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The Talmud


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The Talmud

  1. 1. THE TALMUD: SCALPEL THAT BLEEDS THEMIDEAST (Reprint)By Rev. Ted PikeRecently, Turkey‟s Prime Minister Erdogan accused Israel of killing thousands ofPalestinians over its 63-year history. He also said Israel exploits the Holocaust tocurry world sympathy. Both charges are manifestly true. Even in the first monthsafter Israel‟s Deir Yassin massacre and terrorist expulsion of 800,000 Arabs in1948, Israel killed thousands of Arabs who did not vacate their homes quicklyenough or tried to take possessions with them. (See, “Israel: On the Way toEmpire in the Mideast”and “Israel: Founded on Terror”)Yet Netanyahu snapped back: “these are outrageous charges that have nothingto do with the facts. In Israel we are used to telling the truth and the truth is thatthese allegations are completely false.”The boldness of Netanyahu as a devoutly Orthodox Jew to lie, is a reminder thatModern Judaism‟s highest religious and legal authority, the Babylonian Talmud,is not only founded upon deceit of Gentiles but makes a virtue of it.The following is a modified reprint of a very important 2010 article. I updatereaders to the fact that the possibility of killing even innocent gentiles is verymuch in vogue among ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel today. It is also animportant reminder of Jesus‟ warning to “beware of the leaven [deceit andhypocrisy] of the Pharisees [Talmudic Judaism].” (Matthew 16:6)THE TALMUD: SCALPEL THAT BLEEDS THE MIDEASTBy Rev. Ted PikeFor centuries in polite society, it has been considered anti-Jewish to tell whatJudaism‟s Talmud and Kabbalah plainly and repeatedly teach—that pious Jewshave a duty to kill or assist the deaths of Gentiles, especially those who resist thegoals of Judaism.Increasingly today, dozens of ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel, even members ofKnesset, boldly assert that killing Palestinian Gentiles, even their babies, must beupheld as divine law. Yet a recent sermon by a powerful Israeli rabbi wantedeven more—the deaths of everyone worldwide who opposes Israel. “May ourenemies and haters end. Abu Mazen [Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas] andall these evil people should perish from this earth. God should strike them andthese Palestinians—evil haters of Israel—with a plague."
  2. 2. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef founded the Shas party which is part of the prime minister‟scoalition government. ABC News calls him “the spiritual leader of one of Israel‟sleading parties.”Yosef‟s ruthless words didn‟t only target Arabs, but anyone around the world whocriticizes Zionism. "May all the nasty people who hate Israel vanish from ourworld,” he said, “May God strike them down with the plague, along with allPalestinians who persecute Israel." If Yosef had his way, Israel critics like Rev.Ted Pike, Norman Finkelstein, Nathaniel Kapner and the Israel Lobby authorswould become victims of Israeli targeted assassinations, their voices of warningsilenced forever.As a previous article mentioned, Orthodox extremism in Israel is increasinglymainstreamed; this is further evidence of that trend. Rabbi Yosef is so powerfuland well known that his remarks merited a response from Netanyahu‟s office aswell as the US State Department, which both distanced themselves. (See,Homicidal Rabbi Finds Wide Support in Israel)The Old Testament is Never RacistIn the Old Testament, God required the Hebrews to drive the wicked Canaanitesfrom His promised land. Canaanite culture was saturated with infant sacrifice,ritual murder, sexual perversion, idolatry and occultism. God knew that a policy ofzero tolerance toward Canaanite evil was the only way Hebrew monotheismwould survive. Only then could it prepare a place for Jesus Christ, Savior of allwho would trust in Him.But although God authorized harsh measures against pagan religions, the OldTestament is devoid of racism: the conviction that other peoples are inherentlyevil, degenerate, or subhuman. King David, notably, descended from a Jew,Boaz, and Ruth, a godly Gentile. David included righteous Gentiles in his army,such as Uriah the Hittite. Also, David was close friends with the Sidonian kingHiram, who largely built Solomon‟s temple. Gentile converts like Rahab werewelcomed into the Hebrew community.Pharisees Bring Racism to IsraelRacism did not enter Judaism until the Scribes and Pharisees, who migrated toJudea from Babylon several centuries before Christ. They infused Jewish religionand culture with the idea that Gentiles are morally inferior and polluting on thebasis of race. The Old Testament makes no such claim, warning only against theinfluence of Gentile idolatry on the Hebrews. The Pharisees introduced a racialsuperiority into Judaism unheard of in the Old Testament.
