The Time of Awakening

A positive article about a possible future for those who embrace the seven laws.

Academy of Shem

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I have detailed in previous posts about the problems with the Noahide movement. In this post, I will offer a solution.

In order to regain control of the Noahide movement, to wrest authority from the rabbis who have turned it into a Jewish sect (or, in the case of the gerrings, a cult), we need to first establish a paradigm for the Noahide Code.

First of all, we need to understand that every man, woman and child who is not Jewish (according to halakha) is a Noahide. That means that every non-Jew is under the Noahide Law whether they accept it or not. This means the issue is not conversion but teshuvah. You don’t have to walk down the aisle and shake the rabbi’s hand to become a Noahide. You already are a Noahide.

The Noahide Law is a moral and legal code. Since the Noahide prohibition of idolatry…

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9 Comments

  1. Elisheva Barre

    There might indeed be a problem (or there seems to be a problem) but if the problem is not correctly defined, you CANNOT offer a solution, and that is certainly not a solution!
    I left the following comment on the Academy of Shem forum, and I will copy/paste it here:

    WOW! For sure Judaism is not a religion in the sense of cult, and for sure there is in Judaism a world view one might call philosophic. But your proposition is unfeasible, not to say… dangerous. I understand your intention is good and as such praiseworthy, but I have to point out to you that you are driving in the wrong direction.
    Indeed, “Reformating the Noahide Code” is denying the format God prescribed and you would not even know of a Noahide Code if the Jewish tradition had not told you of it and kept it… for you!!! The “most hard-boiled atheist” could NOT be following the Noahide Code which is God-given!!! And a “TORAH-based philosophy” CANNOT be “the antethesis of Judaism”!!!
    During history, many have tried to divert the Torah and turn it into other religions (Christianity and Islam), other doctrines (Karaism), and other philosophies (Freemasonry)… it does not work! If you wish an awakening and a future, YOU HAVE TO RETURN TO THE SOURCE!!!!!!!

    • Hi, Elisheva. I’ve re-read the article and it’s hard for me to see a significant problem. The author is not talking of a total divorce from rabbis, Jews and Torah. The fact he keeps quoting rabbis should show that. The issues he raises is control, leadership and interference, turning a moral and legal system into a religion. This is not about teaching and advice. We Gentiles have the responsibility of setting up our own systems and leaders, of learning the law and then taking responsibility and implementing it for ourselves, not under the thumb of rabbis, not by rabbinical edict, not having to rely day-by-day on the rulings of modern rabbis.

      Alan is right when understood in light of what the sages teach and it’s reflected even in Rambam’s expression of the seven laws in Laws of Kings. An atheist who worships no God, doesn’t curse God’s name, doesn’t kill or steal, and doesn’t eat meat taken from a living animal, and doesn’t promote injustice, that atheist is innocent with regards the seven. His life accords with those laws. That does not mean he’s a good person. That doesn’t mean he merits a place in world to come. It simply means he hasn’t broken those laws. So a hard boiled atheist can be innocent of breaking those laws, and in that way is law-abiding.

      Plus, “Torah-based philosophy” doesn’t always equate to “Judaism.” In one understanding “Judaism” isn’t “Torah.” “Judaism” is the word for the Gentile concept of religion: Judaism is a religion, a religion for Jews. Torah is not a religion, it doesn’t fit so well in that Gentile framework of religion, just like Israel is not a typical secular “nation.” It’s more than these artificial words. So “a Torah-based philosophy being antithetical to Judaism” doesn’t mean “reject Torah, sages and rabbis. To me, it means a philosophy antithetical to simply a Jewish religion. The seven laws are neither Jewish, nor are they a religion. In THAT way, they are antithetical to “Judaism.” To me, that doesn’t mean “we don’t need no rabbi.” Jews possess the tradition. But, at least for now, they don’t possess the right to rule or dictate to Gentiles. For now, not even a rabbi can give a Gentile an edict, an authoritative decision about the seven. The Jews’ experience can make them excellent guides and examples, like you are to me, but not in places of leadership over Gentiles.

      The source is Torah. Amongst the educated Jews and rabbis, there are true custodians (not all of them, but they are definitely there). But it is for the Gentiles to learn and then take responsibility for ourselves under our own leadership, not a divorce or separation, but as R’ Hirsch taught in his “law of species,” when Jews keep their laws and we Gentiles keep our laws, we can truly have the kingdom of God.

