I recently ran across an article on a Jewish news publication about something called The King’s Torah. It’s a Jewish commentary written by Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur who are located in the settlement of Yitzhar in the West Bank. It is flying off the shelves in Israel. What makes this commentary so shocking is it calls for the murder of the “goyem” (a derogatory term for gentiles), including children. Unbelievably it states that gentiles are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks on them ‘curb their evil inclination,’ while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”
This book is not making a distinction between their enemies and the rest of the world’s population who are not out to harm them. In fact, this commentary states “it is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation.” (emphasis added). The justification is “if we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments – because we care about the commandments – there is nothing wrong with the murder.”
Let me first state that I understand the need to finally stand up and protect themselves against all these attacks they endure. A nation or a people can only endure so much before they finally break. Really, I get that. In fact, I have always felt that Israel has not done enough to protect herself and her citizens against her enemies. Were Israel to take the position that these two Rabbis are advocating, they become no better than their enemies. To take the position that children should be murdered just because they will grow up and possibly harm them is no better than the position their enemies take. To murder gentiles who do not pose a threat to them but because they have sinned and then declare that there is nothing wrong with that makes them no better than their enemies. Yet, a large population of Jews are sinning under Jewish law because they do not follow Torah. They are exempt from this punishment. The justification for the murder of gentiles who sin is “because we care about the commandments” but obviously that care of the commandments only applies to gentiles but their fellow Jews who do not keep Torah somehow lessens the “sin” as they are exempt from punishment. Or perhaps it is because the “goyem” “are uncompassionate by nature’ and murdering us is the only way to curb our ‘evil inclination.’
Shocking! And this commentary is flying off the shelves in Israel.
On the bright side, and yes there is a bright side, MOST Jews around the world are shocked and want nothing to do with this commentary. They do not support it and have even spoken vehemently against this commentary and against these two radical, crazy Rabbis.
I guess if someone tries hard enough, they will always be able to find a way to justify their evil. These two Rabbis were very creative. Goyem need to be eliminated because we violate the seven commandments and after all, our very nature is uncompassionate. We don’t need to be their enemy and cause them harm to be killed. These two realize that murder is prohibited by God. So they came up with a very clever way to justify the elimination of the gentiles. It turns out our very nature as goyem is reason enough to have us eliminated. OY VEY!
Israel has always acted with integrity and fought her enemies with a high moral standard. Don’t stop now.
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