The Theory & Practice of Universal Ethics: The Noahide Laws

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By: Rabbi Dr. Shimon Dovid Cowen
Publisher: The Institute for Judaism & Civilization, Inc.
Language: English
Format: Hardcover, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 408 Pages

The United States Congress in 1991 endorsed the ancient universal ethical principles, known as the Seven Noahide Laws. Congress praised them as the “bedrock of society since the dawn of civilization.” They were also recognized as values “upon which our great nation was founded.” They are associated with Noah, with whom G-d completed this moral code after the Flood. They were thenceforth observed by righteous individuals, including Abraham, as the root ethical code of humanity. In our time of moral and social drift, individuals and legislators are seeking an objective and universal moral compass. Thus, it is now that these laws have special relevance and a unifying resonance over different cultures, societies and traditions.

This book sets out the broader scope of the Noahide laws – from spiritual, philosophical, psychological, social and political perspectives. Various parts of their contents have been presented before leaders, including international statesmen (whose letters are included here), who have responded with encouragement for their study and dissemination.

The book also presents the practical observance of the Noahide laws. They were the original moral covenant for humanity, and were restated by G-d at Sinai as part of His Torah. This precise task proceeds from extensive research into the tradition that explains the components of the Revelation at Mount Sinai, of which the Noahide laws form a part. The details of the Noahide Laws give structure to the ethical conduct of the major domains of human existence. This is set out clearly for the general reader, with extensive footnotes and references for those seeking further study.