Do you know your "Seven Commandments?" In Jewish tradition, the "ten commandments" of Moses apply only to Jews. All others are expected to observe the "seven laws of Noah"; one positive commandment to set up courts of justice and six prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, sexual misconduct, theft, and eating the limb of a live animal. These laws are principles that provide the keys to a civilized world, the right relationship between Jews and non-Jews, and the spiritual development of non-Jewish peoples. Unfortunately, they have been largely unknown for centuries. With the reemergence of Israel and increased religious freedom in other nations, Jews are once again actively fulfilling the religious commandment to teach the Seven Laws to non-Jews. As a result, people in all parts of the world have begun to study the Laws, and there is renewed interest in the role played by the nations of the world in the Messianic Redemption. We live in times of unprecedented social disorder filled with terrifying and dramatic events that almost defy interpretation. Through these Noachide concepts, both individuals and groups can rediscover themselves in the First Man and Woman and their descendent, Noah, to whom these precepts of universal morality were given. one G-d created us all, and His Torah provides for all people, not just for Jews.
by Rabbi Yirmeyahu Bindman
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