The Seven Noahide Commandments

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By the grace of G-d
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 Duties for a Civilized World

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G-d Almighty originally made this covenant with Adam and Eve to observe and to teach to their descendants so that the world would be civilized.  After the Great Flood, Almighty 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 – Child of Noah.

When Almighty 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 details.

These seven universal laws are a matter of obedience to the Almighty even when these 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.

In addition, Europeans have accepted that ONE SHOULD NOT COVET OR LUST after anything belonging to one’s fellow (Exodus 20:14 & Deuteronomy 5:18) as part of their moral code.  We’ve seen recently how GREED undermines the fabric of society.  This is not to say that we are adding an eighth commandment which we are forbidden to do.

Although these commandments seem quite simple, profound principles of faith motivate us to observe them:

We stand poised on the threshold of the promised Messianic Age.  “The Messiah [Mashiach] is ready to come now. . . .”

Please help by “[doing] something additional from the realm of goodness and kindness . . . at least a little more.  Then Mashiach [Messiah] will come immediately.”

—  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?”

— October 20, 1991

Video from Jewish Educational Media (JEM):  Eye to Eye: Acts of Goodness and Kindness. "CNN with the Rebbe."
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