Earth] on the feast of the
Atonement when it falls on the Sabbath.(6)
His disciples said to him: rabbi, you should rather say to sacrifice.
But he replied: By no means, for it is necessary to pray while sacrificing,
and there is no need of prayers when you behead someone."
(6) No day more holy than this could be imagined.
XI. THE ONE OBJECT OF ALL THE ACTIONS AND PRAYERS OF THE
jews SHOULD BE TO DESTROY THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
Thus the jews picture their Messiah and Liberator whom
they expect, as a persecutor who will inflict great calamities upon non-jews.
The talmud lists three great evils which will come upon the world when
the Messiah comes. In Schabbath (118a) it says:
"Whoever eats three meals on the Sabbath shall be
saved from the three evils: from the punishments of the Messiah, from the
pain of hell and from the war of Magog; for it is written: Behold, I
shall send you Elias the Prophet before the coming of the 'Day' of the
XII. IN THEIR PRAYERS THE jews SIGH FOR THE COMING OF
THE REVENGEFUL MESSIAH, ESPECIALLY ON THE EVE OF THE PASSOVER:
"Pour out thy anger upon the nations that know thee
not, and upon the kingdoms which do not invoke thy name; Pour out thy indignation
upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them; Persecute and
destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord."(7)
(7) cf. Sanhedrin, chap. VII near the end, and Iebhammoth,
the last chap.
They also pray as follows:
"How long will thy strength remain captive and
thy beauty lie under the hand of the oppressor? O God! Show forth thy strength
and thy zeal against our enemies; break their strength and let them be
"Cut off the hope of the unjust; let all heretics
perish at once; root out, break up and destroy the Proud Kingdom; hasten
to make all peoples subject in our days."
* * *
At that very same time, on Good Friday, that "Prince
of the Proud Empire" of Rome, the Pope, prays, and orders everyone
in the world to pray for all "heretics" and those who are "lost",
"Let us pray for the perfidious jews: that the Lord
our God may take away the veil from their hearts, that they may acknowledge
Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Omnipotent and Eternal God, who does not even exclude
jewish perfidy from thy mercy: hear our prayers which we offer for the
blindness of that people, that, having recognized the light of thy truth,
which is Christ, they may come out of their darkness, Through Jesus Christ
our Lord . . ."
APPENDIX [Appendix supplied by the editor.—E.N.S.]
HOW THE POPES TREATED THE jews
Pope Innocent III decreed as follows:
"As Cain was a wanderer and an outcast, not to be
killed by anyone but marked with the sign of fear on his forehead, so the
jews . . . against whom the voice of the blood of Christ cries out . .
. although they are not to be killed they must always be dispersed as wanderers
upon the face of the earth."(1)
(1) Migne, Patrologia, CCXV, 1291.
"Although Christian piety tolerates the jews . .
. whose own fault commits them to perpetual slavery . . . and allows them
to continue with us (even though the Moors will not tolerate them), they
must not be allowed to remain ungrateful to us in such a way as to repay
us with contumely for favors and contempt for our familiarity. They are
admitted to our familiarity only through our mercy; but they are to us
dangerous as the insect in the apple, as the serpent in the breast * *
* Since, therefore, they have already begun to gnaw like the rat, and to
stink like the serpent, it is to our shame that the fire in our breast
which is being eaten into by them, does not consume them * * * As they
are reprobate slaves of the Lord, in whose death they evilly conspired
(at least by the effect of the deed), let them acknowledge themselves as
slaves of those whom the death of Christ has made f ree."(2)
(2) Ibid., p.694.
Under this same pope, Innocent III, the Fourth Lateran
Council, in 1215, adopted canons Nos. 67-70, decreeing the Roman Catholic
attitude towards the jews:(3)
(3) cf. Binius, Concilia Generalia, Vol. II, Tom. 3, p.695.
The first is financial, containing protective measures
for Christians against the rapacity of jews as userers. Only jews were
permitted to lend money at interest.
The second decrees that all jews be distinguished for
all time from Christians by color of dress and distinctive badge.
The third forbids jews to have Christians as nurses, tutors,
and domestic servants and forbids Christians to cohabit with jews and jewesses.
