- The Torah World Gateway
Ask the rabbi Torah and Jewish Thought General Questions

Perfect righteousness

I was listening to womens hour on the net and learned that a Jewish lady who converted from Christianity to Orthodox Judaism. Now, I believe strongly in observing the law, however, the Bible tells me that the law cannot save me from eternal damnation. Now my question is...What does Orthodox Judaism do for a person that cannot present himself perfect before a G-d that demands perfect righteousness?
"Eternal damnation" is a peculiar Christian concept- not a Jewish one. While the Torah instructs a Jew to keep all of the 613 commandments incumbent on him- he is judged on the basis of what he has succeeded in doing- both quantitatively and qualitatively (Maimonides Hilchot Teshuva ch.3). On a simple scale it is important that overall his contribution to the world was a positive one. Even beyond this, if he has observed even one commandment out of complete identification with it, he is assured of a place in the world to come by virtue of this mitzva (MaimonidesCommentary on the Mishna Makkot). This because his identity has eternal value that exceeds the mundane. On a still more absolute level- all of Israel has a place in the world to come (Mishna Sanhedrin). Gentiles who keep the seven Noachide laws- not to kill, not to steal, not to commit adultery, not to worship idols, not to eat meat removed from a live animal, not ot curse G-d, to establish courts to enforce justice- also have a place in the world to come. This when their observance is based not just on mundane social considerations but on the knowledge that this is what G-d's law, the Torah, demands of them.
More on the topic of General Questions

It is not possible to send messages to the Rabbis through replies system.Click here to send your question to rabbi.

את המידע הדפסתי באמצעות אתר