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March 31, 2005 05:00AM
<HTML>Portions of two letters of R. Jehiel Jacob Weinberg to Professor Samuel
Atlas may be of interest. (The letters were published in Marc B. Shapiro,
"Scholars and Friends: R. Jehiel Jacob Weinberg and Professor Samuel
Atlas", The Torah U-Madda Journal, VII, 1997,
[www.yutorah.org] .)

September 19, 1957 - "The entire world hates us. We assume that this
hatred is due to the wickedness of the nations, and no one stops to think
that we also bear some guilt. We regard all the nations as similar to an
ass. It is forbidden to save a Gentile, it is forbidden to offer him free
medical treatment, it is forbidden to violate the Sabbath to save his
life, his sexual intercourse does not render a woman forbidden to her
husband according to R. Tam because their issue is like that of horses.
Can the nations resign themselves to such a deprivation of rights? It is
permitted to deceive a Gentile and cancel his debt as well as forbidden to
return his lost object! What can we do? Can we uproot our Torah teaching
with apologetic formulae or clever deceptions. God knows that I have
written this with the blood of my heart, the blood of my soul."

November 15, 1965 - "In my opinion it is fitting to put an end to the
hatred of the religions for each other. More than Christianity hates
Judaism, Judaism hates Christianity. There is a dispute if stealing from
Gentiles is forbidden from the Torah, everyone holds that deceiving a
Gentile and canceling his debt is permitted, one is not to return a lost
object to a Gentile, according to R. Tam intercourse with a Gentile does
not render a woman forbidden to her husband, their issue is like the issue
[of horses]. According to Maimonides, if a Jew has sex with a Gentile
[woman], the Gentile is killed because the Jew stumbled into sin through
her. The law of a Gentile is the same as the law of an animal.
Maimonides derived this law on his own. It is not found in the Bavli or
the Yerushalmi. We must solemnly and formally declare that in our day
this does not apply. Meiri wrote as such, but the teachers and ramim
whisper in the ears of the students that all this was written because of
the censor."

Saul Lieberman</HTML>
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