Today marks the 30th anniversary of my becoming a Noahide. To be precise, it is the anniversary I first decided to become an observant Noahide.
My thoughts 30 years on…
When I first heard about the Noahide Laws on August 24, 1985, I was struck by how logical and rational they were. After thirty years of studying them, that first perception has only deepened.
Back in 1985, Vendyl Jones was the only game in town. This was years before any rabbis had gotten involved in the movement. I met Vendyl, read his book, listened to his tapes. However, I was unsatisfied with the Plural Covenant theory he was (at the time) teaching, and decided to go to the source. I contacted Rabbi Emanuel Feldman of Beth Jacob in Atlanta, and he put me in touch with Rabbi Meachem Deutsch, the head of the newly formed Atlanta Kollel. After explaining to him my sincere desire to study Torah and Noahide Law, I was allowed to study at the Kollel where I studied from 1988 to 1990 when the rabbis told me there was really nothing more they could teach me.
I spent the following years organizing study groups, writing articles, and continuing my study on my own. When the internet started becoming popular, I became active in Noahide news alt groups and forums online. I concentrated on writing, and have published three books to date.
There are many more active Noahides today than there were 30 years ago. The movement, on the other hand, is dead in the water due to reasons I will no doubt go into in later blog posts. I have spent several years in hiatus with blogging, but the time has come to start a new blog and a new direction.