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In his most recent blog post, the Fatz made the comment that Noahism is a new religion.”

For Fatz and his herd, this is what the Noahide Law is all about. A New Religion. It’s all about your personal relationship with God. It’s all about getting a place in Olah haBah, the World to Come. It’s all about mezuzahs and kippahs, about written prayers and keeping Shabbat. What Fatz is teaching isn’t “neo-noahism.” What he is teaching is neo-Christianity. What Fatz has done is to limit the Noahide Law as merely a religious doctrine. Look at the language he uses, using terminology such as righteous and akum to describe the Noahide.

So why is this so wrong?

Less than 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish. The rabbis who are involved in the Noahide movement all focus their teaching of Noahide Law as how it relates to Israel and the Jews. In other words, the rabbis focus on .2% of the population and ignore the other 99.8%. Of course, that is all Jews, orthodox and secular. Since orthodox Jews only make up about 10% of all Jews, then that figure drops to .02%. In other words, the rabbis are teaching Noahides only how the Noahide Code interacts with .02% of the world’s population, ignoring 99.98% of mankind.

If you go online and peruse the “official” Noahide websites (read: the rabbinic-led websites), you will notice that, in every case, the teaching is all about Judaism. The goal, according to these websites, is to lead the non-Jew towards spirituality and religion.

I have never, EVER, said that spirituality was a bad thing. What I have always said was: spirituality has nothing to do with the Noahide Law. 

Topics like the mezzuza, giving meat, Shabbos Goy, etc. come up often, creating awareness and arousing the same burning question each time. 

Fatz is right. The burning question that always pops into my mind is—why is Fatz and the other rabbis teaching Judaism instead of Noahide Law?

Please take note that the majority [if not all] of my original content that takes aim against neo-noahism is in response to content from Ask Noah and Pirchei Shoshanim, as the majority of Noahides subscribe to and share their teachings on the internet and social media. 

It’s not just one rabbi. It’s all of them—all of the rabbis who are involved in the Noahide movement.

The problem is that the rabbis, for all of their knowledge of Torah, are incapable of teaching “authentic Noahism” from “authentic Torah sources.” The reason is, of course, that Noahide Law—authentic Noahide Law—has nothing to do with religion. There is no commandment for a non-Jew to “believe” in God. Only the negative prohibition of worshiping any other god(s). According to “authentic Torah sources,” the Noahide Law is, by our modern understanding, “secular.” Think Constitution. Our entire legal system. This is what the Noahide Law is all about. Not prayers. Not keeping kosher. Not putting up mezuzahs. Not wearing little beanies with gerring stitched upon them. In other words, Noahide Law is not about Judaism. But Judaism is what the rabbis know, and Judaism is what the rabbis teach.

You see, mankind has a choice. You can choose to do what Hashem wants, follow HIS plan. Or, you can be like the gerrings, selfishly turning your back on authentic Torah-true Noahide Law in order to create a religion, a cult, a Shabbat goy version of Judaism.

There is also the problem of so many Jews—especially rabbis—who use their influence to get Noahides to vote for a particular political candidate. Their criteria is simple: they back the candidate who is more likely to favor Israel.

Not that I disagree with supporting Israel, but Psalm 146:3 comes to mind: Do not rely on noble men, nor on a human being who holds no salvation.

The reason this is wrong is that, all too often, the candidate who supports Israel is usually a “conservative Republican” in the parlance of modern political jingoism. The result is a government that creates more economic inequality, which is destructive to our society. In other words, the Jews are teaching Noahides to focus on the .2% and who cares about the other 99.8%. Our planet, our civilization, our very existence is in peril. The world needs the Noahide Law. But the rabbis are instead focusing on mezuzahs.

Now we come to the nexus of the problem [pay attention, gerrings]: what Fatz and the other rabbis are teaching is a violation of halakha.

There is a teaching in the Talmud that no rabbi will teach, that no rabbi I’ve known has ever taught or even likes to talk about. It is about the Noahide Law. It is found in Bava Metzia 90b. In a nutshell, it says that a Jew is halakhically forbidden to interfere with a Noahide’s observance of the Noahide Law. It violates the mitzvah of do not put a stumbling block before the blind (Vayikra 19:14).

What Fatz and the others are doing is exactly that: putting a stumbling block before the blind. They are teaching Judaism and calling it Noahism. They have turned it into a religion. Even for those who aren’t doing this for personal profit, they are still only focusing on the .2%. And they and their merry little band of gerrings and messianic chabadniks criticize any attempt to teach authentic Torah Noahide Law, i.e., the Seven Laws as the Talmud teaches; a secular legal system.

Jews could (and should) interact with gentile society in order to fulfill their ultimate world-historical mission: to be a nation of priests and a light unto the nations. As this was the primary purpose of the nation of Israel, the purpose of the Children of Noah was to observe the Noahide Laws, not simply to be the vehicle for individual salvation, but to create a safe, peaceful, and just society so Israel could do its job. This is why it is imperative that Noahides concentrate their efforts of observance on the halakha of the Seven Laws instead of spending their energy trying to imitate the Jews and the Jewish service to God.Secular by Design, p. 414.

