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.
The Music of the Elastic Band
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Thresholds are interesting phenomena. They are tipping points, transformative moments, when realities swap their identities making humans laugh, cry or stare in awe and amazement. An elastic band has its tipping point when suddenly, without warning, it snaps and becomes two, snapping back painfully on the fingers that dared challenge the rubber band’s limits.
Humans are like that. They too snap when stretched beyond their threshold and limits.When humans snap the result is meltdown – of mind, sometimes described as a nervous breakdown. Of heart – sometimes described as a heart attack or broken heart.
Of spirit – sometimes described as depression or dispirited. Of belief – sometimes described as despair and hopelessness.An elastic band has built-in molecular polymer limits. Its properties are determined by the modulus, elastic limits and Hooke’s Law. Humans however vary. Each has idiosyncratic limits. What is extremely painful to one person may only be a disagreeable discomfort to another. What brings joy and happiness to one may be mildly amusing to another.
Human beings too are elastic – but variably so.What stretches your limits? Introspect a moment and you might conclude on terms like uncertainty, insecurity, loneliness and fear. These cause stress.
But stress is simply the dissonance between the way you want the world to behave and the way it does; the way you want people to be and the way they are; the way you would like to be perceived but believe the truth to be otherwise.
There are two approaches to maintaining the integrity of the elastic band.
Either limit its stretch to its modulus, or increase elasticity by changed conditions such as increase in temperature.
The same holds true of humans. Human limits can be extended by raising the ‘internal temperature’ of faith and belief. Consider the great historical examples of human endurance. The first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi.
They each suffered intense or lengthy curtailment of freedoms, yet restored their ‘shape’, becoming inspirational leaders. Roger Bannister, John Landy and Herb Elliot each practiced punishing and extreme training regimens in their successful efforts to break the four-minute mile.Or refer to the autobiographical narratives of concentration camp survivors who drew on superhuman capacities and become captains industry, Nobel Prize Winners and wizened great grandparents.
What distinguished these feats from the far lesser pressures that break people today who labour under much less constraining conditions? I will posit three operative factors: the abundant presence of love, belief and spiritual stamina – the fuel to raise the ‘temperature’ increasing the elasticity factor. Where could you go shopping for this essential survival equipment?
• Love: most readily available within you. Share your love with others and you will find reciprocal love flowing endlessly towards you
• Belief: located within your soul. Allow your soul to sing and hear the melodic strains of personal liberation echoing down the corridors of fate.
• Spiritual Stamina: deriving from your convictions and commitments. Identify the principles of life that deserve your loyalty and live them no matter what.
Human elasticity is the capacity to return to one’s original ‘shape’ – mentally and emotionally. Life will at times stretch us beyond our subjective tolerance levels. But equipped with love, belief and spiritual stamina, you will bounce back, no matter how far the life-stretch. [Interestingly, prison sentences are often described as a ‘stretch’ in prison.]
Beyond the mist and haze of life, the believer can stretch upwards and reach for the sky. The fatalist will inevitably lose elasticity and become a shapeless mess.
Be spiritually agile. Stretch. Maintain the elasticity of mind and heart. Listen to and enjoy the music of your elastic band.
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