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Updated: Feb 20

Do I need to convert to Judaism?

The idea of righteous gentiles is written in the Torah and Kabbalah. Whomever decides to denounce idol worship and take upon himself the 7 Noahide laws, can be a righteous Noahide.

This Gemara shows how high a Noahide can reach if he learns his own law from the Torah (as non-Jews can only learn what the are obligated to do).

והתניא היה רבי מאיר אומר מנין שאפילו עובד כוכבים ועוסק בתורה שהוא ככהן גדול תלמוד לומר (ויקרא יח, ה) אשר יעשה אותם האדם וחי בהם כהנים לוים וישראלים לא נאמר אלא האדם הא למדת שאפילו עובד כוכבים ועוסק בתורה הרי הוא ככהן גדול

The Gemara asks: And are they not rewarded for fulfilling those mitzvot? But isn’t it taught in a baraita that Rabbi Meir would say: From where is it derived that even a gentile who engages in Torah study is considered like a High Priest? The verse states: “You shall therefore keep My statutes and My ordinances, which if a person do, and shall live by them” (Leviticus 18:5). It is not stated: Priests, Levites, and Israelites, but rather the general term “person.” From here you learn that even a gentile who engages in the study of Torah is like a High Priest. This demonstrates that gentiles are rewarded for fulfilling mitzvot, despite the fact that they are not commanded to do so.

In conclusion a Noahide can remain a non Jew and be righteous. There is no obligation to convert and be a Jew. Only if a person understands and desires to take on the 613 commandments fully should conversion be considered. If this is not his desire he can live a fully righteous life as a Noahide.

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