The Seven Laws of Noah are meant to be all-inclusive. In other words, it is a law for the Children of Noah. Not just for those who “believe,” or those who follow a certain rabbi, but for ALL the Children of Noah, all Seventy nations. The Noahide Code is a secular system. By Design. For the rest of the 99.8% of the population that the rabbis ignore. Just something to ponder this week over your apples and honey.

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The Skinny on the Fatz

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Looks like the Gerringmeister is at it again, trying to justify his meshuggah plan to turn the Noahide Code into a religious Jewish sub-sect. Let’s look at the latest round of nonsense (Fatz’s comments are in bold italic. For the entire article, click HERE.)

Modern [invented] Noahism is a contemporary man-made religion. In the post Vendyl Jones – era, Noahides are being rounded up to conform to a secular neo-noahism.

Um, first you say we’re starting a religion, then you say we’re pushing secularism. Make up your damn mind.

I would like to point out what I consider to be a core issue of neo-noahism.

Who cares what you think? You’re not a Noahide. You obviously have no clue about the Noahide Law; you say it’s a “religion.”

Neo-noahism has created a special distinction for non-Jews by referring to them as akum.

Sorry Fatz, but that is YOUR designation. What we teach is that there are only two categories: Jews and non-Jews. And for both, they are either observant or non-observant. And the Noahide Law is about observance, not belief. It’s that simple. [For example, Fatz likes to talk about shittuf, a key component in the Christian belief system. Nevermind that the entire organized religion of Christianity is prohibited under Noahide Law; let’s just talk about one component of the belief system.]

But there is an elephant in the room.

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He really set himself up for that one, didn’t he?

Before continuing, I would like to point out that up to now we have not given any source text [Hebrew original] and we have described him purely from opinions and colloquial terms.

If it is “source text” Fatz wants, let’s give it to him.

So Hashem God banished him from the Garden of Eden—Bereishis 3:23

Therefore you are cursed more than the groundBereishis 4:11

God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them; and behold, I am about to destroy them from the earth.—Bereishis 6:13.

And Hashem dispersed them from there over the face of the whole earth.—Bereishis 11:8

But Hashem afflicted Pharaoh along with his household with severe plagues because of the matter of Sarai, the wife of Abram.—Bereishis 12:17

For we are about to destroy this place; for their outcry has become great before Hashem, so Hashem has sent us to destroy it.—Bereishis 19:13.

And God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold you are to die because of the woman you have taken; moreover she is a married woman.”—Bereishis 20:3.

Goodness me—looks like there was a system in place to discern between right and wrong behavior before there was a Torah text, or even before there were Jews. There was no Hebrew text during the events of Bereishisonly Oral Law.

If it happens to be technically correct in some areas, it is not intentional to the point where we can draw conclusions.

Sure there is! The conclusion is that Fatz is milking the clueless Noahides for whatever he can get out of them by pulling this gerring nonsense out of his ample tuchas.

And please keep in mind this is all English. Also keep in mind, this is how Noahides today are being taught – in this style and format.

Well, of course it’s in English. What does Fatz want us to teach it in, Swahili? Yes, a working knowledge of Hebrew is nice. But it is not necessary for the common, run-of-the-mill Noahide.

They are not presented with anything deeper, more authentic, Hebrew, nor made aware of the bigger picture going on in this discussion [according to Torah].

Now, here’s the part that ticks me off. If you want “deeper, more authentic” then you need to be teaching the primary source text for the Noahide Law: Sanhedrin 56a–60a. Noahides should be studying this part of the Talmud. But rabbis like Fatz don’t want Noahides to study this “deeper, more authentic” part of the Torah since the Noahides would figure out that this gerring nonsense is just that: nonsense. The Talmud is very clear: the Noahide Law is presented as a legal code, not a religion. It’s all about what a non-Jew can be held culpable for in a beis din, or a Jewish/Noahide court of law. The only thing about “religion” is the warning in Sanhedrin 58b that a Noahide who observes the Sabbath is deserving of death.

Then the Fat One goes off on a long tangent to “prove” his “akum” theory. But there is one major flaw in his argument: the argument in question—about whether a non-Jew can affix a mezuzah to his doorpost—this argument has absolutely nothing to do with the Seven Laws of Noah. Fatz’s argument is all about Judaism, not the Noahide Law. If you want a discussion about Noahide Law, pick an issue that falls under the jurisprudence of the Seven Laws. The problem is, if you do that, then the difference between a Noahide and a gerring becomes moot. There is no difference between the two, halakhically speaking.

Looking over Fatz’s poorly thought-out blog post, it is clear that there is nothing in it to enlighten one about the Seven Laws or their obligations. It is simply more nonsense from a rabbi who likes to violate the commandment of do not put a stumbling block before the blind (Bava Metzia 90b.) Our society is falling apart, our currency is about to implode, our capitalistic system is going into a death spiral, the environment is going haywire, our government is desperately trying to start another war to keep our military-based economy going, but heavens to Betsy, let’s talk about mezuzahs!

There is absolutely nothing to prevent a Noahide from adding additional mitzvot to their daily routine (as long as they are observant of the Seven.) The plain-ol’ Noahide can do anything the gerring can do. There is no halakhic difference between a “Noahide” and a “Gerring” as far as observance goes. The only difference—the ONLY difference between a “Noahide” and a “Gerring”—is that unless you are a “Gerring,” the Fatz won’t be nice to you.