  3. 3. As a result, Jews in Christ‟s time were deeply racist, convinced of their intrinsicsuperiority to the Gentile “dogs.”(1) The good Jew did not even talk to aSamaritan.(2) If a Gentile was beaten, robbed and thrown into a ditch, a godlyJew, fearful of becoming “unclean,” would pass by on the other side of theroad.(3)Talmud Enshrines RacismUnfortunately, the racist revolution of the Pharisees became embodied in theBabylonian Talmud, the vast, rambling compendium of Pharisaic law. Today theTalmud and its mystical companion, the Zohar or Cabala, are the greatestspiritual, ethical, and legal guides for observant Jews. They are of much greaterauthority to such Jews than the Old Testament.Popular Jewish writer Herman Wouk comments on the Talmud‟s preeminenceover all branches of Judaism: “The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart‟sblood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, or ceremonies we observe-- whether we are orthodox or conservative or reform or merely spasmodicsentimentalists -- we follow the Talmud. It is our common law.”(4)Racism in IsraelThe world is baffled why, in Israel today, the once persecuted Jews have becomepersecutors. Highly educated religious Jews, especially in the government andamong the ultra Orthodox West Bank settlers, now treat the Palestinians muchworse than they would treat any animal.In his film, "Gaza Strip," veteran filmmaker James Longley graphically documentshow the Israeli military shoots Arab children through the head for the crime ofthrowing stones. While filming, Israeli helicopters dropped canisters of debilitatingnerve gas on the inhabitants of Gaza. Like the Soviets once did in Afghanistan,Israeli troops left booby-trapped toys on the ground in order to blow up curiouschildren.The explanation for such behavior is found in the Talmud. The Talmud teachesthe superiority and divine right of Jews over Gentiles: the Jew is holy because ofGod‟s racial covenant with Israel. According to the Talmud, Gentiles are uncleanbecause, unlike Jews, they were not present at Mt. Sinai. By standing on themount, the Jews were perpetually cleansed from lustful thoughts.(5)In its article on “Gentile,” the authoritative Jewish Encyclopedia summarizes theTalmud‟s view of Jewish moral superiority. “The Talmud comments on theuntruthfulness of Gentiles ... and contrasts it with the reputation of a Jew: „Theremnant of Israel shall not do iniquity nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitfultongue be found in their mouth.‟”(6) “The Talmudic writers,” this article continues,
  4. 4. “say that „ ... only Israelites are men‟ ... Gentiles they classed not as men but asbarbarians.”(7) Rabbi Johanan ben Zakki says that if anyone teaches theTalmud to a Gentile, “such a person deserves death.”(8) Judah ben Illairecommends the daily recital of the benediction: “Blessed be thou ... who has notmade me a goi [or Gentile].”(9) Jews are so holy, the Talmud says, “he whosmites an Israelite on the cheek is as though he has thus assaulted the divinepresence.”(10)Talmud Dehumanizes ArabsHumanity is shocked by how the Israeli military criminalizes Arab youth, oftenshooting them down as if they were subhuman. Yet this is exactly how theTalmud teaches Jews to regard Gentile children. “The Talmud outlawed the issue[or children] of a Gentile as that of a beast.”(11)During the intifada uprising in Gaza in 1988, the world was horrified when Israelisoldiers buried alive four Palestinian youths. Yet the Talmud sanctions Jewishmurder of Gentiles. The Talmud says “if a Jew throws his neighbor into a pit thatcontains a ladder, then hastens to remove the ladder, he is not liable for thedeath of his neighbor.”(12) The Jew is also permitted to roll a large stone overthe pit opening, guaranteeing the victim will not survive.According to the Talmud, “those who deny the Torah and the prophets of Israel,the law is that they should be killed and those who have the power of life anddeath should have them killed, and if this cannot be done, they should be led totheir death by deceptive methods.”(13)The Talmud‟s homicidal hatred of Gentiles leaps from its pages. The JewishEncyclopedia quotes one of the Talmud‟s most respectable rabbis, Simeon ben-Yohai: “The best among the Gentiles deserves to be killed.”(14)How Relevant is Talmud to Jews Today?How relevant to Jews today is such medieval bloodlust?The majority of Jews in America have probably never read the Talmud or evenheard of Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai. For most of assimilated American Jewry,Judaism involves support of Israel and left-wing causes, but possesses a largelysocial, not spiritual, obligation.(15)But in New York and especially Israel, it is very different. Today in Israel, duringthe annual festival of Lag Ba Omar, tens of thousands of orthodox Jewsassemble in Meron, the traditional burial place of Simeon ben Yohai, where theyhonor his memory through song, dance, and exhortation. The prestigious
