When God created man on the 6th day He wanted mankind to live in peace and harmony, through His Mercy. He gave Adam 6 instructions in order to live this way. After the flood He gave Noah a 7th. These are the Noahide Commandments.
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For Noahides, prayer is considered a mitzvah when performed in response to personal needs or circumstances.
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Develop a Torah Personality
Help for perfecting your relationship with HaShem and yourself.
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Listen To Noahide Yeshiva Class
Listen to the overview from a previous class from the Noahide Torah Study Yeshiva Course.
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Get More Torah Wisdom
Torah wisdom should always flow through you. Learn about Hashem and you will learn about yourself!
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Ask a Posek (Judge)
When it comes to learning the Noahide halacha why go to a Rabbi who only has a smicha? Why not ask a Posek who is an expert in halacha.
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After The Flood
Ever wonder what happened when Noah and his family exited the Ark after the Flood?
Wisdom From Pirke Avot
Simon the Just…used to say,
“Upon three things the world stands:
On Torah, on (Divine) Service, and on Deeds of Lovingkindness.”
Pirke Avot 1:2
Ben Zoma said,
“Who is wise? The one who learns from all people…
“Who is mighty? The one who subdues the evil inclination…
“Who is rich? The one who rejoices in his portion….
“Who is honored? The one who honors other human beings….”
Pirke Avot 4:1
The Most Important Part of Studying Torah
The most important element in validating interpretations of the written and oral Torah is the concept of Mesorah. Mesorah is the greatest proof to the authenticity of any concept, practice, or interpretation.
Although the seven Noahide laws have their origins in Adam and Noah, God chose to transmit and preserve them via Moses and the giving of the Torah at Sinai. This placed the Seven Mitzvos within the structure and system of Torah study and learning. Therefore, the seven Noahide laws must be interpreted and understood within the context of the Torah.
This point cannot be stressed enough: Jewish, and therefore Noahide, study and interpretation of the Torah is unique and unlike the study of any other religious texts.
The Truth About the Ger
Don't ever be afraid of seeking truth or speaking the truth, as it says in
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment
Are Noahides Allowed to Pray?
For Noahides, prayer is considered a mitzvah when performed in response to personal needs or circumstances. If one experiences challenges for which he does not pray, his lack of response is tantamount to a denial of God as the sovereign ruler of all things and all events. When one does pray in such circumstances, it demonstrates reliance and belief in the Creator.
When a Noahide prays to give thanks or praise absent a personal need, he still receives reward for such prayer even though it is not of the same nature as prayer prompted by personal needs.
As with all personal prayers, there are no fixed texts for Noahide prayer. Since all Noahide prayer is essentially personal prayer, it is ideally expressed using sincere words from the heart.
Tools For Noahide Torah Study
The journey of Noahide Torah study is endless in depth and has no destination. You will realize this when your very essence proclaims, "the more I learn, the less I know"! Before you make this proclamation remember that it is a mitzvot for a Noahide to study the Noahide Laws and apply them in every aspect of their life. After you make that proclamation you will realize and appreciate why it is a mitzvot for a Noahide to study the Noahide Laws and apply them. The study of Torah is what gives us our awe of the Creator. The more we study the more awe we gain.
Genetics vs. Free Will
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So we are told that 66.5% of our illnesses, habits, and personality traits are genetically designed. So what chance do we have? The odds seem truly stacked against us. No-one is going to argue with DNA. Just accept that you are a likely cancer candidate who tends towards insecurity and worry, and who is socially inadequate. Isn’t acceptance a good thing?
This predeterministic argument sounds plausible in every respect. It conforms to our latest understanding of genetics. And it’s also oh so wise – acceptance of our fate and lot is surely an expression of wisdom.
But there’s that missing 33.5% still to be accounted for? And must we be really so accepting of our faults and shortcomings?
So let’s start again. Yes it does seem that we are inclined genetically by about 66% - but the operative word is ‘inclined’, i.e. proclivities, tendencies, possibilities, pointers – not ‘givens’. Those who have the ‘obesity marker’ are inclined that way, and therefore need to work harder to overcome it. And it’s not a difficult obstacle course – but it does require alertness, mindfulness and commitment. Ditto all the other genetic markers that point to tendencies.
That is exactly what the reincarnative journey of the soul is about. The soul is given, in each lifetime, its perfect obstacle course. The course includes carefully designed life exigencies, and is ‘fitted’ with a space suit called ‘the body’. The body’s ‘software, i.e. it’s biological make-up, is perfectly matched to be suitably challenged by, yet able to overcome, the challenges of this lifetime.
The Chabad Hassidic teachings emphasize that we are never given a challenge without the capacity, power, and capability to overcome. The genetic inclinations are carefully programmed by the Divine Designer to be successfully matched by our determination, commitment and wisdom.
Then there is the matter of the other 33.5%. This constitutes the influence of parental modeling, formative childhood experiences, and the environmental influences of life etc. So here we have it – a total of 100% of life’s influences that seem to be totally out of our control. Where does free choice come into the picture? How do we stand a chance to overcome.?
So let me explain. Free choice is like making yoghurt. It doesn’t take much catalyst (acidophilus) to transform a liter (quart) of milk into yoghurt, in fact 0.5% of the total volume does the trick. A tiny bit completely transforms the lot! In the same way, free choice coupled with willpower and determination, can transform all the genetic and environmental influences. Spiritual acidophilus transforms the quality of life.
And that holds as true for preventing cancer as it is for changing any unwanted personality traits. Cancer prevention requires careful management of health maintenance behaviours such as a good quality whole foods (not ‘artificial dead foods’) coupled with conscious eating, plus reasonable exercise spread throughout the day coupled with ongoing body scrutiny, and not least of all, positive disposition coupled with a good dose of Emunah (axiomatic positive thinking).
Sure you may have the cancer gene. We are told that we all have a variety of illness dispositions, and the longer we live the more likely these will rear their ugly heads. But we can ward these off – by the exercise of free choice.The common perception of ‘acceptance’ as being wise, is unwise. What we need to accept is that we have dispositions – not to accept their conclusions. We have the spiritual and tangible reserves to creative alternative conclusions – through the exercise of free choice.
Yoghurt is not just for yogis!
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