Jew and Non-Jews: Sincerity–“I am Abraham’s Servant”

The Seven Principles of Divine Service for Righteous Gentiles

 The Nature of the Soul
 The Seven Noahide Commandments
 
The Seven Principles of Faith
 Love–Continual Re-creation
 “All is in the Hands of Heaven Except for the Fear of Heaven”
 Mercy–God Performs Miracles
 Victory (Trust)–Self Transformation
 Sincerity–“I am Abraham’s Servant”
 Truth–Divine Providence
 Lowliness–A Home for God
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As mentioned above, every Jew is a “son” of God, whereas a non-Jew is intended to be a “servant” of God. Although a Jew in essence is always a son, when he is without this status (by not manifesting the essence of his Divine soul), he is also referred to as a servant. Though in relation to Jewish consciousness this is definitely a fall, in relation to creation as a whole, it serves a positive purpose. As we have seen, the Jew must show the way to the non-Jew. When a Jew demonstrates the status of “servant,” he inspires the non-Jew to rise to the same level, and thus to become a servant of God.

The consciousness of servitude is identified in Kabbalah with the Divine attribute of splendor, whose inner dimension is sincerity. In sincerity, one stands before one’s master in total submission of self and absolute commitment of will. This sincere state of submission creates an aura of splendor that encompasses both master and servant.

Sincerity is the “branch” of awe. When the non-Jew learns submission and commitment from the Jew, he comes to serve God with both awe and joy simultaneously.

Victory and splendor–trust and sincerity–act as “partners,” as explained above. For the non-Jew, they represent two forms of “conversion.” Victory corresponds to either full conversion to become a full-fledged Jew, or to the semi-conversion process required in order to become a righteous gentile as defined by Torah. Splendor corresponds to the “conversion” to a trustworthy servant of God by commitment to serve the Jewish People.

The classic example in the Torah of a gentile servant who merits conversion is Eliezer, the Canaanite servant of Abraham. Due to his total dedication to his master, Abraham placed him over his entire household. In his sincere and absolute devotion to the will of Abraham, Eliezer merited to have left the realm of “curse” and enter the realm of “blessing.” This is clearly a rectification, in particular, of the Noahide prohibition with regard to “blasphemy,” which, as we have seen above, corresponds to the attribute of splendor or acknowledgment.

Eliezer proclaimed: “I am Abraham’s servant.” He did not refer to himself by his proper name, for he had reached such a level of consciousness that he possessed no independent identity.

As mentioned above, a large percentage of the non-Jewish world worships an individual Jew. The non-Jewish world must come to recognize that all Jews are sons of God. The non-Jew must strive to help God’s children fulfill their purpose–to bring redemption to the world. Only then will the true Mashiach reveal himself.

 

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