The thought of creating the Jewish People preceded every other thought of the Almighty when creating the Universe. — Teaching of Rabbi Samuel bar Isaac (Bereshith Rabba 1,5)
God has distinguished us from the rest of mankind. — Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Rambáni, Rambam, Moses Maimonides), Mishneh Torah
A Jew, by the fact that he belongs to the chosen people and is circumcised, possesses so great a dignity that no one, not even an angel, can share equality with him. In fact, he is considered almost the equal of God. — Pranaitis, I.B., The Talmud Unmasked, Imperial Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1892, p. 60
We are not only different from all the nations, set apart by a historical experience that is unique and unparalleled, but we are also of a much higher and greater spiritual order. — Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook Quoted in A.I. Kook, Orat, Second Edition, Jerusalem, 1950; English translation in A. herzberg, The Zionist idea, Harper Torchbooks, New York, 1959, pp 419-431, at 422, 425, 427
The Jewish people constitutes a separate entity, a species unique in Creation, differing from nations in the same manner as man differs from the beast or the beast from the plant […] although Jews are physically similar to all other men, yet they are endowed [sic] with a ‘second soul’ that renders them a separate species. — Rabbi Judah Halevy (famous medieval poet and philosopher) in his ‘Kuzari, Zimmer, Uriel, ‘Torah- Judaism and the State of Israel’, Congregation Kehillath Yaakov, Inc., NY, 5732 1972, p. 12
A Jew remains a Jew even though he changes his religion; a Christian which would adopt the Jewish religion would not become a Jew, because the quality of a Jew is not in the religion but in the race. A free thinker and atheist always remains a Jew. — Jewish World, London, December 14, 1922
The Jews are not a part of a vast Whole which they re-integrate in dying, but they are a Whole in themselves, defying space, time, life, and death. Can God be outside the Whole? If he exists, necessarily he confounds himself with this Whole. […] Thus Divinity in Judaism is contained in the exaltation of the entity represented by the Race – passionnel entity, eternal flame, it is the Divine essence. It must be preserved and perpetuated, therefore the idea of pure and impure was created. — Nomades, Kadmi Cohen, 1929
The creating the Jewish People preceded every other thought of the Almighty when creating the Universe. — Teaching of Rabbi Samuel bar Isaac (Bereshith Rabba 1,5)
[…] a fulfillment of a number of commands of Jewish religious law […] Among Goldstein’s good deeds, as enumerated, are […] taking revenge on non-Jews, extermination of the non-Jews who are from the seed of Amalek […] and the sanctification of the Holy Name. — Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus, in praise of the infamous machine-gunning to death of Palestinian worshippers by Baruch Goldstein
Jew and Gentile are two worlds, between you Gentiles and us Jews there lies an unbridgeable gulf […] There are two life forces in the world: Jewish and Gentile… I do not believe that this primal difference between Gentile and Jew is reconcilable. — Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, p. 9
We Jews regard our race as superior to all humanity, and look forward, not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them. — Goldwin Smith, Jewish Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, October, 1981
The Jew is the living God, God incarnate: he is the heavenly man. The other men [non-Jews] are earthly, of inferior race. They exist only to serve the Jew. [as God]. They [non-Jews] are the cattle seed. — Jewish divinity explained in the Kabbalah
The Palestinians are beasts walking on two legs. — Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, New Statesman, June 25, 1982
If Gentiles refuse to live a life of inferiority, then this signals their rebellion and the unavoidable necessity of Jewish warfare against their very presence. — Mordechai Nisan, ‘Kiyunim’, official publication of the World Zionist Organization, p 151-156, August, 1984
Years of observation and thought have given increasing strength to the belief that we Jews stand apart from you gentiles, that a primal duality breaks the humanity I know into two distinct parts; that this duality is a fundamental, and that all differences among you gentiles are trivialities compared with that which divided all of you from us. — Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, p. 12
I do not believe that the primal difference between gentile and Jew is reconcilable. You and we may come to an understanding, never to a reconciliation. There will be irritation between us as long as we are in intimate contact. For nature and constitution and vision divide us from all of you forever. — Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, p. 23
When a male Jew is called to the Torah, he recites the traditional blessing, ‘asher bahar banu mi’kol ha’amim’, praising God ‘who has chosen us from among all other nations.’ When Jews recite their daily morning prayer they say the benediction, ‘she’lo assani goy’, thanking God ‘that he has not made [us] gentiles.’
