The Presents of Moshiach

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A couple of days ago, a friend of mine shared a post on Facebook from a gerring page. It was about Rabbi David Katz’s recent visit to Chicago to share his wisdom with his gerrings. I usually just chuckle at these posts, but this one seemed to imply that I was the reason for many of the woes of the Noahide movement, and I felt compelled to reply. Here is the post in full:

Chicago: A Ger Perspective

Last Shabbat the heavens shook from the events that took place in Chicago. Simcha Ben Avraham hosted a wonderful Shabbat with 10 Jews and 10 Gerim in Chicago. The words of Tehillim during this Shabbat never rang so true, “how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity”. It truly was a night of unity around the Shabbat table and the presents of Moshiach filled the whole room. The revelations kept pouring out as Mike and I the next morning in the Shul were both inundated with with feelings of the true purpose of the Ger as the haftarah was being read. Such an incredible experience has lead me to contemplate my whole experience as a non Jew seeking HaShem over the last 16 years. Something very profound stood out to me in my memories as I contrasted the overwhelming sense of unity I witnessed just a few days earlier and with the argumentative history that surrounded my experience of being a Noahide. As a Noahide there never seemed to be a moments peace between the different Noahide groups. Vendyl Jones was constantly struggling with the criticisms of other Noahides. Noahide Nations was in battle after battle with fellow Noahides. Before there was Ger to argue with Alan Cecile argued with other Noahides. The arguments, in fighting and back hitting is the most predominate memory I have in the 9 years I experienced Torah as a Noahide. As I reflect over the last few years of my Torah journey as a Ger there is no memories of deferent Ger groups arguing. Everyone who truly “Gets Ger” seems to get along. The Jews who “Get Ger” have a beautiful relationship with the Ger, which embraces the unity and friendship that is born out of a mutual trust for one another. What made Chicago a historic event was the realization and truth of the eternal bond between the Jew and the Ger as described in Rabbi Chaim Clorfene and Rabbi David Katz’s book “The World of the Ger”. In retrospect, I can only conclude that the word Noahide, which was established in the exile outside of Torah harbors a argumentative nature as we can still see today, but the word Ger comes from the Torah and is from the spirit of redemption as we can clearly see in the unity we experienced in Chicago.

I would like to break this post down line by line.

“Last Shabbat the heavens shook from the events that took place in Chicago.”

I think this is a slight exaggeration. I didn’t hear anything on the news about any heavens shaking.

“Simcha Ben Avraham hosted a wonderful Shabbat with 10 Jews and 10 Gerim in Chicago.”

This Sincha Ben Avraham is the person who calls us “No-No Hides.” “I was telling her how the no no hide groups treat their students like torahless servants (not my own opinion even those in my community have said this) but the ger group is a family…” (This was a reply in the comments section to the above post.)

“The words of Tehillim during this Shabbat never rang so true, ‘how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity’. It truly was a night of unity around the Shabbat table and the presents [sic] of Moshiach filled the whole room.”

See picture above.

“The revelations kept pouring out as Mike and I the next morning in the Shul were both inundated with with [sic] feelings of the true purpose of the Ger as the haftarah was being read.”

Feelings. This is one of the problems with the religious gerring movement—it’s all about feelings rather than duty and obedience. As I have said before, the Torah is about correct action, not correct feelings.

“Such an incredible experience has lead [sic] me to contemplate my whole experience as a non Jew seeking HaShem over the last 16 years.”

An emotional religious experience. I should add that while I am in no way opposed to emotional religious experiences, I do have a problem when these experiences become an end to themselves instead of a means to an end.

“Something very profound stood out to me in my memories as I contrasted the overwhelming sense of unity I witnessed just a few days earlier and with the argumentative history that surrounded my experience of being a Noahide.”

In contrast to what? The Jews? You don’t think they argue?

“As a Noahide there never seemed to be a moments [sic] peace between the different Noahide groups.”

