CHRISTIANS TO BE HARMED INDIRECTLY
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."
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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."
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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."
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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."