The Chosen People and Gentiles

Let’s address the Chosen and Goyim topics today…

Something I often hear White Nationalists whine about is that Jews call non-Jews “cattle,” or “goyim.” Ok, so let’s talk about what Goy means.

So, What Does Goy/Goyim Mean?

Goy is Hebrew for nation. Goyim means people of the nation. Jews are goyim of Israel.

Goyim looks like this in Hebrew: לְאוֹם

What Is Hebrew For Cattle?

Beamah is Hebrew for cattle. It looks like this in Hebrew: בְּעִיר

Do we have that straight? Good.

How Is Goy/Goyim Used?

There is nothing insulting about the word “goy.” Also, it should be noted that Torah refers to the Jewish people using the term “goy.” In Exodus 19:6, G-d says that the Children of Israel will be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,” that is, a goy kadosh. Kadosh is the Hebrew word for holy.

Anyway, the term is no more insulting than the word “gentile.”

Orgin of The “Chosen” People

Judaism maintains that the righteous people will have a place in the world to come aka Heaven. This has been the majority rule since the days of the Talmud. Judaism generally recognizes that Christians worship the same G-d that we do. Those who follow the tenets of their religions can be considered righteous in the eyes of G-d.

Judaism does not believe that Jews are better than other people. We do not believe that G-d chose the Jews because of any inherent superiority. According to the Talmud (Avodah Zarah 2b), G-d offered the Torah to all the nations of the Earth, and the Jews were the only ones who accepted it. In other words, WE chose G-d! The Talmud says that Jews were offered the Torah last, and accepted it only because G-d held a mountain over their heads! (In Ex. 19:17, the words generally translated as “at the foot of the mountain” literally mean “underneath the mountain”!) Another traditional story suggests that G-d chose the Jewish nation because they were the lowliest of nations, and their success would be attributed to G-d’s might rather than their own ability. Clearly, these are not the ideas of a people who think they are better than other nations. (Taken from a wonderful source: http://www.jewfaq.org/gentiles.htm)

Being “Chosen”

Because we chose to accept Torah, Jews have a unique status in the eyes of G-d, but we lose that special status when we abandon Torah. Also, the blessings that we receive by accepting the Torah come with a price. Jews have a greater responsibility than non-Jews. While non-Jews are only obligated to obey the seven commandments given to Noah, Jews are responsible for fulfilling the 613 mitzvot in the Torah, thus G-d will punish Jews for doing things that would not be a sin for non-Jews. And again, non-Jews have as much right to G-d as we do. (Again, Jew FAQ is a great source on this topic: http://www.jewfaq.org/gentiles.htm)

Jennifer Brower Naperville