Click HERE to see a webpage by the Yehudim Neged Chabad— Jews Against Chabad. (Mind you, this is a Jewish webpage run by Jews about other Jews, and it is far more vitriolic than anything I’ve ever written about Chabad.) Why Noahides think that, as long as they are being led by this or that Jewish group, that there won’t be division (since the Jews themselves are so divided) is something I have never understood.

“Vendyl Jones was constantly struggling with the criticisms of other Noahides.”

Not really clear what he meant. Was Vendyl struggling with people criticizing other Noahides, or other Noahides criticizing him?

“Noahide Nations was in battle after battle with fellow Noahides.”

This statement becomes clearer with the next sentence.

“Before there was Ger to argue with Alan Cecile [sic] argued with other Noahides.”

Obviously, the real reason for the dissension among the Noahides is none other than myself. I’m the fly in the Noahide ointment. Were it not for my constant haranguing, the Noahides would be one big happy family, agreeing on everything (according to the above post.)

“The arguments, in fighting and back hitting is [sic] the most predominate memory I have in the 9 years I experienced Torah as a Noahide.”

Back hitting? I have been trying to keep the Noahide movement on the right track for the past 30 years. For some reason, many Noahides want to do everything except the Seven laws.

“As I reflect over the last few years of my Torah journey as a Ger there is no memories [sic] of deferent [sic] Ger groups arguing.”

Since it is obvious that the goal of the Noahide is to not argue rather than be obedient to the Seven Laws, right?

“Everyone who truly “Gets Ger” seems to get along.”

Everyone at a Ku Klux Klan cookout seems to get along as well. That doesn’t mean they’re supporting the right cause.

“The Jews who “Get Ger” have a beautiful relationship with the Ger, which embraces the unity and friendship that is born out of a mutual trust for one another.”

Unless a non-Jew is on a conversion track, things such as keeping Shabbat with Jews, as well as dining and hobnobbing with Jews, is halakhically forbidden. The non-Jew is doing neither himself nor the Jew any favors by socializing together in this manner.

“What made Chicago a historic event was the realization and truth of the eternal bond between the Jew and the Ger as described in Rabbi Chaim Clorfene and Rabbi David Katz’s book ‘The World of the Ger’.”

What made the gerring gathering in Chicago an event was that Noahides were asked to believe in spirituality and kabbalah instead of the halakha of the Seven Laws. Noahides should be studying Sanhedrin 56a–60a or the Sefer haHinnuch instead of The World of the Gerring.

“In retrospect, I can only conclude that the word Noahide, which was established in the exile outside of Torah harbors a argumentative nature as we can still see today, but the word Ger comes from the Torah and is from the spirit of redemption as we can clearly see in the unity we experienced in Chicago.”

That’s like saying, “In retrospect, I can only conclude that the word Jew, which was established in the Babylonian captivity outside of Torah harbors a argumentative nature as we can still see today, but the word Hebrew comes from the Torah and is from the spirit of redemption as we can clearly see in the unity we experienced in Chicago.” The reason we use the word Noahide is because it has been the most common word to describe the Bnai Noah. It certainly sounds better than Torah-observant goy.

A few other observations. As I have posted before, I had met Vendyl thirty years ago. We had many good conversations during the next couple of years. I genuinely liked and admired Vendyl, even though I was critical of his “Plural Covenant” approach; I did not see the value of using the New Testament to teach Noahide Law, and I certainly did not see Jesus as the “Messiah to the Gentiles.” I also was not a fan at his monomaniacal approach to his “archaeology” project. Vendyl had a good bit of P. T. Barnum in him, and he was not above telling some whoppers to acquire funding. For instance, he once told people that he had this electronic gizmo that could detect gold, and it was detecting a gold object (like the lost ark) deep in the cave at Qumran. Lots of people signed up, paid good money to go dig, but of course there was no gizmo and certainly no gold. At any rate, I thought the money could be better spent establishing a Noahide Academy and promoting the Seven laws.

