Judaisms Holiest Book
By M. Hoffman
The Talmud is Judaisms holiest book. Its authority takes precedence over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition p. 149): "My Son, be more careful in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament).
The supremacy of the Talmud over the Bible in Israel may also be seen in the case of the Black Ethiopian Jews. Ethiopian kessim (rabbis) are thoroughly knowledgeable concerning the Old Testaments teachings and laws. However their branch of Judaism is so old, it pre-dates the Scribes Talmud, of which they have little knowledge. Because of this the Black Ethiopian rabbis are discriminated against and have been forbidden to perform marriages, funerals and services in Israel.
According to the N.Y. Times (Sept. 29, 1992, p. A4): "The problem is that Ethiopian Jewish tradition goes no further than the Bible or Torah the later Talmud and other commentaries that form the basis or modern traditions never came their way.
Orthodox Jews allege that the Talmud is a collection of laws and instructions God gave to Moses. This rabbinical tradition was then passed from one Pharisee to another in oral form. It had not yet been written down in Jesus time. In Mark 7:3 Jesus referred to the Mishnah ("tradition of the elders) which would later comprise a major portion of the Talmud: "Full well ye reject the commandment of God that ye may keep your own tradition." Christ told the Pharisees that through the Mishnah they were, "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition." (Mark 7:9, 13)
To the Mishnah, the Pharisees added the Gemara or rabbinical commentaries. Together these comprise the Talmud. The Talmud is divided into six major books known as Tractates. A seventh book is known as the Minor Tractates. Each of these seven books of the Talmud are divided into smaller books. There are two versions of the Talmud, the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud. Orthodox Jews regard the Babylonian Talmud as the authoritative version: "The authority of the Babylonian Talmud is also greater than that of the Jerusalem Talmud. In cases of doubt the former is decisive." (R.C. Musaph-Andriesse, From Torah to Kabbalah: A Basic Introduction to the Writings of Judaism, p 40).
Our study is based on the Jewish-authorized, English language translation of the Babylonian Talmud: the Soncino edition.
To verify the Talmud passages cited here, refer to the page number given in parentheses. This corresponds to the page number in the Soncino edition Talmud itself. (The Soncino edition Talmud may sometimes be found in large city. university and Yeshiva libraries. The Soncino edition Talmud may also be purchased from book dealers).
The translators of the Talmud sometimes translate the Hebrew word goyim (Gentiles) under any number of terms such as heathen, Cuthean, Egyptian, idolater etc. But these are actually references to Gentiles (all non-Jews). See for example footnote 5 on p. 361 and footnote 5 on p. 388 of the Soncino edition Talmud: "Cuthean (Samaritan) was here substituted for the original goy. Christians are sometimes referred to by the code word Min or Minim in the Talmud. For proof of this, see the Soncino edition Talmud, p. 604 (footnote 12).
TheTalmud has the unique distinction of being one of the few books in the world that carries the death penalty if studied by non-Jews. This is stated in Sanhedrin 59a. Soncino edition Talmud p. 400. A footnote to this passage (#3) states that the rabbis feared that if Gentiles had knowledge of the Talmud they would use it against the Jews in courts of law. The footnote also states that the death penalty for studying the Talmud was specifically intended for Christians because the possession of the Oral Law (Talmud) was held to be the distinguishing mark of the Jews."
SOME TEACHINGS OF THE TALMUD
Auburn 21b (p. 149-150). The commands of the rabbis are more important than the commands of the Bible. Whosoever disobeys the rabbis deserves death and will be punished by being boiled in hot execrement in hell.
Baba Mezia 59b. (p. 353). A rabbi debates God and defeats Him. God admits the rabbi won the debate.
Erubin 21b (p. 150). "Rabbi Akiba said to him Give me some water to wash my hands. It will not suffice for drinking. the other complained, Will it suffice for washing your hands? What can I do? The former replied, when for neglecting the words of the Rabbis one deserves death? It is better that I myself should die than that I transgress against the opinion of my colleagues." [This was the ritual hand washing that Jesus condemned in Matthew 15: 1-9].
Moed Kattan 17a (p. 107). If a Jew is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known and do the evil there.
Pesahim 111a (p. 571). It is forbidden for dogs, women or palm trees to pass between two men, nor may others walk between dogs, women or palm trees. Special dangers are involved if the women are menstruating or sitting at a crossroads.
Shabbath 41a. (p. 190). The law regulating the rule for how to urinate in a holy way is given.
Gittin 69a (p. 329). To heal his flesh a Jew should take dust that lies within the shadow of an outdoor toilet, mix it with honey and eat it.
Gittin 57b (p.266). Recounts how four billion Jews were killed by the Romans in the city of Bethar.
