“If you think a Ger is a real thing, you might be a redneck!”

One thing that always struck me when reading the New Testament—the “followers” of the Jeezer were hicks. Rubes. Israel’s version of rednecks. Even the so-called “leaders” of the early Jeezer movement—Peter and John—were described in Acts 4:13 in the Greek as “agrammatoi idiotai,” literally “illiterate idiots.”

Christianity has always been popular with those who are on the wrong side of the Bell Curve, as well as for those who lack critical thinking skills. As Tertullian said, “I believe because it is absurd.”

Way to use logic, Tertullian. “I believe because it is absurd.” Sounds about par for Christianity.

Now, I have nothing against honest working country people. But there has always been something about Redneck Christianity that has bothered me, a mixture of arrogance and ignorance that defies all attempts at logic and reason. “Ah don’ care what yew say is in the Bible; ah’m a-gonna believe what ah want ter!”

And now there is a new cult that seems to be attracting the redneck element: the Gerrings. So, in the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy, here are a few points to ponder.

  • If you think that calling yourself Ger is better than being called a Noahideyou might be a redneck.
  • If you think wearing a knit beanie with “GER” stitched on it is part of God’s plan for Noahidesyou might be a redneck.
  • If you think using terms such as akum and nochri to describe other Noahides who you believe are inferior to you—you might be a redneck.
  • If you think keeping Jewish mitzvot which are not commanded to Noahdies (such as Shabbat and eating kosher) gets you special spiritual brownie points from Hashem—you might be a redneck.
  • If you think slavishly following rabbinic minority opinions (such as gerrings) will get you a front seat in Olam haBah, even if they go against the Noahide Law—you might be a redneck.
  • If you think that being a Jew Wanna-be puts you on a higher spiritual plane—you might be a redneck.
  • If you think that turning the Noahide Law into a Gerring religious cult is what Hashem wants—you might be a redneck.
  • If you think that the Noahide Law is meant for a narrow demographic of ex-evangelical religious types rather than it being an all-inclusive teaching for all non-Jews—you might be a redneck.

 

Selah.

 

 

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The Catch in the Rye Vid

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The rabbis have been exercising their authority over Noahides for many years now, telling Noahides what they can and cannot do. And Noahides think, Gee, they’re RABBIS!! They know more about the Torah than we do! We should obey them! But there’s a catch to their authority.

Here’s the catch:

Both Raavad and Ramban were of the opinion that Israel cannot enforce the Noahide Law upon neighboring nations that Israel conquers militarily, let alone Gentile nations over which it has no control (cf. Raavad on Malachim 6:1 and Issura Beah 12:7–8; Ramban’s commentary on Bereishis 26:5, Devirim 20:1, 11; Tosafot Avoda Zara 26b). 

Basically, what both Raavad and Ramban are saying is that the rabbis have zero authority over Noahides outside of the Land of Israel. That’s right: zero authority. Zilch. And remember! “The Raavad is the halakha .”

So if the Rye-vid makes it clear that the rabbis do not have the authority to tell Noahides what to do, why are rabbis such as David Katz so hell-bent on doing just that, and using Raavad as an authority to do so?

The hubris of this attitude can be seen in a recent post by none other than Katz himself.