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The Heads-up Gerring

If there is one person who exemplifies the gerrings, it’s James Rogers. James is the sort of guy Julie Brown would go for. James just loves to voice his opinions, particularly on subjects he knows little about (such as the Seven Laws.)

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Wow. What a classy guy! As you can see, James is neither a logical nor a rational person. He acts, talks and, most importantly, thinks like a Christian. His responses are typically emotional. It wouldn’t be so bad except that poor James doesn’t have much knowledge about the Seven Laws.

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Sorry, James, but Fatz is a clown. He is using the Torah as a spade, and he’s filling the Noahide garden with nothing but holes. In your case, if we gave letter designations, you would certainly earn the designation of an “A” hole. [That’s one of the major differences between us; I insult with wit and aplomb.]

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Well, James, we certainly have a clue as to what you are.

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“A relationship with their Creator.” Really? It’s a relationship, not a religion? What’s next, that I teach that you can go to heaven by works and not faith? As you can see, James is still stuck in his Christian mind-set. He still thinks in terms of Christian theology. No, James. It’s not about a “relationship.” That is what Christians teach. The Noahide Law is about obedience. And that is obviously something that is way beyond your understanding.

“His history with Jews is meaningless and doesn’t need to be addressed.” Here we see the double standard. In another post he said, “Rabbi David Katz is my friend.” I fail to understand why my relationship with Jews is meaningless but your relationship is so important. And I studied in a kollel, not a yeshiva. Please learn the difference.

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First of all, you are not Godfearing. If you really were Godfearing, you would be obedient to the Torah. Instead, you ignore the Noahide Law in favor of your cultic gerring theology. As far as your claim of “constantly taking up for atheists,” Proverbs 17:28 comes to mind. Let me paraphrase: It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. That’s a verse you really need to learn.

Let me repeat the same thing I have said for years. There is no positive commandment for a Noahide to believe in God. Zilch. Zero. According to halakha, there is only the prohibition of not worshiping any other god. And this the atheists do. An atheist can be an observant Noahide.

 

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Yes, there is a reason for that. I put my book up online for free years ago. Click the pic for a free copy!

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Stay classy, James.

Now let us turn to this person:

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No, that is not his real picture there in the corner, although you might think it after reading his stuff. But the real concern is the large picture of the Chabad Jewish Messiah who they teach will return from the dead and save everyone. Sound familiar? I’m not going to go over old ground, but keep in mind this person (who I will refer to as Bozo) is Chabad. Here are a few excerpts from his blog:

I know Rabbi Katz and many of these so called “gerrings” personally, but this putz CECEE is just a hermit in the noahide world teaching a secular void of G-d way of living.

It’s a shame Bozo hasn’t read my book. Had he read it, he would find out that it is all about “G-d’s way of living.” It’s called halakha. You know, the stuff Fatz & Co. do not teach.

Yet again, the top dawg of the academy of Shame has no clue what he is talking about. Don’t forget he believes that non jews are designed to be secular, he doesn’t care about halacha or anything jewish.

A Ben Noach is obligated in seven mitzvos, but in regards to dinim, unless he goes before beis din, he is one who is not commanded and does, i.e he is not commanded to not worship shituf, but LIKE a ger toshav, he has rejected shituf. He is Shayich to dinei Torah and Toras Yisroel. Again, he has no clue what he is talking about. He Just keeps sinking lower and lower. He is a fringe noahide. In fact he is what we call your Ben noach stam. He has seven mitzvos, gazunt a heit! He is allowed to be who he is, but he should let those who want to reject shituf, and live a life shayich to dinei Torah and halacha, the ben Noach has Hilchos Melachim 10:10 to rely on,  which puts CECEE’S secular by design theory into the trash.   Maybe he should just do more research. Or live his miserable secular G-dless life and leave those who seek the King find the King without his hate.

A “fringe” Noahide? You sure you don’t mean fridge Noahide? Because that certainly describes a certain gerring rabbi…

I have dealt with these subjects many times over the years. This Messianic Jew needs to look at his own proto-Christian theology.

Stay classy, Bozo.

And last, but certainly not least, we have a little gerring named Sonja Kinzer who sent my daughter a harassing private message (harassing my family? A new low, even for gerrings.)

hello from Maryland. I realized that it’s your father who wrote this terrible piece. As you have probably have seen by my posts, rabbi Katz is a teacher and personal friend of mine and my husband’s. I was so incredibly sad for any person, spewing his kind of Gdless hate. I always hope for better in people. R. Katz is Nothing like that. At all. In all the time I’ve known him, he has never asked for anything. He doesn’t do commentary, he is a copy paste guy. His work is easy to fact check. Is this why you friended me? Do you also hate him and those like him? Me? I just sort of thought you were on a similar journey and that was the commonality we shared. When i first heard that he was your father I about fell over. From your posts (realize we don’t know each other) you are just this glowing mama who has a beautiful little family full of light and love. I have a hard time believing you would share these kinds of venomous sentiments.

Dear Sonja: If you turn on your TV on Sunday morning, you will see all sorts of really friendly, smiling preachers. They are nice and friendly. They have lots of friends, and are quite popular. Since they have friends, should we ignore the idolatry they are teaching? “Oh, yeah, they are teaching idolatry, but heck, he’s a friend of mine and my husband’s!” The issue I have with Fatz is not his degree of friendliness. It’s his violation of halakha, of his misleading gullible Noahides such as yourself. As far as venomous sentiment, it is odd how you can turn a blind eye to the venom you and your gerring buddies are spewing out.

