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Why the Jews should not be trusted, nor should any faith be placed in their deeds

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The Jews claim and maintain that Christians do not have sound minds. Others Jews claim that they follow both the Law of Moses and that of Christ and that there is no problem following both of them but that this is in fact a way to obtain many indulgences. Notwithstanding this, they most commonly hold the Law of Christ in mortal abhorrence. Their greed is such that both King João II of Portugal, into whose power they placed themselves as slaves, and King Manuel ordered that their children should be handed over to Christians so that their parents should not teach them Judaism. In the Talmud, they also state that every time the Jews enter the synagogue to worship their God, He tears out His beard and hair out of regret, bemoaning the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the Jews without being able to render succour onto them.

Keywords: Christians; Jerusalem; Jews; Judaism; King João II of Portugal; King Manuel; Law of Moses; Talmud

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