Jewish Ethnocentrism in the Talmud

The Talmud is the final authority on things Jewish. It is also grossly ethnocentric, claiming that Jews are the Chosen of God and vastly superior to the rest. Given that it is written in Hebrew it has been fairly easy to conceal the truth from lesser mortals. English editions are thought to be censored. The recent Steinsaltz edition has been cleverly arranged so that the references from the Soncino edition are useless. But now someone on the inside, a Jew has decided that it is time for Jews to clean up their act and said so. This offering is from  Allan C. Brownfeld at the American Council for Judaism and was published in  Winter 2000. It is fair to say that is now some five years on and I have yet to see any acknowledgement of the truth far less any sign of reform or remorse.


It Is Time to Confront the Exclusionary Ethnocentrism in Jewish Sacred Literature
See above. Mr Brownfeld tells us about Christians apologizing for things in the past. Zionists might do the same, albeit the most vicious are atheists. He draws comparisons between Jewish attitudes and Nazi. Nazis merely got a worse press. He quotes Mordechai Nisan, a lecturer at the Hebrew University, expressed this view in an official publication of the  World Zionist Organization thus:-

Relying upon Maimonides, he said that a non-Jew permitted to reside in the land of Israel

must accept paying a tax and suffering the humiliation of servitude

and that  non-Jews must not be appointed to any office or position of power over Jews. They are not short of arrogance.

He also cites Israel Shahak with approval. Professor Shahak, who was a genuine concentration camp survivor  came in for a lot of abuse over the years but never wavered in his commitment to human rights.

Jewish Responsibility For Mass Murder And Rape
"The principle thing is that no one [ Jew that is - Editor ], man or woman, should ever be without an officer set over him, and that none should get the mental habit of taking any step, whether in earnest or in jest, on his individual responsibility. In peace as in war he must live always with his eyes on his superior officer... In a word, we must train the mind not to even consider acting as an invidual or know how to do it." (Laws, 942ab)
This is a major point of Jewish life. Any murder carried out by the Jewish army is the responsibility of the officers all the way up to the top.

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Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:38:27