Jewish Laws During Bubonic Plague

Did you know that, during the Bubonic Plague in Europe’s MIddles Ages, the Jewish people rarely got sick?

This is because they kept the laws that God had given Moses about diseases, cleansing, diet, etc.

As a matter of fact, many Europeans persecuted the Jews because they thought that the Plague was a curse from them!

Anti-semitism has nothing to do with Jewish dietary and purity law. It has more to do with race, faith, the crucifixion of Christ, and the gifts God bestows on His children - which, by the way, is an individual issue, not an issue with the whole people of Europe, nor all the followers of Christ.

What I meant was that they persecuted the Jews because the Jews were never sick, while they* themselves* were.
They could not figure out why the disease seemed to be “ignoring” them, so they figured it was their fault.

Why is this in Philosophy?

What would be your evidence for that assertion as to why they persecuted?

{and I agree, this doesn’t really belong in philosophy unless there was some philosophical reasoning involved}

I second this. :confused:

Wrong forum, thread closed.

The Jews by the way were sick during the plague, like everyone else.

On September 26, 1348, Pope Clement VI issued a bull in Avignon, Quamvis Perfidiam, denouncing this allegation, stating that “certain Christians, seduced by that liar, the devil, are imputing the pestilence to poisoning by Jews.” This imputation and the massacre of Jews in consequence were described by the Pope as “a horrible thing”. He tried to convince Christians that “since this pestilence is all but universal everywhere, and by a mysterious decree of God has afflicted, and continues to afflict, both Jews and many other nations throughout the diverse regions of the earth to whom a common existence with Jews is unknown (the charge) that the Jews have provided the cause or the occasion for such a crime is without plausibility.”

The emperors Charles IV and Peter IV of Aragon also tried to protect the Jews from the accusation. The physician Konrad of Megenberg in his Buch der Natur stated:
“But I know that there were more Jews in Vienna than in any other German city familiar to me, and so many of them died of the plague that they were obliged to enlarge their cemetery. To have brought this on themselves would have been folly on their part.”

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