Practicing Patience

6th October 2016 - Noahide, Torah
Practicing Patience

torahdoodleA couple of weeks ago I wrote this short post on my facebook page.

‘If you aren’t a Jew but you live your faith life through the Jewish lens and within it’s believe in the Tanakh and your sole salvation is the God of Abraham.

…then you are still practicing Judaism.

That’s your faith.’

It caused something of a stir. Regardless of my previous umpteen posts on how I’m ‘NOT’ a Jew some people thought I was expressing that anyone can ‘be’ Jewish by choice just by assuming the title. That wasn’t at all my point, rather that anyone who pursues a life path in their faith that is centered around a ‘noahide’, ‘sojourner’ or ‘ger’ title then they are walking within the boundaries of Judaism and it’s teaching and therefore ‘practicing’ (look up what that word actually means) Judaism, even if they aren’t partaking in all of the Mitzvot (which no one person can do).

People get hung up on the title ‘Noahide’ as I’ve written about before here and here.

It’s just a title. The bible is actually ‘full’ of things that are not really there so we shouldn’t get hung up on words. Usually they simply allow us to convey a thought or concept as a label meaning we can pack things, people or ideas into neat boxes. The term Noahide exists for such a reason.

I started this post with the message that even us Noahides practice Judaism but now I’m going to flip it around. Even Jews are Noahides.
Sometimes we can feel like we are invited to the party but told to stay in the kitchen (which in my opinion is the best place to be at any party). We can feel excluded and literally ‘set apart’ but not in a good way AND to be honest sometimes this feeling is legitimate. Many Jewish people and communities and even Rabbi’s simply don’t understand or know what to do with us. They can’t ‘get’ who we are or why we think what we think. In those occasions sometimes it feels easier to not bother and return to our online communities. It can breed frustration and hurt. It’s not good for anyone although no one is really to blame.

It’s worth remembering that the core concepts that make up the basic foundation of a non-Jewish faith walk, the branches of the ‘Noahide’ laws..

Being to establish courts of justice

To not commit blasphemy, idolatry, adultery, bloodshed or robbery

To not ever eat flesh cut from a living animal.

..are shared by Jews and are part of the make up of the Torah. In fact, if you take all the text of the Torah before the birth of the Nation of Israel at Sinai and distill the ‘good’, list the ‘positive’ actions and merit of the human race you will end up with a list like this. It’s a code of ethics that many of us simply ‘know’. It’s hard wired. It’s human nature for the majority of people. It is also the binding tie between any Noahide OR Jew and Abraham, Noah and Adam. Before the Jew there was the Ger – and like a glimmering cord woven into the golden braid of Judaism are the precepts of our lives as Torah believing Non-Jews.

Yes, sometimes it’s hard when we feel ostracized by Jewish community, it’s getting better but it can be hurtful and challenging. Maybe one way to open a dialogue and gently introduce yourself is to share the links you have with their faith. The Jewish faith may be a fine wine, full of deep flavor and character but the feet that started to press those grapes belonged to a world that was ‘pre’ Judaism.

We share a common faith. Try a little patience.

Any relationship takes time and understanding.

3 thoughts on “Practicing Patience


I am sorry you’ve been made to feel you had to explain yourself. I’ve noticed some who are just starting their journey of conversion are like children. They’re emotional, protective, and like children they haven’t yet found the patience or wisdom to look deeper into a person’s soul. If they did look at you with clarity, I believe they would see another Jewish soul staring back at them.

Just as you said, before Judaism there was no division of humanity. G-d didn’t set the Jews as lords over the world, but rather as examples, teachers, and lights on the path back to G-d. Since the Noahide laws come from the same Torah, and they cover as many as 70 of the same Mitzvot within those 7 categories you’re right in saying it’s Judaism that guides us all. Not everyone in a family can all have the same job. So likewise it is with G-d’s family. We all have our own job to do, but we all do it from the same set of instructions. That being Judaism.

Sharon Fahey

I understand what your saying Jono. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m sorry.

Patricia Deneen

So well said, Jason. The Jewish communities here in Texas are much more guarded than the Jewish community that was my spiritual home in Michigan. Here they have had a lot of trouble with Christian ‘messianics’ who try to infiltrate Jewish communities in order to convert Jews to Christianity. The rather sudden influx of non-Jews who want to participate in Jewish life–but don’t want to convert–frightens them. My observations have led me to believe that your average rabbi is ill-equipped to deal with us. It’s not his fault. Who knew that Hashem would quite suddenly (it seems) open the eyes of thousands and thousands of Christians to see that the Jews have it right? Now we are hungry for instruction from rabbis, and they don’t know how to relate to us. Our online Noahide community is keeping us alive until the Jewish community worldwide catches up with what Hashem is doing among non-Jews. Meantime, we thank Hashem for our “online rabbis” who instruct us, answer our questions, encourage us, and pray for us. Patience, patience, patience.


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