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Rabbi Hammer Responsum

״זה ספר תולדות האדם: היחס ללא יהודים ביהדות המסורתית״ 

עיון בתשובתו של הרב ראובן המר

Rabbi Reuven Hammer: how we are to relate to non-Jews in Jewish law.



Just a few weeks ago, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, co-author of Torat HaMelech, a “halachic” book that explained why it is sometimes permissible to kill non-Jews, was arrested and charged with incitement toward violence. The arrest has reignited interest in the question of how Jewish law instructs us to relate to non-Jews in the 21st century, as Jewish tradition includes many positive as well as negative statements about non-Jews.

This study session will look at the thought process behind Rabbi Reuven Hammer’s 2016 responsum questioning how we are to relate to non-Jews in Jewish law.


1. The full text of the responsum:



2. Click here to download the study



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