Kuntres Mesharetet be-vate Yisrael
Yesterday, I found a little booklet at the library titled Kuntres Mesharetet be-vate Yisrael. It was just published by someone in Monsey. It is devoted to the halakhic issues that arise from having a non-Jewish housekeeper. He deals with laws of kashrut, bishul akum, yihud and touching, Shabbat and Yom Tov, and other miscellaneous laws (it is permitted to give a compliment to a non-Jewish employee; it is forbidden to make a bracha if her hair is uncovered and visible). In the introduction he explains that non-Jews were created in this world in order to serve Jews. This can be proven from the fact that Jewish women have never served in non-Jewish homes, even though the opposite has been true since ancient times. The only difference is that, in the olden days, "Kol kevodah..." and so the balebusta was in the home throughout the day, while now many women leave home for work, and thus all kinds of terrible halakhic mishaps are liable to happen.
That's not what I would have hoped for.
A different perspective, one I also find strange, is that of Abraham Vita Reggio:
For we are commanded not to hate them, just as they are
commanded by their religions not to hate us... and we must also love them,
because if not for them we would become sick and die on winter Shabbatot.
And also because they eat animals which are not kosher, and if not for them, the
earth would be unable to sustain all the non-kosher animals, which are more
numerous than locusts.