- Views - Gentiles
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: I
understand your response that Christianity is not OK for Christians.
Basically Christianity is NOT all right for Christians or anyone else
- But Only Jews were given the Torah.
- Are Non Jews then doomed to never be elevated?
- Mesora: No.
Gentiles are to follow God in their system (7 Noachide commands) and
the Jew is to follow God in his system of 613 commands. Both are
following what God deemed fit respectively.
When exactly did there become non-Jews or more correctly when did
there become Jews and non-Jews, or has it also been so from the
- Mesora: After
the event at Sinai when God gave the Torah, there emerged the nation
of Jews required to follow the 613 laws. But the "children of
Israel" status existed at Jacob's (Israel's) time.
Judaism does not recommend or seek converts, and often discourages
much interaction with non Jews,
- Mesora: Incorrect.
Regarding idolaters, yes, we are bound to remove ourselves from
identification with all which cleaves to idolatry, and opposes the
rational proofs of monotheism. Regarding gentiles (not idolaters) we
are to act as teachers. This is one reason why we study the Torah, to
teach the other nations. God created all mankind because He cares for
all mankind. Not just Jews. Initially, there wasn't Jew and Gentile,
there was simply man. This was God's plan, until man initiated
idolatry. God then created the Torah to be safeguarded by one nation
to dispel idolatry, and learn His ways. But God's plan is that all man
approach God. In God's wisdom, He created a system for both Jew and
gentile - the 613 and the 7 Noachide Laws.
- Reader: I
am discouraged by the vast differences in opinion among the frum
community, especially what seems to be a large rift between the
Chassidic and the Non-Chassidic
- Mesora: If
it occurs that people, deviate from the ideals set by God - following
wrong ideas - then Jews must speak out, even if it is against his own
- The right ideas must be defended and incorrect
notions opposed, so others do not go astray after them. We are not to
hold our lips because it seems that we are infighting. Rather, we are
to follow the Torah command to "rebuke thy kinsmen".