Friends of Judaism is an organization of religious and secular people who desire to be supportive of Judaism and Jewish community. Support can take a variety of forms such as: volunteer work, financial giving, participation in services, reading Jewish books and religious texts, learning more about the Jewish faith, and observing Jewish festivals and holidays.
While Judaism is welcoming of those who wish to convert to the religion, there is no effort made to proselytize or win converts. This may be a result of the negative experience many Jews have had over history with people trying to convert them away from their own faith. It is also perhaps a reflection of the viewpoint in Judaism that the Jewish faith is a religion for Jewish people but not a required by God for all people to follow. This view has opened up a way of religious observance which is not Jewish, yet it is compatible with and supportive of Judaism. This creates a very unique opportunity for people of differing religious affiliation to worship and build a religious community together.
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As mentioned above, practitioners of Judaism do not actively seek converts. Those seeking to convert to Judaism will commonly be discouraged from doing so since Judaism actually offers spiritual guidelines for non-Jews. However, for someone genuinely interested in converting, classes are usually offered to provide more information. Christians may be interested in the Jesus for Judaism resource group which offers a Christian viewpoint supportive of conversion to Judaism. [Click here]
Some religious groups hold to the position, "You're either with us or against us." However, in Judaism, there is a middle ground for non-Jews that is considered perfectly acceptable and admirable. Judaism offers religious and spiritual guidelines for non-Jews to follow and benefit from. These guidelines are known as the seven laws of Noah or Noahide laws. While referred to as seven laws, they are actually seven general precepts which contain many implied guidelines for living. These guidelines are commonly understood based on the authority of Rabbinical interpretation. One book that examines the seven laws of Noah is "The Path of the Righteous Gentile: An Introduction to the Seven Laws of the Children of Noah." [Click here to read more about this book at Amazon.com or Click here to view the text online]
The Rabbinical discourse on the Seven Laws of the Children of Noah is fairly complex and lengthy. For this reason, some less religious or secular people may find it to be too elaborate and demanding. Certainly any attempt, no matter how small, to improve one's life through religious awareness and observance is a benefit, even if a person doesn't completely adhere to or agree with the strict and lengthy guidelines set forth by the Rabbinical viewpoint mentioned above. For this reason, people are encouraged not to entirely give up thinking the task is impossible, but rather to do what they can to the best of their understanding and ability.
Here are some general guidelines for being an effective friend of Judaism:
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