CHRISTIANS TO BE HARMED DIRECTLY
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."
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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."
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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."
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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 . . ."