Did you know that Judaism recognizes that Righteous Gentiles receive a place in the World to Come?
Unlike other religions, Judaism doesn't condemn you to hell if you don't convert. Many people are just unaware that Judaism is a religion of dual covenants, one for Jews and another for Gentiles. According to Jewish teaching, the Torah of Moses contains a covenant (given at Mt Sinai) binding on the Jewish people consisting of 613 commandments, and another known as the ‘Covenant of Noah’ consisting of seven commandments which is binding on all the peoples of the world who are not Jewish. The Covenant of Noah is found in Genesis chapter 9. These seven commandments are:
These Seven Commandments which G-d gave to the Descendants of Noah, i.e. to all mankind, via the Prophet Moses and the oral Torah tradition, are basic laws with far-reaching ramifications which embrace the whole life of the society as well as of the individual, to ensure that the human race will be guided by these Divine laws of morality and ethics, and that the human society will indeed be human, and not a jungle.
Most people have heard of the so-called ‘Ten Commandments’, but what they don't know is that 'Ten Commandments' is a mistranslation. In the original Hebrew, ‘Aseret HaDibrot' correctly translates as ‘Ten Statements’. The ten statements that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved in two stone tablets, are a summary of the 613 commandments. Amazingly, the ten statements on the two stone tablets consisted of 620 letters carved into them. 613 and 7 = 620!
The prophet Isaiah foretold that the Jewish people are to be “a light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6, 49:6), and as part of fulfilling this task they have preserved in the Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 56a-60b, 96b, Avodah Zarah 2a-3b, 64b, 65a & 65b, Bava Kamma 38a and Chullin 92a) the universal code of seven Noachide commandments, which is a basic program of ethical monotheism.
The Oral Torah (i.e. The Talmud) in Sanhedrin 56b finds allusions to the Seven Commandments of the Covenant of Noah, in G-d’s commandment to Adam not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, in the Written Torah (the Bible):
Genesis 2:16 – “G-d [YKWK], Almighty G-d [Elokim], commanded man, saying: “You may eat freely from every tree of the Garden, but you must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. For on the day that you will eat from it you will certainly die.”
This means that these laws were encompassed by Adam’s single commandment. Maimonides however, states that six commandments were given to Adam and the seventh was given to Noah after the flood (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim (The Laws of Kings) Chapter 9, law 1).
For those who foolishly deny the Oral Torah, please note that the Oral Torah is mentioned in the Written Torah, Exodus 24:12, Where “G-d said to Moses, “Come up to Me, to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets, the Torah (the teaching, i.e. the Written Torah) and the Mitzvah (the commandment, i.e. the Oral Torah), which I have written to instruct them.”
The Seven Noachide Commandments were later codified into the Jewish Legal Code called the ‘Mishneh Torah’, by Rabbi Moses Maimonides, in the section called Hilchos Melachim (The Laws of Kings), Chapters 8, 9 and 10.
People who observe the seven commandments of the biblical Covenant of Noah are considered by Orthodox Rabbis to be ‘Righteous Gentiles’ and are known as “Noachides” or “Bnai Noach” in Hebrew, both these terms mean ‘descendants of Noah.’
Some people think that there is no need to connect the laws of ethics and morality with Divine authority, and try to rationalize these principles instead. The fallacy of this thinking is abundantly clear, as we saw in the middle of the last century, a whole nation which had boasted of great philosophic advancement and ethical systems sink to the lowest depth of inhuman depravity and unprecedented barbarism, and the reason for this was that they thought that they could establish a morality and ethics based on human reason, not subject to the authority of a Supreme Being, having themselves become a super race, as they thought.
In essence, the Seven Noahide Commandments establish a stable, humane and just society, which accomplishes G-d’s command of inhabiting/settling the world. This is the basis of civilization, for “He did not create it as a wasteland, but formed it to be inhabited/settled.” (Isaiah 45:18). Observing these Laws helps everyone accomplish his or her true purpose: to make a dwelling place for G-d in this world.
“So that all the nations of the earth shall know the Lord is G-d; there is none else. Let your heart therefore be whole with the Lord our G-d, to follow His statutes and to keep His commandments, as of this day.” (I Kings 8:60-61).
‘For, from the rising of the sun until its setting, My Name is great among the nations, and everywhere offerings are burnt and offered up to My Name; yea, a pure oblation, for My Name is great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.’ - Malachi 1:11
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Free Online Book Download: In 1834, Rabbi Tobias Goodman of London published a book called 'Emunas Israel' or 'The Faith of Israel'. The Fourth Treatise is entitled: ‘On the Seven Precepts commanded to the Sons of Noah’ (page 114).
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