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I received a comment that contained the following quote: “But, one must consider that a yeshiva student is in yeshiva specifically to learn the languages and the sources in their original context.” My response is, a) I was in yeshiva for over a decade, point is self-explanatory b) to what end is one to learn the languages and the sources in their original context? Some who are in the translating field take their Hebrew scholarship and plug it into a sub-par English domain, while others educate from the original playing field. While it has become socially acceptable to turn Torah text into vulgar essays, I have chosen to educate and inform the masses about the Hebrew Torah text in its preserved state. Artscroll is a crutch to the rookie in town, but to the Torah Scholar it is of detriment, and would be seen as shoddy scholarship if a top scholar relied on an Artscroll translation to prove a point. Not because of a crutch or social stigma, but rather because Torah scholars are able to read the cover of an Artscroll Talmud which says ‘as an aide to Torah Study’ realizing it does not say as a ‘replacement’ [theology] for Torah Study. English simply is not a replacement of Loshon Hakodesh on any level. It isn’t Holy Tongue, and it will always create a ‘miyut’ [this or that] as opposed to an encapsulation of ‘ribui’ [inclusion as opposed to exclusion] the Torah concept that says any ‘thing’ can have multiple meanings simultaneously. In closing per force, I am not of the online group seeking to simply make Torah available for an English Speaking Public, i.e. an internet mixed multitude, rather what I teach is a part of an online global Yeshiva Community to which I seek to educate with the above quoted dictum: “a yeshiva student is in yeshiva specifically to learn the languages and the sources in their original context.” Thus anyone wishing to argue on point, should then by logical right engage on the language appropriate level. To remain in an English playing field is to enter into what the rabbis call ‘Lefi Pshuto’ whereas to discuss and educate Torah in the languages and the sources in their original context is to think and speak in the realm of the true sages in a pure state i.e. one not of a vulgar backdrop. Let me be perfectly clear: I engage in the subtleties of Torah and its text, as opposed to the obvious, simple, and limited contrived English-rendered understanding derived from vulgar text. To encapsulate this ideology with a mushel, ‘one should realize that Rav Kahane speaks about ger b stam with a kavannah to a ger tzedek lefi pshuto in a context of Bava Metzia 58 in reference to do not taunt the ger, to which Rav Kahane quotes the Talmud by stating that even a Baal Teshuva under these conditions is considered a ger by halacha. Not a non-Jewish ger or even a convert, but a Jewish ger, to which the Chumash calls Jews on their own Land, Gerim [to Hashem]. This is an exclusion to all other types of Ger, namely the ger in your gates, to which Rav Kahane did not speak of in those earlier passages for the context simply did not necessitate it per force. Thus there are many types of ger, not just ger b stam, there are numerous meanings of ger toshav, ger tzedek, ger etc. Each mention of Ger has its own playing field. The convert ger has its domain, non-jewish ger such as the ger who we give the meat to has its own domain. Rav Kahane focused on ger in at least 3 playing fields as we have seen: convert, slave, and ger toshav. There are many many more levels of ger that one can discuss in a Torah discussion. I have chosen to educate about one certain type of ger, and this doesn’t cancel out any other type of ger. They all exist, and they exist simultaneously [where appropriate]. In strict English this would be nearly impossible to convey, but when keeping in mind of the original language and context, a broader, truer scope of Torah can be revealed in communicative loshon. In Rav Kahane’s clear Hebrew text this is all 100% apparent, highlighted by his pitch perfect usage in context of the famous ritva shita concerning the 3 types of non-Jews. This ideology exists in a broader ideological code employed by all Torah sages, for this sugia is integral to understanding pshat in a vast amount of Torah discussions. I understand that Rav Kahane chose to emphasise a particular ger crowd, as do I, as do all rabbis per force. This does not constitute an innate exclusion of all other sub-types of the discussion. Again, this is all too clear in the Hebrew, and it is not the role, goal, or function of an English essay to do as such. This methodology is what a rabbi learns in Yeshiva and in Kollel. And in fact, let me be even more specific: A Kollel Avreich doesn’t use Artscroll under the same terms of a yeshiva buchor – as a crutch, but rather as the reason I listed above, being that it is not accurate under the conditions necessary for deeper Talmud Torah. I represent the Kollel mindset, and perhaps it is a more clear and appropriate term when explaining exactly what my intention and focus is geared towards. The layman has no reason [or excuse] to be excused from Kollel academics in Torah. There simply hasn’t been much of a precedent set in this area of expertise globally, and as an internet theme, this could be seen as potentially ground-breaking. In closing, the message is that although lefi pshuto and simple and obvious understanding playing fields exist [a la Artscroll] one must understand that an unequal and deeper playing field of understanding [simultaneously] exists. Both are ever-present and necessary. There are those who wish to reveal and educate the simple and obvious natures of Torah text through religious reiterations of Lefi Pshuto, but it is my cheshek to reveal to Torah students the deeper aspects of Torah learning that are not simple and obvious, but rather brought to life through intense Torah study under applications of the Holy and original tongue through proper context. Shabbat Shalom.

So what exactly has Katz been doing with his “expertise” and superior wisdom and knowledge? He’s been teaching Noahides to keep Shabbat, about prayer, about kabbalah and everything except the Noahide Law. What he is teaching is Judaism. Katz, like so many other rabbis who are trying to run the Noahide movement, simply doesn’t get it. As the Rye-vid explained, the rabbis have no authority over Noahides in their own sovereign lands. The Noahide law isn’t about religion. It’s not about Judaism. It’s not supposed to be as strict or exact as Jewish law in any way, shape or form. Detailed analysis of the Hebrew is unnecessary.

