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Teshuva for Noahides

Q:  Does Teshuva – repentance – exist for Noahides?

Q: Hello Rabbi, does Teshuva – repentance – exist for Noahides? Does it have the same value in the eyes of G-d as that of a member of the Jewish community? Thank you again for this website and see you soon. Christian

A: The Bible shows that Teshuva is relevant for Noahides with respect to Ishmael (according to the interpretation of the text in the oral tradition) and in the cases of the inhabitants of Nineveh (book of Jonah) and Naaman the Aramaic (book of Kings). The question was debated in Beit Elohim of Rabbi Moshe of Trani at the 16th Century. The value of Teshuva in the eyes of G-d is a function of its authenticity and sincerity.

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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