Cognitive Dissonance and Noahide Law
Another article of Alan Cecil that challenges the reader to know our obligations and be responsible in our own native communities.
Leon Festinger (1957) proposed cognitive dissonance theory, which states that a powerful motive to maintain cognitive consistency can give rise to irrational and sometimes maladaptive behavior. [From simplypsychology.org]
Twenty–eight years ago, when I was studying in the Atlanta Kollel, I had a conversation with one of the rabbis. I discussed with him about the halakha concerning sacrifices, and how a Noahide was permitted to build an alter anywhere and offer a korban olah. The rabbi was flabbergasted. He explained that, even though he understood the halakha about the Noahide law, he told me that he simply could not wrap his mind around the concept of building an alter and offering sacrifices since it has been forbidden by Jewish halakha since the destruction of the Temple. This was the beginning to my understanding that there was a difference between Noahide law and Jewish law—sometimes a vast difference—and…
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