The rabbis have overstepped their bounds with Noahides. They’ve gone way beyond teaching Noahides the fundamentals of the Noahide Law. The rabbis are not only filling the Noahide’s heads with stuff that doesn’t apply to Noahide Law, they are telling Noahides, with excruciating detail, how to keep it.

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It Says Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s on the Label Label Label

If there is one silver lining to the dark cloud of the Trump fiasco, it is the public exposure of what Liberals truly are: mean-spirited, vindictive, hypocritical whiny brats.

The nation-wide temper-tantrum has been all over the news, from celebrity meltdowns [CLICK HERE], the angry protests and riots [CLICK HERE and HERE], and my personal favorite—the butt-hurt sexual deviants [CLICK HERE].

No, I am not a liberal. But I am not a conservative. I am neither an independent, a greenie, a socialist, nor an anarchist. I do not define myself by artificial paradigms created by political groups or institutions.

What I am is a Noahide. I go by Noahide Law. I do not fit my Torah viewpoint to accommodate preconceived political party paradigms (although I have been guilty of excessive alliteration at times.)

It is as clear as the nose on Jimmy Durante’s face that the vast majority of Noahides (or pseudo-Noahides such as the gerrings) do not have a clue as to what the Noahide Laws are. This can be observed by how these Noahides approach politics, particularly the presidential election last week.

One thing I noticed on social media was the overwhelming support for Trump among the Noahide community. There are many reasons for this. One is that so many Noahides came out of Evangelical Christianity, which is politically conservative by nature (conservatives generally are looked at as supporting religion.) Another reason is that many of the rabbis have been vocal in their support for Trump. Here is why: [CLICK HERE].

Donald Trump supports Israel. That is all well and good. I support Israel also. The Tanach, on the other hand, says Do not rely on nobles, nor on a human being who holds no salvation. For Noahides who focus on faith, emunah, this seems to present a problem. And where in the Noahide Code does it say that a Noahide must support the secular state of Israel? And even if Trump does support Israel, what good will it do if he wages economic war against the poor, the orphan and the widow of our society? Do you really think Hashem is going to let slide that we inflict economic hardship on our needy as long as our top elected official waves an Israeli flag? I have written often about the need for the rabbis to quit meddling in the political affairs of sovereign Noahide states.

Here is the problem. No political party in the USA adheres to the Noahide Law. Yes, the conservatives are opposed to abortion and hedonism. This is good. But they are also for cutting social programs for the poor while offering tax cuts to the wealthy. They are opposed to environmental controls because it cuts into corporate profits. This is clearly against the Noahide Code (protecting the environment falls under the Limb of the Living law.)

Liberals support programs to help the poor, and to protect the environment. This is good. Liberals also support abortion “rights” and same-sex marriages. This is clearly wrong. The other political parties have the same problem. Some things follow the Noahide Law, some things they stand for do not. And so it goes.

Getting back to the Liberals, though, we come to the main point. Because the Liberals have made it part of their agenda to support the “rights” of the sexually deviant, they have allied themselves with a group that not just opposes Torah, but hates it with a passion [CLICK HERE]. Because the Liberals have incorporated the hedonist’s agenda into their own agenda, it has had a detrimental effect on their view of Israel. It was no accident that the Liberal’s view of Israel changed as they embraced the cause of the sexually deviant. The sexually deviance movement hates Israel for what they represent: ultimate morality. They have been painting the picture of those who believe in ultimate morality as being intolerant. But in the past nine days, they have shown that they are no more tolerant than those they disparage. This has been obvious to me for many years. Now it is obvious to everyone.

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Make America Hate Again

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And there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth…

It has been a week after the election, and already our crepuscular Commander-in-Chief elect has revealed, if not the details, hints of the path where he is wanting to take America during the next four years.

First of all, Trump had a ninety-minute meeting with President Obama. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Trump and his team were unaware of the scope of the job of taking over the White House and even running the country, sources told the Journal.” [SLATE]

When I first heard about this, I immediately thought of a scene in Robert Redford’s 1972 film The Candidate:

 

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Click on picture for the scene from the movie

 

For those unfamiliar with this thought-provoking movie, Redford plays an idealistic lawyer whose father was once Governor of California. Redford is talked into running against a long-time incumbent Senator, and although Redford has no chance of winning, his platform would introduce topics into the election (health care, environmental issues) that had long been ignored by the incumbent. As with the Trump campaign, Redford gets elected by a public that is sick and tired of the Washington Elite and who want some fresh, new blood in Congress. In the moment of his victory, as shown in the clip above, Redford realizes that his entire focus was to win the election, and that he doesn’t have a clue about what being a Senator entails.

