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Going Beyond the 7

How can I become a discerning Noahide?

Jacob's LadderQuestion: I am looking for a tutor, one who is a Noahide or a Rabbi. I need first to ask this question, about how to be guarded and prudent. How to take a pace of grace is my question. What is in the book “The Divine Code” that could help me to become discerning?

Answer from David D. ben Noach (a discerning Noahide):

First about the tutor question:
Currently, the approach taken by other Noahides is to study sources on the Noahide Commandments, like “The Divine Code,” taking their time and asking questions on this forum. To find an actual Noahide teacher for you might be difficult, because there are so many Noahides at different levels of learning and few Rabbis to look after many of them. Read more »

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May Noahides learn kabbalah?

The following questions were received from a Noahide woman (a “Daughter of Noah” / Bas Noach):

Bas Noach: Is it good for Noahides to learn about kabbala, or is it for Jews only?

From the explanations in “The Divine Code,” Volume 1, p. 90: Read more »

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What sources can Noahides read in connection with Tishe B’Av?

The 9th/Tisha of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av, is the date when Jews observe total fasting for about 24 hours and 40 minutes, as part of their traditional mourning on this anniversary of the destruction of both the First and the Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem. When the 9th falls on the Seventh Day, the fast is pushed off 24 hours, and starts on Saturday night. Read more »

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What other righteous traditions were accepted by Noahides after the Flood?

Charity canIn addition to the Seven Noahide Commandments, the Noahides of antiquity voluntarily accepted several rules of moral behavior, which are in fact intellectually incumbent obligations for all people. Read more »

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Is tithing a requirement for Gentiles?

Give charity for the poor and needyQuestion: I am a minister seeking to further understand the ordinance of tithing. Read more »

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Does “Hear O Israel…” apply to a Noahide?

Question: What is the significance of Deut. 6:4 (“Hear, O Israel: the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One”) for a Noahide, since it is specifically directed towards the Jewish people? Isn’t there a commandment for all mankind to believe in the Unity and Oneness of G-d?

Answer (from Rabbi Moshe Weiner of Jerusalem): Although this verse expresses one of the positive (“to do”) commandments for Jews specifically (that Jewish men must recite these words every day, in the morning and in the evening), the call is universal. Read more »

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Does the Noahide Code include Law of the Land?

Question: If the Noahide Law to “Establish Laws and Courts” includes to keep the laws of the state, it would impose different obligations depending on where and when somebody lives. Since the details of the other six commandments can be derived from the Torah and classical rabbinical sources, they are constant obligations. But is it true concerning the laws of the state as well? Read more »

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What is the ideal approach for women in professions or politics?

In our time, women are accepting greater roles in business and political life. Many people ask, “Should these greater opportunities for women be embraced, or should they be rejected as negative aspects of modern society, or perhaps as conflicting with traditional values?” Read more »

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Is it OK to say bad things about bad people?

The Baal Shem Tov explained: Evil gossip kills all three - the inventor of the slander, the one who relates it and the listener. This is all in spiritual terms..."

The Baal Shem Tov explained: Evil gossip kills all three – the inventor of the slander, the one who relates it and the listener. This is all in spiritual terms…”

Question: Can I say the truth about the deeds of people who have no fear of Heaven, without fearing about committing “lashon hara” (evil gossip)?

Answer: In regard to people in general, the answer is no. But there are few exceptions which I will mention below. Read more »

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How can we know if meat was taken from a living animal?

A Gentile is only liable for a transgression of the Noahide Commandments if he performed the forbidden act knowingly, or knowing that there is a significant probability that he might be performing the forbidden act. (Committing unintentional homicide through negligence is an exception.) Usually, there is only a small chance (much less than 50%) that any piece of commercial meat sold in a store or served in a restaurant would have been cut from an animal while it was still alive. So when you get a random package of meat in a store or a meal in a restaurant, it’s very unlikely (less than 50%) that you’re eating a piece of forbidden meat, and therefore you could not be liable for anything on that account.

This is certainly the case if the meat is from a slaughterhouse that follows practices that make it very unlikely that butchering of an animal could begin before the animal’s heart permanently stopped beating (regardless of whether or not the animal was stunned), and if there are inspectors to make sure that those practices are followed.

On the other hand, there are some animal parts that are almost always taken from living animals: testicles (for example, from castrated bulls) and bobbed tails (for example, from sheep and dogs). Those parts should not be eaten unless one knows with certainty that the meat before him was not taken from a live animal.

These points are explained in Part IV of the book “The Divine Code,” Volume 1, by Rabbi Moshe Weiner:
https://asknoah.org/books/the-divine-code
The book also explains that for any meat that is reliably kosher for Jews, there is definitely no chance that it could be forbidden for Gentiles in regard to the requirements of the Noahide Code.

Also see our web pages

https://asknoah.org/discussion-with-dr-regenstein

https://asknoah.org/animal-welfare-our-chat-with-t-grandin

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Are Noahides permitted to observe Jewish ritual commandments?

The book “The Divine Code,” Volume I, gives the following instructions on this subject (p. 69-74), which are quoted here. The parts in square brackets [ ] are insertions for additional clarification: Read more »

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