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.
THE PARENT TRAP
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by Rabbi Laibl Wolf
No, not the 1998 remake of the 1961 Disney film, which in turn was based on Das Doppelte Lottchen by Eric Kastner, which in turn was derived from the 1936 musical comedy Three Smart Girls. Rather, I am referring to the trap that modern, emancipated, sophisticated parents, living in the year 2014, fall into, viz. ‘parenting’.
Parenting, a relatively new verb, has forgotten how to be a noun. Parenting has produced an insatiable bibliography of titles on Amazon, assuaging parental guilt and experimenting with your child.
Step back and think about it – what do most parents do? They service their children’s physical survival needs providing food, clothing, and shelter. They provide for their intellectual needs by delegating this function to schools. They feed their emotional needs with a cursory goodnight kiss but more substantively with internet descendents of Pac Man and Donkey Kong, viz. presents like Doom, Tetris, and World of Warcraft. And they satisfy their children’s spiritual needs with videos of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
(The fact is that we have been confused about raising children ever since Adam and Eve had to deal with sibling rivalry, a family tragedy that concluded in the murder of a ¼ of the world’s population - Able).
Parents, let me clear: you don’t need any parenting ‘skills’. Read two books and you will have three opinions. Should you follow Erickson’s eight stages? Or is misbehavior the product of an unfulfilled wish to be part of a social group as Dreikurs suggests? Or should we accept Frank Furedi or Judith Harris’s assertions that parents don’t really count as an influence on children? Or should we adopt an Authoritative Parenting style, or perhaps, practice Authoritarian Parenting? You can also throw into the mix Attachment Parenting, Nurturant Parenting, Overparenting, Spiritual Parenting - and ‘the beat goes on’.
Parents – it is quite simple. Live your life honestly, with firm values, and, as the Talmud teaches, “allow your outside to be like your inside and vice-versa” – meaning: no hypocrisy. For mine, I am impressed with the statistics from political science that state that 82% of all children vote like their parents did. And that’s after going through all the stages of rebellion and ‘cultural mutation’ dictated by the media.
In other words: the way you live your life (not speak, not lecture, not admonish, not punish, not even explain, but live), will determine the outcome of your child. The child is impressed by your footwork – not your tongue. The child believes in actions, not words. The child loves goodness and kindness and compassion. Why? Because that is the nature of the soul. Why? Because, as the Hassidic Masters teach, that is the nature of the created Cosmos.
Forget best-selling, faddish, ‘theories of parenting’ that appear one day and are gone tomorrow. Live your life with positive belief; express that belief in your life’s actions, and the child will become a magnificent human being.
Avoid the parenting trap. That’s double trouble. Just be a parent: a true noun. Believe in yourself. No child is given to a parent who has not the capacity to mold the child into a thing of beauty and value.
This article was originally posted at http://www.spiritgrowjosefkrysscenter.org/blogs/laibls-world