Gittin 58a (pp. 269-270). Recounts how sixteen million Jewish children were wrapped in scrolls and burned alive by the Romans.
Yebamoth 63a (p.42O). States that Adam had sexual intercourse with all the animals in the Garden of Eden.
Yebamoth 63a (p.420). Declares that agriculture is the lowest of occupations.
Erubin 41 b (p.287). Those who suffer great poverty or persecution by the Romans or who have a bowel disease or a bad wife, will not go to hell.
Pesahim 1 13b (p. 584). He who stays unmarried, does not wear phylacteries (two small black leather cubes) or doesnt wear shoes, cannot go to heaven.
Pesahim 113b (p. 583). This passage states that hate is commanded by God: "
is it permitted to hate him?" (i.e. an enemy or Israel). "Again if there are witnesses that he had committed wrong, then all indeed hate him! It is a duty to hate him..."
Sanhedrin 58b. (p.398). If a heathen (Gentile) hits a Jew (the Gentile must be killed. hitting a Jew is the same as hitting God.
Yebamoth 98a (pp.670-671). All Gentile children are animals.
Abodah Zarali 36b (p. 176). Gentile girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from birth.
Abodah Zarali 22a-22b (pp. 113-114). Gentiles prefer sex with cows.
Abodab Zarah 67b (p. 325). "The vessels of Gentiles, do they not impart a worsened flavor to the food cooked in them?"
Abodah Zarah 70a (p.336). The question was asked of the rabbi whether some wine stolen in Pumbeditha might be used or if it might be defiled due to the fact that the thieves might have been Gentiles (a Gentile touching wine would make the wine unclean). The rabbi states that the wine is permissible for Jewish use because the majority or the thieves in the place where the wine was stolen are Jews.
Hagigah 27a (p.171). No rabbi can ever go to hell.
Yoma 22~23a (p.103). No one can be a true Jewish scholar unless he takes vengeance on his enemies.
Baba Bathra 16b (p.83). "Yet happy is he whose children are males and alas for him whose children are females."
Sanhedrin 1OOb (p. 681). "A daughter is a vain treasure to her father: through anxiety on her account he cannot sleep at night As a minor, lest she be seduced; in her majority, lest she play the harlot; as an adult lest she not be married; if she marries lest she bear no children, if she grows old, lest she engages in witchcraft...woe to him whose children are females."
Menahoth 43b-44a (p. 264). A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: Thank you God for not making me a Gentile, a woman or a slave.
Berakoth 43b (pp. 266-267). A Jewish scholar should not talk to women in the street, not even his wife or, daughter or sister. He must also not wear perfume or patched sandals, or take long strides when he is walking (long strides will hurt his eyesight and he must not walk at night unless he is going to an appointment with a rabbi. Also, he must not walk stiffly (because to do so is to "push against the heels of the divine presence").
Sanhedrin 57a (p. 389). A Jew need not pay a Gentile (Cuthean") the wages owed him for work.
Baba Kamma 37b (p.211). "If an ox of a" Israelite gores an ox of a Canaanite there is no liability; but if an ox of a Canaanite gores an ox of an lsraelite...the payment is to be in full."
Baba Mezia 24a (p. 151). If a Jew finds an object lost by a Gentile ("heathen) it does not have to be returned. (Affirmed also in Baba Kamma 113b, p. 666).
Sanhedrin 76a (p.517). God will not spare a Jew who "marries his daughter to an old man or takes a wife for his infant son or returns a lost article to a Cuthean..."
Sanhedrin 57a (p. 388). When a Jew murders a Gentile (Cuthean"). there will be no death penalty What a Jew steals from a Gentile he may keep.
Baba Kamma 37b (p.213). Gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has "exposed their money to Israel."
Baba Kamma I 13a (p. 664). Jews may use lies (subterfuges") to circumvent a Gentile.
Abodah Zarah 26a (p.130). Gentile women want to poison Jewish children.
Sanhedrin 55b (p.376). A Jew may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years "and a day" old).
Sanhedrin 54b (p.371). A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old.
Kethuboth 11b (p.58). "When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing."
Yebamoth 59b (p. 397) "A woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. A woman who has sex with a demon is also eligible to marry a Jewish priest.
Gittin 69b (p.329). To heal the disease of pleurisy ("catarrh") a Jew should "take the excrement of a white dog and knead it with balsam, but if he can possibly avoid it he should not eat the dogs excrement as it loosens the limbs."
Shabbath 86a-86b (p.409). Because Jews are holy they do not have sex during the day unless the house can be made dark. A Jewish scholar can have sex during the day if he uses his garment like a tent to make it dark.
Kethuboth 61b (p.369). The frequency with which a Jewish male may have sex is listed as follows: "For men of independence, every day. For laborers, twice a week, for ass-drivers once a week; for camel-drivers, once in thirty days; for sailors, once in six months."
