by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
Responding to the comments on “Giving to G-d?”, "What it is a non-Jewish person can ever do to really give something to G-d? Is this knowledge from a Holy Sefer or 'just' some nice thoughts of yours?"
One may give to God, even though it ultimately comes from Him anyway.
There was a posting some months ago where I discussed the seven commandments that G-d gave to Adam and Noah. These commandments are for all mankind to treasure. This gives the non-Jew a wonderful way to serve G-d too. These commandments concern idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, stealing, eating flesh that was taken from an animal before it was killed, and having just courts in their lands.
The non-Jew also has freewill, so his acceptance of these commandments is just as optional for him as is it for a Jew to accept the Torah. G-d loves all mankind (on the condition they do good and not evil) and He loves it when anyone turns toward righteousness. So the same opportunity exists for the non-Jew, both to come to the wondrous awe of G-d, and to bring others (non-Jews and Jews too) to this awe. They can also show others how to pass this holy gift on to their friends. This way one good deed can go all the way around the world.
The non-Jew who keeps these seven laws has a wonderful share in this world and a share in the World to Come. There can be nothing better.
As for your second question, the footnote in the article shows that the concept “All is in the hand of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven” comes from the Talmud.[i] Phrasing it as I did comes from my personal experience.
Although, as you pointed out, all creation comes from G-d, awe of G-d is left up to us to choose or to reject. This alone is not in His “hand.”[ii]
[i] Gemora Berachos 33b
[ii] Deuteronomy 10:12
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Monday, June 16, 2008
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