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A Sad Sample of
Talmudic Teachings
Jesus publicly
condemned the Jewish Pharisees and Scribes of His own time for teachings of which many are being continued today in the Jewish Talmud, and so further continuing their corrupting influence on understanding.
The Lord Jesus
described them as –
"...invalidating the Word of God for the sake of your traditions..."    and    "...teaching as doctrines the precepts of men..."
Matthew 15:1-9   Mark 7:1-13.
Talmud reflects these same oral traditions which later became Judaic orthodoxy. It reflects the Pharisaic teachings which Christ condemned and which later they even claimed to come from an oral law given at the same time as the written Sinai covenant in order to give the Talmud equal credibility to Holy Scripture,
thereby blasphemously asserting a special authority to itself, even above the holy written Word of God, as is taught today.
But a Jewish Definition:
   "Rabbinical Judaism holds that the Five Books of Moses, called the (Written) Torah, have always been transmitted in parallel with an oral tradition. Two guides to laws were given to Moses at Mount Sinai. The first, known as Torah she-bikh-tav, or the "Written Law" is composed of only the Five Books of Moses – Genesis through Deuteronomy [Historically and Biblically a very inaccurate statement; for instance, Deuteronomy was given in Transjordan 38-years-after Sinai]. These five books are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. ...
   "The second law given to Moses at Sinai, known as Torah she-be'al-peh, is the exposition of the Written Law as relayed by the scholarly and other religious leaders of each generation. This Oral Law is, in some sense, the more authoritative of the two. The traditions of the Oral Law are considered as the basis for the interpretation, and often for the reading, of the Written Law.
[emphasis mine]
   "The Mishnah was redacted around the year 200 CE/AD by Yehudah Ha-Nasi (יהודה הנשׂיא / "Judah the Prince"). Rabbinic commentaries on the Mishnah over the next three centuries were recorded mostly in Aramaic and were redacted as the Gemara. The Mishnah and the Gemara together form the Talmud."
"more authoritative"
Judaism claims to base itself on the written Word of God given to Moses, it actually understands this only in terms of its Talmud. Tragically the Talmud effectively neutralizes the precious purposes of the commandments of God, which is why the Lord Jesus spoke in such damning terms of the teachers of these oral traditions, which continue among us in the synagogue and religious Jewish community today. 
The Talmud itself consists of two parts: the oral law codified, the Mishnah, and commentary on this called the Gemara. As noted above, Jewish tradition asserts an absolute status for their oral law (the Mishnah) by claiming it was given by God at Sinai at the same time as the Mosaic Scripture of the Sinai Covenant Law.
Mishnah is the written summary of this oral law codified by Rabbi Judah the Prince (Rav Yehuda ha-Nasi) in the 2nd century AD. Over the next 300 years, Jewish teachers debated and expounded on the Mishnah. These debates and commentaries were compiled into what is called the Gemara (also called Talmud in a more restricted use of the term).
Discussions of the Jewish 'sages' from Palestine are contained in the Jerusalem Talmud, edited by the disciples of Rabbi Yohanan in Tiberias in the 4th century AD. In Mesopotamia, the Babylonian Talmud, was compiled by Rabbi Ashi (d.427) and Ravina (d.421) in the 5th century AD and is traditionally considered to be more extensive and authoritative.
some Zionist Christian leaders today, such as John Hagee (Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, Texas), ignorantly teach that as a child the Lord Jesus was trained in the Mishnah, even though it was only codified long after Judaism had formally rejected the gospel of Christ in the rulings of Gamaliel II (c.100 AD; great-grandson of Hillel and grandson of Gamaliel I) that all Jews should daily recite a prayer against heretics directed at Jewish Christians, thus excommunicating those holding to the understanding of the T'nakh (Old Testament Holy Scripture) as taught by the Lord Jesus and His faithful.
An particular example of Talmudic perversion and undermining of God's Word to Israel is the so-called prosbul of Rabbi Hillel, which Jewish tradition made authoritative in the second century AD.
prosbul allows the Lender/Creditor to avoid God's Sabbatical Year cancellation of the debts-owed (which God had strictly commanded) by formally 'transferring' responsibility for debt collection to a religious court to act on behalf of the Creditor, thus destroying the very purpose of this commandment of the Lord in Deuteronomy 15:2, which was to protect the borrower from the bondage of long-term debt.
Blasphemous Hypocrisy
  Further examples of the perversion of God's purposes are –  
Talmud Reference
Sample Pharisaic Corruptions of Morality
Veneration of the Talmud
Veneration of the Talmud
Moed Kattan 17 a
If a Jew is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known and do the evil there.
Teaching Hypocrisy
Erubin 21 b
Whosoever disobeys the rabbis deserves death and will be punished by being boiled in hot excrement in hell. [e.g. Jesus]
Religious Bullying
Sanhedrin 57 a
When a Jew murders a Gentile ("Cuthean"), there will be no death penalty.
What a Jew steals from a Gentile he may keep.
A Jew need not pay a Gentile ("Cuthean") the wages owed him for work.
Vile Racism
Baba Kamma 37 b
The Gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has "exposed their money to Israel".
"If an ox of an Israelite gores an ox of a Canaanite there is no liability, but if an ox of a Canaanite gores an ox of an Israelite ... the payment is to be in full."
Justifying Theft
 . . .
and so on . . .  
   Some Special Talmudic Hostilities toward Christianity as the text of its First Persecutor in human history:
  (Yebamoth 49 b). "Jesus was a bastard born of adultery."  
  (Sanhedrin 106 a & b). "Mary was a whore: Jesus (Balaam) was an evil man."  
  (Shabbath 104 b). "Jesus was a magician and a fool. Mary was an adulteress".  
  (Abodah Zarah 17 a). "Christians are allied with Hell, and Christianity is worse than incest".  
  (Sanhedrin 99 a). "When Messiah comes he will destroy the Christians".  
  (Sanhedrin 90 a, 100 b). "Those who read the Gospels are doomed to Hell".  
   . . . and so on . . .  
   Yet, it had long before been specifically written in the Word of God to Israel –
"You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you."
[Deuteronomy 4:2 ESV]
See also: Irving Spielberg's short strongly worded article on the Talmud, under the title: The Original "Hate" Criminals.

It is
significant that the proselytising zeal of the Pharisees, which Jesus so strongly condemned, effectively prepared the way in the Arabian Peninsula for the work of Mohammad and the rise of Islamic religion with its associated extremism!
   So, as the Lord Jesus had Himself appropriately said –
"Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte,
and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
Matthew 23:15
The voice of the Lord Jesus Christ to Israel was a call to restore the original intent of God's commandments as illumined by God's revealed character.
It is
here worthy of note that in December 1977 the modern State of Israel passed a law making it a crime, punishable with five years imprisonment, for anyone to attempt to convert/evangelise a Jew, which crime includes even the giving of a New Testament. A foreign national is simply deported. Any Jew so converted is also liable to a three year imprisonment.
The heart of Israel has not changed since the days of Christ's 3½-year ministry to them (the first half of Daniel Nine's split Seventieth Week).

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