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The Seven Noahide Laws


Do not worship

false gods.

Acknowledge that there is only one G‑d who is Infinite and Supreme above all things. Do not replace that Supreme Being with finite idols, be it yourself, or other beings. This command includes such acts as prayer, study and meditation.


Do not curse your Creator.

Respect the Creator. As frustrated and angry as you may be, do not vent it by cursing your Maker.


Do not murder.

Respect human life. Every human being is an entire world. To save a life is to save that entire world. To
destroy a life is to destroy an entire world. To help others live is a corollary of this principle.


Do not be sexually immoral.

Respect the institution of marriage. Marriage is a most Divine act. The marriage of a man and a woman
is a reflection of the oneness of G‑d and His creation. Disloyalty in marriage is an assault on that



not steal.

Respect the rights and property of others. Be honest in all your business dealings. By relying on G‑d
rather than on our own conniving, we express our trust in Him as the Provider of Life.


Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.

Respect G‑d’s creatures. At first, Man was forbidden to consume meat. After the Great Flood, he was permitted – but with a warning: Do not cause unnecessary suffering to any creature..


Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.

Maintain justice. Justice is G‑d’s business, but we are given the charge to lay down necessary laws and
enforce them whenever we can. When we right the wrongs of society, we are acting as partners in the
act of sustaining the creation.

The Seven Laws of Noah demonstrate that almighty G-d has rules and laws for all human beings ...and that G-d loves us all. He does not leave anyone, Jew or non-Jew without guidance. To the non-Jew He has given the Seven Commandments.

Maimonides states "Whoever among the Nations fulfills the Seven Commandments to serve God belongs to the Righteous among the Nations, and has his share in the World to Come.".

The World as peopled

by the descendants of Noah


1823 map by Robert Wilkinson. Prior to the mid-19th century, Shem was associated with all of Asia, Ham with all of Africa and Japheth with all of Europe. 

Click on the image to download a large (25MB) version of the map.

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