Thursday, September 04, 2014

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And Non-Jews Too?

A reader asked… “I am wondering, this struggle with the evil inclination, does it include all of humanity, Jews or Non-Jews? Or only Jews.  I hear many Rabbi's who say, goyim can do anything Hashem does not care for them. Hashem cares only for the Jews.  On the other hand if Jews are chosen to be a light to other Nations, that saying does not make sense.  In the end I think we all have the same tests, Jew and non Jew.  If all humanity did that one thing: Do unto others as you would want for yourself too.”

The Torah presents the 7 mitzvos (commandments) for “Bnei Noach” – for the children of Noah, meaning all of mankind.  This is the path of the righteous gentile.  One who fulfills the mitzvot of G-d that appy to him or her has fulfilled the will of G-d and earned a place in this world and the next. 

THE 7 LAWS

1 - Acknowledge that there is only one G-d who is Infinite and Supreme above all things. Do not replace that Supreme Being with finite idols, be it yourself, or other beings. This command includes such acts as prayer, study and meditation.

2 - Respect the Creator. As frustrated and angry as you may be, do not vent it by cursing your Maker.

3 – Respect human life. Every human being is an entire world. To save a life is to save that entire world. To destroy a life is to destroy an entire world. To help others live (charity) is a corollary of this principle.

4 - Respect the institution of marriage. Marriage is a most Divine act. The marriage of a man and a woman is a reflection of the oneness of G-d and His creation. Disloyalty in marriage is an assault on that oneness.

5 - Respect the rights and property of others. Be honest in all your business dealings. By relying on G-d rather than on our own conniving, we express our trust in Him as the Provider of Life.

6 - Respect G-d's creatures. At first, Man was forbidden to consume meat. After the Great Flood, he was permitted - but with a warning: Do not cause unnecessary suffering to any creature.

7 - Maintain justice. Justice is G-d's business, but we are given the charge to lay down necessary laws and enforce them whenever we can. When we right the wrongs of society, we are acting as partners in the act of sustaining the creation.

Simple?  Much of what’s going on in the world today tells us otherwise.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just got me thinking. If a Jew or Gentile was never told, or read, about a Creator or any religious precepts, would he or she still naturally be seeking someone to worship, feel the need to pray/pay homage to? Do people believe because they are copying what others (society) say to do and believe, ie. from Torah/Bible etc.

David Katz said...

the higher the level the higher the yetzer. no name is akin to hell, which is a world of yetzer to the gentile who knows not of his name and purpose. the more a noahide grows and becomes acquainted with his essence, purpose, name, mission, place in torah [ger] he grows in ways or spirituality, holiness, and purity. with his growth he becomes like the tanach hero naaman, who outlines the noahide ger journey into torah, a path that as naaman shows, one begins to correct the world through his mission. he gains olam haba based on his success and he seeks to eradicate evil and the yetzer as one of the nilviim of yisrael.

Devorah said...

A new book for Noahides: see http://shiratdevorah.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/the-world-of-ger.html

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