Sunday, July 16, 2006

Meet me, the goyisherebbe

Hello, folks, this is my very first posting, so if there is something that is either technically or substantially not right, please use the comment facility and educate me. Thanks to Batya for inviting us (we are a husband and wife team) to join her. We live nearby the Binyamin region, long may it stand! I am a retired computer programmer and currently a kollel scholar at a yeshivat hesder (where the young guys combine Torah study and army service) on the way to the Jordan Valley. My wife works as a dental assistant in our community and is halfway through a two-year course for yoga teachers. She also has studied shiatzu.We have eight children, five married, and (this just in today!) 11 grandchildren.
My alias, the goyisherebbe, refers to my many years of interest in and teaching of the Sheva Mitzvot Bnai Noach, the Seven Noachide Laws. For those of you who don't know, these are the seven laws of the Torah which apply to all of humanity. Years ago my oldest son referred to me as the goyisherebbe (that is, rabbi or teacher of non-Jews), and, being amused, I kept the title privately. Now I am going public with it. Besides the Seven Laws, my other involvements are Torah Life Coaching and Anousim (what used to be called Marranos -- crypto-Jews of Hispanic origin).

5 comments:

Esther said...

You did a great job! I look forward to more of your posts. It's a great moniker. :)

Batya said...

I've known goyisherebbe and wife for a long time, even before moving to Shiloh.

I'm pleased and proud they've decided to accept my invitation.

hockey hound said...

Hi, Rabbi,
Maybe you could help me (and my family). We are Noachides and live isolated from a Jewish community. We pretty much avoid any observance that is in any way considered strickly Jewish Halacha as we contend that many Noachides are now meddling in Jewish Halacha, which for us is equivilant to theft. Any suggestions? Some say observe (although not strenuously) some sort of Shabbat. This we refuse to do until we have it from a Jewish authority on the subject of Noachide laws that it is required of us that we partially observe a Shabbat. What do you think? I would really like to hear from you on this.
I'm glad you accepted this invitation, Rabbi. I could sure use some advice.
Thanks.

WmGH said...

Greetings, Rab;

I am a Noachide Chassid. Todah rabah for dedicating somuch labors into informing the nations.

Are you familiar with the work of my friend, Dr. Michael Schulman?

Although not associated with Dr. Schulman's projects I have developed a web site for my rabbi the content of which has been "approved" by Dr. Schulman along with several Chabad rabbi's. I would appreciate your perusal and appraisal. It is located at www.noachidechassid.com.

Kol tov, chaver,

WmGH

hockey hound said...

I went to WmGH's sight (noachidechassid.com) and there is a section therein offering Kabbalah. This was surprising to me as I've been taught by my Jewish friends that Kabbalah is forbidden Gentiles. What is your opinion on this matter, Rabbi? How can a Gentile practice Jewish Mysticism? Please advise, Rabbi.
Thanks.