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It says in Shabbat 75b that if a magosh tries to influence a Jew to adopt even a single one of his customs, that Jew should be put to death:

אמר רב זוטרא בר טוביה אמר רב: ... והלומד דבר אחד מן המגוש חייב מיתה

Rav Zutra bar Toviya said that Rav said: ... one who learns even one matter from a Magosh, a Persian priest, is liable to receive the death penalty.

So my question is: why such a harsh punishment against a fellow Jew just for adopting a custom from a magosh?

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