Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Rambam's Legacy-Part I (Audio)
Part I of an analysis of the Rambam's true teachings, which unfortunately have been distorted by many religious Rabbis, whose skewed sense of universalism clashes with authentic Judaism. The 7 Laws of Noach are a good example of this tragic tendency. Many Rabbis delude their followers when they falsely maintain that Muslim's and x-tians are Noachides. Nothing can be further from the truth. Judaism does not recognize any formula for gentiles to obtain spiritual perfection other than the Noachide Laws.
This audio is by no means an anti-"goy" polemic. Yahadut maintains that the righteous of the world are guaranteed a share in the world to come. As a general rule, for the non-Jew, the Noachide Laws are the sole vehicle for obtaining this. Certainly, individual Gentiles may merit reward for their actions independent of whether or not they ever commit themselves to these laws. The Talmud records such instances. Certain actions are by themselves a manifestation of righteousness and sanctifying The Almighty's name, and a gentile may merit reward for engaging in such actions, despite their failure to embrace the Noachide covenant. (Ex. Those who endangered their lives and saved Jews during the Holocaust.) Furthermore, a gentile may die before obtaining the Torah truth. Think of Yitro, a day before his decision to embrace yahadut. The Almighty alone knows what's in a man's heart, and to what extent he committed himself to the pursuit of truth in his lifetime.
Nevertheless, it is a distortion of Halachah to say that x-tianity or Islam is fine for gentiles. The former is still a primitive form of idol-worship, the latter a pagan "monotheism" of blood-worship. Both are usurpers who either suscribe to "replacement theology", or in the case of Islam, a convoluted distortion of history. Ultimately, it is irrelevant. Even a genuine monotheist fails to qualify as a Noachide if he forms a religion, rejects the eternal Jewish covenant with The Almighty, believes in false prophets, or creates his own festivals. All of these are contrary to the Noachide requirements.
Gentiles have an obligation to study and adhere to the 7 Laws of Noach. There is nothing else to say on this matter. As Jews, we have an obligation to embrace the role of teacher as our forefather Abraham did, and spread this universal knowledge to the world. Failure to fulfill this obligation constitutes a Chillul Hashem, that will lead to further distortions from "religious" Rabbis who corrupt the message to temper it's politically incorrect overtones.