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What are the actual Seven Noahide Laws?

by Rabbi Yermeyahu Bindman

  

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Judaism teaches about a Divine Mandate known as the Seven Noahide Laws, which are G-d's universal laws for all mankind as taught to Moses and recorded in the Torah.1 They are:  


1. No idolatry - Prohibits the worship of any human or any created thing. Also prohibited is the making of idols and involvement with the occult. This necessitates an understanding of the One G-d and His nature.


2. No blasphemy - Prohibits a curse directed at the Supreme Being.


3. No homicide - Prohibits murder and suicide. Causing injury is also forbidden.


4. No theft - Prohibits the wrongful taking of another's goods.


5. No illicit intercourse - Prohibits adultery, incest, homosexual intercourse and bestiality, according to Torah definitions.


6. Don't eat a limb of a living creature - Promotes the kind treatment of animal life. It also encourages an appreciation for all kinds of life and respect for nature as G-d's creation.


7. Carry out justice - An imperative to pursue and enforce social justice, and a prohibition of any miscarriage of justice.


See also The Seven Noahide Laws in Light of Kabbalah , www.noahide.org and www.asknoah.org. Askmoses also recommends the following books: The Path of the Righteous Gentile by Rabbi Yakov Rugalsky, and The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner

Footnotes

  • 1. The Torah doesn't list them as seven. The Talmud points out seven commandments in the Torah and compiles the list of seven. See Talmud tractate Sanhedrin 56a-56b, and Maimonides laws of Kings 9:1-2

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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Moses
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.