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.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
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by Rabbi Laibl Wolf
I like Beatles’ music. It is original, fresh, and quirkily meaningful. But on 25th June 1967 John Lennon got it decidedly wrong. Not the music – just the title. Nothing wrong with the love part, but expressing love as a need has got it all wrong. You don’t ‘need’ love – you love. Love is many splendored thing and gives you that lovin’ feeling’. But love is also inner-work of taming the ego.
Democracy is a great political system but doesn’t always translate to other life areas e.g. love. And yet many people view love as a sacred democratic institution. Emotion-democrats claim it’s all about fairness, equality, reciprocity, a two-way street. It’s not. Love is a one-way street. Think about it. Love is about giving. Love is what you draw from yourself to confer on another - a block of your busy time, a wad of hard earned-money, a flow of feelings at the tired end of the day. It’s always a gratuitous expression of sensitive caring.
So why can’t it be a two way street? Wouldn’t that make it doubly good? Not at all. You can’t make someone love you. Love cannot be coercive and coerced. To get someone to love you back is to demand fulfillment of a need – your need – the need to be loved. But that is the ego talking. I need to be loved. And you, dear lady or gentleman, better love me, right now, on cue, at my bidding, otherwise ‘it’s not love’. Does that sound at all like love to you? Yet it does sound ‘needy’.
To be loved evokes a warm fuzzy feeling, a ‘feel-good’ feeling. Nothing unnatural or improper about feeling good when being loved. But that is the expression of love of the other for you. It is their verb, their choice, their giving – not yours. Love is not an equation. Love is an one-sided initiative.
The Kabbala explains love-dynamics in this way. The spiritual source of love is the Sefira of Hessed. The nature of Hessed is to flow outwards from the mind, body, and soul. And it doesn’t flow inwards at the same time, so love is not what you receive, only what you give.
When the troubled lover says to his doubting partner: I will love you if you will love me, he is transacting business and specifying the conditional nature of the contract - the big ‘if’. It might be a plaintive call for fairness but it’s the ego talking, saying ‘I want’, ‘I must have’, ‘I need that emotional fix’. True love means to love, not to be a recipient of love. If you love truly it is highly likely that you will awaken a true love in the other and you will, in passing, also be on the receiving end of their love with all of its attendant good feelings. But you don’t love to get it back. That’s emotional bribery. When you get it back it’s called a bonus!
Love is not a need because a need is what is seeking fulfillment of what is missing in you. Love is what you give the other to fill up their emotional black hole, not yours.
Clearly love is a tricky matter. Introspection, honesty and clear-headedness are required to assess emotional integrity. The important thing is not to engage in a ‘user-friendly’ relationship – very friendly but using the other for your own needs.
John, wherever you are, I am hereby retitling your song All You Give Is Love. Hope you don’t mind. It’s a better life recipe for joy and happiness.
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This article was originally posted at http://www.spiritgrowjosefkrysscenter.org/blogs/laibls-world