Nothing more abominable can be imagined than
what the Talmud says about Christians. They say that they are idolaters, the worst kind of people, much worse than the Turks,
murderers, fornicators, impure animals, like dirt, unworthy to be called men, beasts in human form, worthy of the name of
beasts, cows, asses, pigs, dogs, worse than dogs; that they propagate after the manner of beasts, that they have diabolic
origin, that their souls come from the devil and return to the devil in hell after death; and that even the body of a dead
Christian is nothing different from that of an animal.
Since Christians follow the teachings of that
man, whom the Jews regard as a Seducer and an Idolater, and since they worship him as God, it clearly follows that they
merit the name of idolaters, in no way different from those among whom the Jews lived before the birth of Christ, and whom
they taught should be exterminated by every possible means.
This is best demonstrated by the names
they give to Christians, and by the unmistakable words of Maimonides which prove that all who bear the name of Christian are
idolaters.(42a) And anyone who examines Jewish
books which speak of the "Worshippers of the Stars and Planets," "Epicureans," "Samaritans," etc., cannot but conclude that
these idolaters are none other than Christians. The Turks are always called "Ismaelites," never idolaters.
(42a) Vide Infra. ch. II, p. 42
2. CHRISTIANS WORSE THAN THE TURKS
Maimonides in Hilkoth Maakhaloth (ch.
"It is not permitted to drink the wine
of a stranger who becomes a convert,(43) that is,
one who accepts the seven precepts of Noah, but is permitted to gain some benefit from it. It is allowed to leave wine alone
with him, but not to place it before him. The same is permitted in the case of all gentiles who are not idolaters, such as
the Turks [Ismaelites]. A Jew, however, is not permitted to drink their wine, although he may use it to his own advantage.
All the best known Rabbis agree on this. But since Christians are idolaters, it is not allowed even to use their wine to advantage."
(43) There are two kinds of Jewish converts;
some are called Gere Tsedekh, converts to justice, who embrace the Jewish religion and accept the whole law of Moses,
not for external reasons only, but for the glory of God and for the sake of true religion; others are called Gere Toschabh,
convert strangers, who are neither circumcized nor baptized, and who observe only certain laws, namely those given to the
sons of Noah, which are: (1) Justice; (2) Praise of God; (3) Shunning idolatry; (4) about fornication; (5) the shedding of
blood; (6) Rape; (7) not touching an animal's organ. Vide, Sanhed, 56a.
In Abhodah Zarah (22a) it says:
"A Jew must not associate himself with gentiles
because they are given to the shedding of blood."
Likewise in Iore Dea (153,2):
"An Israelite must not associate himself with
the Akum [Christians] because they are given to the shedding of blood."
In the Abhodah Zarah (25b) it says:
"The Rabbis taught: If a Goi joins
an Israelite on the road, he [the Jew] should walk on his right side.(44) Rabbi Ismael, the son of Rabbi Jochanan the nephew of Beruka, says: if he carries a sword, let the
Jew walk on his right side.(45) If the Goi
carries a stick, the Jew should walk on his left side.(46) If he is climbing a hill or descending a steep incline, the Jew must not go in front with the Goi behind, but
the Jew must go behind and the Goi in front, nor must he stoop down in front of him for fear the Goi might crack
his skull. And if he should ask the Jew how far he is going, he should pretend he is going a long way, as Jacob our Father
said to the impious Esau: Until I come to my Lord in Seir (Gen. XXXIII, 14-17), but it adds: Jacob set out for Sukoth."
(44) So that if the Gentile should raise his
hand to strike him, the Jew can more quickly ward off the blow with his right hand.
(45) So that the Jew's right hand
be nearer to the Gentile's sword, and if he tries to draw it, the Jew can obstruct his right hand.
(46) So that the Jew
be nearer to the Gentile's right hand which holds the stick, and so may be able to grasp it quickly with his left hand.
In Orach Chaiim (20,2) it says:
"Do not sell your overcoat (Talith) with
the fringes to an Akum, lest he should join up with a Jew on the road and kill him. It is also forbidden to exchange
or lend your overcoat with a Gentile, except for a short time and when there is nothing to be feared from him."
In the Abhodah Zarah (15b) it says:
"Animals of the masculine sex must not be left
in the barns of the Gentiles with their men, nor animals of the feminine sex with their women; much less must animals of the
feminine sex be left with their men and of the masculine sex with their women. Nor must sheep be left to the care of their
shepherds; nor must any intercourse be had with them; nor must children be given into their care to learn to read or to learn
In the same tract a little farther on (22a)
it is explained why animals must not be allowed in the barns of Gentiles, and why Jews are not permitted to have sexual intercourse
"Animals must not be allowed to go near the
Goim, because they are suspected of having intercourse with them. Nor must women cohabit with them because they are
In fol. 22b of the same book the reason is given
why animals especially of the feminine sex must be kept away from their women:
"...because when Gentile men come to their neighbors'
houses to commit adultery with their wives and do not find them at home, they fornicate with the sheep in the barns instead.
