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Formal Recognition of Noahides

Q: What is the formal process of accepting the seven mitzvot of Bnei Noach”? 

Q: Shalom Rabbi. What do you mean when you write that it is necessary to “formally accept the seven mitzvot of Bnei Noach”? Is somebody who makes a personal decision on his own to perform the mitzvot considered a Ben Noach in the eyes of God, without any need to disclose this decision to anybody else? Or is it necessary to meet with some formal authority, such as is necessary for converts to Judaism?

A: A formal body is required, consisting of three rabbis who sit as a beit din, a religious court. There are several groups of rabbis who are ready to form a beit din whenever a request is received. The Noahide World Center has such a group of rabbis who are familiar with the necessary procedures.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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