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Subject: Gems from the Talmud, Part One
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Sanhedrin 59a

R.  Johanan said:  A heathen who studies the Torah deserves death,
for it is written, Moses commanded us a law for an inheritance; it is
OUR inheritance, not theirs....he is guilty as one who violates a 
betrothed maiden, who is stoned.

Sanhedrin 58b

Is there anything permitted to a Jew which is forbidden to a heathen.
Unnatural connection is permitted to a Jew....we learn that the guilt of
violating the injunction "to his wife but not to his neighbor's wife" is incurred
only for natural, not unnatural intercourse.

Sanhedrin 58b

R.  Hanina said:  If a heathen smites a Jew, he is worthy of death.
Andhe looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was
no man, he slew the Egyptian.  R. Hanina also said:  He
who smites an Israelite on the jaw, is as though he had thus assaulted
the Divine Prescence; for it is written, One who smiteth man (i.e. an
Israelite) attacketh the Holy One.

Sanhedrin 69a-69b

Jeremiah of Difti said:  We also learnt the following:  A maiden aged
three years and a day msy be acquired in marriage by coition, and 
if her deceased husband's brother cohabited with her, she becomes
his.  The penalty of adultery may be incurred through her; (if a niddah)
she defioles him who has connection with her, so that he in turn defiles
that upon which he lies, as a garment which has lain upon (a person afflicted
with gonorrhea)....If any of the forbidden degrees had intercourse with her
they are executed on her account, but she is exempt.

Sanhedrin 78b-79a

MISHNAH.  If he intended killing an animal but slew a man, or
a heathen and he killed an Israelite, or a prematurely born and he
 killed a viable child, he is not liable.

(Comment:  Does this not show a disregard for the lives of non-Jews, even children?)

Sanhedrin 105a-105b

Balaam was blind in one eye, as it is said, (and the man) whose eye is open...
He practised enchantment by means of his membrum....It was stated, Mar
Zutra said:  He practised enchantment by means of his membrum.  Mar the son
of Rabina said:  He committed bestiality with his ass.  The view that he practised
enchantment by means of his membrum is as was stated.  The view that he
committed bestiality with his ass (is because) here it is written, He bowed,
he lay down as a lion and as a great lion, whilst elsewhere it is written:
At her feet (105b) he bowed, he fell

Kethuboth 10b-11a

MISHNAH.  A woman proselyte, a woman captive, and a woman
slave, who have been redeemed, converted, or freed (When they were)
 less than three years and one day old-their Kethubah is two hundred (zuz). 
And there is with regard to them the claim of non-virginity.
Commentary:  "If they had sexual intercourse before they were three years and one
day old the hymen would grow...

Kethuboth 11a-11b

GEMARA.  Rab Judah said that Rab said:  A small boy who has 
intercourse with a grown woman makes her as though she were injured
by a piece of wood....Raba said, It means this:  When a
grown up man has had intercourse with aa little girl, or when a small boy has
intercourse with a grown-up woman, or when a girl was accidentally injured
by a piece of wood-(in all their cases) their Ketubah is 200 (zuz);  so according
to rabbi Meier.  But the sages say:  A girl who was injured accidentally by a piece
of wood-her ketubah is a Maneh.  Raba said:  It means this:  When a grown-up
man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing, for when the girl is less than this, it is
as if one puts a finger into the eye; but when a small boy has intercourse with
a grown-up woman he makes her as a "girl who is inkured by a piece of wood"....

Comment:  These ought to suffice for now.

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