The Seven Precepts of Noah
the universal ethical code for all mankind
Did you know that Judaism recognizes that Righteous Gentiles receive a place in the World to Come?
Unlike other religions, Judaism doesn’t condemn you to Hell if you do not convert to being Jewish. Many people are just unaware that Orthodox Rabbinical Judaism has two paths that lead to the ‘World to Come’ i.e. ‘Heaven’. One path, that of the Orthodox Jew, consists of 613 commandments that were given to Moses at Mount Sinai who relayed them to the twelve tribes of Israel. The other path, that of the Righteous Gentile, consists of seven commandments, which were given to the Patriarch Noah and his descendants as the covenant in Genesis, Chapter 9, and then were later repeated to Moses at Mount Sinai to be relayed to all the peoples of the world.
Most people have heard of the so-called ‘Ten Commandments’, but what they don’t know is that ‘Ten Commandments’ is a mistranslation. In the original Hebrew, ‘Aseret HaDibrot’ correctly translates as ‘Ten Statements’. The ten statements that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved in two stone tablets, are a summary of the 613 Jewish commandments. Amazingly, the ten statements as they were written on the two stone tablets consisted of 620 letters carved into them. Note that 613 and 7 = 620! (See Baal HaTurim on the Chumash, Shemos 20:14)
People who observe the seven commandments of Noah are considered by Orthodox Rabbis to be ‘Righteous Gentiles’ and are known as “Noachides” or “Bnai Noach” in Hebrew, both these terms mean ‘descendants of Noah.’
The Seven Commandments of Noah for Non-Jews to observe are:
A BBC Journalist once asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe for his message to the non-Jewish world, and the Rebbe responded: “My message is that world peace is achievable through observing the Seven Noahide Commandments.”
Recommended Books for Noachides
The Guide to Observing the Noahide Code, Revealed from Mount Sinai in the Torah of Moses, by Rabbi Moshe Weiner.
By Rabbis Moshe Weiner and Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet. Edited Dr. Michael Schulman. Based on Part I, Chapter 6, in “The Divine Code”.
How can I become a Noahide / Righteous Gentile? – AskNoah.org/faq/how-to-become-a-noachide
Can Noachides observe Jewish Holidays? – AskNoah.org/essay/Noahide-Holidays
Are Noahides permitted to observe Jewish ritual commandments? – AskNoah.org/faq/going_beyond
May Noahides learn kabbalah? – AskNoah.org/faq/noahide-learning-kabbalah
Is there a specific Noahide liturgy? – AskNoah.org/faq/noahide-liturgy