Does the mitzvah of loving other Jews(Vayikra 19:18) apply to the Erev Rav?

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    Does this answer your question? Erev Rav and Modern Israeli Leaders Nov 22, 2020 at 23:17
  • @JoshK One of the reasons that I asked the question in the first place was because I read the answer to the question to which you provided a link. However, in the accepted answer, there is no source provided for the claim that the Erev Rav are Jews and must be treated as such.
    – Nosson
    Nov 22, 2020 at 23:23
  • The Vilna Gaon says that the entire purpose of galus is to be mevarer who the Erev Ra are, so that they can be seperated from klal yisrael.
    – The GRAPKE
    Nov 22, 2020 at 23:23
  • Can you provide a link where he says that?
    – interested
    Nov 23, 2020 at 14:43
  • Your Q. is not clear, are you asking about the historical Erev Rav in the wilderness or about contemporary gentiles?
    – Al Berko
    Nov 23, 2020 at 17:46

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Yes. It applies to all jews. The Shita mikubetzes kesubos 37b brings the Rama that says viahavta lereiacha camocha applies even to a rasha. The proof he brings is that we apply the pasuk to someone whose chayiv misa about to get killed. Rav Elchanan Wasserman also brings this proof.

Even though the gemara in pesachim implies you have a mitzva to hate a rasha. There could be 2 dinim in the mitzva 1. to love him. 2 to treat him well. Maybe you have to hate him but treat him well...

So if you hold eirev rav were reshaim then at least this din of loving your fellow would apply, that you have to treat him like you want to be treated. Im not saying they were considered reshaim. But if they would be.

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