Published February-10-06
Ask Rabbi Dan
by Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
  Issue: 7.02
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Dear Rabbi Dan,

I am wondering if you know the origins of the phrase "righteous gentiles"? I have a feeling it is from the Torah, but I don't know.

I am not 100% certain but I believe that it is attributable to either Simon Wiesenthal or Stephen Spielberg. Regardless, however coined the term has created a designation for any person who stood up to the Nazis at grave risk to him/herself.

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