LAW AS A UNIVERSAL VALUE
The term 'Noahides' refers to all mankind.
One of the seven commandments given to the children of Noah is the commandment to establish a legal system (dinim). Prof. Nahum Rakover is the author of LAW and the NOAHIDES, LAW AS A UNIVERSAL VALUE. This study attempts to elucidate the Noahide obligation to establish a just legal system.
The commandment to establish a legal system requires the establishment of a just legal system, one that is applied with fairness and before whom all are equal.
Those who follow the dictates of an unjust legal system are held accountable for obeying the law law and not resisting it. It was on this basis that war criminals were tried and convicted at the international tribunal in Nuremberg after World War II.
In recent years we are witnessing renewed interest in the Noahide commandments. Various groups that bear the name Noahides wish to learn of their Noahide obligations.
Professor Nahum Rakover was the Deputy Attorney-General of the State of Israel. He is the editor of the Library of Jewish Law and has written widely on Jewish legal topics.
Law is the concern of all humanity... "Pray for the welfare of the state" (Avot 3:2), for it is the state that establishes law in the land: "The king by justice establishes the land" (Proverbs 29:2). And all of this is equally true of non-Jewish governments, for the descendants of Noah were also commanded concerning dinim. (Rav Kook in his introduction to the tractate Sanhedrin (1934), as recorded by R. Moshe Tzvi Neriah, Tehmin, VII (1986), 275.)
Noachide Law (Natural Law) does not require prayer or celebrations. However, it is natural for people to desire to pray.
The Noachide Laws were traditionally given to Adam and Eve, then to Noah and his family, then restated in the Torah of Moses. Those who accept this tradition are called the "Children of Noah" (Bnei Noah) or Noahides.
BRIT OLAM is a Prayer Book for Noahides that has the approval of:
Rabbi David Lau, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel.
Rabbi Yitzebak Yosef, "Rishon Letzion", Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Rabbi Modecchai Eliyahu, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Dahan, former Israel Deputy Minister for Religious Services
Rabbi Dov Lior, Head of the Yeshiva, Kiryat Arba (Hebron)
Rabbi Yaacov Peretz, Head of Yeshivat Midrash Sephardi, Neve Yaakov
Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Head of Rabbinical Court for Noahides
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Zefat
Rabbi Aryeh Stern, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem
Rabbi Avigor Neventzal, Jeewish Quater, Old City of Jerusalem
Rabbi Menachem Burstein, Head of Puah Institute
The Noahide World Center
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is a scholar, teacher, scientist, writer, mystic and social critic, and is internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. Best known for his monumental commentary on the Babylonian Talmud , Rabbi Steinsaltz is the recipient of the Israel Prize, which is that country's highest honor. He has been a resident scholar at major academic institutins including Yale University, the Institute for advance Studies at Princeton, N.J. and Wodrow Wison Center inWshington, D.C. He has been described by Time magazine as a ''once in a millennium scholar.''