Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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The Laws of Noah

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

Commentor annie asked…

are there 7 Noahide Laws or 66? Please explain... and if there are only "7"... where do we find the Oral Laws explaining in depth these 7 Laws? Please help us noahides to find our way as well...  Thank you...

(Someone on the previous article commented that there are 66 Noahide laws.  We’ve only heard of 7…)

- Taken from TheRebbe.org -

According to the sages of the Talmud, there are 70 families with 70 paths within the great Family of Man. And each individual has his or her path within a path. Yet, there is one universal basis for us all.

At the dawn of human history, G-d gave man seven rules to follow in order that His world be sustained. So it is recounted in the Book of Genesis as interpreted by our tradition in the Talmud. There will come a time, our sages told us, that the children of Noah will be prepared to return to this path. That will be the beginning of a new world, a world of wisdom and peace.

At the heart of this universal moral code is the acknowledgement that morality - indeed, civilization itself - must be predicated on the belief in G-d. Unless we recognize a Higher Power to whom we are responsible and who observes and knows our actions, we will not transcend the selfishness of our character and the subjectivity of our intellect. If man himself is the final arbiter of right and wrong, then "right", for him or her, will be what they desire, regardless of its consequences to the other inhabitants of earth.

At Mount Sinai, G-d charged the Children of Israel to serve as His "Light unto the nations" by bringing all of humanity to a recognition of their Creator and adherence to His laws.

For most of Jewish history, however, circumstance did not permit our people to spread these principles, other than by indirect means. When the Lubavitcher Rebbe began speaking about publicizing them as a preparation for a new era, he was reviving an almost lost tradition.

What is most beautiful about these laws, is the breathing room they provide. They resonate equally in a hut in Africa or a palace in India, in a school in Moscow or a suburban home in America. They are like the guidelines of a great master of music or art: firm, reliable and comprehensive -- but only a base, and upon this base each people and every person may build.

"The Seven Noahide Laws" are a sacred inheritance of all the children of Noah, one that every person on the face of the earth can use as the basis of his or her spiritual, moral and pragmatic life. If enough of us will begin to incorporate these laws into our lives, we will see a different world very soon. Sooner than we can imagine.

- More here -

Annie asked… where do we find Oral Laws explaining these in depth.  I did a brief search and found that Pirche Shoshanim, an online Torah learning program, has gathered up the information into a nice presentation.  They share the first lesson, but do charge for the rest.

Check it out.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shalom,

I am Noachide too.

Please can you tell me how and where as a Noachide could i be buried.
Most cemeteries cater to xtians and others, here in Canada.
Jews have their own...
Other cemeteries do not seem to know what or who is NOachide.
I am old.
I want to do what i can so as not to leave this problem to my children.
Where can a Noachide be buried?
How can a Noachide be buried? meaning like in clothes? or how?
this is my big problem at the moment.
Thanks for any answers to this question.
sc

Dovid Chaim said...

Why don't you ask a rabbi? I'm Jewish and that's what I do when I have a tough question.

annie said...

Rabbi Akiva... Thank you for this response. It is so vitally important that we as noahides, also, learn what is expected of us from HaShem.

Cannot wait to learn from the site you gave. Thank you very much, Rabbi...

It just seems so incredible that this will be the beginning of a new world, a world of wisdom and peace... may we see it soon and this hunger for Truth... universally cover the globe!!!

Anonymous said...

See http://www.noahide.org/article.asp?Level=160&Parent=90 for the 66 sub-laws.

Unemployed Noachide said...

Anonymous asks, "Where can a Noachide be buried?"

I'm a Noachide - not that it's very fulfilling, since we have no mnemonic rituals, customs, or rites of passage. Most of us don't even have fellow Noachides to hang out with, let alone a thriving community.

Personally, I'm going the cremation route. I don't care about the resurrection of the dead (and who knows if a Noachide will merit it?) and having a "share in the World to Come" doesn't appeal to me either. I didn't care about "pie in the sky" when the Xtians tried to sell me on their mythological construct, so ... waiting for a reward in some Utopian future doesn't really float my boat.

Frankly, I hope we're nothing more than worm food after we die, because I don't want to go through another gilgul (transmigration of the soul). If the elements that make up what I am get reabsorbed into the Creation, then ... so be it. No biggy.... If we're not just worm food, then I'm going to ask HaShem to obliterate whatever part of my soul (nefesh or neshamah) happens to survive physical death.

All that matters is the legacy I leave behind. Sadly, I don't think that being an enabler of this present evil social system is much of a legacy regardless of how many good deeds and acts of loving kindness I perform. The bottom line is that I'm still just a powerless cog in a monstrous machine within HaShem's Palace of Illusion.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
thanks for your reply. I would not like creamation unless a Rabbi says its okay for Noachides to be cremated.
You are so right that most Noachides are alone, except for these blogs and such we can go to. Most are always centered towards the Jews, and nothing really for us.
I am lost and lonely too. I do have family, but i am alone as a Noachide. Wish there was someway to connect. If that is a possiblilty let me know. Atleast if we Noahcide could email one another, it would be good.
Jews are supposed to be the light to all nations. some light is given but a lot not. They say, Jews have questions, and always ask questions. We have questions too, but hardly get answers.

To the Rav of this blog, i say thank you. Hashem bless you.
lost here,

Anonymous said...


Unemployed Noahide:

Yes, you (me, all of us) are tired of this present evil social system. And like you, I don't want another gilgul. As I understand it, the only way to avoid it is to rectify that in me which needs correction. I don't recall signing up for this trip, but again, it is my understanding that I did - knowing full well that it would be hard. And it is...

May we all take heart and complete our mission. I wish you the very best.

David
Oklahoma, USA

Uneployed Noachide said...

David in Oklahoma writes, "Yes, you (me, all of us) are tired of this present evil social system."

LOL! Well, I see that you're located in Jesusland (aka Oklahoma) too. Feel free to email me: podunknoachide@cox.net.

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