Jews, Gentiles, Impurity, and Humanity, Part 1

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Parashat Hukkat

Are Jewish and Gentile corpses the same? Do they defile in the same ways and with the same intensity? Are kohanim, who are commanded to avoid contact with corpses, equally warned to stay away from both? To distinguish between Jewish and Gentile corpses is ultimately to make deeper comments on the distinctions between Jewish and Gentile humanity. (5776)