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.