Volume 3 Number 35 – October 24, 2020 – 7 Chesvan 5781
The 7 Noahide Laws: Universal Morality
The Torah of Moses is a truth for all humanity, whether Jewish or not. The Torah (as explained in the Talmud – Sanhedrin 58b) presents seven mitzvot for non-Jews to observe. These seven laws are the pillars of human civilization, and are named the “Seven Laws of Noah,” since all humans are descended from Noah who survived the Great Flood. They are:
- Do not murder.
- Do not steal.
- Do not worship false gods.
- Do not be sexually immoral.
- Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.
- Do not curse G-d.
- Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.
Maimonides explains that any human being who faithfully observes these laws earns a proper place in heaven. So, the Torah is for all humanity, no conversion necessary.
These laws were communicated by G-d to Adam and Noah, ancestors of all human beings. That is what makes these rules universal.
Laws made by humans may change according to circumstance. But laws made by the Creator of all souls, over all of time, remain the same – for all people and at all times.
– adapted from www.chabad.org and www.aish.com
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“They Tried” – Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)
by Shoshanna Dresner (www.aish.com)
‘Shooting the messenger’ is a well-known phrase used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news. In war a messenger would be sent from one camp to another, and the receiver might take out their anger on the unlucky envoy upon receiving negative information.
When Noah wanted to see if the flood water had subsided, he sent out a dove to see if she would find a resting place. Had the dove returned with a piece of vegetation this would show Noah that the waters had lowered.
Unsuccessful in her mission, she returned to the ark empty-handed.
Rabbi Berlin points out that the dove did not fly into the ark. She thought that her master would not allow her to come back inside as she was not presenting him with what he wanted to see!
Noah however had compassion and took her into his hand to warm her, “and he put forth his hand and took her and brought her to him into the ark” (Genesis 8:9).
An important lesson. If we ask someone to do something for us and they are unsuccessful, we should still treat them as if they were successful, not forgetting to express gratitude for the attempt.
We need to see the human behind the actions. Even if our emotions tempt us otherwise, we must always treat people with kindness and compassion.
Next Book Club Selection:
The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman
Monday, October 26th 7:15 – 8:45pm
For more information contact Terri Schnitzer
Jewish Federation of St. Louis Women’s Philanthropy – L’Chaim!
A not to be missed virtual evening of celebration, community, and giving, featuring Bari Weiss. As a writer and editor, formerly for the Opinion section of The New York Times, Bari continues to comment on the complex world we are living in today from anti-Semitism to COVID-19.
Save the Date
Tuesday, October 27 | 7 pm
L’Chaim! The Roots of Our Community
- $18 – L’Chaim! ticket; includes a special L’Chaim! box filled with tools to help us celebrate together
- $54 – Exclusive Opportunity: Bari Spills the Beans ticket; includes a ticket to the Main Event, a signed copy of Bari’s book, and a special L’Chaim! treat
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