Christians and the World to Come

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
The first of the Seven Noachide Laws is not to worship false gods.  As Christians worship Jesus (who is a false god according to Jewish law) would they have no place in the World to Come?

Dear Dominic,
This rather fundamental question is subject to divergent positions in the rabbinic tradition. While the straightforward view would confirm your suggestion, ie that worship of Jesus as the son of G-d (absit!) is a form of idolatry, there are those who maintain that such a distorted view of the One G-d, while misguided and forbidden to Jews, is nonetheless permitted to gentiles.
It would seem that this latter opinion is rather convoluted and apologetic. Still, it may allow a lot of people to still hope for a portion in the Next World, so let’s not dismiss it outright!
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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