The Modern Noahide Movement

Non-Jews living in observance of the Seven Noahide Laws.

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For many, the emotional pull of their previous life remains strong. It's a part of who they are. For others, finding the resources and assistance to convert was difficult, and this seemed like a more feasible long-term path.

For nearly all, there is a sense of calling and belonging in being a Noahide. "Israel was chosen to be a nation of kings and priests and a light unto the nations. We decided, if everybody converted, who would Israel have to be priests to?" Pam Rogers, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Noahide, says.

This notion of a world in which there are the leaders and the led--the priests and the ministered-to--looms large in Noahide consciousness, offering assurance that there is a place for them, as non-Jews, in God's plan for the world. Many Noahides believe they can have a bigger impact on the world as non-Jews following Torah than as Jewish converts.

Ultimately, it is a deep sense of mission that drives Noahides, a strong belief that their chosen lifestyle, no longer Christian but not quite Jewish, can help bring healing to a broken world.

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Michael Kress

Michael Kress is the executive editor of Parents.com. He was also the the VP of Editorial and Managing Editor at Beliefnet and the founding editor-in-chief of MyJewishLearning.com.