The Jewish People was entrusted with the purpose to be a “light unto the nations”. This means that our identity is defined by the 613 Commandments of the Torah and our function is to teach humanity the Seven Universal Noahide Commandments. This is in order for you to get full access to the divine tools inside of you and fulfill your divine image, and accomplish your purpose: “To Make this World a Dwelling place for HaShem“.
The Tradition of the Noahide Code
The Noahide Code has been preserved for the Bnei Noah – the Children of Noah – who are to believe (as a foundational principle) the Torah’s teaching that they are commanded to learn and follow these 7 Mitzvot (Commandments). Righteous Gentiles, whom the Torah Sages called the “pious among the nations of the world” (hasidei umot ha’olam), accept their obligation to observe the Seven Laws of Noah as the Will of G-d for all Gentiles, which He communicated in His Torah.
The Torah tradition teaches
Although G-d created the world giving people free choice, He also gave humans the guidance needed to do good: the 7 Noahide Mitzvot, which predate all other legal codes, and establish an objective definition of “good” which applies to all people. G-d has always been concerned and involved with all the nations of the world.
Although six of the seven universal mitzvot were given to Adam and Hava (Eve), they are called the Noahide Mitzvot because all seven were given by G-d to Noah after the Flood.
Guide for all people
According to Torah, these “7 Laws of Noah” were given for all the descendants of Noah.
The Noahide Code (the 7 Mitzvot with their many offshoots and practical applications) is discussed at length in the Oral Torah. The Noahide Code serves as a guide to all people for how they are to live in a moral way in G-d’s eyes among their fellow humans, among animals and the rest of the natural world, and before G-d.
The Jewish Mitzvot are almost all stated explicitly in the Five Books of Moses (the Chumash), whereas several of the Noahide Mitzvot can be found in the text of the Hebrew Bible only with the help of teachings from the Oral Torah. Faithful observant Jews who have access to the Oral Torah tradition are assigned by G-d with the mission to teach all people in the world about the Noahide Laws, which are key to bringing about world peace through orderly and G-d fearing societies.
Centrality of the 7 Mitzvot for Noahides
This is demonstrated in the Hebrew Bible in the Book of Jonah. It is critical to note how G-d was so concerned with the moral failures of the Gentile citizens of Nineveh that He sent a Jewish prophet to warn all the people to repent and return to observing the Noahide Laws.
Upon accepting the foundational principle of the truth of the existence of G-d, all of the 7 Noahide Mitzvot are obviously logical laws that are easily understandable by all sensible people. This is in contrast to the Jewish Mitzvot, many of which involve directives from G-d for Jews to serve Him with spiritual rituals that are ultimately beyond human understanding.
The Book of Genesis highlights this through the story of the dramatic failure of the generation of the Flood, the salvation of mankind through Noah’s ark, and the sign of the reparative Divine covenant for Bnei Noah, which is the rainbow with 7 colors. “Throughout the ages, Jewish scholars have viewed the Noahide Laws as universal norms of ethical conduct, as a basic concept in international law, or as a guarantee of fundamental human rights for all” (“Noahide Laws,” 1991).
The Noahide Code of morality
The “Sheva Mitzvot Bnei Noach,” or the “Seven Universal Laws of Noah,” is a set of fundamental social, moral, and legal principles, based on monotheism, for all human societies.
The U.S. Congress
The 102nd U.S. Congress cited the Seven Noahide Laws in a unanimous resolution that was signed by President George H.W. Bush as Joint Resolution 102-14. It states that the United States of America was founded upon “the historical tradition of ethical values and principles which are the basis of civilized society… [which] have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization, when they were known as the Seven Noahide Laws.”
The Noahide Laws
The Noahide Laws are considered in the Torah tradition to be G-d’s Law for all human beings. However, relatively few outside of Orthodox Judaism and the growing number of Bnei Noah groups are aware of these rules. “Bnei Noah,” which literally means “the Children of Noah” are all Non-Jews, but it is also used to specifically refer to those who follow the 7 Laws of Noah.
The “Sheva Mitzvot Bnei Noah,” or the Seven Laws of Noah, is a set of essential social, moral, and legal principles, based on monotheism and binding upon all Gentiles. According to the Torah tradition, these Divine Laws are the foundational, minimal requirement for everyone to follow so that a society is humane and can function properly and in a civil and orderly manner.