Did you know that Judaism recognizes that Righteous Gentiles receive a place in the World to Come?
Unlike other religions, Judaism doesn't condemn you to hell if you don't convert. Many people are just unaware that Orthodox Rabbinical Judaism is a religious faith of dual covenants, one for Jews and another for Gentiles. Originally, as we see in the Torah of Moses in Genesis, Chapter 9, G-d made a covenant with the patriarch Noah and his descendants for all time, consisting of seven commandments which is still binding on all the peoples of the world. After the Exodus another covenant was given to the twelve tribes of Israel at Mount Sinai, and is still binding on the Jewish people, it consists of 613 commandments. These seven commandments of the covenant of Noah for Non-Jews to observe are:
These Seven Commandments which G-d gave to the Descendants of Noah, i.e. to all mankind, via the Prophet Moses and the oral Torah tradition, are basic laws with far-reaching ramifications which embrace the whole life of the society as well as of the individual, to ensure that the human race will be guided by these Divine laws of morality and ethics, and that the human society will indeed be human, and not a jungle.
Most people have heard of the so-called ‘Ten Commandments’, but what they don't know is that 'Ten Commandments' is a mistranslation. In the original Hebrew, ‘Aseret HaDibrot' correctly translates as ‘Ten Statements’. The ten statements that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved in two stone tablets, are a summary of the 613 commandments. Amazingly, the ten statements on the two stone tablets consisted of 620 letters carved into them. 613 and 7 = 620!
The prophet Isaiah foretold that the Jewish people are to be “a light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6, 49:6), and as part of fulfilling this task they have preserved in the Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 56a-60b, 96b, Avodah Zarah 2a-3b, 64b, 65a & 65b, Bava Kamma 38a and Chullin 92a) the universal code of seven Noachide commandments, which is a basic program of ethical monotheism.
The Oral Torah (i.e. The Talmud) in Sanhedrin 56b finds allusions to the Seven Commandments of the Covenant of Noah, in G-d’s commandment to Adam not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, in the Written Torah (the Bible):
Genesis 2:16 – “G-d [YKWK], Almighty G-d [Elokim], commanded man, saying: “You may eat freely from every tree of the Garden, but you must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. For on the day that you will eat from it you will certainly die.”
This means that these laws were encompassed by Adam’s single commandment. Maimonides however, states that six commandments were given to Adam and the seventh was given to Noah after the flood (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim (The Laws of Kings) Chapter 9, law 1).
For those who foolishly deny the Oral Torah, please note that the Oral Torah is mentioned in the Written Torah, Exodus 24:12, Where “G-d said to Moses, “Come up to Me, to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets, the Torah (the teaching, i.e. the Written Torah) and the Mitzvah (the commandment, i.e. the Oral Torah), which I have written to instruct them.”
The Seven Noachide Commandments were later codified into the Jewish Legal Code called the ‘Mishneh Torah’, by Rabbi Moses Maimonides, in the section called Hilchos Melachim (The Laws of Kings), Chapters 8, 9 and 10.
People who observe the seven commandments of the biblical Covenant of Noah are considered by Orthodox Rabbis to be ‘Righteous Gentiles’ and are known as “Noachides” or “Bnai Noach” in Hebrew, both these terms mean ‘descendants of Noah.’
Some people think that there is no need to connect the laws of ethics and morality with Divine authority, and try to rationalize these principles instead. The fallacy of this thinking is abundantly clear, as we saw in the middle of the last century, a whole nation which had boasted of great philosophic advancement and ethical systems sink to the lowest depth of inhuman depravity and unprecedented barbarism, and the reason for this was that they thought that they could establish a morality and ethics based on human reason, not subject to the authority of a Supreme Being, having themselves become a super race, as they thought.
In essence, the Seven Noahide Commandments establish a stable, humane and just society, which accomplishes G-d’s command of inhabiting/settling the world. This is the basis of civilization, for “He did not create it as a wasteland, but formed it to be inhabited/settled.” (Isaiah 45:18). Observing these Laws helps everyone accomplish his or her true purpose: to make a dwelling place for G-d in this world.
“So that all the nations of the earth shall know the Lord is G-d; there is none else. Let your heart therefore be whole with the Lord our G-d, to follow His statutes and to keep His commandments, as of this day.” (I Kings 8:60-61).
‘For, from the rising of the sun until its setting, My Name is great among the nations, and everywhere offerings are burnt and offered up to My Name; yea, a pure oblation, for My Name is great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.’ - Malachi 1:11
How to Achieve World Peace: Noahide Code
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by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Pious of the Nations: Noahide Code
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by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Moral Justice: Noahide Code
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by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
Universal Laws for Mankind: Noahide Code
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by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin
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New Book:Seven Gates of Righteous Knowledge: Spiritual Knowledge and Faith for the Noahide Movement and All Righteous GentilesBy Rabbi Moshe WeinerEditor: Dr. Michael Schulman, Ph.D.Published by www.AskNoah.org on 30th March 2017.Purchase here: Electronic Kindle version.Purchase here: Soft-cover print version.