If you want to fact check, then read my book. I cite everything. I back up everything. I have over 1400 footnotes and citations in Secular by Design. I make fact-checking easy. My work is based on halakha, not on some weird interpretation about gerrings that certain rabbis pull out of their ample tuchases.

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The Fatz in the Fire

 

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I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a halakha today!

Well, I see that Rabbi Fatz is currently doing his whirlwind SHOW ME THE MONEY! tour of the USA, milking the clueless Gerrings for every penny they have. Of course he claims he’s not doing it for the money. Yeah, sure. Buy my books! Pay to see my lectures! 

This is what the Noahide Movement has become; simply a means to subsidize rabbis who don’t have what it takes to have their own shul and congregation, rabbis who are teaching Judaism instead of Noahide Law, turning the Noahide Law into a poor-man’s sect of Judaism.

To get an idea of how far afield these teachings are from Noahide Law, let’s look at a sample from one of the clueless gerrings:

Here is a crucial Rambam issue. Acum (idolator) and Nochri ( ben Noach ). These have laws governing them from the Rabbinic point of view. However Ger is neither. So there is no Halacha for the GER. So many think this Is ” making” a new religion. This is the ” orthodox ” view. Since there is no fence, there is no control. This makes the ” orthodox ” scared.GER is not commanded but does. Very ” UNorthodox “. We tend to serve Hashem because we love him. Out of pure desire to please the master of the universe. For this, we are hated. ( a lot). Sometimes you eat the show bread in the Temple, and dance naked. We love the written and the oral. We love the Jew and the land. We want to help not hurt. For a non Jew to feel like this, one would think joy would fill the hearts to those in exile. But since it has been 2800 years since this phenomenon has happened, it is by definition, UN orthodox! But if they don’t accept this briskers, ashkenazi, Chabad, then why would they accept GER? [sic]

Let’s review.

“Here is a crucial Rambam issue. Acum (idolator) and Nochri (ben Noach). These have laws governing them from the Rabbinic point of view. However Ger is neither. So there is no Halacha for the GER.”

Here’s the first problem. “These have laws governing them from the Rabbinic point of view.” Well, isn’t that just spiffy. No halakha for the gerring. That’s because the entire concept of “gerring” is something that a certain rabbi pulled out of his ample tuchas. The reason there is no halakha for gerrings is that the entire concept of “gerrings” is a fictional construct, something that hasn’t existed in two millennia as the vast majority of orthodox rabbis teach. “Gerring” is an extreme minority opinion.

And here’s the crucial Noahide issue: the Noahide Law is supposed to be all-inclusive, not dividing people up into different categories such as “acum” and “nochri.” You’re either a Jew or a non-Jew (Noahide), and if you’re a Noahide, you’re either observant or non-observant. That’s it. The Noahide Code is all about observance, not “belief.” Yes, I know that these are categories in rabbinic writings, but they are meaningless for a Noahide living in a sovereign Noahide state far from Israel. You’re either an observant Noahide, or you’re not observant. Most Americans are obviously non-observant. Certainly the gerrings are non-observant (there is no halakha for the gerring!).

“So many think this Is ” making” a new religion.”

That’s right. It’s simply a sect of Judaism, which is, of course, a violation of Noahide Law. Of course, gerrings are all into Jewish religion which they have plenty of time for since they eschew halakha.

GER is not commanded but does. Very ” UNorthodox “.

Here the gerrings admit that they do not follow the Noahide Law. They follow laws that they are not commanded to keep, i.e. Jewish laws.

We tend to serve Hashem because we love him. Out of pure desire to please the master of the universe.

This would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. So, the gerrings “serve” Hashem because they “love” Him? Gerrings do nothing of the kind. Gerrings serve themselves. If they really wanted to serve Hashem, they would follow halakha as they are commanded. But as we have seen, they don’t follow halakha. They think that by pretending to be Jewish, and keeping Jewish laws, Hashem is going to smile benevolently upon them.

For this, we are hated.

Well, that’s a little strong. I don’t think Hashem hates gerrings, but I’m sure He’s not happy about their non-observance. If gerrings think Hashem will bless them because they keep some Jewish laws and wear gerring beanies, well, they need to go back and read the Tanach.

Sometimes you eat the show bread in the Temple, and dance naked.

And sometimes you run around with a beanie that has GERRING stitched into it, pretending you’re something you’re not.

We love the Jew and the land.

But the gerring doesn’t love Hashem, seeing how they disrespect His Torah by saying they are above halakha.

For a non Jew to feel like this, one would think joy would fill the hearts to those in exile.

Well, they are certainly filling the bank accounts of these rabbis who are milking them for all the money they can get. It should be noted that the vast majority of rabbis think that Fatz’s interpretation of Torah is wrong, and his opinion is a very minority opinion.

Of course, the gerrings don’t care about things such as facts. The gerrings I have spoken with have a very narrow and shallow understanding of Torah. Oh, sure, they are good at regurgitating the kabbalistic jargon force-fed to them like a mother bird feeds her offspring her vomit, but they are clueless about the Torah proper, and certainly do not understand the Noahide Law.

