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Goy (plural Goyim, adjective Goyish) is a derogatory Yiddish and Hebrew word for non-Jews (especially Europeans), therefore people with little or no worth, applied as servants or slaves. The expression used against Gentiles as a form of contempt. Many Jews also use this word to negatively refer to Christians.


Long before Roman times, when used alone, goy had acquired the meaning of someone who is not Jewish. Goy is part of some combination terms associated with the Jews as the "chosen people", goy gadol ("great nation"), goy kadosh ("holy nation"), and goy ehad b'aretz ("a unique nation upon the earth!"). Rabbi Ovadia Yosef described the meaning of the word in 2010:[1]

Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel. In Israel, death has no dominion over them… With gentiles, it will be like any person – they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant… That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew. Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created.

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