“Tell about His glory among the Nations” (Psalms 96,3)
From the very beginnings of history, the descendants of Abraham were given the task of being a source of blessing for all the families of the earth (Genesis 12,3). When the nation of Israel was chosen and was given the Torah of God, it was charged with the task of being “a nation of priests” for the entire world. As history moved forward, we have greatly influenced human culture and helped it improve. However, it was not always possible to declare the word of God in all its purity, both because humanity had not reached a stage where it could appreciate it, and because events forced the nation of Israel into a war of survival, which meant that it was required to pay attention first of all to its own needs.
Now, with the Return to Zion, Israel can once again occupy a central role among the other nations, which makes it possible to declare the word of God to the other nations – without fear, without bias, and with love. The world is caught in the midst of a harsh identity crisis, which is expressed in struggles between different cultures, each of which strives for hegemony and the ability to lead mankind in terms of both their value system and political control. The nation of Israel finds itself at the center of the struggle between the east and the west, and the world is waiting to hear what we have to say.
From the very beginning, the Torah of Israel has had a tradition which includes two different Divine religions. One, meant for the nation of Israel as a priestly nation, includes 613 mitzvot – commandments – which form the basis of organizing the life of the nation. The other religion, which is meant for all the people in the world, consists of the teachings of Bnei Noach, which has a much lower number of basic tenets but a large number of branches, corresponding to each individual nation as a function of their unique cultures and customs.
In response to the spiritual and value-driven demand for the word of God to be disseminated by the nation of Israel to all of mankind, we have established “Brit Olam – the Noahide World Center” in Jerusalem. We are in constant contact with many people all over the world who have a strong desire to learn the words of God.
There is much to do and we have a bare minimum of resources at our disposal, but we are happy to be part of a great vision. We feel that it is a great privilege for us to participate in the fulfillment of the words of the prophets, who made the following promises: “Many nations will go, and they will say: Let us go and ascend to the mountain of God, to the House of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways, and we will go along His path. For the Torah will emanate from Zion, and the word of God from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2,3). “For then I will change the nations to use a clear language, for all of them to call out in the name of God, to serve Him in unison” (Zephaniah 3,9). “And God will be the King of the entire world. On that day, God will be One and His name will be One” (Zachariah 14,9).
You are invited to join us as partners in the great mission – to fulfill the prophetic vision of mending the world.
With all my love,
Rabbi Oury Cherki