Sunday, September 29, 2019

The 70 Nations Sacrifice on the Mount of Olives: A Personal Account

“Then Noach built an altar to Hashem and, taking of every clean animal and of every clean bird, he offered burnt offerings on the altar. Hashem smelled the pleasing odor, and Hashem said to Himself: “Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the devisings of man’s mind are evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living being, as I have done.” Genesis 8:20 (The Israel Bible™)

The Sanhedrin is advocating for the establishment of an Organization of 70 nations based on Mount Zion and as part of this effort, facilitated an animal sacrifice to renew the covenant that Noah made in the name of all mankind with God when he exited the Ark. That sacrifice took place on Thursday on the Mount of Olives. I reported on the event and would like to give a personal account here but first I feel I must begin with several disclaimers.

The sacrifice was explicitly not a sin offering. It was a burnt offering just as Noah’s was. It was certainly not intended as a declaration against any belief in Jesus or any other religious belief. The Bible describes the covenant and it is between God and all of mankind. Man is required to follow the Seven Noahide Laws. The laws are not imposed by the Jews on the non-Jews though we were the keepers of the tradition (as we were in many other aspects). We kept the tradition for you. The laws that were renewed yesterday are as follows:

Not to worship idols.
Not to curse God.
To establish courts of justice.
Not to commit murder.
Not to commit adultery, bestiality, or sexual immorality.
Not to steal.
Not to eat flesh torn from a living animal.

This law is described by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, known as Maimonides and by the acronym Rambam who was the foremost Torah authority of the 12th century.  In his Mishneh Torah (Maaseh Hakorbanot 19:16) the Rambam wrote:

Gentiles are permitted to offer burnt offerings to God in all places, provided they sacrifice them on a raised structure that they build. It is forbidden to help them [offer these sacrifices] or act as agents for them, for we are forbidden to sacrifice outside [the Temple Courtyard]. It is permitted to instruct them and teach them how to sacrifice to the Almighty, blessed be He.

The altar must be built exclusively by non-Jews who observe the Noahide laws and the same is true of the sacrifice itself. Other than instructing the non-Jews, Jews are forbidden from taking part in the sacrifice, It is not because the sacrifice is idolatry. The sacrifice is absolutely for the service of God. We are forbidden from taking part because we have a separate requirement to make sacrifices to God that can only be performed on the Temple Mount.

And we are ignoring our service to God.

Jews accept the yoke of heaven twice a day. That includes the aspect of naaseh v’nishma (we hear and we obey). That requires us to perform the Torah commandments as they are written, without necessarily understanding since we are Hashem’s slaves. The Torah forbids us from using a secular court system and requires us to establish a system of bet din which includes a Sanhedrin of 71. Israel, preferably all of Israel, should come together and do so but instead, the religious Jews chose to subjugate themselves to the secular Zionist government and allow themselves to be governed by the Chief Rabbinate they established. The religious Jews decided to remain in galut (exile). That is not an option. Halacha must guide our lives. Halacha is decided based on the precise conditions that exist. Halacha requires that we bring two daily sacrifices to God as well as many others. Not performing the Pesach offering brings the punishment of Karet, the harshest punishment in the Torah. We are still required to do so since the Torah does not evolve or change.

I would rather not bring sacrifices but I have no choice. Neither can I sit back and not make an effort to do God’s explicit will. I cannot sit calmly after Yom Kippur and say, “Gee, I don’t have a sukkah so I guess I won’t dwell in one this year.”

This is especially true of Jews who do not live in Israel but the Jews who live in Israel should read the Bible.