Is A Jewish Life Worth More Than A Non-Jewish Life?
by Old Timer (Larry Yeatts) on November 15, 2012
From the Talmud: http://www.come-and-hear.com/talmud/index.html
“Even though God created the non-Jew they are still animals in human form. It is not becoming for a Jew to be served by an animal. Therefore he will be served by animals in human form.” Midrasch Talpioth, p. 255, Warsaw 1855.
Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Rotze’ach 2:11: “A Jew who killed a righteous gentile is not executed in a court of law. It says in Exodus 21:14, ‘If a man schemes against his fellow man and kills the man deliberately, take him away from the altar and put him to death.’ But a gentile is not considered a man, and even more so, a Jew is not executed for killing an unrighteous gentile.”
In the book “Orot,” Orot Yisrael chapter 5, article 10 (page 156), Rabbi Kook wrote: “The difference between the Jewish soul, in all its independence, inner desires, longings, character and standing, and the soul of all the Gentiles, on all of their levels, is greater and deeper than the difference between the soul of a man and the soul of an animal, for the difference in the latter case is one of quantity, while the difference in the first case is one of essential quality.”¶— Rabbi Bar-Chayim, quoting Rabbi Kook