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.
Urgent vs. Important
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What’s important? Money? Friends? Travel? Knowledge? Different strokes for different folks. But what defines the truly important – the valuable? If the world were able to achieve consensus only on this issue alone, most of the world’s ills would disappear overnight.
One of my favorite management theorists, Steven Covey, distinguishes ‘important’ from its poor cousin, ’urgent’. ‘Urgent’ seeks your immediate attention, right now, irrespective of its importance e.g. the plaintive call of your cell phone (invariably unimportant, yet we respond as if our lives depend entirely on that call). Important matters generally do not require immediate attention – they usually require serious and unhurried consideration.
Urgent things may be important, but generally their outer garb of stature hides a feeble body, which, ‘in the raw’, exposes an unimportant personality. On the other hand, important matters may at times be urgent, but more likely, seek the passage of time for wisdom to solve and sort.
In a world where time always seems to be of the essence, ‘important’ and ‘urgent’ often merge into a curious hybrid I have titled - ‘impurgent’ – a ‘glorious basterdization’ of these two cousins. Most urgent things in life are rarely important and most important things are rarely urgent – hence the illegitimacy of the ‘impurgent’.
Have you sat down and really figured out what is important in your life? It isn’t money. It may be what money brings you by way of life’s fulfillment. It isn’t friends, but rather the connectedness with another life-in-being that magically brings meaning into one’s life. It isn’t knowledge per se, but rather the enlargement of one’s self, spiritually, mentally and emotionally, that provides the vantage point from a mountain peak from which to view the pattern of higher reality.
Too often we don’t see the forest for the trees. One great Hassidic master noted introspectively: “two fingers in front of an eye can hide the tallest mountains.” We respond to the call of the moment, instead of surveying the landscape of time.
Yes, of course be mindful – ‘be here now’. But beyond the moment of now there must also be ‘the timelessness of flow’. Flow begins in the past, appears in the present, and carries you through the future.
Let me give you a quick litmus test to distinguish between ‘important’ and ‘urgent’: if the matter goes to the core of relationship, then it’s likely to be important. If it relates more to shoring up personal inadequacies and insecurities it is likely to be ‘urgent’. If you act on the latter you are being ‘impurgent’.
Resist the temptresses of ‘urgent’. Grace yourself with the space of time and you will earn the respect of wisdom, resulting in recognition of the truly ‘important’.
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