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I've read the topic of whether or not God discriminates between Jews and non-Jews, but does God love non-Jews? Does it say anywhere that He does love non-Jews. I don't believe that God hates non-Jews or that Jews should hate non-Jews. I ask because someone is putting these questions to me and I am not sure how to answer all of them.

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Related:… and the questions linked in the comments there. – Isaac Moses Oct 18 '12 at 16:01
...especially – msh210 Oct 18 '12 at 16:04
Also possibly related: – msh210 Oct 18 '12 at 16:11
@SethJ "But what kind of Jew responds to salient questions with unequivical monosyllables? Certainly, not the traditional kind." -- HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein, Leaves of Faith 2 (p. 33) – Double AA Oct 18 '12 at 17:14
@SethJ I've edited my question with an explanation as to why I am asking it. My intention is not to offend anyone and I'm somewhat surprised by this sensitive reaction. Sorry. – Malka S Oct 18 '12 at 18:05

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The Talmud in Megila (10b) relates: When the Egyptians were drowning in the sea, the angels wanted to sing God's praises. God silenced them, saying "My handiwork is drowning in the sea, and you want to sing?" This strongly implies that God loves all of His creations.

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...or at least that He dislikes when they are suffering. – Double AA Oct 18 '12 at 18:54
@doesnt to dislike when someone is suffering imply that love? – Yehuda Oct 18 '12 at 19:22
@yehuda No. There are way more people in the world that I don't want to suffer than those that I love. – Double AA Oct 19 '12 at 0:08
also, see Jonah – Charles Koppelman Oct 19 '12 at 2:42

It is written in Gen 6:8.

'ונח מצא חן בעיני ה

My translation: And Noach was liked by God.

So we see that non-Jews that obey the laws are liked by God.

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I think it more precisely means he pleased G-d than that he was liked by G-d, but +1. – Seth J Oct 18 '12 at 23:07
@SethJ I'm not a native English speaker, so the help with translations would be appreciated. Feel free to edit :) – jutky Oct 19 '12 at 6:55
This chet-nun root (grace, charm) is found in words relating to free stuff (chinam), as well as to pray not based on merit but as a free gift (va'etchanan). – Ze'ev Felsen Mar 22 '13 at 16:17

Yea, He saith: 'It is too light a thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the offspring of Israel; I will also give thee for a light of the nations, that My salvation may be unto the end of the earth.
Isaiah 49:6

I think this answers the question, in that God wouldn't offer salvation to those He does not love.

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That His generosity is universal and His kindness is all-embracing, as written "The L-ord is good to all, and His mercies are on all His works" (Tehilim 145:9) (duties of the heart - Gate of Trust ch.2)

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I have learned with my rabbi that Gd's loving us is not an emotional experience for Him, as that would imply that he is by some chemical process or internal compulsion made to feel, which is in and of itself a physical construct and is inapplicable to Him, who is the prime cause of everything. Rather, Gd 'loves', (and expresses emotions in general), by way of his actions, and we ascribe emotion to his actions in order to understand His behavior in our minds

Organized society, generally speaking, functions well. There are many good-natured people in the world who enjoy healthy happy lives with their families and loved ones. It would seem that Gd absolutely loves them!

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There is a mishnah that explicitly addresses this question (Although @ray's quote of Chovos haLavavos makes the point pretty directly.

Avos 3:14:

הוא היה אומר, חביב אדם שנברא בצלם .חבה יתרה נודעת לו שנברא בצלם, שנאמר (בראשית ט), כי בצלם אלקים עשה את האדם. חביבין ישראל שנקראו בנים למקום.חבה יתרה נודעת להם שנקראו בנים למקום, שנאמר (דברים יד), בנים אתם לה' אלהיכם.חביבין ישראל, שנתן להם כלי חמדה.חבה יתרה נודעת להם שנתן להם כלי חמדה שבו נברא העולם, שנאמר (משלי ד), כי לקח טוב נתתי לכם, תורתי אל תעזבו.

He [Rabbi Aqiva] would say: Beloved is humanity, since it is created in the image [of G-d]. A deeper love is that it is revealed to him that he is created in the image, as it says (Genesis 9:6) "for in G-d's image He made humankind." Beloved are Israel, since they are called children of G-d. A deeper love is that it is revealed to them that they are called children to G-d, as it says (Deuteronomy 14:1) "You are children of Hashem your G-d." Beloved are Israel, since a precious instrument [the Torah] has been given to them. A deeper love is that it is revealed to them that the precious instrument of the world's creation has been given to them, as it says (Proverbs 4:2) "For a good lesson I have given to you; do not forsake my teaching."

G-d loves all of humanity, as they are in His "Image" and he let us know as much.

Yes, there is a parent-child relationship with Jews that differs from that of non-Jews. But this mishnah points out that this is not to the exclusion of Hashem loving all people.

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