Sunday, December 25, 2005

The difference between Toby and me

Toby Katz:
a) Per the midrash Esav/Edom/Gentiles are the eternal enemy of the Jewish people!
b) American Christians are our best buddies, so cuddle up everybody!


a) The Midrash speaks of individuals, not nations. Though the Rabbis of the Talmud (and their successors) used the midrash polemically, there no agadic source that Esav/Edom/Gentiles will hate us forever.
b) Beware of Christians. They are fairweather friends.

Which position is intellectually coherent?