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When the Shituf hits the fan

The latest crusade those silly gerrings are doing is Shituf. Shituf is a concept meaning “partnership,” as in the idea of the Trinity. It is a pagan concept, and it rightfully should be rejected, but that is not the problem. The problem is, once again, the dumb gerrings blindly following the orders of those who have no business telling Noahides what to do.

Here’s the problem with the gerring’s “war” on shituf. The gerrings should be focusing on getting rid of Christianity itself, not simply attacking one part of their theology that the gerrings do not agree with. According to halakha, ALL organized religion is prohibited under Noahide Law. And the most dangerous of organized religions are the ones that seem to be Torah-legit, such as Gerringism or Schneersonanity.

But the rabbis do not want us attacking religion, particularly the Dead-Jew-on-a-Stick variety. No, no! they tell us; Jews do not attack other religions. It is against halakha, the rabbis say, and they usually trot out the Dina D’Malkhuta Dina rule to back it up.

Of course, the problem with this argument is that Noahides are not Jews. Noahides are supposed to install a court system that prohibits idolatry and blasphemy, which means organized religion (Noahides are forbidden to create ANY forms of religious worship.) What the rabbis are doing is interfering with the Noahide’s duty and obligations to follow halakha, a clear violation of the halakha of not putting a stumbling block in the path of the blind, as Bava Metzia 90b explains. Not that any of this matters to the gerrings. Like the junkies they are, they simply want their emotional religious fix. It’s bad enough listening to the gerrings drone on about circumcision for the gerrings, kosher food for the gerrings, Yom Tov for the gerrings, Shabbat for the gerrings, prayers for the gerrings; the list goes on and on. The one thing that the gerrings DON’T talk about? The one thing they’re actually supposed to be doing: the Severn Laws.

Chlorine is a Gas

Now we turn our attention to another one of the gerring rabbis, Rabbi Chlorine. Here’s a post from about a month ago where Chlorine tries to use his rabbinic status to push a secular political agenda.

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The 49th gate of spiritual impurity? Don’t ask where he got that bunch of kabbalistic hocus-pocus from. Also, to support Trump just because he’s got a Jewish son-in-law is like telling someone to invest with Bernie Madoff because he’s a Jew. As Mark Twain once said: “The Jews are just like everybody else, only more so.” There are good Jews and bad Jews (like Madoff) just like there are good rabbis, and at the other end of the scale, well, rabbis such as Fatz who are misleading the Noahides for personal gain.

But Hashem jumped in, rewarded America for all of its manifold mitzvoth, tzedaka, kindness to Israel, and Texas…

And what of Harvey, the Texas-sized enema that America is taking up the Brownsville this morning? Chlorine seems to forget that the USA is the flagship of Edom, and just because they support the secular government of Israel (which I doubt Hashem is a big fan of) doesn’t mean we’re gonna have a can of Holy Whoop-ass opened up on us soon.

And brought forth John Donald Trump…

For some reason, Psalm 146:2 comes to mind…Do not rely on nobles, nor on a human being who holds no salvation.

and returned glamour to the White House…

Because, as we all know, what is important is to be glamorous. Not righteous. Right, rabbi?

Many years ago, Rabbi Moshe Kerr had the idea of turning as many goyim as they could into fanatical Noahides, and then inviting them to move into the outer perimeter of Israel so they could be the first line of defense in the likely event of an Arab attack. I mean, hey, there’s seven billion more where they came from, right? But it is this angle, the political angle, that seems to be fueling the rabbinic engine that has turned the Noahide movement into simply an odd Jewish sect, one that will support Israel politically (and militarily, they hope.) I mean, so what that we have a country that supports idolatry, where blasphemy is protected as “free speech,” where an ancient Roman-based legal system is designed to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor, that the environment is being systematically destroyed, that our financial system is about to implode, that our “innovative sovereignty” is about to go out in flames. At least we’ll be glamorous doing it.

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The Idle Smasher

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I did a live internet show the other day (well, I was there. I didn’t participate.) It was a show by one of the Gerrings, and he usually had his Gerring buddies on talking about Gerring stuff. I figured it would be the Beany and Cecil show, since the Gerrings are all into beanies. What happened was hysterical.

The host of the show was apparently unhappy with my previous blog post, “I Get Rachel Dolezal,” and so the entire show was based around bashing my work. [For those of you who want to see the show and hear the ranting and raving for yourselves, click HERE]. Meanwhile, I’ll discuss a few points the person running the Gerring Show made.

“I think the Noahide Code has failed in the West.” [go to the 2:15 mark]. Well, of course it has failed. The rabbis want it to fail. The last thing the rabbis want is for us Noahides to get together and change society for the better. Not that they want society to be left in the horrid state it is in today, but because it was undoubtedly cause problems for the Jews living here, Jews who don’t want to disturb their comfortable lifestyle living in Edom and having to pull up stakes and move to Israel where rabbis are a dime a dozen.

