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] 'According to the commentators of the Tosafot, a distinction must be made between wartime and peace, so that although during peace time it is forbidden to kill Gentiles, in a case that occurs in wartime it is a mitzvah [imperative, religious duty] to kill them.[...] 'And this is the difference between a Jew and a Gentile: although the rule "Whoever comes to kill you, kill him first" applies to a Jew, as was said in Tractate Sanhedrin [of the Talmud], page 72a, still it only applies to him if there is [actual] ground to fear that he is coming to kill you.But a Gentile during wartime is usually to be presumed so, except when it is quite clear that he has no evil intent.

that Rabbi Shim'on used to say: "The best of Gentiles - kill him; the best of snakes dash out its brains." 'It might perhaps be argued that the expression "kill" in the saying of R.However, if the victim was Gentile and the murderer converts to Judaism, he is not punished.All this has a direct and practical relevance to the realities of the State of Israel.The most authoritative code, widely used to date as a handbook, is the Shulhan 'Arukh composed by R.Yosef Karo in the late 16th century as a popular condensation of his own much more voluminous Beys Yosef which was intended for the advanced scholar.

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