When they pronounce the benediction over the Sabbath [Saturday] wine, they declare that God has chosen and sanctified Jews from all other peoples in the same way which he has distinguished between Sabbath and weekday.
When Jews make Havdalah on Saturday night, they recite the traditional ‘ha-mavdil’, glorifying God for setting Jews apart from all other peoples just as He set apart the sacred from the profane and light from darkness. — Jewish author Alfred Jospe, JOSPE, p. 10-11
We Jews have spoiled the blood of all the races of Europe. Taken as a whole, everything is Jewdified. Our ideas animate everything. Our spirit reigns over the world. We are the Lords. — Dr. Kurt Munzer, The Way to Zion
The mission of Israel, as the Prophets defined it, is to spread monotheism and the moral code that flows from it around the world, but not to make everyone part of a great Israelite tribe.
[…] The Jews do not merge with the nations or convert them. They are, said Balaam, in Numbers 23:9, a people destined to live alone. Although Jewish ideas are universalistic, traditional Jews see themselves in exclusionist terms, a self-perception that has caused endless confusion and resentment among non-Jews.
Jewish apologists like to emphasize the special burdens of this role and point to the costs it has extracted on the Jewish people in history — no doubt all true.
But that does not change the basic fact, as even a casual reading of central Jewish texts show, that Jews have believed themselves special, closer to the Divine than other people. — Adam Garfinkle, GARFINKLE, p. 10
Throughout their history, the Jews […] entertained feelings of superiority over Gentiles […] It therefore became a prevalent notion among Jews that they are supposed to use their heads while the Gentiles do the dirty work. — Israeli Jay Gonen, GONEN, p. 137
In a thirty page study that examined all Halakhic authorities on the subject, Ben-Haim proves that according to the vast majority, the Torah, when speaking about Adam (a human being), never includes Gentiles in this category.
He points out that ten recognized Halakhic authorities repeatedly proposed that Gentiles are more beast than human and that they should be treated accordingly; only two authorities recognize non-Jews as full human beings created in the image of God. — Professor Ehud Sprinzak of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, SPRINZAK, p. 273
What comes of all this, is that according to the prophets, and also according to our sages, the Gentiles are seen as beasts […] It is possible that one may see these injunctions as racism; another may call it hatred of Gentiles, whoever he is; but as far as the Jew who adheres to the statement of the Torah of Israel is concerned, this is reality and a way of life which were set for the people of Israel by G-d. — Professor Ehud Sprinzak of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, SPRINZAK, p.273
An Orthodox Jew learns from his earliest youth, as part of his sacred studies, that Gentiles are compared to dogs, that it is a sin to praise them. — Israel Shahak, SHAHAK, p. 96
Rabbi Meir Kahane began preaching that “Arabs are dogs and the penalty for a Muslim man marrying a Jewish woman should be death”, Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz said “a schoolbus full of kids was hit by a train because God was angry that the movie theatre in their town was open on Friday nights”,” the Lubavitcher Rebbe [rabbi] “allowed his followers to declare him the Messiah”, “Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri, the world’s greatest Kabbalist […] put a hex on a Jerusalem office building that blocked his view”, Rabbi Dov Lior “declared it kosher to kill Gentile women and children in wartime”, Rabbi Moshe Maya arose in the Knesset and said that “the Halakhic penalty for homosexuality is death”, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, universally considered one of the great Torah sages of the age, was quoted as ruling “that the faithful should refuse transfusions from gentiles and non-observant Jews because they have dangerous blood which might cause all manner of un-Jewish behavior”, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu believes that “Jewish blood is inherently pure and therefore incapable of defiling Jewish recipients.”