Although The Candidate was made forty–four years ago, its timely message hits a bit too close for comfort. Trump isn’t even a lawyer; it is unclear just how much he even knows about law, or the Constitution. He certainly doesn’t have a clue as to how Washington works. The last time a President was elected and came to Washington with a particular disdain for the “business-as-usual” politics of the nation’s capital (Carter in ’76), he managed to anger the political establishment to the point where he wasn’t able to accomplish much.

However, it seems that Trump is going to rely heavily on his staff and cabinet. In light of Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” rhetoric, the names being floated around (Gingrich, Sessions, Mnuchin to name a few) imply that he isn’t going to drain the swamp at all, but simply re-stock it with conservative insiders.

Two positions have already been filled: Reince Priebus will be Trump’s Chief of Staff, and Stephen Bannon as chief strategist. Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, has no experience holding an elected office. But he’s good buddies with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who can certainly be counted on to give Priebus some pointers.

Bannon is even more disturbing: he is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a “news” site that makes FOX look moderate. If Trump wants America to return to its core values, it is obviously the core values of the 1950s, namely racism and intolerance. Jim Crow for everyone not White and Christian. He has also been reported to be antisemitic, which could come as a big surprise to the conservative Jews who supported Trump.

The real impact of a Trump Presidency, as I have written about in a previous article, is that of economics. Trump’s supporters might get all starry-eyed about building walls to keep out Mexicans and bombing rogue Arab states out of existence, but these empty promises were just fodder to get the mindless masses to support him. Looking at the names of the people he is wanting on his team to shape policy, expect lots of tax cuts for the rich, cutting benefits for the poor, and raping the environment for the sake of corporate profits. The Federal Debt will likely explode, and for the majority of Americans who are not filthy rich, well, it’s going to be rough sailing from here on out, and I’m sure the Trump fans will blame their problems on anyone and everyone not white, Christian and conservative. For the working class America who voted Trump into office: Trump may not be the President they expected, but he will certainly be the President they deserve.

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How Stupid are Americans?

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Typical Democrat and typical Republican

How stupid are Americans? Before you answer, you might want to check out this video:

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Yes, these people are legally allowed to vote. In just two weeks, millions of Americans who are on the wrong side of the Bell Curve will have an opportunity to vote for the next President of the United States. This is exactly the reason why Plato thought democracy was a bad idea.

You see, Plato thought that democracy put too much power in the hands of the stupid, people who could easily be swayed by “Noble Lies,” i.e., propaganda. And no one does propaganda better than the United States. Our corporate controlled media, be it television, radio, magazines, internet “news” sites, all of these push the message that the corporate masters want people to believe. And so many of the people, lacking critical thinking skills and the ability to discern the “Noble Lies,” eat it up.

Nowhere has there been a clearer example of the failure of democracy than the upcoming presidential election between two of the most unsavory characters ever to run for president. Whichever one wins the election, We the People will lose. In fact, there will be only one winner in the upcoming election: Corporate America.

That our “Ruling Class” is now in control of the election is no surprise to many (CLICK HERE). Before the first primary of this election, it was clear who Corporate America’s favorite was: Hillary Clinton. From her “pay-to-play” schemes to her corporate donors such as JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs to corporate media such as Time Warner, it is clear that Hillary is firmly in the pockets of Corporate America. She has maneuvered into being the favorite, first by manipulation of the primaries to her cheating during the debates [CLICK HERE], then by the corporate-owned media fawning over her.

But now it seems that Corporate America is having second thoughts. Hillary might be more of a liability than an asset to the super-rich, which means they are reluctantly turning to Trump. It is becoming clear that a paradigm shift in the public’s consensus is going on, and come January, we might have the spectacle of Trump in Washington taking the oath of office to the strains of Hail to the Pussy.

Lost in all the blogs and talk about emails and pussy-grabbing is how exactly either of them is going to fix the economic swamp that we have mired ourselves in. Yes, they both make lots of empty promises about a lot of things, but we have heard all this before. Many times.

In a couple of articles written after the last presidential election (CLICK HERE) and (CLICK HERE), the authors astutely point out that what we are living in is a neofeudalistic society. Let’s go over a few figures.

According to Allianz’s Global Wealth Report from 2015, the personal wealth of the entire world is $153.2 trillion. That’s a number that is hard to get a handle on, but think of it this way: $153.2 trillion dollar bills would make a stack 10,397,071.2 miles high. That’s over 43 times the distance from the earth to the moon, or nearly half-way to the closest orbit of Venus.