Nearly twenty years later I tried to get Noahide Nations interested in pooling resources to establish a Noahide community. I wanted it to be open to the public, to welcome everyone with open arms à la Abraham. What the other leaders of Noahide Nations wanted was to fence it off, keep people out, and stockpile weapons (“because of prophecy!” they said). My stance on guns was what initially raised the ire of the writer of the above post. I felt that our society was promoting violence, and our proliferation of guns was an example of our Esuvian culture that we needed to change. Also, since Noahide Nations is located in Waco, and the post writer had the opinion that David Koresh wasn’t such a bad fellow, the last thing I wanted was to be involved in a Branch Noahidian project.

As far as the whole gerring thing, I’ve written plenty the past few weeks about it. It’s nothing new; back in the early aughts there was a push by some prominent Israeli rabbis to start a ger toshav movement. The reason was so that these gerrings would be invited to live in Israel, particularly at the borders of the neighboring hostile Arab states and be a buffer (or the first line of defense) in case of an Arab assault. I felt that was a rather cynical use of Noahides, and I thought it would serve Israel better (and certainly the Noahides) to create a large movement here in America to support Israel.

What I see with the gerrings is that they are saying things that make me wonder what the leaders of the gerring movement are really teaching. Here’s a few other comments from that same Facebook page:

One Jew in the group wrote:

“Rabbi Katz asked about the difference between Noahide and Ger. I think the attachment to the Jewish People is the crucial difference. In the Noahide world are many “leaders” who feel they don’t need the Jews or the rabbis. In the Ger world it’s very clear that there is no other way…”

The problem is the gerrings attachment to Jewish religion. This is exactly what rabbis such as David Katz are teaching Noahides in lieu of the Noahide Law.

Another Jew wrote:

“We are all a family here. That’s what frustrates me about the no no’s. They want to break up and/or prevent a relationship from happening whether consciously or subconsciouly… [sic] If you listen to the whole video I posted you will see why chabad is a vessel for getting ger… Something that really offends me about the no-no’s is that they teach that if you want to do mezuzos you have to convert.”

No; what I have been saying is that, unless you convert, all those Jewish mitzvot you are doing means not a thing to Hashem. You’re doing it for your own emotional high. But I do agree that Chabad is the vessel for getting ger. The Chabad are in control of the gerrings.

One of the gerrings wrote:

Then Noahide is JC allover [sic] again.

There is also the disturbing trend of the gerrings calling each other “Brother so-and-so” just like the Christians do. It seems absurd with the gerring preoccupation with Jewish religion that they would say that the Noahides are the ones creating a religion. They also talk about how being a gerring is what makes you “free,” something that sounds too close to what Paul wrote in Galatians to suit my tastes.

And last but not least, a post by none other than Simcha ben Avraham, the one who put this little gerring get together together:

Ger in Chabad Chassidus basic concept: esav is from Tohu. Breaking of the vessels of Tohu fell. Yaakov is from tikkun, he elevated those sparks. Chassidus calls the Sparks geirim. It also says these sparks fell into the nations of the world. The Jew is to elevate those Sparks. Rebbe says spread sheva mitzvos. Chassidus and Kabbalah says sheva mitzvos are the seven lower sefiros I.e the seven middos. We are a nation of kohanim. Aron the kohen lights the menorah. Menorah has seven neros which are the seven middos which are the sheva mitzvos. We are to keep the lights burning Tamid. Tamid means always. Mitzvah for Jew to love Ger. Rashi and other places say because we don’t want the Ger to revert to his ways before he became a Ger. I e we light the menorah and keep the fire going. According to Chabad Chassidus the geirim since they are elevated to klipas noga now can go to places the Jew can’t and elevate those Sparks. This is in the alter rebbe’s maamarim. Can it be any more clear?”

No, it can’t be any more clear.

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