Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Anti-Black racism in the Talmud

The Talmud is very complicated, not every statement is a law, sometimes it is a commentary or the opinion of a certain Rabbi, sometimes a stipulation or refutation, however the quotes below should give you a good idea about Talmudic reasoning on certain issues.

While Jews are not a race or ethnicity, their religion could be racist against dark skinned people. Almost everyone raised in the Christian and Muslim world is familiar with the “Curse of Ham”, the presumed to be biblical curse placed upon Noah’s son Ham whereby not only were his descendants to be the slaves of the earth, but that these cursed people were marked with black skin as a sign of their hexed lineage.  Yet, one becomes perplexed when they turn to the actual account of Ham’s curse in the book of Genesis. We never find any description that the curse involves turning their skin black.
In Chapter 9 versus 20-27 we read that Ham finds his father Noah drunk and naked. Ham tells his brothers Shem and Japheth who cover Noah with a sheet while turning their eyes away so they do not see their father’s nakedness.  When Noah wakes up from his drunkenness, he curses Ham’s descendants though Ham’s son Canaan to become the slaves of both Shem and Japheth (Genesis 9:20-27).   
So where did this racist myth come from?  The idea that black skin is a curse comes from the Jewish Talmud.  In the Talmud book of Sanhedrin 108b, we learn that there were three who had sex while on the ark; a dog, a raven and Noah’s son Ham.  All three were punished and Ham’s punishment was in his skin; it is said he was “smitten in his skin” and the footnote claims that this curse produced black skinned “negros”; “negros” are classified with diseased people and called “creatures” in the Talmudic folio of Berakoth 58b. Notice this curse has nothing to do with the later curse of hereditary slavery placed upon Ham’s son Canaan by Noah (the Talmud suggests that Ham actually sodomized/castrated Noah in Sanhedrin 70a). Thus, later Christians and Muslims conflated one curse with the other and presumed that the “Curse of Ham” stemmed from the bible, but it doesn’t, it is purely Talmudic racism.   The “Curse of Ham” myth shows to what extent non-Jewish societies have been impacted by Judaism and the Talmud.


Our Rabbis taught: Three copulated in the ark, and they were all punished — the dog, the raven, and Ham. The dog was doomed to be tied, the raven expectorates [his seed into his mate's mouth]. and Ham was smitten in his skin. [34] (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 108b)

FOOTNOTE 34:  I.e., from him descended Cush (the negro) who is black-skinned.


R. Joshua b. Levi said: On seeing pock-marked persons one says: Blessed be He who makes strange creatures. An objection was raised: If one sees a negro, a very red or very white person, a hunchback, a dwarf or a dropsical person, he says: Blessed be He who makes strange creatures. (Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 58b)


Ubar the Galilean gave the following exposition: The letter waw [and]  occurs thirteen times in the passage dealing with wine: And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.  [With respect to the last verse] Rab and Samuel [differ,] one maintaining that he castrated him, whilst the other says that he sexually abused him. He who maintains that he castrated him, [reasons thus;] Since he cursed him by his fourth son,  he must have injured him with respect to a fourth son. But he who says that he sexually abused him, draws an analogy between ‘and he saw’ written twice. Here it is written, And Ham the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father; whilst elsewhere it is written, And when Shechem the son of Hamor saw her [he took her and lay with her and defiled her].Now, on the view that he emasculated him, it is right that he cursed him by his fourth son; but on the view that he abused him, why did he curse his fourth son; he should have cursed him himself? — Both indignities were perpetrated.[45]   (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 70a)

FOOTNOTE 45:  He both castrated and abused his father.


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    The myth of Noah's Ark is plagiarised from much earlier myths from Sumerian mythology Utnapishtim /Ziusudra/Atrahasis that preceded it by thousands of years.

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  2. Rabbi Hiyya said,
    “Ham and the dog copulated on the ark. Therefore Ham came forth dark-skinned.”

    The Encyclopedia of the Jewish Religion refers to Moses Maimonides as "THE SYMBOL OF THE PURE AND ORTHODOX FAITH.”
    The book GUIDE TO THE PERPLEXED is considered the greatest work of Jewish religious philosophy, but his view of BLACKS was pure evil:

    "[T]he Negroes found in the remote South, and those who resemble them from among them that are with us in these climes. The status of those is like that of irrational ANIMALS. To my mind THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RANK OF MEN, but have among the beings a rank lower than the rank of man BUT HIGHER THAN THE RANK OF APES. For they have the external shape and lineaments of a man and a faculty of discernment that IS SUPERIOR TO THAT OF APES."

    “Those who are incapable of attaining to supreme religious values include the BLACK coloured people and those who resemble them in their climates. Their nature is like the MUTE ANIMALS. Their level among existing things is below that of a man and above that of a monkey.”

    (Maimonides, Guide To The Perplexed, Translation from the Hebrew Version)

  3. Berakoth 58b does not seem to be a racist attribution when read in full.

    R. Joshua b. Levi said: On seeing pock-marked persons one says: Blessed be He who makes strange creatures. An objection was raised: If one sees a negro, a very red or very white person, a hunchback, a dwarf or a dropsical person, he says: Blessed be He who makes strange creatures. If he sees one with an amputated limb, or blind, or flatheaded, or lame, or smitten with boils, or pock-marked, he says: Blessed be the true Judge! — There is no contradiction; one blessing is said if he is so from birth, the other if he became so afterwards. A proof of this is that he is placed in the same category as one with an amputated limb; this proves it.

    The Rabbi was saying to bless God for the diversity of creatures - some being very strange. The two categories are those who are from birth and those who are such afterwards.