Torah-based Morality

What can we learn from the Noahide Commandments?

Contemplation in the Seven Noahide Commandments

by Rabbi Moshe Weiner, author of “The Divine Code”

Translated by Rabbi Yosef Schulman, Assistant Director

Edited by Dr. Michael Schulman, Executive Director

Every person is obligated to contemplate the commands given explicitly to him by G-d and to understand everything that he is obligated and forbidden to do, and how to better his character. Therefore, a Gentile should contemplate the 7 Noahide Commandments, and what one can learn from them to rectify his nature and correct his deeds. Of primary importance is contemplation on the very fact that G-d gave commands to mankind. This teaches that G-d has purpose in the world – and anticipates the world coming to its proper rectification – through the actions of mankind. G-d’s commands teach that a person is able to do meaningful good deeds and rectify himself and his environment. Surely a person should not view himself as being naturally evil, nor imagine that it is impossible to change one’s nature to goodness. Rather, a person should know and believe that since G-d commanded him and anticipates his doing specific good actions, G-d surely has given him the power and capability to accomplish this. To this end, the following lessons can be learned from each of the Noahide Laws. Read more »


Should parents push college?


I feel as if I’m living the movie “Failure to Launch”… my two oldest kids (22 yr old daughter, and 19 yr old son) don’t seem to want to grow up. They both have a good work ethic, and enjoy their jobs, but the jobs are low wage introductory positions. My son is a cook, my daughter a cashier. It seems that, apart from a miracle (and I’m not against miracles) they’ll need a degree in order to get a job which will support their own families, but neither one is motivated about school…

Last night my son said he’s not sure he wants to go back to school next semester!?!! I’m sure this is just a symptom of something deeper, perhaps a deficiency on my part, and that makes it tough to read into and guess how to solve this without a ton of more information I’m sure, but maybe someone has some experience or ideas? I’d love to hear some input or encouragement on the matter. Read more »


Can one realistically never be angry?

QUESTION from a Noahide friend: I have been trying to follow the moral conducts as outlined in chapter 8 of Part I : “The Fundamentals of the Faith” in the book THE DIVINE CODE, by Rabbi Moshe Weiner. While certainly most of the points regarding the conduct were already being followed by me, I find it is becoming difficult to follow the first point: never to be angry. Read more »


Are there any animals that we can learn from?

The Mishnah says: “Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion, to do the will of your Father in Heaven.”[1] What does this mean? Here is the answer from Rabbi Moshe Weiner of Jerusalem: Read more »


What is the Key to Controlling Violence?

By Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht

Condensed from an essay published in 1969. Its message is, perhaps, more relevant now than ever before.

Rabbi J. J. Hecht
Rabbi J. J. Hecht (1924-1990)

“The issue of violence is one that has beset the United States as few problems in the past. In recent years, we have seen armed personal assaults on innocent men, women, and children.

What has happened to our nation that violence has become part and parcel of the American way? Political leaders, law-enforcement officials, educators, psychologists and sociologists have attempted to define both its cause and its cure. What is said about determining the origins of violence is not nearly as important as recommendations for controlling it. The suggested remedies range from more effective law enforcement (including gun control) to better social conditions.

The sad fact is, however, that no matter how many of these approaches are tried, no matter how much they are funded, and no matter how much they are endorsed by various groups, they are all bound to fail unless a simultaneous effort is made in another area.

The missing element is morality. The more that we will value the human spirit as being in the image of G-d, the more regard we will have for the property and persons of others. The challenge, therefore, is to make America a moral nation once more. This, of course, is easier said than done, but it brings to the fore an approach which has been strangely abandoned.

Is it utopian belief to think that American society can be turned again to morality? Moses spent 40 years leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land, realizing full well that he himself would never enter it. We must do the same — start so that, eventually, violence in America will be something that is read about only in history books.”

An important starting place is to educate and to encourage the observance of the Divine moral code, known as the Seven Laws of Noah, among all people. For more information, visit www.asknoah.org.


What is the Best Government Policy?

The Best Government Policy is to Promote the Noahide Code*

When seeking ways to assist countries suffering from famine, [etc.,] or to prevent war, the way to accomplish this is to promote observance of the Noahide Code, for this will bring us to merit an enduring, civilized world. In fact, observing this code nowadays will bring us the privilege of witnessing the [Messianic] era, about which Rambam speaks [at the conclusion of Mishneh Torah] – “that time.” This indicates that although it will be limited by the boundaries of time, it will be “that time” – the Messianic Era – about which it is written [by Rambam], “In that time there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition [for good will flow in abundance]… The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G-d.”[1]

We also find Gentiles included at the outset of Mishneh Torah:

“[The foundation of foundations and the pillar of wisdom is to know that] there is a Primary Being who brought into being all existence; all the beings of the heavens, the earth, and what is between them.”[2]

This pertains not only to Jews, but to Gentiles as well.

*From the book To Perfect the World: The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Call to Teach the Noahide Code to All Mankind. Translated from Hisvaaduyos 5745, Vol. 3, pp. 1713-1716.


[1] Maimonides (Rambam), Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 12:5.
[2] Ibid., Laws of the Foundations of the Torah 1:1.


A lesson from Sinai: Is there morality without commandments?

QUESTION : Can’t a Noahide (or any human being) just live as a good person in their own eyes, deciding right and wrong based on their conscience? Read more »