Rebel Israeli Exposes “Love thy Neighbor” Hoax

A rebel Israeli living in Denmark has definitively exposed the “Love thy neighbor” Torah quote—often used by Jewish groups to justify welcoming immigrants and refugees to any country except Israel—as a cynical hoax by revealing that the original words in Hebrew refer to Jews only.

Writing on the anti-Zionist website Mondoweiss, Jonathan Ofir, who is described as an “Israeli musician, conductor, and blogger,” said that the quote—which is also in the Christian Bible in Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:43, 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8—has an entirely different meaning in its original Hebrew format to that which is commonly ascribed to it in English.

“One of the most iconic phrases in the whole Torah, which Jews will typically refer to, is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’” Ofir wrote.

“You will also hear some Jews bragging about it, because it got picked up as the 2nd most important commandment by Christianity (after ‘love thy God’), and so this is often regarded as Judaism’s ‘gift’ to humanity—love and kindness, as it were. See for example here in ‘Judaism 101,’” he continued, going on to explain in detail:

But let us scrutinise the source, really. It is Leviticus 19:18:

This translates commonly to:  “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

There are two problems in the common translation: The main one is that “your neighbor” is not really precise. ‘Re’acha’ in Hebrew could better be understood as ‘your friend’ or ‘your companion’. The second one is that ‘your own people’ is ‘amcha’ in Hebrew, which is commonly understood today as ‘your nation’. In an ancient tribal society, this could be very much the perception.

So the question becomes, how tribal is one’s perception? Is this about just loving the ‘Hebrews’ or later the ‘Jews’, loving each other amongst themselves?

Ofir then goes on to quote a number of authoritative Jewish rabbinical and Israeli sources which discuss this question, showing that all of them regard Jews as different to Gentiles.

Therefore, Ofir concludes, the reference to “love thy neighbor” as used in the Torah and Leviticus refers specifically only to Jews.

Finally, Ofir reveals that the “Talmud contains extremely problematic, to put it mildly, passages regarding the biological status of non-Jews.”

He then quotes two of the passages:

In Bava Metzia 114b it says:

“Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said: The graves of gentiles do not cause ritual impurity in a dwelling as it says (Ezekiel 34:31) “Now, you [Israel] are My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are Man (Adam)…” You [Israel] are called Man (Adam) and gentiles are not called Man (Adam)”.

In Keritot 6b it says:

“One who uses the official anointing oil [that has been consecrated] to smear on an animal or vessels is innocent of violating the holiness of the oil, to smear on gentiles or corpses is innocent. Certainly an animal and vessels as it says (Exodus 30:32) “It shall not be smeared on flesh of man (Adam)…” and an animal and vessels are not man. One who smears on corpses is also innocent since it is dead it is called a corpse and not a man. However, why is one who smears on gentiles innocent? They are men! No, as it says (Ezekiel 34:31) “Now, you [Israel] are My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are Man (Adam)…” You [Israel] are called Man (Adam) and gentiles are not called Man (Adam).

Ofir concludes by remarking “Whilst there are milder interpretations, these opinions certainly leave a wide space for perceiving non-Jews as lesser than human.”


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  1. Some “rebel”. This guys isn’t “on our side” because he comes clean about this. It’s been known for many, many years that Love Thy Neighbor…without the intentional mistranslation by the ancient Jewish scribes…really means love your own “racial kind”, treat your fellow “tribesman” like your brother. If you see someone mistreating your fellow tribesman, you should react as if it was a direct family member who was injured or even yourself. Anyone with a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for Hebrew language Bible references could easily have looked this up. The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is almost entirely about the importance of race, when you examine it open eyes. In the first chapter of Genesis alone, it mentions no less than ten times that all living creatures are to go forward and replenish the earth “kind after kind”. Hybridization is a violation of natural law. Still, Christians and other non-Jews are fed the lie that we’re supposed to love everyone and treat everyone the same, even if that means allowing them to drive us into bankruptcy and dispossess us of our own country, when that is literally not the case.

  2. Jesus (Latinized version of ‘Yeshua’, a Jewish name), the ‘Ten Commandments’, the ‘New Testament’ and endless other stuff is a Jewish Trojan horse, hostile material that has been infiltrated – very successfully – as part of the Jewish grip on Europeans. It’s very sad that many whites cling to the pathetic Jewish stories, rather than histories from their own groups.

    1. Who’s clinging to anything? I was simply pointing out the literal translation of the Love Thy Neighbor passage and that a.) it could be easily found and referenced by anyone, so the Jewish person in the article wasn’t doing us any favors and b.) perhaps we should take some of the same advice to love and protect our own. Haven’t you ever heard the phrase, “Take the meat, but leave the bones.”?

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