The Talmud supersedes the Old Testament in the mind of the Orthodox Jew. The Talmud is a codification of the oral law rabbis insisted was passed down from Moses, and was put into written form by a succession of rabbis between the 3rd and 6th centuries. Only the oral law existed at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, but it was the same law that would later be put into written form. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” Jesus answered: “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:2-3). Jesus continued by pointing out one of the ways in which the oral tradition directly contradicted the 5th commandment (“You shall honor your father and mother.”) He concluded His response by quoting the prophet Isaiah: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you saying, ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
The following are quotations taken from the Talmud:
“If a Jew murders a *goy there will be no death penalty.” - Sanhedrin 57a
“If you eat with a goy, it is the same as eating with a dog.” - Tosapoth, Jebamoth 94b
“Even the best of the goyim should be killed.” - Soferim 15
(* Goy [pl., goyim] is a Yiddish word for a Gentile, or non-Jew. The word didn’t exist when the Talmud was first written; it is the word used in the English version of the Talmud.)
The following statements were all added to the oral law when it was codified. They demonstrate the hatred Orthodox Jews have for Jesus:
“Yashi’ (a derogatory term used for Jesus, or Y’shua, which was His Hebrew name) is in hell being boiled in hot excrement.” - Gittin 57a
“She (referring to Mary, the mother of Jesus] who was the descendant of princes and governors played the harlot with carpenters.” - Sanhedrin 106a
“Christians who reject the Talmud will go to hell and be punished there for all generations.” - Rosh Hashanah 17a
Paul, himself a Jew and a former Pharisee who was intimately familiar with the oral law, wrote the following:
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, ‘The man who does those things shall live by them’.” - Romans 10:1-5.
Sadly, the Orthodox Jew of today is in the same position as the Jews of which Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago. As Peter said to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men [i.e., no other name but Jesus] by which we must be saved.”
In spite of the hatred of the Orthodox Jew for Christ and Christians, we have been instructed to, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you." (Psalm 122:6). Israel still holds a special place in the heart of God--as Jesus said to the woman at the Sychar well, "Salvation is of the Jews", meaning God's means of salvation for mankind would spring from the Jews in the Person of Christ.