Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

If a non-Jew does an act which would be considered a kiddush Hashem or chillul Hashem if done by a Jew, does it have the same status?

share|improve this question
You're asking about the definitions of kidush hashem and chilul hashem (specifically, whether those definitions include the possibility of a gentile's causing then)? In my (limited) experience, Judaism doesn't go into a question of semantics like that unless there's some practical outcome of the question. Or, in yeshivish, may nafka minah? –  msh210 Jan 30 at 16:41

1 Answer 1

Kiddush/chillul Hashem taken to mean showing the world that this is how Hashem's chosen people behaves:

No, by definition: The gentile cannot be representative of a group he does not belong to.

Kiddush/chillul Hashem taken to mean letting one self be killed rather than doing something for which one is required to let oneself be killed rather than doing:

Yes, by definition (at least theoretically): If that is the label of an act, and he did that act, then it has that label.* (However, as per Sanhedrin 74b, there may not be any actions requiring a gentile to sacrifice his life, rendering occurrence impossible.)

* My head spins from reading my own words!

share|improve this answer
Do non-Jews have a commandment to die rather than transgress? To be killed for a transgression that you aren't meant to be killed for is subject to machlokes rishonim if it's even allowed - I assume that wouldn't be a kiddush Hashem if they don't have such an injunction. –  YeZ Jan 30 at 20:15
@YEZ AFAIK, yes, the "three big ones" are yehareg v'al ya'avor even for goyim. –  NBZ Jan 30 at 20:19
@YEZ Sanhedrin 74b NBZ It seems they are not obligated, so your second point is tenuous at best. –  Double AA Jan 30 at 20:21
Why does one have to belong to a group to show the world that's how they behave? What if the non-Jew publicizes a story about a Jew doing a positive thing? –  Double AA Jan 30 at 20:21
@NBZ hebrewbooks.org/… from the ein mishpat to sanhedrin 74, and probably also hebrewbooks.org/… –  Double AA Jan 30 at 21:24

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.