The nation with the largest percentage of personal wealth is, of course, the United States, topping out with 41.6% of total global wealth. The next closest nation is China with 10.5%, or roughly one-fourth the personal wealth of the USA even though they have over four times the population.

The report also points out that, not only does the United States have the greatest amount of wealth, but it has the greatest amount of wealth inequality. To understand this wealth inequality, here is a chart of the breakdown:

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What this last chart represents is that the top 20% own over 85% of the wealth in America. The top 1% own a whopping 35.6%. In other words, the top 1% of Americans have more wealth than than China, the second most wealthy nation on earth.

Why is there such a great wealth disparity? Let’s review.

Donald Trump, the multi-billionaire, has paid no taxes for nearly two decades (click HERE for link). His smirking statement in one of the debates that he is smart because he didn’t have to pay taxes belies the true nature of the problem: our legal system is set up to allow—nay, force—the little people (the bottom 99%) to pay the lion share of the taxes while the super-rich pay little or anything.

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For the past 36 years, our legal system has been tweaked so that the super-rich can benefit from laws that enable their wealth to grow at an astounding pace while the rest of the serfs work longer hours for a rapidly devaluing currency. The economy is stuck in a seemingly permanent recession, and the Corporate Elites know that the best way to get the economy moving is to be involved in the profitible business of war.

Our country is running on a WAR economy. This is nothing new; it has been going on for decades. The warning that President Eisenhower gave in his last presidential address nearly 56 years ago has been unheeded [CLICK HERE]. How long are we going to treat the symptoms and ignore curing the disease? With the upcoming election on Tuesday, we can be assured that our government of the stupid people, by the stupid people, for the stupid people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

“The evils that beset the inner life of society due to social class differences and the unequal distribution of property, with the resultant sharp contrasts between opulence and misery, independence and dependence, etc., and the precarious situations that afflict nations in the course of their political relationships with other nations…Israel is to progress in this freedom and independence, within and without, which God bestows upon it again and again…until it reaches that ideal state in which it will become a bright and shining national entity in the midst of the nations. Then all the other nations will be drawn to it in order to learn from it the Divinely-established institutions which alone will guarantee freedom, justice and everlasting peace on earth.”—Rav S. R. Hirsch

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Gog and My Goggles

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noun (informal)
  1. used to refer to the supposed influence of alcohol on one’s visual perception, whereby one is attracted to people who would not otherwise be appealing.

We the People are plastered. Potted. Inebriated.

There is no other explanation. We have become inebriated with the follies and scandals of our two presidential candidates as we head into the election which is less than four weeks away. Our attention has tunnel-visioned on a political race that has focused on the character and moral turpitude of Trumpet and Billary instead of the real issues that will impact not only our way of life but our existence as well. We have lost sight of how ugly things have become.

Let’s start with economics. The stock, bond and real-estate markets are happy giant bubbles ready to pop. The wealth disparity between the top 1% and the bottom 99% is the greatest it has ever been. The Debt Clock is slated to hit the magic $20 Trillion mark before Obama leaves office.

If he leaves office.

Which brings us to the next problem. Our gigantic, bloated government isn’t working. Well, let me rephrase that: it isn’t working for the bottom 99% of society. For the super-rich, it’s working just fine. But every day seems to bring a new tale of police brutality, corruption in government, and the steady erosion of civil rights. We might only be a couple of scandals away from Obama suspending the election next month. Perhaps he’ll had the reigns over to Biden. Perhaps. We’re just a disaster away from an executive order that could curtail the democratic process, be it economic, terroristic, biological or something else unforeseen.

And then there is the little problem with political turmoil in the rest of the world. The near-coup in Turkey, the fighting in Syria and Yemen, the coming collapse of the EU to name a few problems. Tensions with Russia are at their highest point since the Cold War, and there are more than a few who are worried about the continuing crisis in the Middle East that would spark a war between America and Russia.

However, Americans are too wrapped up in the salacious media coverage of Pussygate or the missing e-mails and Benghazi to care about these trivial matters. Americans are too tanked on the corporate media’s propaganda to either notice or care about the events that will have a direct impact on the lives of every American. We are so focused on the November eighth election that we fail to see the big picture, and so many Americans will be saying, “Hold my beer and watch this!” as they head into the voting booths thinking that it will make any difference at all.

