Racism: Israel’s chief rabbi calls blacks ‘monkeys’ — ‘Unless both parents are white’

His father was also the chief rabbi of Israel, who wrote:

The purpose of Gentiles — to serve Jews:

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they
have no place in the world – only to serve the People of
Israel. In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With
gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die,
but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that
one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is
his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well
for this Jew. Why are gentiles needed? They will work,
they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an
effendi and eat… That is why gentiles were created.”

— Weekly Saturday night sermon in October 2010

Description of the son from Wikipedia:

Yitzhak Yosef (Hebrewיצחק יוסף, born January 16, 1952) is the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, also known as the Rishon LeZion, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia, and the author of a set of books on Jewish law called Yalkut Yosef.

Rabbi Yosef is the son of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, and bases his rulings on Jewish law on his father’s methods of ruling.[1]

His books are considered foundational among large sectors of Sephardic Jews in Israel and the world. For these books, he has won the Rabbi Toledano Prize from the Tel Aviv Religious Council, as well as the Rav Kook Prize.


Chief rabbi cites racist comparisons between ‘negroes’ and monkeys

During lesson discussing blessing of trees and ‘strange creatures’, Sephardi chief rabbi offers Talmudic exceptional examples in which ‘negroes’ should be blessed: ‘when their parents are both white and they have a monkey.’

Ariella Sternberg|Published:  03.20.18

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef has drawn criticism for comparing, during one of his weekly religious lessons, a “negro” with a monkey.

“We don’t say a blessing for every negro … He needs to be a negro whose father and mother are white … if you know, they had a monkey for a son, they had a son like that,” Rabbi Yosef said.

During the lesson, which was given on Saturday night on the weekly Torah portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei, the rabbi spoke about the blessings of trees which is a customary ritual during the month of Nissan, which began last Shabbat.

The halachic question revolves around whether to bless one tree or at least two and in this context, Rabbi Yosef offered examples of other blessings, for example the blessing of “strange creatures” that evoke attention or repulsion, rather than aesthetic pleasure.

“Someone who sees strange creatures blesses them,” he said. “You see a negro, bless him as an exceptional creature. Which negro? When his father and mother are white and he comes out black.” The rabbi emphasized that “not every negro needs to be blessed” and that it only applied to a black person who was born to white parents.

Elaborating on the halachic matter, Rabbi Yosef continued: “You go around in the streets of America, every five minutes you will see a negro. Do you bless him as an ‘exceptional creature?’ However, he should be a negro whose father and mother are white.

“We don’t say a blessing for every negro … He needs to be a negro whose father and mother are white … if you know, they had a monkey for a son, they had a son like that,” Rabbi Yosef continued. “So what will you say, that there needs to be two negroes? No, but this an example that the Gemorah (commentary on the Mishnah, the Oral Torah [the Talmud – ed.]) gave. So the same applies to trees.”

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