Reading Material

Q: Can you recommend any books for Bnei Noach? What do you recommend for an in-depth study of the Seven Mitzvot? Is there halachic literature for Bnei Noach? Q: Dear Rabbi, I have been interested in Judaism for several years. At first, I visited Jewish websites, I listened to lectures on the approach of Judaism and ...

Significance of the Destruction of the Temple

Q: What is lacking in the world because of the destruction of the Temple? Q: What is lacking in the world because of the destruction of the Temple? A: The Talmud states that if the world knew what they were missing because of the destruction of the Temple, the nations would have placed armed guards around ...

Noahides and Christians

Q: Is it proper for a Noahide to show hostility towards Christians?   Q: I personally know one Noahide well. This person is the most hateful person towards Christians I have ever seen. He is mocking, insulting and demeaning. He claims that is how all Noahides feel about Christians. Reading your website I find this behavior troubling. ...

Conversion or not

Q: My experience until now is that many people want to convert, mostly ex-Christians, instead of remaining non-Jewish. One of the reasons is that they miss any structure and daily guideline. Can you explain what profit there is  in remaining a Noahide ? A: Remaining a Noahide is to be righteous among the nations even if the ...

Faith as proven

Q: If, as you write, “The Jew is required to believe only that which has been proven to be correct.” How can a Jew be required to believe in Rambam’s 13 articles of faith: including Revelation, resurection of the dead, or indeed even an omnipotent, historically-involved, incorporeal and eternal God? Q: If, as you write elsewhere in this site, ...

The Tanya / the soul

  Q: Why is it written in the Baraita that ‘tsedakah (charity) for an ulterior motive’ is still tsedakah ONLY for Israel and NOT for the idol worshippers? — Questions by: Mattitjahu. Replies by Rabbi Oury Cherki in bold type. 1. The Tanya (end of Chapter 1) refers to Mishlei 14:34 and the explanation from ...

Noahide life not based on the Torah

Q: Can sources other than the Torah serve a Noahide as the basis for his life? What makes a religion not a Noahide movement? — Questions by Mattitjahu; replies by Rabbi Oury Sherki in bold type. When somebody is a Noahide by logic and intellect and therefore accepts the seven mitzvot, then: 1. Is it true that other sources can be his source for his way ...

Souls and conversion

Q: Why does the Tanya speak about two souls? Why are Orthodox rabbis so stringent about conversion?   — Questions by Mattitjahu; replies by Rabbi Oury Sherki in bold type. 1. Why does the Tanya speak about two souls, and the kabbalah about three levels of the soul? (That is: why does the Kabbalah divide ...