  5. 5. Encyclopedia Judaica describes ben Yohai as one of the giants of Judaism for alltime.(16)Far from being outdated, ben Yohai‟s call to slaughter the “best of the Gentiles” isthe Talmudic text that authorizes Israel‟s policy of killing innocent Arabs,including children. A government manual for modern Israeli soldiers includes asummary of Ben Yohai‟s teaching: “In war when our forces storm the enemy,they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakah to kill even good civilians,that is civilians who are ostensibly good.”(17)The Talmud clearly does more than dehumanize Palestinians. It alsodehumanizes the educated and religious Jews who are guided by its homicidalracism. The Talmud is the scalpel that makes the Mideast bleed.Jewish Cabala Says Jews are DivineThe mystical Zohar, or Cabala, like the Talmud, is considered by orthodox Jewsto be inspired by God and equal in authority to the Talmud. Many ultra-orthodoxJews, such as predominate in Israel today, consider it of even greater authority.In the Zohar, the idea is everywhere repeated that Jews are divine, holy beings,essential for the very existence of the world. Gentiles, however, are demonic andless than human. The Zohar says, “„Living soul‟ refers to Israel, who have livingsouls from above, and „cattle and creeping thing‟ and „beast of the earth‟ to theother peoples who are not „living soul.‟”(18) The Zohar continues: “The „ass‟means non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of the lamb, which is thedispersed house of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull... they should be taken out of the book of the living.”(19)According to the Zohar, God rewards Jews for slaughtering those whom Israelregards as idolaters. “In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those wholamented over Sion and Jerusalem, and all those who destroyed idolatrousnations and those who killed off people who worshipped idols are clothed inpurple garments so they may be recognized and honored.”(20) Only by theoverthrow of the Gentiles, the Zohar asserts, can Israel regain its predestinedposition as God‟s shekinah glory on earth.(21)The Zohar calls Gentiles “Amalekites.” In a passage typical of many, it says:“They caused the destruction of the temple ... so when God reveals Himself, theywill be wiped off the earth ... But withal redemption will not be complete untilAmalek will be exterminated.”(22) Today the religious and military establishmentof Israel commonly refers to Palestinians as Amalekites. Until final conquest ofthe Gentiles, the Zohar says Israel can use any means necessary to assurevictory.(23)
  6. 6. Jewish Response to Criticism of Talmud and CabalahHow do Jewish authorities today respond to accusations of racism withinJudaism‟s most sacred literature? Deceptively. Yet they do so with a clearconscience because the Talmud teaches, “it is permitted to deceive a goi[Gentile].”(24) Every year, on the eve of Yom Kippur, religious Jews recite theKol Nidre prayer, which absolves them of any obligation to tell the truth toGentiles in the following year.(25)In response to criticism, rabbis usually inform Gentiles that the Talmud is dividedinto two categories: the Haggada, anecdotal teachings that are non-binding onJews; and the Halakah, Talmudic law. They claim that those passages “anti-Semites” hold against them are actually Haggada, aberrations which areuntypical of the Talmud‟s true love and generosity toward all races and religions.Nothing could be further from the truth.What is Binding on Jews Today?The surest way to determine whether a Talmudic text is Halakah is to read theoriginal Talmud(26) and find out if it is endorsed by the Mishnah, the definitiveoral law of the Pharisees. Or one may consult the authoritative JewishEncyclopedia, available as a reference in most metropolitan libraries. Publishedin 1905, before ecumenical “brotherhood” between Christians and Jews excludedtruth about Judaism, the Jewish Encyclopedia frankly tells us what the Talmudhas historically taught Jews to believe. In its articles on “Authority,” “Gentile,”“Jesus,” “Christianity,” “Talmud,” and “Cabala,” it confirms that every Talmudicassertion or passage that I have included in this article reflects Halakah, orTalmudic law.Do all synagogue-attending Jews in America adhere to objectionable Halakicteachings within the Talmud? Of course not. Yet Orthodox rabbinic authorities,especially in Israel, say true Jews will honor every part of the holy, infallibleTalmud.Jewish Bigots want to End “Intolerance”Considering the racist underpinnings of the Talmud and Zohar, it is astonishingthat Jewish “civil liberties” fronts posture as attempting to end racism. ADL/B‟naiB‟rith, the Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the American Way, and theACLU are organizations entirely or largely dominated by Jews.These groups never object to racism within Judaism. Instead, they vilify the“intolerance,” “homophobia,” or “anti-Semitism” of a largely Christian society.