Oh, sure, I can hear it now: “Why are you blaming the rabbis??” Well, the proof is in the pudding. Take the host of this show the other night. He maintains that he wants to schmooze with the Jews, study with the Jews, act like a Jew, etc. But after years of rabbinic teaching, it is painfully obvious that this person knows nothing about the Noahide Code. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

To prove that he knows very little about the Noahide Code, he proceeds to blast it by saying it is nothing more than a Bronze-Age slave law [go to the 3:20 mark]. What is funny is that his rant sounds almost exactly like Paul’s rant in Galatians chapter Four, the very rant about slaves and the law that I had posted in the previous article which he took umbrage against. Nevermind that the host totally misunderstands that this “law of slaves” only applies to Israel in the land of Israel, and was seen by the sages as a way to lift up those poor souls who grew up and lived in a Godless society.

At the 4:00 mark he goes into the “other thing” that bothers him so much: there is no positive commandment to believe in God (in the Noahide Code.) Obviously, he does not like the way the Noahide Code is set up and explained in the Talmud. Like the Christian he once was, that residual contempt for rabbinic teaching comes creeping back into Gerring theology. What he wants is “religion,” not halakha. That’s pretty much the Gerring line; lots of religion, little halakha. Like the proverbial ger tzaddik who goes into the mikvah clutching a dead insect, he just can’t seem to let go of his Christian past. The theology of the church keeps seeping into his Gerring theology. It’s like the Gerrings are addicted to religion.

Then around the 7:45 mark, he shows his ignorance about the halakha of slavery in Israel. “I’m gonna need more than a slave’s dinner! I’m gonna need more than a slave’s lifestyle!” Well, if he understood the halakha of owning a slave, he would have known that a slave must be fed and clothed and treated no different than any other member of the household. What the master eats and wears, so does the slave. Owning a slave was expensive.

At the 8:45 mark he states that we shouldn’t present the Noahide Code as the Seven Laws. He keeps harping about how there is “no spiritual growth in that (Noahide Law).” That’s right. It’s not about spirituality. That’s something an individual can do on their own.

At the 9:00 mark, he goes into another rant: “Why are we using all this Jew stuff for? What the fuck [sic] is that?”

Well, the reason we’re using all the “Jew stuff” is because they are the keepers and teachers of the Torah. The problem with these idle Gerrings is that their view of the “Jew Stuff” is very limited; Rambam, spiritual works such as R’ Luzzatto’s “Path of the Just” and things of that nature. Oh, and of course, works by Chabad rabbis such as The Divine Code to tell Noahides exactly what they can and cannot do according to the rabbis who have no authority or say so over the laws of a non-Jewish state and society. The problem with the Gerrings is that they seem unaware that there is a whole batch of other “Jew-stuff” that teaches a very different view that the narrow one they have been taught.

And he states he’s all angry. Angry about what people are saying about his cult and his rabbinic cult leaders. Well, get over it. You obviously do not understand the Noahide Law. After 20 years of listening to the rabbis, you still don’t understand it.

And there is a good reason for that: the rabbis are incapable of teaching the Noahide Law. I’ve written about this problem on my blogs more than once; it’s not my fault that it isn’t sinking in.

At around the 11:00 mark (click HERE), he compares the teaching of the Seven to Christianity. This is, of course, a total red herring. What we’re teaching isn’t about religion. We’re not teaching about salvation. We’re not teaching about spiritualism and mysticism. That’s exactly what the Gerrings are teaching. Who is like Christianity now?

24 “These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.” Galatians 4:24–26

The host then goes on a bit of a rant at the 12:00 mark about one of his pet peeves, lashon harah, or what he perceives as lashon harah. The host has, in the past, gotten his panties in a wad when his precious gerring rabbis get called out for their misinterpretations. This comes from, once again, a total failure to understand, not just the halakha, but the hashkafa of the Noahide Code. The Torah is clear that, if you see someone violating halakha, you are duty-bound to reprimand them, first in private, and if that doesn’t work, in public. And, yes, you and your gerring buddies violate halakha. Your rabbis that you follow are violating halakha. How can you be cognizant of this violation if you still do not have a clue as to what the Noahide Laws are for? At 18:40 you talk about how you’ve “never bought the Seven Laws,” and your interpretation that, under Noahide Law, it was okay to sucker-punch your mother. As I said, you are clueless. The nonsense the rabbis have been filling your head with has you all turned around.

Who am I to question the rabbis, you ask? Read my book. You state you want to learn. I suggest you start immediately.

 

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I Get Rachel Dolezal

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You remember Rachel Dolezal—the white woman who pretended to be black. She pulled the deception off so well that she actually became the head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, a position she had until she was “outed.” Seems that Rachel wanted to sojourn with and schmooze with Black People.

Funny, but we now have a group that might as well call themselves the Dolezalites. They too want to schmooze, but with the Jews, not the Blacks. This religious group, which can only be properly defined as a cult, calls themselves the Gerrings.

