Jews, Gentiles, Impurity, and Humanity, Part 2
Parashat Balak

Ethan Tucker

Does a Gentile corpse have the same power of impurity as a Jewish one? In part 1, we saw that there emerges a position of R. Shimon b. Yohai in the Talmud Bavli that they don't. Here, we see the medieval responses to this evidence and some concluding thoughts on halakhah as a guide, rather than an obstacle.

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