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.