Legal marriage with them was impossible.
The fourth forbids the acceptance of legal testimony of
jews against Christians and orders preference for the testimony of a Christian
against a jew. An order is also added that all in authority in Church and
State must watch continually lest converted and baptized jews continue
to practice the rites of their former faith.
A few years later Pope Innocent III reiterates and confirms
these edicts of the Lateran Council as follows:
"TO THE KING OF FRANCE THAT HE MUST CRUSH THE INSOLENCE
OF THE jews RESIDING IN HIS KINGDOM,
"Although it be not displeasing to the Lord, but
rather acceptable to Him, that the jewish Dispersion should live and serve
under Christian princes * * * they greatly offend in the sight of God's
Divine Majesty who prefer the offspring of the Crucifiers before those
who are the heirs of Christ. * * * It has come to our knowledge that in
the kingdom of France jews have so much liberty that, under a species of
usury—by which they not only extort interest, but interest from interest—they
obtain control of the goods of the churches and the possessions of the
Christians. * * * Furthermore, although it was decreed in the Lateran Council
that jews be not permitted to have Christian servants in their homes, either
as tutors for their children or for domestic service, or for any reason
whatsoever, they still persist in having Christians as servants and nurses,
with whom they commit abominations of a kind which it rather becomes you
to punish than us to explain. And again, although the same Council laid
it down that the testimony of Christians against jews is to be admitted,
even when the former use jewish witnesses against Christians, and decreed
that in a case of this kind anyone who would prefer jews before Christians
is to be condemned as anathema, yet up to the present time things are so
carried on in the kingdom of France, that the testimony of Christians against
jews is not believed, whereas jews are admitted as witnesses against Christians.
And at times, when they to whom jews have loaned money with usury produce
Christian witnesses about the facts of payment, THE DEED WHICH THE CHRISTIAN
DEBTOR THROUGH NEGLIGENCE INDISCREETLY LEFT WITH THEM IS BELIEVED RATHER
THAN THE WITNESSES WHOM THEY BRING FORWARD. On Good Friday also, contrary
to the law of old, they walk through the streets and public squares, and
meeting Christians who everywhere according to custom go to adore the Crucifix,
they deride them and strive to prevent them from this duty of adoration.
We warn and exhort Your Serene Majesty in the Lord (adding the remission
of your sins) that you force the jews from their presumption * * * and
see to it that due punishment be meted out to all such blasphemers, and
that an easy pardon be not given to delinquents!"(4)
(4) Migne, op.cit., CCXV, 501.
In 1567, Pope Pius V revoked the small concession, granted
to jews by Pius IV, enabling them to possess immovable property up to the
value of 1,500 gold ducats. He ordered the jews to sell all their properties
to Christians. Two years later he ordered all jews expelled from the States
of the Church:
"By authority of these present Letters, We order
that each and every jew of both sexes in Our Temporal Dominions, and in
all the cities, lands, places and baronies subject to them, shall depart
completely out of the confines thereof within the space of three months
after the present Letters shall have been made public. They shall be despoiled
of all their goods, and be prosecuted according to the due process of law.
They shall become bondsmen of the Roman Church, and shall be subjected
to perpetual servitude. And the said Church shall claim the same right
over them as other dominions over their slaves and bondsmen."(5)
(5) Bull. Rom. Pont., VII, 741.
In 1244, Pope Innocent IV also ordered the burning of
jewish books. He exhorted the King of France as follows:
"Our dear Son, the Chancellor of Paris, and the Doctors,
before the clergy and people, publicly burned by fire the aforesaid books
(The talmud) with all their appendices. We beg and beseech your Celestial
Majesty in the Lord Jesus, that, having begun laudably and piously to prosecute
those who perpetuate these detestable excesses, that you continue with
due severity. And that you command throughout your whole kingdom that the
aforesaid books with all their glossaries, already condemned by the Doctors,
be committed to the flames. Firmly prohibiting jews from having Christians
as servants and nurses. * * *(6)
(6) Bull. Rom. Pont., IV, 509.
