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I have already written on this blog about the Shituf deception (here). Shituf is a form of worship which Jewish law does not count as polytheism, but does not quite fit the definition of pure monotheism in Jewish terms. The deception comes in when Jews or Noahides might try to tell you that your form of worship, whether it is Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan, that these practices are not banned under Noahide Law because Jews have determined they are Shituf, an intermediate, and thus are acceptable for non-Jews (but not Jews). However, as we already know, this is a matter of hot debate. I contacted the director of Ask Noah, who officially use "The Divine Code" by Moshe Weiner in their mission... a book that was approved of by the Chief Rabbis of Israel and which calls for the execution of non-Jews who do not follow the Noahide Laws (here). Ask Noah said that shituf, a belief in plural powers outside the definition of Jewish monotheism, is only permissible in thought but not in action or speech, as soon as you say Jesus or Vishnu or Zeus is lord, you are practicing idolatry and are liable for the death penalty. However, the shakiness of consensus on Noahide law can make the playing field dangerous for non-Jews as they may be confused by differing opinions. In this article we are asked the question that when Harry Truman in 1945 acknowledge the Emperor of Japan's decent from the sun goddess, did he practice idolatry? According to whom I think is Yair Hoffman who wrote the article, this was actually a form of permissible shituf. Unlike Ask Noah, Hoffman says that a non-Jew is permitted to oath to a non-Jewish god out loud, but is only prohibited in believing this... the very opposite of what Ask Noah said! Now, there are also some stipulations here according to Hoffman. First, a non-Jewish god can only be oathed to out loud (according to Hoffman), if the pronouncer is meaning that the god called upon is actually a lower form of deity than the god of Israel and that the god of Israel is central and foremost in the pantheon. He makes it clear that the Christian trinity is not acceptable however under this premise because Christians view Jesus as co-equal with the god of Israel, and Christianity is considered idolatry in Talmud and by Maimonides (here). So wait... what if one Rabbi says we can proclaim another god out loud, but another Rabbi says we can't... who decides? Are we allowed to practice polytheism if the god of Israel is the top or our pantheon, or is this forbidden? And are we allowed to believe this in our own heads or not? However, much of this may be very irrelevant as it is Rabbi Schneerson who is said to be the leader and spiritual guide of world Jewry in American federal law 101-267 (here) and is lauded in other laws and proclamations for his preeminence in the Noahide movement. Rabbi Schneerson made it clear he believes Christianity is idolatry and not Shituf [permissible or impermissible] (here)... so it might not be all that hard to guess what is opinion is on calling out to pagan deities, we will have to see but it is a sure bet this would be forbidden under a Schneerson-Chabad Noahide world. Led astray by a Rabbi? Off with your head!
Rav Aharon Kotler ZATZAL, Truman, And Hirohito
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September 18, 2014 1:00 pm