  7. 7. Such bigotry, they claim, is ample pretext to attempt to alter Christians‟ behavior,stressing “respect for diversity” and even enactment of anti-hate laws worldwide.What chutzpah -- that the original racists, the followers of the Pharisees, shouldset themselves up to cleanse the world of racism!Such audacity and illusion should remind us of the continuing relevance of thewords of Jesus, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are likewhite-washed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside are full ofdead men‟s bones and all uncleanness.”(27)Gullible ChristiansChristians and conservatives are eager to believe that Judaism is as benign in itsintentions as any other religion, and that the assurances of its apologists may betaken at face value. The truth is that there are very good reasons why Jewishleadership and even much of Jewish laity are conspicuously engaged in anti-Christian activism, litigation, and legislation. Take notice next time you hear orread of the latest lawsuit against Christmas symbols, prayer in schools, Biblicalcreationism, etc. Almost invariably, you will find the names of Jewish lawyers,organizations, or even Jewish parents or students as initiators of such litigation.Jewish anti-Christian activism exists today because, thousands of years ago, thePharisees violently opposed Christ and persuaded most Jews to follow them.Such antagonism to the gospel is only increasing.Today there exists a rift between Orthodox Judaism, the position of a minority ofworld Jewry and the state of Israel, versus Reform Judaism ("secular" Judaism),a much larger segment epitomized by ADL/ B‟nai B‟rith. Yet both venerateTalmud and Cabala, and jealously guard their secrets from the prying eyes ofGentiles.For this reason, lovers of religious freedom and Christian civilization should besuspicious of what the modern descendents of the Pharisees tell us about theirhugely secretive religion. The warning of Jesus, echoing through the millennia,should ring in our ears: “Beware of the leaven [teaching] of the Pharisees.”(28)End Notes:1. Mark 7:272. John 4:93. Luke 10:31
  8. 8. 4. Herman Wouk, This is My God , serialized in New York Herald-Tribune , 19595. The Talmud says, “When the serpent came into Eve, he infused filthy lust inher ... when Israel stood on Sinai, that lust was eliminated ...” Abodah Zarah, 22b6. “Gentile,” p. 6217. Ibid, p. 6178. Sanhedrin 59a, Hagigah 13a9. “Gentile,” p. 61710. Sanhedrin 58b11. “Gentile,” p. 62012. Sanhedrin 76b, Abodah Zarah 26b13. Choschen Hammishpat 156 Haggah14. Abodah Zarah 26b (This inflammatory statement is censored from theSoncino Talmud, but is cited in the Jewish Encyclopedia‟s article, “Gentile,” p.617.)15. The latest survey by the American Jewish Committee (Dec. 21, 2005) showsthat 29% of U.S. Jews are Reform in affiliation. Since ADL/B‟nai B‟rith areprimarily Reform in constituency, such provide enormous support for their anti-Christian, pro-hate law agenda. This poll shows 32% belong to ConservativeJudaism, and only 10% are Orthodox. The high figure of Reform supportcontradicts the popular notion that ADL/B‟nai B‟rith represents a tiny left-wingminority.16. “Simeon ben Yohai,” Encyclopedia Judaica17. Booklet published by the chaplain of the Israeli army, Central RegionCommand. Quoted in Dr. Israel Shahak‟s Jewish History , Jewish Religion , p. 7618. Bereshith 47a (This format is according to the Soncino translation.)19. II 43a (This format is according to the original Mantuan edition of the Zohar.)20. I 38b, 39a
  9. 9. 21. I 160a22. Bereshith, 25b23. I 160a24. Baba Kama 113b25. Nedarim 6826. Unfortunately, the authorized Soncino translations of both Talmud and Zoharomit extremely volatile passages. The original texts may be accessed in theJudaic section of the Library of Congress. I have had passages from the originalMantuan edition of the Zohar translated from the Aramaic.27. Matthew 23:2728. Luke 12:1[Article adapted from Ted Pikes video documentary, "Why the MidEast Bleeds"]