And sometimes even when their neighbors' wives are at home, they prefer to fornicate with the animals; for they love the sheep
of the Israelites more than their own women."
It is for the same reason that animals are not
to be entrusted to Goi shepherds, nor children to their educators.
The Talmud gives two reasons why the Goim
are unclean: because they eat unclean things, and because they themselves have not been cleansed (from original sin) on Mount
Sinai. In Schabbath, (145b) it says:
"Why are the Goim unclean? Because they
eat abominable things and animals that crawl on their belly."
Likewise in Abhodah Zarah, 22b:
"Why are the Goim unclean? Because they
were not present at Mount Sinai. For when the serpent entered into Eve he infused her with uncleanness. But the Jews were
cleansed from this when they stood on Mount Sinai; the Goim, however, who were not on Mount Sinaim were not cleansed."
6. COMPARED TO DUNG
"When ten persons are praying together in one
place and they say Kaddisch, or Kedoschah, anyone, even though he does not belong there, may respond Amen. There
are some, however, who say that no dung or Akum must be present."
In Iore Dea (198, 48) Hagah, it
"When Jewish women come out of a bath they must
take care to meet a friend first, and not something unclean or a Christian. For if so, a woman, if she wants to keep holy,
should go back and bathe again."
It is worthy of note that the following list
of unclean things is given in Biur Hetib, a commentary on the Schulchan Arukh:
"A woman must wash herself again if she
sees any unclean thing, such as a dog, an ass, or People of the Earth; a Christian (Akum), a camel,(47) a pig, a horse, and a leper."
(47) In the Vilna ed. of 1873, camel is omitted,
since there are no camels there; but People of the Earth, and Akum are included.
7. NOT LIKE MEN, BUT BEASTS
In Kerithuth (6b p. 78) it says:
"The teaching of the Rabbis is: He who
pours oil over a Goi, and over dead bodies is freed from punishment. This is true for an animal because it is not a
man.(48) But how can it be said that by pouring
oil over a Goi one is freed from punishment, since a Goi is also a man? But this is not true, for it is written:
Ye are my flock, the flock of my pasture are men (Ezechiel, XXXIV, 31). You are thus called men, but the Goim
are not called men."
(48) The same holds for the dead body of any
In the Tract Makkoth (7b) he is said
to be guilty of killing "except when, if intending to kill an animal he kills a man by mistake, or intending to kill a Goi,
he kills an Israelite."
In Orach Chaiim (225,10) it says:
"He who sees beautiful creatures, even though
it be an Akum or an animal, let him say 'Blessed art thou Our Lord God, King of the Universe, who has placed such things
on the earth!' "
8. THEY DIFFER ONLY IN FORM FROM BEASTS
In Midrasch Talpioth (fol. 225d) it says:
"God created them in the form of men for the
glory of Israel. But Akum were created for the sole end of ministering unto them [the Jews] day and night. Nor can
they ever be relieved from this service. It is becoming to the son of a king [an Israelite] that animals in their natural
form, and animals in the form of human beings should minister unto him."
We can quote here also what is said in Orach
Chaiim, 57, 6a:
"If pigs are to be pitied when they suffer
from disease, because their intestines are similar to ours, how much more should the Akum be pitied when thus affected."(49)
(49) In Taanith (21b) it says: "How
much more the Nokhrim since they are similar to Israelites."
In Zohar, II, (64b) it says:
"...People who worship idols, and who are called
cow and ass, as it is written: I have a cow and an ass..."
Rabbi Bechai, in his book Kad Hakkemach,
ch. I, beginning with the word Geulah—redemption—referring to Psalm 80, v. 13: The boar out of
the wood doth waste it, says:
"The letter ain is dropped [suspended]
the same as these worshippers are followers of him who was suspended."
Buxtorf (Lex.) says:
"By wild pig the author here means the
Christians who eat pork and, like pigs, have destroyed the vineyard of Israel, the City of Jerusalem, and who believe in the
'suspended' Christ. Else the letter ain is dropped in this word because they, as worshippers of Christ who was hanged,
are also dropped."
Rabbi Edels, in commenting on Kethuboth
"The Psalmist compares the Akum to the
unclean beast in the woods."
10. WORSE THAN ANIMALS
Rabbi Schelomo Iarchi (Raschi), famous Jewish
commentator, explaining the law of Moses (Deuter. XIV, 21) forbidding the eating of meat of wounded animals, but which
must be given to the 'stranger in thy gates,' or which, according to Exodus (XXII, 30) is to be thrown to the dogs,
has this to say:
"...for he is like a dog. Are we to take to
word 'dog' here literally? By no means. For the text in speaking of dead bodies says, Or thou mayest sell it to an alien.