This work was inspired by the book Sefer HaMadah (The Book of Knowledge), which is the first volume of Mishneh Torah, by the great Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides, or Rambam). As the first part of his monumental codification of the Oral Torah, it explains the Torah's path to true and proper faith-based knowledge. What the world has been lacking until now is a parallel book written specifically for the fundamentals of faith that apply for Gentiles (Non-Jews), because much of the content of Rambam's work applies only for Jews. The essential points of our present book, and much of its text, have been taken from the universal parts of the holy words in Sefer Ha'Madah, Beyond that, we have added a great amount of background information and explanations to produce a book that is intended specifically for those who are, or who want to become, righteous and pious Gentiles - Noahides, in modern terms - in God's eyes. In this book, we have included many of the proper and righteous outlooks, character traits, and goals for life that will provide much-need guidance for Gentiles who are searching spiritually for an authentic personal connection with the One True God. In summary, this book presents the proper views and behaviors for Righteous Gentiles of any nationality or culture, and it will serve as the next milestone for the modern Noahide movement.
New Book:To Perfect the WorldThe Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Call to Teach the Noahide Code to All MankindNew, produced by Ask Noah International! Published under the auspices of Sichos in English.Compiled and translated by Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver. Editor: Dr. Michael Schulman, Ph.D.Purchase here: http://asknoah.org/books/to-perfect-the-world
As a foremost global spiritual leader, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, emphasized that G-d commanded the Jewish people, through Moses at Mount Sinai, to influence the people of the world to observe the Torah’s Seven Noahide Commandments. This mandate was transmitted through the generations and codified by Maimonides (Rambam). Despite the key importance of this mission, Jews were unable to fulfill it during most of their difficult history.
The Rebbe explained that by Divine Providence, the freedoms of religion and speech in our modern societies make it possible – and thus obligatory – for Jews to now be involved in spreading out this much-needed universal message. But was any guidance provided for how to pursue this? In fact, the Rebbe directly addressed the following questions, and more:
New Book: The Theory & Practice of Universal Ethics - The Noahide Laws,by Rabbi Dr. Shimon Dovid Cowen. Available on Kehot.comAlso available on Amazon.co.ukAlso check out the authors website: www.universal-ethics.orgFree booklet download: ‘There is more than this...’
Written by Rabbi Dr. Shimon Dovid Cowen The United States Congress President in 1991 endorsed a set of seven universal ethical principles, known as the Noahide Laws, as the "bedrock of society since the dawn of civilization." The first part of this book sets out the idea or theory of the Noahide laws - from spiritual, philosophical, psychological, social and political perspectives. It includes letters from international statesmen. The second part of the book presents the concrete conduct or practice of the Noahide laws. This precise task proceeds from extensive research into the Tradition of commentary on the Revelation at Sinai, of which the Noahide laws (already previously the moral covenant of humanity, but which were authoritively restated at Sinai) form a part.
Sample Chapters from the book:“The Divine Code” (which is the ‘Shulchan Aruch’ or ‘Code of Law’ for Bnei Noach), Volume 1,By Rabbi Moshe WeinerThis book explains the details of the Noahide Code, as the guide to observing G-d’s Will for mankind, revealed from Mt. Sinai in the Torah of Moses.
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Recommended Book: Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations by Rabbi Yitzchak GinsburghSample Chapters at: www.inner.org/nonjews/intro.htmAvailable to purchase on Amazon.co.uk
Ours is the first generation in modern times to understand the truly universal human condition and to seek to bring all peoples of the earth together in peace and harmony. We are the first generation to truly understand that we are faced with the challenge of either inhabiting our planet harmoniously or not inhabiting it at all. Filling our future is the fundamentalism that threatens to pit one religion against another. But, our different relationships and understandings of G-d should not be the reason for conflict but the source of goodwill in building our relationships with one another and our ability to understand others. The covenant with the Jewish people was not the first made between the Almighty and mankind. Before the revelation at Mt. Sinai, G-d commanded Adam and then made a covenant with Noah, giving them the guidelines for the universal religion of mankind. The most well-known part of this covenant is the seven universal commandments, or the Seven Noahide Laws. For this reason, Judaism and Jews do not proselytize, but rather seek to guide the nations of the world in developing their own relationship with the Almighty and implementing these potentially unifying laws of basic human nature. This book offers you a glimpse into the tremendous mystical power and meaning of G-d's covenant with humanity and the Seven Noahide Laws, as explained in Kabbalah. It focuses on their spiritual and inner dimensions and inspires a deeper look at our best hope for achieving world peace and a better future for all beings.
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Free Online Book Download: In 1834, Rabbi Tobias Goodman of London published a book called 'Emunas Israel' or 'The Faith of Israel' - scroll down to number 124. The Fourth Treatise is entitled: ‘On the Seven Precepts commanded to the Sons of Noah’ (page 114).
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