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If Orthodoxy and Halacha do not see the Reform movement as "valid", then is it fair to say that Reform Judaism is permissible for Gentiles to practice (assuming they have no Jewish ancestry matrilineally)?

Would this make them Righteous Gentiles as well, considering that they are using Reform Judaism to uphold monotheism and certain mitzvot, especially if they come from a place where idolatry is rampant (for example, India, Nepal, pagan cultures).

(I know that conversion is not required or necesarily encouraged by Orthodox ideals, but this question is more theoretical in nature.)

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    Is Reform monotheistic or Atheistic? I'm not trying to be nasty, just to find out. – Shmuel Brin Jul 26 '15 at 5:23
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    In short it is monotheistic, jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/reform_practices.html (See the section on fundemental principles) – user7069 Jul 26 '15 at 6:05
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    @ShmuelBrin AFAIK they are monotheistic; although some might not believe that God plays an active role in the world. – Daniel Jul 27 '15 at 13:52
  • @ShmuelBrin The movement itself is monotheistic, but there are many Reform Jews who identify either as deistic, atheistic, or agnostic. – ezra Jan 15 '18 at 22:24
  • Gentiles already have the 7 laws of Noah and would not benefit from a distorted version of Judaism as the reform movement does not accept the Torah which commands non Jews to keep the 7 laws of Noah. – Dude Jun 22 '18 at 5:51
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The logic of the description in The Tenets of Reform Judaism cited by @ARK96 would seem to imply that it is not a valid source for Noachides. The reason would be that

Reform Judaism differs from the other major movements in that it views both the Oral and Written laws as a product of human hands

Reform Judaism demands that Jews confront the claims of Jewish tradition, however differently perceived, and exercise their individual autonomy

The "Oral Law" is not seen as divinely given at Sinai, but rather as a reflection of Judaism's historic development and encounter with God in each succeeding generation.

As an example, Reform would allow anyone to keep Shabbos fully if they want to which is not allowed for a non-Jew.

A Noachide must believe that the Torah was given to the Jews by Hashem and the Noachide laws are required by Hashem as for example at Must a non-Jew accept the Noachide laws as binding? or Seven Laws of Noah

The Seven Laws of Noah (Hebrew: שבע מצוות בני נח‎ Sheva mitzvot B'nei Noach), also referred to as the Noahide Laws or the Noachide Laws (from the Hebrew transliteration of "Noah"), are a set of imperatives that, according to the Talmud, were given by God[1] as a binding set of laws for the "children of Noah" – that is, all of humanity.[2][3]

Accordingly, any non-Jew who adheres to these laws because they were given by Moses[4] is regarded as a righteous gentile, and is assured of a place in the world to come (Hebrew: עולם הבא‎ Olam Haba), the final reward of the righteous.[5][6]

  1. According to Encyclopedia Talmudit (Hebrew edition, Israel, 5741/1981, Entry Ben Noah, page 349), most medieval authorities consider that all seven commandments were given to Adam, although Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhot M'lakhim 9:1) considers the dietary law to have been given to Noah.

  2. Encyclopedia Talmudit (Hebrew edition, Israel, 5741/1981, entry Ben Noah, introduction) states that after the giving of the Torah, the Jewish people were no longer in the category of the sons of Noah; however, Maimonides (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhot M'lakhim 9:1) indicates that the seven laws are also part of the Torah, and the Talmud (Bavli, Sanhedrin 59a, see also Tosafot ad. loc.) states that Jews are obligated in all things that Gentiles are obligated in, albeit with some differences in the details.3. Compare Genesis 9:4–6.

  3. "Melachim uMilchamot 8:11". www.chabad.org. last two sentences of the three. Retrieved 2015-06-24.

This applies only when he accepts them and fulfills them because the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded them in the Torah and informed us through Moses, our teacher, that Noah's descendants had been commanded to fulfill them previously.

However, if he fulfills them out of intellectual conviction, he is not a resident alien, nor of 'the pious among the gentiles,' nor of their wise men.

  1. Mishneh Torah, Hilkhot M'lakhim 8:14

  2. Encyclopedia Talmudit (Hebrew edition, Israel, 5741/1981, entry Ben Noah, end of article); note the variant reading of Maimonides and the references in the footnote

The Seven Noachide Laws

The Noachide Laws are seven laws considered by rabbinic tradition as the minimal moral duties required by the Bible on all men. While Jews are obligated to observe the whole Torah - 613 commandments, every non-Jew is considered a "son of the covenant of Noah" and he who accepts these obligations is considered a righteous person who is guaranteed a place in the world to come.

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    Where do we learn that a Noachide must believe that? – Monica Cellio Jul 27 '15 at 13:03
  • @MonicaCellio I added a couple of quick citations. – sabbahillel Jul 27 '15 at 13:46
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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/61545/1713 – Daniel Jul 27 '15 at 13:48
  • Accd to your proofs, why can't they think these 7 are commanded by God to Moses, but that Moses made up Shaatnez and really God intended only 612 commandments for Jews? Or better why can't they believe that God commanded 7 to Noah, and Moses and the Jews have nothing to do with God? – Double AA Jul 27 '15 at 14:52
  • Thanks for adding support for that. (I wasn't questioning the description of Reform, just the part about belief requirements for Noachides.) – Monica Cellio Jul 27 '15 at 15:35

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