In a recent blog, one of the leaders of the Gerring Cult explained the theology of the Gerring cult [Click HERE]. In his explanation of Gerring theology, he said:

The focal point here, particularly for the Ger, is the verse in Ezekiel 37:28: And the Goyim shall know that I am the Lord (YHVH) Who sanctifies Israel, when My Sanctuary is in their midst forever.
It does not say “all the Goyim,” it says, “the Goyim,” which means some of the Goyim. These are Goyimwho observe the Seven Laws of Noah and have chosen the G-d of Jacob as their G-d, as it says (Isaiah 2:3), “Many peoples shall go and they shall say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the House of the G-d of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths.’”
This is the Ger. This is not the Noahide. And this is not the Ger Toshav. This is only the Ger. What is the difference between the Ger and the Noahide or Ger Toshav? There are four primary differences:
1. Both the Noahide and the Ger Toshav have rejected idolatry, but have not chosen the G-d of Jacob as their G-d. The Ger has rejected idolatry and has also chosen G-d as his G-d.
2. The Ger is Biblical, created by G-d and mentioned in the Torah. The Noahide and the Ger Toshav are rabbinic constructs, legal fictions.
3. The Ger was born in Geulah. The Noahide and Ger Toshav are still in Galut.
4. The Noahide and the Ger Toshav are connected to the Tree of Life through the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Ger is connected directly to the Tree of Life.

Let’s go over these points, one at a time.

#1: “Both the Noahide and the Ger Toshav have rejected idolatry, but have not chosen the G-d of Jacob as their G-d. The Ger has rejected idolatry and has also chosen G-d as his G-d.”

Well, I have no problem with that one. Since a Noahide does not have the commandment to believe in God, then the Gerring moniker is used to describe those who do “believe.” [Note: David Dryden just sent me a rather convincing argument about this. He said, “a gerring isn’t simply the one who acknowledges God. The seven laws simply leaves it open. A non-Jew (or “noahide”) can and should accept God but doesn’t have to. The Gerrings turn an option into a dogmatic statement of faith of a new religion, where, you MUST believe in God.”]

#2: “The Ger is Biblical, created by G-d and mentioned in the Torah. The Noahide and the Ger Toshav are rabbinic constructs, legal fictions.”

Oh dear. Now he’s calling “Noahide” and “Ger Toshav” rabbinic constructs and legal fiction. This is the same claim Christians use against the entire Talmud. What the author is doing is employing Sola Scriptura, the Christian theological doctrine which teaches that the Written Torah (or written Scriptures) are the sole authority. Of course, this undermines his own “authority” since what he is teaching [Gerring theology] has been classified by many other rabbis as a fictional construct.

#3: “The Ger was born in Geulah. The Noahide and Ger Toshav are still in Galut.”

For some reason, this teaching reminds me of a passage in Chapter 4 of the New Testament book of Galatians:

4:21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. 24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:

“Be glad, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband.”

28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”[f]31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

Although a tad different in content, the sentiment is the same. And last but not least:

#4: “The Noahide and the Ger Toshav are connected to the Tree of Life through the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Ger is connected directly to the Tree of Life.”

This statement, along with # 3, flies directly against the logic of what the author said in point #2: “The Noahide and the Ger Toshav are rabbinic constructs, legal fictions.” Oops. Well, that certainly sounds like what points #’s 3 and 4 are, doesn’t it? Rabbinic constructs? Legal fiction? These two points certainly are not clearly spelled out in the Written Torah.

In fact, the whole Gerring theology sounds a bit too much like Pauline Christianity:

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Chatz redeemed us from the curse of the law.” [Galatians 3]

Yes, I’ve read enough of the Gerring’s rants and ravings to understand that the Gerring believes! The Gerrings go way beyond the Law! The Gerrings have faith!

According to Gerring theology, only Gerrings have “salvation” according to their interpretation of the Bible. Only Gerrings “know” God. Sounds sort of familiar, doesn’t it? I’m sorry, but wearing silly little beanies with “Gerring” stitched into them and lighting menorahs doesn’t make you any more Jewish than Rachel Dolezal putting on blackface and curling her hair makes her black. Yes, yes: you want to “schmooze” with Jews. I get it. And these Gerring rabbis have made it clear that your ability to schmooze with Jews depends on how you’re faring with Gerring. In other words, you’re either with the teaching of cult, or against it. And these rabbis won’t be your “buddies” unless you submit to their Gerring interpretations.

Get with the program. The Gerrings are a cult. There is no other way to put it. The only way to “get ger” is to get rid of it. Toss the beanies. The Jews are not supposed to schmooze with non-Jews according to “constructed rabbinic fiction,” or what the rest of us call halakha. You’re not a Jew; you’re a Noahide. Start acting like one.

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What’s Bothering Picklestein?

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And so, once again, a Jew is criticizing me for what I teach, this time saying I’m a hypocrite. Although I have had plenty of criticism over the years (ever since my first book, The Noahide Code, came out), this is the first time I’ve been charged with hypocrisy. I’ve had rabbis I have never heard of calling me up out of the blue (how on earth did they get my phone number?), telling me they do not like my teachings on the Noahide Law. I always had the same response: Exactly what am I teaching that is a violation of halakha? And every time—EVERY TIME, mind you—the rabbis would stutter and stammer and say, “well, erm, no, your teaching is not against halakha…we just don’t like what you’re teaching.” Yep. Not one rabbi has told me that what I teach is against halakha. And now, after years of unfairly criticizing my work and undermining what I’ve been teaching, I’m a hypocrite. Well…

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The argument started when I read about how the gerrings were celebrating Pesach. I pointed out, once again, that observing Yom Tov was no business of the Noahide, and outside the purview of the Noahide Code. Then this Jewish man, whom I had never spoken to before, chimed in, telling me that it was perfectly fine for Noahides to take on extra responsibilities that were not part of the Noahide Law, and that I obviously had inferior knowledge about the subject. He went on to explain that he had been studying Torah much longer than I have, that I had never studied in a yeshiva, and blah blah blah. I looked at his profile, and told him that my youngest son was older than he was, and explained to him that I was studying in a kollel when he was just a gleam in his daddy’s eye. His response you can read above.

