A loose translation of Torat Hamelech by Rabbi Yitzchak Shpira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chapter One: The Prohibition of Killing a Non-Jew

Point 7. Additional Considerations
Aside from the biblical prohibition of killing a non-Jew because of the prohibition of 'spilling the blood of another person'- it's appropriate to mention the words of the Sages in Tanna Divei Eliyahu on the stringency of killing a non-Jew. [One should not kill a non-Jew] because it is a desecration of God's name, and the fate of a person who kills a non-Jew is that ultimately he will kill a Jew.
...The end of one who kills a non-Jew is that he will kill a Jew. All of this is ultimately done to sanctify His Great Name.
From this a number of obligatory laws can be extracted. One should not even harm a non-Jew (even those who desecrate the Seven Laws of Noah, simply because they deserve the death penalty, which will be clarified in chapter 2) in order to prevent a desecration of God's name. These laws are stated in order to prevent loathing and for the sake of peace (between Jews and non-Jews). And, certainly in matters that pertain to 'killing a non-Jew', one must consider if such grounds are even realistic (the era, country of residence, etc).

1 comment:

  1. It is surprising how many Jews lie about what is said here, and the motives of those who say it.

    Now I'm not surprised at why the author isn't being prosecuted; because what's contained herein is a scathing indictment of Israeli leader who have so little regard for Jewish lives, that they would risk them to save our sworn enemies.

    Thanks for the translation of this important work.


If you wouldn't say it to your mother, grandmother, or the old lady who lives down the block please don't say it here.