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My mother says she's Jewish and I am also, but I'm still worried that maybe I am not and she is not and her mother is not and just they don't know but believe to be.

Is there anywhere that the Rambam says that a non-Jew is not allowed to put on tefilin?

I say tefilin because it's the rebbe's campaign to put on tefilin and that should be a foundation starting stone, and one of the main things I should work on, but inside I'm worried what if I really am not Jewish and I'm violating halacha by putting on tefillin? Does the Rambam say this anywhere? I'm looking for exact wording if possible.

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Hi user3248 welcome to Mi Yodeya! Why do you want the Rambam's opinion specifically? –  Double AA Sep 12 '13 at 23:05
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Rambam holds all mitzvos except shabbas can be performed –  sam Sep 12 '13 at 23:25
    
@sam in peirush hamishna in sanhadrin i think rambam says a jeir toshov can keep shabboth, but since now we cant have a jeir toshov, i dont think a joy can observe shabboth –  MoriDoweedhYaa3gob Sep 13 '13 at 1:38
    
@sam with a bracha? –  Charles Koppelman Sep 13 '13 at 1:45
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Re "My mother says she's Jewish and I am also, but I'm still worried that maybe I am not": you should consult a rabbi you trust for direction. –  msh210 Sep 13 '13 at 3:43
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The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim 10:9-10 says a non Jew cannot keep shabbas ,but if he wants to perform other mitzvos for its reward it is permissible but has to be performed in the correct manner.

exact wording: בן נח שרצה לעשות מצוה משאר מצות התורה כדי לקבל שכר. אין מונעין אותו לעשות כהלכתה. ואם הביא עולה מקבלין ממנו. נתן צדקה מקבלין ממנו. ויראה לי שנותנין אותה לעניי ישראל. הואיל והוא ניזון מישראל ומצוה עליהם להחיותו. אבל העכו"ם שנתן צדקה מקבלין ממנו ונותנין אותה לעניי עכו"ם:

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From the same place you quote, in Halakhah 9, it says an Idolater (עכו"ם) is forbidden to observe the Shabbat.( I mention this because, as you quoted, Halakhah 10 makes a distinction between a Ben No'ach and an Idolater, with regard to who we give Tzedaqah that we receive from them.) How do we know that this applies to non-Jews in general? –  Tamir Evan Sep 13 '13 at 8:16
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