I have told the story before, but I will tell it again. In June of 1988 I called Rabbi Emmanuel Feldman at Beth Jacob in Atlanta, and told him I was a Noahide and wanted to learn Torah. He put me in contact with Rabbi Deutsch at ASK, and after I explained to him my predicament (a Noahide who wanted to learn Torah) he admitted me into the Kollel. That was in 1988. By the time I had left a few years later (they told me I had learned the extent of what they thought they could teach me), the Kollels were closed to the non-Jews.
I was the first, and as far as I know, the only Noahide that has been allowed to do this. Years later, as my dissatisfaction with what the rabbis were teaching the Noahides grew, I asked a friend of mine (a rabbi who was sympathetic to my cause) to do a little undercover work for me. He did, and confirmed my suspicions. It turns out the rabbis did come to a consensus sometime in the late 1990s to limit what they would teach Noahides; to stay away from Talmud and halakha and instead feed the Noahides a steady Torah diet of kabbalah and Rambam, limiting Torah for the Noahides in order to keep them under control. Yes, Noahides are not allowed into kollels or yeshivas. I managed to slip in before the ban.
So now let’s look at the charge of hypocrisy.

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I have never tried to represent myself as Jewish (except for obvious satirical purposes, i.e., Rabbi Picklestein). In fact, I have gone out of my way to preserve my goyishness. I do not wear kippahs. I do not keep kosher. I do not observe Yom Tov. I no longer “hang out” with Jews or go to shuls. I make it clear in everything I do that I am not Jewish.

But let’s talk about the real problem with hypocrisy.

I have heard, over and over, that since I’m just a dumb goy, I do not have the knowledge or training to teach Noahide Law to Noahides. I tell them that I indeed do have the knowledge and training. I have asked the rabbis, “why not teach Noahides how to make halakhic decisions for themselves?” They hem and haw and tell me that it has never been done, they don’t know how to approach it, etc. In other words, they keep coming up with excuses as to why the Noahides should not be self-sufficient, so the Noahides can remain under rabbinic control. I have pointed out that the one work that the rabbis refuse to teach Noahides is the Talmud, particularly Sanhedrin 56a–60a, the part which deals with Noahide Law. The rabbis say that the Talmud is off limits to Noahides since it has been misinterpreted in the past to create religion. I understand this argument. What I don’t understand is why the rabbis turn right around and teach religion to Noahides: prayers, keeping Shabbat, Pesach, Succos and other Yom Tov holidays, and eating kosher. It is the rabbis who are turning the Noahide Law into a religion, not me. And then they have the unmitigated audacity to criticize me for telling Noahides to quit trying to keep Jewish religious practices. What I am wanting to teach is a legal system, a philosophy; the Torah sans religion. I have been pointing out for years that there is no positive commandment for non-Jews to believe in Hashem, only the prohibition to refrain from worshiping any other god(s).

In a surprisingly well written and insightful article [CLICK HERE], Rabbi Chaim Clorfene touches on the problem of Noahides and Judaism. It seems that there is a rabbinic loophole about Noahides keeping the parts of the Torah which are for the Jews and the Jews only. But here is the part I have an issue with:

Now, perhaps this Noahide feels unfulfilled by the Seven Laws, which are seven prohibitions, and contain no rituals or traditions. The Seven Laws are really meant for governing societies more than guiding the souls of individuals or families.

What’s bothering me is that the rabbis make absolutely no provision for the many Noahides who are not interested in Judaism at all, but who are instead interested in how to “govern societies” as well as the overall philosophy of the Torah. In other words, those who are interested in a “secular” approach to the Noahide Code. This is something the rabbis are unable and unwilling to do. Yet the rabbis have stymied all attempts to let us teach the Noahide Law in this manner. For many years, I have seen countless people who are interested in this approach turned away, told that “unless you believe in Hashem and submit to rabbinic authority, you cannot become a Noahide.” Instead of presenting the Noahide Code as an all-inclusive teaching for both the spiritual and the secularist, the rabbis insist that only a very narrow demographic, those who are interested in Judaism, can be Noahides. Until the rabbis relent and let us teach the Noahide Law ourselves, teaching it outside the paradigm of Judaism, there will be war.

I would also like to point out one other issue.

Every Gentile can accept upon himself or herself belief in G-d and lead any holy Torah lifestyle he or she chooses – without converting. The Rambam calls them Hasidei Umot HaOlam, which technically means a non-Jewish Hasid, a pious person in the eyes of G-d and the Torah of Moses. Mazal tov!…And  this Hasidic Ger Toshav is included in the Torah’s commandment not to taunt the Ger (Exodus 22:20).

Thirty years ago, I went before three rabbis to proclaim myself a Noahide. I had to do this in order to get into the kollel. I met all the criteria of what these rabbis say is a “Ger.” I was the very first one to do this, as far as I know, for the nascent Noahides at the time were still immersed in studying the New Testament. So if I am a “Ger,” according to their own criteria, why are they violating halakha by taunting me? Talk about hypocrisy…

Selah.

 

 

 

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