“The builders of states, as well as the citizenry, helplessly scan the horizon for the arrival of the latest political messiah, who will come forward with new utopian solutions for the problems besetting the state. This messiah, they comfort themselves, will come, must come, or else everything is ruined. They wait for the political redeemer who will devise the formula for deliverance and the equation for what is most irrational: to secure through external institutions the well-being, peace, health, and prosperity of nations and men.” — Rav S. R. Hirsch

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Clarion Call

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There are many in our society who oppose the Noahide Code. All one has to do is to Google “Noahide Laws” and you will see the proliferation of anti-Noahide websites that have infested the internet. For those familiar with the Noahide Law, the distortions of these haters is easy to spot. For those unfamiliar with the Torah, not so much.

The majority of these anti-Noahide websites are Christian websites, although there are more than a few that are atheist. The fear of the Christians is that the Noahide Law has the power to destroy their religion; the atheists fear that the Noahide Law will take away their hedonism, or force them to accept that there is a God and an ultimate morality.

The anti-Noahides have it right in that we are out to destroy organized religion, particularly Christianity, the main organized religion in America. It would be difficult to find a more divisive ideology than organized religion. Since organized religion is prohibited under the Noahide Code, their fears are certainly justified. It is the task of the Noahide to remove this divisive ideology from the face of the earth.

It is the fear-mongering about decapitation that is the anti-Noahide’s weapon of choice. They use this threat to incite others against the Noahide Code, spreading fear that, if Noahide Law becomes the “law of the land,” then Noahides will decapitate not only Christians but anyone who violates the law. To think that we would promote a legal system that would mete out death for someone who steals a loaf of bread is ludicrous. This inflexible interpretation of dinim makes Javert look like Mother Teresa.

Where do these anti-Noahides get such crazy ideas? Unfortunately, it is from the Jews themselves, particularly the supporters of Rambam. Many of the Jews out there who are involved in the Noahide movement teach that decapitation is the only punishment for violating any of the Noahide Laws. This sad fact is not lost on the enemies of the Torah, and it is these Jews who have become unwitting allies of the anti-Noahides and furnish the haters with the ammunition they need to install fear among the ignorant.

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In Bava Metzia 90a–90b, there is a discussion about Noahides. The topic is about Jews who get Noahides to castrate bulls (which is halakhically forbidden to Jews). Rav Pappa says that Jews who do this transgress the prohibition “do not put a stumbling block in front of the blind.” This is a mitzvah from Leviticus 19:14, “which prohibits causing another person to stumble in sin. It includes causing a non-Jew to violate one of the laws commanded to him.” (Schottenstein Talmud).

To my knowledge, this part of the Talmud has never been taught or even mentioned by any rabbi who is involved in the Noahide movement. The reason for this is clear: any Jew who interferes with the Noahide’s observance of the Seven Laws is in violation of halakha. It is bad enough for the rabbis to fill the Noahide’s head with obligations which have nothing to do with the Noahide Law, but to tell Noahides that they must not attack the idolatrous religions which permeate our society, to tell them that our obligation to dinim is only to set up courts of justice, to tell Noahides not to campaign for social change but to let God handle everything, to tell the Noahide that every violation of a Noahide law in a sovereign Noahide state must result in decapitation—these things are what cause Noahides to stumble by preventing them from fulfilling the observance of dinim. It is a violation of halakha.

Some years ago, when I started to wonder about why the rabbis were teaching the Noahides Judaism instead of Noahide Law, I told my concerns to a friend of mine, a rabbi who was sympathetic to the cause. He discreetly talked to some of the rabbis involved in the Noahide movement, and my fears were confirmed. The rabbis involved in the Noahide movement are deliberately teaching the Noahides that the Seven Laws are only a vehicle for personal salvation, steering them away from the social dimension of dinim. The rabbis do not want the Noahide movement to grow, at least not in the direction it is supposed to. The last thing they want is for Noahides to campaign against the current social order, to instigate society-changing reforms. They feel that Noahides would rile up the public and cause problems for the Jews. This is, of course, a valid concern, but what are we to do? It’s our tuchas on the line, not theirs. We are ultimately responsible for keeping the Seven Laws, and the Seven Laws cannot be observed in their entirely unless we make them the basis for our society’s legal system. However, by interfering with the Noahide’s observance of dinim, the rabbis themselves violate the halakha outlined in Bava Metzia 90b by placing a stumbling block in front of the Noahides.

It is obvious that the rabbis are leading the Noahides down the wrong path. It is also obvious that they want to be in control, and will not follow our lead in directing the course of implementing Noahide Law in our own society. The only recourse is for them to get out of our way.

 

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