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It seems to me there is a stange similarity between the core concepts of Jewish religion on the one hand and Nazi ideology on the other. Both believe they are a chosen people – the one by God, the other by evolution ("Herrenrasse") – and both forbid and negatively sanction marriage and procreation with non-Jews and non-"Aryans" respectively.

How do Jewish culture and faith explain, or deal with, this structural similarity?

I am not interested in your personal opinion, but in the teaching of Jewish theologians and the reflection of Jewish scholars. Please provide sources.

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7792/… – Isaac Moses Feb 13 '14 at 16:18
Strangely enough @ray understood my question perfectly and even provided an answer (in his comment). – what Feb 14 '14 at 19:22
@SethJ there are alot of people out there with such wildly skewed perception of Judaism. and also, i dont think the OP asked it with hateful/inciting motives. – ray Feb 15 '14 at 18:17
I don't know the OP's intentions(I don't detect any mal-intent) but the Nazi's did craft their ideology based on their 'choseness', and did employ parallelisms. The Nazis crafted Nazism as a counterthesis to yiddishkeit in many ways, a counterthesis must by its definition have a structure that arises from the thesis. Part of the reason they wanted to destroy the Jewish people was because the very existence of the Jewish people undermined the Nazi's contention of their choseness. Nazi's aren't just any antisemites, they're Amalek. This did arise out of the context of Social Darwinism. – Kinnard Hockenhull Sep 3 '15 at 20:09
I also think it is of exceptional importance not to inadvertently offend or presume malintent on the part of someone seeking to understand such a difficult issue. OP is not the only one asking and the onus to respond clearly and effectively to this sort of question should be clear. – Kinnard Hockenhull Sep 3 '15 at 20:14

there is a world of difference. Judaism places man on the highest pedestal possible "In the 'image' of God He created man" (Genesis 1:27)

Nazis viewed Jews as vermins and pests which must be exterminated.

Likewise in Pirkei Avot chapter 3 regarding all of mankind:

Rabbi Akiva used to say: Beloved is man that he was created in the image of G-d; an extra love is made known to him that he was created in G-d's image, as it says (Genesis 9:6) "for in His own image G-d made humankind".

And continuing there, an extra status on top of that for Jews:

Beloved are the Jews that they are called sons to G-d; an extra love is made known to them that they are called sons to G-d, as it says (Deuteronomy 14:1) "You are son's to the Lord your G-d." Beloved are the Jews that there has been given to them the precious instrument; an extra love is made known to them that they were given the precious instrument of the world's creation, as it says (Proverbs 4:2) "For I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching."

Furthermore, Judaism allows nonjews to convert to judaism. Nazis did not.

Furthermore, Judaism states that nonjews can reach the greatest spiritual heights even without converting as Elijah the prophet prophesied: (Tana D'Bei Eliyahu 9)

"I testify on Myself heaven and earth, whether man or woman, whether gentile or Jew, whether slaveman or slavewoman, everyone according to his actions, the Ruach Hakodesh (divine presence) will dwell on him". (i.e. anyone can reach Ruach HaKodesh even women, slaves, or non-Jews).

as to why the need for a "chosen people", see this audio lecture by Rabbi Uziel Milevsky the former chief rabbi of mexico. It is NOT the ideal way but, as the world is, it is the only way to bring the rectification of ALL of mankind.

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You are right BUT i think that still we should answer to ourselves if after the holocaust we can hold that a jew is biologically different than a gentile – eliavs Feb 13 '14 at 12:00
@eliavs see my edit, the mp3 lecture answers the need for a chosen people. The torah never said a Jew is biologically different. only that their souls are different. – ray Feb 13 '14 at 13:28
@what you want the jews to rewrite the torah? besides holocaust like predictions of what would befall the jews were already written in the torah in a few places. and its not the first time, the jews were victims of genocidal maniacs. – ray Feb 13 '14 at 21:13
@what interpretations of the torah were handed down at sinai this is known as the oral law. besides, the verses quoted above in pirkei avot are very clear. with due respect, protestants have made up all kinds of false interpretations of the bible. such as those about jesus. no surprise that they would change those to adapt to their perceived needs of the time – ray Feb 13 '14 at 21:29
@ray Hmm, if, as you say, Judaism has remained virtually unchanged since its beginnings, then of course my question is based on a false assumption (the possibility of change) and you have just answered it. Thank you for taking my question seriously. I accept your answer in stead of your comment. – what Feb 14 '14 at 19:20

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