Real Torah Judaism is a scientifically based doctrine of racial purity. Jews have one, superior, kind of blood, the rest of humanity has another…” — American-born Israeli Ze’ev Chafets, CHAFETS, Z., 1996, p. 18
[Jewish merchants and money lenders] preyed upon [Christians], and our shopkeepers gave false measure. People who want to defend the Jews ought never to deny this. Yes, I say, we cheated the Gentiles whenever we dared, because it was the only thing to do
[…] Is not that the code of war? Encamped in the midst of the enemy, we could practice no other. A Jew could hardly exist in business unless he developed a dual conscience, which allowed him to do to the Gentile what he would call a sin against a fellow Jew. — Mary Antin, a Jewish immigrant to the United States from Russia, in her autobiography The Promised Land, TRAXEL, D., 1998, p. 29
The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews–all of them in all different levels–is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle. — Rabbi Yitzhak Hacohen Kook, spiritual leader of today’s Gush Emunim messianic movement in the early 20th century, BROWNFELD, A., March, 2000, p. 105-106
The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person, stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level.
Rather, we have a case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species.
This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world […] A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity.
It is written, ‘And the strangers shall guard and feed your flocks’ (Isaiah 61:5). The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews. Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, leader of the Orthodox “Chabad” movement, today a very popular activist movement in America and Israel, seeking to pull wayward secular Jews back to the religious fold. — BROWNFELD, A., March, 2000, p. 105-106
One of the basic tenets of the Lurianic Kabbalah [a strain of Jewish mysticism], is the absolute superiority of the Jewish soul and body over the non-Jewish soul and body. According to the Lurianic Kabbalah, the world was created solely for the sake of the Jews; the existence of non-Jews was subsidiary. — Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, BROWNFELD, A., March, 2000, p. 105-106
A Gentile slave has to be enslaved forever […] one of the main reasons being that since the Jewish nation is the elite of the human race […] they deserve to have slaves serving them. — Maimonides, a Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher in Andalusia, Morocco and Egypt during the middle Ages. ROSENTHAL, p. 71
Institutionally, The Book of Education, written in the 14th century, is currently a popular book for Israeli schoolchildren, its publication subsidized by the government. Its texts include material such as ‘The Jewish people are the best of the human species […] and worthy to have slaves to serve them. We are commanded to possess them for our service. — Israel Shahak, SHAHAK, p. 95 SPRINZAK, p. 274
One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail. Rabbi Perin in his eulogy at the funeral of mass murderer Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 people in a machine-gun attack at prayer in a mosque, a quote first reported in a Feb. 28, 1994 article by Clyde Haberman in the New York Times
We believe with absolute certitude that now, with the White House and Senate in our hands along with the Pentagon and the New York Times, the lives [of Arabs] do not count as much as our own.
Their blood does not count as much as our blood. We believe with absolute certitude that now, when we have AIPAC [the Israel lobby] and [Edgar] Bronfman and the Anti-Defamation League, we truly have the right to tell 400,000 people that in eight hours they must flee from their homes.
And that we have the right to rain bombs on their villages and towns and populated areas. That we have the right to kill without any guilt. — Ari Shavit. Ha’aretz Israel, reprinted in New York Times, May 27, 1996
The difference between the Israelite soul… and the souls of all non-Jews, no matter what their level, is bigger and deeper than the difference between the human soul and the animal soul. — Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook as quoted in Y. Sheleg, A Dark Reminder of the Dark Ages, Haaretz.com, June 28, 2005
• A Jew is a different kind of creature with a different soul.
• A Jew is a piece of G-d.
• So we can’t say we’re ordinary people like everyone else because they see that we’re not like them, we’re a Heavenly people.
• Our holy souls, which we had all along, which make us Jewish. So we can’t say we’re ordinary people like everyone else because they see that we’re not like them, we’re a Heavenly people.