Pope Gregory IX sent the following to the archbishops
"The jews, who are admitted to our acquaintance only
through our mercy, should never forget their yoke of perpetual slavery,
which they bear through their own fault. In the Council of Toledo it was
decreed that jews of both sexes, and for all time, should be distinguished
from others by their mode of dress. We therefore command that each and
every one of you to have all the excesses of the jews completely repressed,
lest they should presume to raise their necks from the yoke of servitude
in contumely of the Redeemer; forbidding them to discuss in any way concerning
their faith or rites with Christians. In this matter calling to your aid
the help of the civil power, inflicting upon Christians, who offer opposition,
due ecclesiastical punishment ***"(7)
(7) Bull. Rom. Pont., III, 497.
Pope Eugenius IV, in 1442, issued the following decree:
"We decree and order that from now on, and for all
time, Christians shall not eat or drink with jews; nor admit them to feasts,
nor cohabit with them, nor bathe with them. Christians shall not allow
jews to hold civil honors over Christians, or to exercise public offices
in the State. jews cannot be merchants, Tax Collectors, or agents in the
buying and selling of the produce and goods of Christians, nor their Procurators,
Computers or Lawyers in matrimonial matters, nor Obstetricians; nor can
they have association or partnership with Christians. No Christian can
leave or bequeath anything in his last Will and Testament to jews or their
congregations. jews are prohibited from erecting new synagogues. They are
obliged to pay annually a tenth part of their goods and holdings. Against
them Christians can testify, but the testimony of jews against Christians
in no case is of any value. All and every single jew, of whatever sex and
age, must everywhere wear the distinct dress and known marks by which they
can be evidently distinguished from Christians. They cannot live among
Christians, but in a certain street, separated and segregated from Christians,
and outside which they cannot under any pretext have houses * * *"(8)
(8) Bull. Rom. Pont., V, 67.
In 1555, Pope Paul IV reiterated these restrictions against
the jews and added some new ones. He ordered jews to pay an annual amount
for every synagogue, "even those that have been demolished,"
and said: "jews can only engage themselves in the work of street sweepers
and rag pickers, and cannot be produce merchants or in things necessary
for human use."(9) For contravening
these regulations jews are to be punished "as rebels and criminals
laesae majestatis rei (high treason), held as outlaws by all Christian
people, by the judgment of our Vicars, Deputies and Magistrates * * *"
(9) Bull. Rom. Pont., VI, 499.
The present attitude of the Roman Catholic Church toward
the jew, as well as that of Mussolini, is of much interest for the latter
has revived the age old disabilities of the Church against the jews. All
jewish literature is forbidden and no book by a foreign jew can be translated
into Italian. No play by a foreign jew can be produced. No jew is allowed
to broadcast over the radio. jewish professors are barred from Italian
universities and textbooks of 114 jewish writers have been withdrawn from
the schools. jews have been expelled from all administrative posts. Marriage
is again illegal between jews and Christians. A third anti-Semitic newspaper,
Giornalissimo, has joined forces with the already existing anti-jewish
Regime Fascista and Il Tevere.
The Vatican's semiofficial organ, L'Osservatore Romano,
of August 13, 1938, in an article headed "The jews and the Vatican
Council" (1870) speaks of the Catholic Church's PROTECTIVE measures
for jews, and then goes on to say:
"But—in order to set things straight—by this it was
not intended that jews should be allowed to abuse the hospitality of Christian
countries. Along with these protective ordinances, there existed restrictive
and precautionary decrees with regard to them. The civil power was in accord
with the Church in this, since, as Delassus says, 'they both had the same
interest in preventing the nations from being invaded by the jewish element
and thereby losing control of society.' But if Christians were forbidden
to force jews to embrace the Catholic religion, to disturb their synagogues,
their Sabbath and their festivals, the jews, on the other hand, were forbidden
to hold public office, civil or military; and this prohibition extended
even to the children of converted jews. The precautionary decrees concerned
the professions, education, and business positions."(10)
(10) cf. Il Messagero, Rome, August 17, 1938; La
Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, Bari, August 18, 1938; Corriere della
Sera and others. All have the same caption: "How the Popes Treated
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