Abodah Zarah 17a (p.87). States that there is not a whore in the world that Rabbi Eleazar has not had sex with.
Gittin 7Oa (p.333). "The Rabbis taught On coming from a privy (outdoor toilet) a man should not have sexual intercourse till he has waited long enough to walk half a mile, because the demon of the privy is with him for that time; if he does, his children will be epileptic."
Sanhedrin 106a (p.725). Says Jesus mother was a whore: "She who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters." Also in footnote #2 to Shabbath 104b (p. 504) it is stated that in the "uncensored" text of the Talmud it is written that Jesus mother, "Miriam the hairdresser," had sex with many men.
The passage from Sanhedrin 106 also contains gloating over the early age at which Jesus died: "Hast thou heard how old Balaam (Jesus) was? He replied: It is not actually stated but since it is written, Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days it follows that he was thirty-three or thirty-four years old."
Sanhedrin 43a (p.281). Says Jesus ("Yeshu" and in footnote #6, Yeshu "the Nazarene") was executed because he practiced sorcery.
Sanhedrin 90a (p.680).Those who read the New Testament ("uncanonical books." see footnote #9) will have no portion in the world to come.
Shabbath 116a (p.569). Jews must burn the books of the Christians. i.e., the New Testament. See footnote #6.
Rosh Hashanah 17a (pp. 64-65). Christians ("minim") and others who reject the Talmud will go to hell and be punished there for all generations (see footnote #11 on p.64 for the definition of minim).
Baba Mezia I 14a-1 14b. Only Jews are human ("Only ye are designated men"). Also see Kerithoth 6b (p.45) under the sub-head, "Oil of Anointing" and Berakoth 58a (pp.361-362) in which Gentile women are designated animals (she-asses).
Gittin 57a (p.261). Jesus ("sinners of Israel." see footnote 14) is being boiled in hot excrement.
Sanhedrin 43a (pp. 281-282). Jesus deserved execution: "On the eve of the Passover, Yeshu was hanged...Do you suppose that he was one for whom a defense could be made? Was he not a Mesith (enticer), concerning whom Scripture says, Neither shall thou spare, neither shall thou conceal him?
Kallah 51a (Soncino Minor Tractates). God approves of rabbis who lie: "The elders were once sitting in the gate when two young lads passed by; one covered his head and the other uncovered his head. Of him who uncovered his head Rabbi Eliezer remarked that he is a bastard. Rabbi Joshua remarked that he is the son of a niddah (a child conceived during a womans menstrual period). Rabbi Akiba said that he is both a bastard and a son of a niddah.
"They said, What induced you to contradict the opinion of your colleagues? He replied, I will prove it concerning him. He went to the lads mother and found her sitting in the market selling beans.
"He said to her, My daughter, if you will answer the question I will put to you. I will bring you to the world to come. (eternal life). She said to him, Swear it to me. Rabbi Akiba, taking the oath with his lips but annulling it in his heart, said to her, What is the status of your son? She replied, When I entered the bridal chamber I was niddah (menstruating) and my husband kept away from me- but my best man had intercourse with me and this son was born to me. Consequently the child was both a bastard and (the son of a niddah. It was declared, "Blcssed be the God of Israel Who Revealed his Secret to Rabbi Akiba
Minor Tractates. Soferim 15, Rule 10. This is the saying of Rabbi Simon ben Yohai: Tob shebe goyyim harog ("Even the best of the Gentiles should all be killed").
This selection is not from the Soncino edition but is from the original Hebrew of the Babylonian Talmud as quoted by The Jewish Encyclopedia. published by Funk and Wagnalls and compiled by Isidore Singer, under the entry, Gentile," (p.61?).
It is interesting to note how this original Talmud passage has been concealed in translation. The Jewish Encyclopedia states that, "...in the various versions the reading has been altered, The best among the Egyptians being generally substituted."
The Soncino edition has censored Rabbi Yohais statement about killing even the best of the Gentiles and described it as "killing the best of the heathens" (Minor Tractates Soferim 41a-b].
Both the Jewish Encyclopedia and the Soncino edition Talmud claim that Rabbi Yohai was a fanatic and his utterance is not to be taken as indicative of the general view of Jewish rabbis. Nonetheless, the Jewish Press, a newspaper published by orthodox Jews, in its edition of June 9, 1989, p. 56B, contains a photograph of. orthodox Jews taking their sons to the grave of Rabbi Yohai in Israel as part of a national Jewish pilgrimage to honor him.
ANOTHER JEWISH HOLY BOOK
Among some Jews (chiefly the Hasidim). a work known as the Kabbalah (also Cabalah) is revered. This book pertains to the application of curses and the study of astrology.
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