  2. Elisheva Barre

    Please refer to my reply to Academy of Shem on his blog which relates to most of the points you make here. To which I will add for further clarification:

    “Judaism” is the doctrine (doctrine is a translation of the word “Torah” which has several meanings) that Israel received at Sinai and it includes the Bnei Noah laws. In that sense they ARE “Judaism”, or better said Torah. It will not make the Gentile who observes these laws Jewish because he is not part of the nation which received the Torah, but it will make him dependent on an halachic authority to know what the Torah demands. This does not replace his personal obligation to learn. Learning the BN laws and jurisdiction enables those Gentiles who wish it to understand the principles, philosophy and workings of their Law, and that in turn should enable them to choose knowingly each one his own rabbi where and when there is a need for one.
    Since there is no framework today for the implementation of the Noahide laws, and since these laws cannot be “exported” into another system of government not ruled by Torah, each person is left to be his own leader!
    Be an example for the society you live in? For sure!

    • Jews have no authority over Gentiles. There is no such thing as “a halachic authority for Gentiles” at the very least in this day and age. Gentiles must not be too dependant on Jews or rabbis. Although it’s today necessary for Gentiles to learn the framework from rabbis, it is necessary for Gentiles to become responsible to make decisions on our own. As gerim toshavim don’t exist today, there’s little point in bringing them up.

      Judaism isn’t Torah, speaking with exactness. Judaism is a religion. The Torah is not religion. The seven laws are definitely not religion.

      I question the notion of “finding my own rabbi.” I may need a teacher, but that need not be a rabbi.

      I’ve seen the discussion between you and Alan. You both have different and conflicting points of view. Not surprising. You have both shown me a lot.

  3. Elisheva

    Jews have no authority over Gentiles IN FOREIGN LANDS.
    If Gentiles want to learn their laws, the meanining of their laws, and the condtions of their application, they DO need halachic authority. ONLY concerning civil and financial matters does the Torah leave it up to them to decide (so Alan can try to reform THESE laws of his own country, but that would NOT be introducing Torah laws since the Torah leaves these laws up to the Gentiles for their own society).
    “Judaism” IS Torah for the very simple reason that the Torah is the DOCTRINE of the Jewish people. This doctrine (Judaism) includes a legislation for BN.
    Someone you consult concerning the BN laws has to be a scholar who knows these laws. You are not in a position to know who does and who doesn’t, so it is a difficult choice. As I said before, the Halacha commands that in case of doubt whether something is permissible or not, one has to REFRAIN (so is it for Jews too, who have to bring a sacifice called “Shgagah” in case they did not refrain and MIGHT have, for instance, eating non-kosher meat).
    Alan has book knowledge. He does not have Torah knowledge.

    • Three questions.

      1) specifically which halakhah commands what to do in cases of doubt? Could you either both quote it and give a reference accessible to me, or could you just give the reference so that I can check.

      2) is it one of the seven laws? If so, which one? If not, what gives it force amongst Gentiles?

      3) you mentioned halakhic authority. Now the word “authority” is used in different ways, one referring to the right someone has to command another, and the other referring to expertise, but with no such right to impose one’s will upon another. It’s similar to the difference between the relationship between a parent and a young child, and that of a doctor and a patient. When you use the term “halakhic AUTHORITY,” which meaning of authority are you using?

  4. Elisheva

    1) Rambam, Laws of the Shegagah Sacrifice. As I resumed it here for you.
    2) It is not one of the seven BN laws, since BN have no other sacrifice than the good-will offering (Olah). But the PRINCIPLE is applicable in case BN have a doubt.
    3) Halachic authority derives from Sinai, when Moses ordained 70 judges, and the Torah commands to “go up to Jerusalem” (Dvarim 17:8 & following) where the High Court sits to receive judgment there for their questions. Today we do not have a Sanhedrin, but the tradition received at Sinai concerning the Written and Oral Law was maintained throughout generations, by our Rabbis who are our Halachic authorities. That we have many trends and differences of opinions concerning the Law does not uproot this principle. This authority applies to Gentiles (BN as Resident Strangers) ONLY in our land. Gentiles outside of the land may seek personal advise and guidance from any Rabbi. It does not mean a rabbi “imposes” anything a) because Israel never claimed sovereignty over foreign lands b) because a rabbi has no power to enforce and therefore punish trangressions.
    If this is not clear, ask some more clarification.

  5. Hrvatski Noahid

    May you, your family and your readers be inscribed and sealed for a good year. May we see better and happier times.

    • You too. Have a glorious and blessed year!

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