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The Seven Noahide Commandments

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By the grace of G-d 
Copyright © 1997, 2009, 2011 Nathaniel Segal 

Duties for a Civilized World

G-d originally made this covenant with Adam and Eve to observe and to teach to their descendants.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 details.

These seven universal laws are a matter of obedience to G-d even if they are part of the laws of our country.  Their observance 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 He made known through Moses Our Teacher that the descendants of Noah had previously been commanded to do them, is righteous and earns a share of the Eternal World to Come.  Jews are rewarded for fulfilling their 613 commandments.

Human reasoning leads to the conclusion that ONE SHOULD NOT COVET OR LUST after anything belonging to ones 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 fulfill them:


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 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."
Jem Mobile  ~  Transcripts
Audio from chabad.org

YouTube

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