(1) Gifts. The Talmud bluntly forbids giving a gift toa Gentile. However, classical rabbinical authorities bent thisrule because it is customary among businessmen to give gifts tobusiness contacts. It was therefore laid down that a Jew may givea gift to a Gentile acquaintance, since this is regarded not as atrue gift but as a sort of investment, for which some return isexpected. Gifts to 'unfamiliar Gentiles' remain forbidden. Abroadly similar rule applies to almsgiving. Giving alms to aJewish beggar is an important religious duty. Alms to Gentilebeggars are merely permitted for the sake of peace. However thereare numerous rabbinical warnings against allowing the Gentilepoor to become 'accustomed' to receiving alms from Jews, so thatit should be possible to withhold such alms without arousingundue hostility.
Secondly, for theological reasons,mostly rooted in ignorance, Christianity as a religion is classedby rabbinical teaching as idolatry. This is based on a crudeinterpretation of the Christian doctrines on the Trinity andIncarnation. All the Christian emblems and pictorialrepresentations are regarded as 'idols' - even by those Jews wholiterally worship scrolls, stones or personal belongings of 'HolyMen'.
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A religious Jew must not drink anywine in whose preparation a Gentile had any part whatsoever. Winein an open bottle, even if prepared wholly by Jews, becomesbanned if a Gentile so much as touches the bottle or passes ahand over it. The reason given by the rabbis is that all Gentilesare not only idolators but must be presumed to be malicious toboot, so that they are likely to dedicate (by a whisper, gestureor thought) as 'libation' to their idol any wine which a Jew isabout to drink. This law applies in full force to all Christians,and in a slightly attenuated form also to Muslims. (An openbottle of wine touched by a Christian must be poured away, but iftouched by a Muslim it can be sold or given away, although it maynot be drunk by a Jew.) The law applies equally to Gentileatheists (how can one be sure that they are not merely pretendingto be atheists?) but not to Jewish atheists.
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Of course, in modern times mostJewish doctors are not religious and do not even know of theserules. Moreover, it appears that even many who are religiousprefer to their credit - to abide by the Hippocratic oath ratherthan by the precepts of their fanatic rabbis.However, the rabbis' guidance cannot fail to have some influenceon some doctors; and there are certainly many who, while notactually following that guidance, choose not to protest againstit publicly.
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Our sages only said this aboutheathens, who in their day worshipped idols and did not believein the Jewish Exodus from Egypt or in the creation of the worldex nihilo. But the Gentiles in whose [protective] shade we, thepeople of Israel, are exiled and among whom we are scattered dobelieve in the creation of the world ex nihilo and in the Exodusand in several principles of our own religion and they pray tothe Creator of heaven and earth ... Not only is there nointerdiction against helping them, but we are even obliged topray for their safety.
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According to the Halakhah, the dutyto save the life of a fellow Jew is paramount.It supersedes all other religious obligations and interdictions,excepting only the prohibitions against the three most heinoussins of adultery (including incest), murder and idolatry.