This applies much more to the meat of wounded animals, for which it is permitted to accept payment. Why therefore does the
Scripture say it may be thrown to 'dogs?' In order to teach you that a dog is to be more respected than the Nokhri."
11. THEY PROPAGATE LIKE BEASTS
In the Sanhedrin (74b) Tosephoth,
"The sexual intercourse of a Goi is like
to that of a beast."
And in Kethuboth (3b) it says:
"The seed of a Goi is worth the same
as that of a beast."
Hence it is to be inferred that Christian marriage
is not true marriage.
In Kidduschim (68a), it says:
"...How do we know this? Rabbi Huna says: You
can read: Remain here with the ass, that is, with a people like an ass. Hence it appears that they are not capable of contracting
And in Eben Haezer (44, 8):
"If a Jew enters into marriage with an Akum
(Christian), or with his servant, the marriage is null. For they are not capable of entering into matrimony. Likewise if an
Akum or a servant enter into matrimony with a Jew, the marriage is null."
In Zohar (II, 64b) it says:
"Rabbi Abba says: If only idolaters alone had
sexual intercourse, the world would not continue to exist. Hence we are taught that a Jew should not give way to those infamous
robbers. For if these propagate in greater numbers, it will be impossible for us to continue to exist because of them. For
they give birth to sucklings the same as dogs."
12. CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL
In Zohar (I, 28b) we read:
"Now the serpent was more subtle than
any beast of the field, etc. (Genes. III, 1.) 'More subtle' that is towards evil; 'than all beasts' that is, the
idolatrous people of the earth. For they are the children of the ancient serpent which seduced Eve."(50)
(50) This ancient serpent, the parent of Christians,
that is, the devil in the form of a serpent, is called, Sammael (cf. Targum Iobi, XXVIII, 7). Rabbi Maimonides writes
in More (Bk. II, ch. 30) that Sammael took the form of a serpent and seduced Eve. He is also called the 'Angel of Death,'
and 'the Head of the assembly of evil ones.' Debbarim Rabba (208c) calls him "Sammael the impious one, "the prince
of all devils." Rabbi Bechai (in Mikkets) calls him "The Impious Sammael, the Prince of Rome."
The best argument used by the Jews to
prove that Christians are of the race of the devil is the fact that they are uncircumcized. The foreskin on non-Jews prevents
them from being called the children of the Most High God. For by circumcision the name of God—Schaddai—is
completed in the flesh of a circumcized Jew. The form of the letter Isch is in his nostrils, the letter Daleth
in his (bent) arm, and ain appears in his sexual organ by circumcision. In non-circumcized gentiles, therefore, such
as Christians, there are only two letters, Isch and Daleth, which make the word Sched, which means devil.
They are, therefore, children of the Sched, the devil.(51)
(51) cf. Sanhedrin Jud. p. 88
13. THE SOULS OF CHRISTIANS ARE EVIL AND UNCLEAN
The teaching of the Jews is that God created
two natures, one good and the other evil, or one nature with two sides, one clean and the other unclean. From the unclean
side, called Keliphah—rind, or scabby crust—the souls of Christians are said to have come.
In Zohar (I, 131a) it says:
"Idolatrous people, however, since they exist,
befoul the world, because their souls come out of the unclean side."
And in Emek Hammelech (23d) it says:
"The souls of the impious come from Keliphah,
which is death and the shadows of death."
Zohar (I, 46b, 47a) goes on to show that this unclean side is the left side, from which the souls of Christians come:
"And he created every living thing, that
is, the Israelites, because they are the children of the Most High God, and their holy souls come out from Him. But where
do the souls of the idolatrous gentiles come from? Rabbi Eliezer says: from the left side, which makes their souls unclean.
They are therefore all unclean and they pollute all who come in contact with them."
14. AFTER DEATH THEY GO DOWN TO HELL
The Elders teach that Abraham sits at the gate
of Gehenna and prevents any circumcized person from entering there; but that all the uncircumcized go down to hell.
In Rosch Haschanach (17a) it says:
"Heretics and Epicureans and Traitors go down
15. THE FATE OF DEAD CHRISTIANS
The bodies of Christians after death are called
by the odious name of Pegarim, which is the word used in Holy Scripture for the dead bodies of the damned and of animals,
but never for the pious dead who are called Metim. Thus the Schulchan Arukh orders that a dead Christian must
be spoken of in the same way as a dead animal.
In Iore Dea (377,1) it says:
"Condolences must not be offered to anyone on
account of the death of his servants or handmaidens. All that may be said is 'May God restore your lost one, the same as we
say to a man who has lost a cow or an ass.' "
Nor must Christians be avoided for seven days
after they have buried someone, as the law of Moses commands, since they are not men; for the burial of an animal does not
In Iebhammoth (61a) it says:
"The Nokhrim are not rendered unclean
by a burial. For it is said: Ye are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture; ye are men. You are thus called men, but not