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By Reich Minister Alfred Rosenberg. Translated from the Third Reich original.
For Jews, the Talmud (Teaching) is the legacy passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation since the time of Moses. It took a place next to the written down law, and then, when it had achieved a huge content, was likewise written down (from the 2nd century onward). It is divided into the Mischna (instruction, teaching) and the Gemara (completion).
This verbal teaching has achieved more and more importance in Jewry, and the Rabbis who explained and supplemented it soon pronounced it to be more important than the prophets, yes, even than Moses’ law, so that it could even come to pass that the most famous Talmud teachers hardly possessed the most elementary knowledge of the Bible.
What are the characteristics of this sacred work (which is comprised of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud), what is the spirit from which it comes?
One calls the Talmud a religious book. But one will seek in vain in the many volumes for what we mean by religion. As good as nowhere do we find an effort to interpret the secret of human personality, nowhere a glimpse into eternity such as we find among Aryan folks. There are laws of a very different kind, legends, endless discussions about the most insignificant things, even literal indecencies, which we find together with pretty and base sayings and sentences. If one reads the teachings of the Rabbis, if one breathes in the spirit that emanates from the pages of the Talmud, one cannot remain neutral, if one still has any character. Either one affirms it or one rejects it as alien. Only an excessive scholarliness, which not seldom comes with a crippling of the heart, can weigh back and forth for years, explain, excuse, placate etc..
May one attribute ever so much to past ages, it still remains decisive that two-thirds of all of Jewry even today (after 2000 years!) are the professed followers of the Talmud and the even more fanatical Schulchan-Aruch based on it…
Whereas the relationship of the Aryan folks to the divinity very soon after its emergence became a predominantly childlike one, this means we feel ourselves as God’s children, with the Jew servitude dominates. We already find this view in the Psalms; Deuterojesaja almost makes a gospel out of “God’s servant”; the Talmud states: “God only created his world so that one would fear him” (Schabbath F. 31 a b). This feeling of servitude and the desire to play the tyrant lie psychologically next to each other, as is easily understood, which makes it not surprising that this demand appears on almost every page. A friendly behaviour toward other people, however, finds its explanation in the corollary: “so that you are popular above and pleasant beneath”. The tone also makes it clear, as always, the music, and we must take care not to interpret the Christian unconditionality of morality into the Jewish past, as we have done for centuries to our misfortune by conjuring up a halo around such scoundrel types as Abraham, Jakob, Joseph, Juda etc. and giving these imaginary figures our admiration…
The authors of the Talmud lived mostly outside of Christiandom, so the constantly recurring claim that Christian supression explains the hatred of the Jews against the Christians and Christianity lacks any foundation. But even without that, designations whose crudeness mock any description are heaped upon Christ. We Europeans, who always heed entreatments to boundless toleration toward the foreign, yes, even toward the hostile, and who rave about getting close to feeling of all folks, we should be taught by the Jew how he has always viewed the founder of our religion as his worst enemy.
And now we come to the central point of the issue, the issue of the essence of Jewish moral law. The Rabbis of today do not tire of presenting their moral doctrine as the most beautiful, most humane one, and quote many pretty sounding passages. But these only refer to Jews among themselves. The Jews, according to Fichte, have two different moral laws; Goethe wrote they had “a faith that justifies them to rob foreigners” [Annual Market Festival in Plundersweilern (1778). Verse 286-87.], that “the Jews never amounted to much”; Herder sees in the Jews a folk that “rotted in education” etc. These views of our greatest men – who include Schiller, Kant, Luther, Schopenhauer, Wagner and from other folks Voltaire, Balzac, Shakespeare, Tolstoi, Dostojewski – find their complete verification…
The Talmud itself provides an abundance of very clear evidence about a moral doctrine with two lines. These passages, plus various legends, leave no doubt that the Jewish doctrine is a moral front with a thoroughly rotten core. When two Rabbis contradict each other, the Jew may choose. History has given us an unmistakable picture of how he has chosen: the Jewish path to power includes lie, deception, betrayal and assassination from “Father Abraham” down to the present day. And the Talmud is hence the most immoral work that ever sprang from a human brain, because it seeks to conceal filthy thinking and legally sanctioned swindle under a mask of hypocrisy. Here, worldview differs from worldview.
If Jewry had voluntarily declared: “It’s true, among us things are taught that are irreconcilable with a moral ideal; the demanded behaviour toward non-Jews is different than toward Jews etc., but we voluntarily and solemnly denounce that in order to join Christian morality”; if that had happened, then no person would have the right to reproach the Jews, rather we would have to have the greatest respect for the rejuvenation energy of Jewish nature. But that has not been the case, it does not happen today and it will not happen in all eternity. Instead, the Talmud is brazenly praised even today, it is defended by both Orthodox and Liberal, even if the latter energetically protest against many formalities. And even in the circles of the atheistic stock market and revolution speculators, the deceitful spirit of the Talmud lives on unbroken; never has such lying, such a brazen demagogy swept the world than is spread by Jewish telegraph agencies, newspapers and speakers. Those are necessities, they spring from unchangeable national character bred from racial inbreeding and nurtured for millennia…
May this little collection give many Germans the opportunity to form an opinion about a spirit that has grown into such a destructive power. If one has then again returned to oneself, then the energetic discarding of an alien, hostile web can finally begin.