Thursday, November 15, 2012

Noahide Nation: Why is This Nation Different from all the Other Nations?

On Passover we do many things different. So much so that there is the requisite child question which is: "Why is this night different from all the other nights?"  Its even a song.

A great "YES!" moment is when a child unprompted, sees that the Passover night is different, i.e. we eat matzot instead of bread, we wash ahead of time, etc., they ask of their own accord, "why are we doing things different this night from the other nights?"  Yes!!

Anyway, so who are the Noahides? Those are the many people who choose to live at the very least according to the seven laws of Noah.

Here are the seven laws:

    1. Prohibition of Idolatry
    2. Prohibition of Murder
    3. Prohibition of Theft
    4. Prohibition of Sexual Immorality
    5. Prohibition of Blasphemy
    6. Prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive
    7. Establishment of courts of law

(courtesy of wikipedia)

 These laws are gathered and compiled from the "Christian Old Testament"  or really from the Tannakh. I say at the very least because really they can take on other mitzvot from the Torah.

So, how is this nation different from all the other nations?

Well first of all, they are the only non-Jewish group that goes according to the Torah. That right there eliminates many other nations. But Islam did take some of its teachings from the Jewish faith, so would that be right up there with Islam?

The way --derech eretz of a Noahide would probably be most comparable to that of the Jews.  Sharia -the word for "the Path" in Islam is almost antithetical to Judaism.   With the Noahides learning and undersrtanding derech eretz, they are most apt to understand the spirit of the Torah more than any other non-(practicing) Jewish groups.

So, there you have it!

Another interesting thing about Noahides, is that where ever they are, whatever actual land space that they are in, there they create part of the Noahide global community.  Imagine if they traded together, visited one another? build with each other and held hands across the globe, what a wonderful world it would be!

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