• Yes, we’re different, we’re special, we’re Jewish, we’re created from G-d’s thought.
• Yes, we are chosen and we therefore must live up to that title. The world wants leadership and who are they going to look to for moral leadership if not the Jews?
• A Jew is therefore a G-dly being sent to this world on a mission There are two different and distinct entities: the human being, and the Jew who is part of G-d.
• We are a G-dly people, we have G-dly souls. Our place is in Heaven, in fact higher than Heaven because Heaven is also a created place, and we are a part of G-d.
• We are to treat other Jews as Divine beings, because that’s what they are. — Rabbi Manis Friedman http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2902/jewish/What-Is-the-Cause-of-Antisemitism.htm Audio: http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/300700/jewish/If-Youre-Chosen-Act-It.htm#
[…] the Jew has an additional mission, and therefore an additional soul. It is this soul that gives the Jew the power to be G-dly in a human world, and supernatural in a natural universe. — Rabbi Shlomo Chein http://www.askmoses.com/en/article/192,2172582/Can-you-describe-the-Jewish-soul.html#article_email_loc
We are Jews because G-d chose us to be His “cherished treasure from all the nations […] a kingdom of priests and a holy people” (Exodus 19:5-6). We are Jews because G-d chose us to play the central role in the implementation of His purpose in creation http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/45132/jewish/What-Makes-a-Jew-Jewish.htm
• There are different levels and qualities of soul […] it is true that the soul of the Gentile and the soul of the Jew differ in their nature […] the Jews are a people chosen from among the nations of the world.
• Our belief in the chosen-ness of the Jewish people […] but rather the deep-felt realization that this uniqueness carries with it great responsibilities and special obligations […] holiness being the essential aspect of the Jewish soul.
• Inasmuch as G-d has given us the innate capacity to attain the very heights of the spiritual and the holy, it is only right that we learn how to recognize this incomparable Divine gift. http://www.portraitofaleader.org/
• Contrary to the hopes of our egalitarian society and legislation insisting on the sameness of men and women (let alone the sameness of people), the fact is that it is a secret of Torah that Jews are functionally different from non-Jews.
This is not an easy concept to accept in the beginning of travels in Torah. We have been educated to believe a series of fictions in our generation, one of which is that there really are no differences between people.
Clarifying this fiction should not be confused with the noble ideal of equal rights and opportunity for all. Nevertheless, man remains different from animal, man from woman and Jew from Gentile.
• Jews as different in levels of mercy, modesty and acts of goodness.
• A Jew is different in that he has a neshomah, an additional level to the life force of other human beings. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/80970/jewish/Nefesh-HaBahamis-Animal-Soul-Nefesh-HoElokisG-dly-Soul.htm
We have learned that Jews are functionally different from non-Jews in that they have a neshomah, a part of G-d Himself. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/80972/jewish/The-Secret-of-Exile-and-Redemption.htm
The distinguishing element of the Jew is the Neshamah (soul) that every Jew possesses. The soul of the Jew is different than the soul of the non-Jew. They have different characteristics, potentials and needs. Every Jew has essentially the same type of soul as any other Jew. — Eliezer Shmetov, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in Montevideo, Uruguay http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/148995/jewish/On-Intermarriage.htm
Jewish soul bequeathed to you by your Jewish forbears. It is, to put it in other terms, your spiritual DNA. — Naftali Brawer, rabbi at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue http://www.thejc.com/judaism/rabbi-i-have-a-problem/how-can-i-be-jewish-if-i-dont-believe-god
Jews, as we shall see, are different from Gentiles. Jews have a spiritual purpose, Gentiles a physical one. This can be compared to hands and feet. Every Jew has the nefesh (life force) of every human being known as the Nefesh HaBahamis (Animal Soul). His additional soul, neshomah, is also known as the Nefesh HoElokis (G-dly Soul). http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/80970/jewish/Nefesh-HaBahamis-Animal-Soul-Nefesh-HoElokisG-dly-Soul.htm