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Recognition for a Remote Noahide

Q: What is the benefit of recognition for a Bat Noach who lives in a remote location?

Q: This question has been asked before and answered, but I am raising it again specifically with respect to a woman, a Bat Noach, who lives in a very distant place. This situation is typical in Russia. The question: What benefit is there in formal recognition? I have been observing the Seven Mitzvot for 17 years. In my area in Siberia there are no rabbis and there is no Jewish community with which we could have any contact. There is nothing here at all.

A: The benefit of recognition is to confer a status of a “Ger Toshav” – to be considered a righteous Gentile whom the Jewish nation is obligated to care for. It also paves the way for direct contact with a formal Jewish entity which can advise the Ben Noach on spiritual matters. It should be noted that according to the Rambam a Jewish court is needed for this process, but there are more lenient opinions which allow the declaration to be made before three Noahides. If it is hard to find a Jewish forum the declaration can be made before three Noahides as a temporary measure, until a rabbi becomes available.

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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