G-d originally made this covenant
with Adam and Eve to observe
and to teach to their descendants. After the Great Flood,
G-d repeated the Seven Commandments to Noah, his family, and all
their descendants – which includes all of us. This is the
meaning of the term Noahide.
When G-d revealed Himself at Mount Sinai, He gave Moses and the
Jewish people the duty to convey these commandments to the rest of
the people of the world. G-d also made a covenant with the
Jewish people containing additional commandments to fulfill.
The Seven Commandments are general categories that contain many
These seven universal laws are a matter of obedience to G-d even when they are part of the laws of our country. Observing them guarantees peace and goodwill among all people through universal faith.
Any non-Jewish person who fulfills the Seven Commandments because G-d commanded them in the Torah and informed us through the agency of Moses, our teacher, that the descendants of Noah had previously been commanded to observe them, is righteous and earns a share of the Eternal World to Come. Jews are rewarded for fulfilling their 613 commandments.
HONORING PARENTS and GIVING CHARITY are
time-honored observances that have become part of this doctrine.
Human reasoning leads to the conclusion that ONE SHOULD NOT COVET OR LUST after anything belonging to one’s fellow (Exodus 20:14 & Deuteronomy 5:18). We’ve seen recently how GREED undermines the structure of society.
Although these commandments seem quite simple, profound principles of
faith motivate us to observe them:
G-d involves Himself with every creature’s life at every
instant, and He provides what is best for each creature.
G-d listens to our prayers. It is fitting to ask
Him for what we need and to thank Him for His kindnesses.
G-d created evil for us to reject and thereby earn
G-d grants us free choice to obey or transgress His
commandments, so that reward and punishment are in our hands.
G-d accepts everyone’s repentance, and repentance
restores us to a sinless state of being.
We stand poised on the threshold of the
promised Messianic Age. “The Mashiach [Messiah] is ready to come
now. . . .”
Please help by “[doing] something
additional in the realm of goodness and kindness . . . at
least a little more. Then Mashiach [Messiah] will come
— His Holiness, Grand Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
The Lubavitcher Rebbe
In answer to a question from Gary Tuchman, CNN National Correspondent, “What is the Rebbe’s message for the whole world about the Mashiach?”