Project Genesis

Judaism and Non-Jews

Goy, Non-Jew, or Gentile

Question: I have some Jewish acquaintances who refer to me as “Goy” because I am a non-Jew. As I understand, “Goy” has an edge of insult to it. Am I correct in this understanding? Is Gentile the “polite” term for a non-Jew?

Answer: The word, “Goy,” means a nation. Israel is called a “Goy” many times in the Torah. But, you are correct, that in today’s manner of speaking the word has a slight negative connotation to it. Gentile or non-Jew would be much better terms.

All the Best,
Rabbi Azriel Schreiber

3 Follow-ups »

No published follow-up questions.

We respond to every follow-up question submitted, but only publish selected ones. In order to be considered for publication, questions must be on-topic, polite, and address ideas rather than personalities.


Powered by WordPress