Numerous sources indicate the caring that Judaism demonstrates for all non-Jews in general. For example, the special prayer of praise recited on every festival by Jews is called Hallel
. On every festival all the numerous paragraphs (from the Psalms) are chanted. However, on the last six days of Passover, two paragraphs are omitted and only “half Hallel
” is recited. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 490:4.
Why are these paragraphs of praise omitted? The Talmud answers that since the Egyptians drowned at the end of the original Passover, it would be inappropriate to sing praise of G-d. However, these were the Egyptians who murdered and tortured thousands of Jews, who kept Jews enslaved with backbreaking work for two hundred ten years? Nevertheless, says G-d, every human being is His creation and we must be sad when a human life is lost, even that of an enemy. Megillah 10b
This is also why Jews remove ten symbolic drops at the Passover seder
, to deny a full cup of joy, as many Egyptians suffered through the Ten Plagues. Since non-Jews are creations of G-d, they also have within them the Divine Image given to every human being. See also discussion at Numbers 29:12-36. AMEMEI 192
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