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Are non-Jews allowed to watch online videos of shiurim, and if so, how would a Gentile know if he or she is permitted to watch it?

As a non-Jew, I like spending time watching YouTube videos of rabbis (i.e. Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, Rabbi Tovia Singer, Rabbi Alon Anava) giving lectures on various Torah subjects as I find them to be spiritually enlightening. Since these videos are posted online and accessible to the public, I have to assume that anyone is permitted to watch them. My concern (perhaps I'm overly concerned) however is that there may be some material that non-Jews are forbidden to watch/listen to even though it's accessible online. If so, how can I determine if that's the case?

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Thank you or your concern and the sensitive way you bring your question to this forum. There is no law preventing anyone from watching Jewish lectures.

There are seven laws relevant for non-Jews, called the seven Noahide laws (as they were given to Noah, the father of all of humanity). In one explanation (see here)

[the first of the seven laws is] to acknowledge there is only one God who is Infinite and Supreme above all things. [...] This command includes such acts as prayer, study and meditation.

As such, if you watch online lectures to further your understanding of God and his commandments as they apply to you, you are actually fulfilling God's laws for non-Jews (see here for more on the seven laws).

It is true that the Talmud writes that a gentile is not permitted to study Torah and Jews from teaching it to them. Related to your case, one of last generation's leading sages, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein rules that one is permitted to teach Torah to Jews while a non-Jew is listening (Igros Moshe, Yoreh Deah 2:132) (taken from here). And all agree that one is permitted to teach non-Jews about their obligations. See here and here if you wish to learn more.

See also here for a related question on MY.

  • But the Igrot Moshe doesn't say that the non-Jews may learn, and certainly doesn't say that they may seek out the information, just that a Jew isn't forbidden from teaching Jews Torah if a non-Jew will hear. – mevaqesh Nov 13 '17 at 19:37
  • So what's the answer? That everything other than the 7 mitsvot is prohibited? – mevaqesh Nov 13 '17 at 19:39

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