Since there is currently no way and/or need for Jews to administer capital punishment to gentiles who violate the 7 Noahide laws, is there any halachic reason for a Jew to care whether or not a non-Jew engages in homosexuality?

I am asking if there is any halachic basis to mandate that a Jew care (if you prefer 'actively object') about non-Jewish homosexuality today. If no such mandate exists, that does not necessarily mean the inverse is true (i.e. that you may actively accommodate this behavior).

To be clear, this is not related to chinuch or the desire not to be exposed and influenced by practices that are antithetical to the Torah. I am asking this in a purely halachic context.

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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8477/…
    – jake
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 16:37
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    To the same extent that we care if a non-Jew eats meat from a living animal, right? Commented May 10, 2012 at 17:47
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    רבי הונא בשם רבי אמר: דור המבול לא נימוחו מן העולם עד שכתבו גמומסיות לזכר ולבהמה
    – sam
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 17:50
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    @prophecy Do you want to know whether or not there is a halacha to "care", or whether it is muttar to support/not object to the practice?
    – Fred
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 18:17
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    @prophecy, please edit your answer in accordance with clarification[s] made in the comments.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented May 11, 2012 at 14:42

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Rambam writes in Hilchos Melachim 8:10 that Moshe Rabeinu commanded us to force all humans to follow the 7 Mitzvos (and if they refuse, we must execute them).

It is quite clear that in our times we don't have the power to enforce the penalty, but that doesn't mean that we are less obligated in trying to convince all people to follow the 7 Mitzvos voluntarily.

Some would argue that this obligates Jews to actively promote observance of the 7 laws among gentiles. Others would argue that although this is theoretically true, as a matter of priorities we should expend such energies on Jewish outreach first. But I can't imagine a justification for "not caring". It is quite clear that G-d cares so obviously we should care.

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    @AaronShaffier - Your quotation of the Rambam is out of context. Notice that it is found in Hil. Melakhim Umilhhamoth. This means (and the direct surrounding context dictates) that we are not to "force" all humans to follow the Sheva` Misswoth Benei Noahh. Instead, any non-Jewish person who desires to dwell among the Jewish people in their Land as ger toshav needs to be compelled to strictly follow the misswoth that apply to him under penalty of death at the hands of the Jewish court where he dwells.
    – user3342
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 18:27
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    @AaronShaffier - You do not EVER see ANY of the Hakhmei Bavel - or even the hakhamim of Eress Yisra'el - forcing all non-Jews around them to follow the Sheva` Misswoth. This is because the non-Jews around them were not dwelling in the land under Jewish jurisprudence with the permission of Jewish courts as gerei toshav. These types of generalizations make Judaism look like a "convert or die" religion of the sword, which it is certainly not. All that the halakhah requires is that those who want to live in EY without converting submit themselves strictly to the universal laws. Kol tuv
    – user3342
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 18:32
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    Does homosexuality breach one of the 7 Mitzvot Bene Noach? Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 10:50
  • @El Shteiger According to Torah law, male-male anal sex is a capital sin, regardless if the people involved were Jewish or non-Jewish. Commented Mar 21, 2021 at 17:52

This question is contradictory between its title and the specifications in the first paragraph.

The title relates to issues about hashkafa (Jewish belief and world view) while the first paragraph, in particular, limits the discussion to only halacha.

For many, those two domains are mostly separate and discrete.

There are ways and examples to explain this strictly in terms of halacha, like for example with the mitzvah of tzitzit and the mitzvot of tefillin. But for most, it would lose the meaning of the belief because they don’t properly comprehend and/or have a relationship with the mitzvot.

But the general idea is that both Jews and non-Jews, while different, are all “possessions” of the Creator and obliged to the Owner of all (קונה הכל).

In that sense, we are all concerned that each of us fulfill the desire & will of the source of all life (חי אני נאום יהוה). Engaging in homosexual practices and activities does not result in new life and, in fact, is equated in traditional Jewish teaching with idol worship and murder.

Rather, we are all enjoined, both Jews and non-Jews to serve G-d together. And this is like we learn from what Adam HaRishon said to all of G-d’s creations on the very first erev Shabbat on the sixth day of creation, like is found in Tehillim chapter 95, which is said by many every Erev Shabbat.

Come, let us sing joyously to the L-rd, raise a shout for our rock and deliverer; let us come into His presence with praise; let us raise a shout for Him in song! For the L-rd is a great G-d, the Great King of all divine beings.

  • Halacha informs hashkafa. To say otherwise makes no sense at all.
    – Dude
    Commented May 19, 2023 at 14:15
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    @Dude I totally agree, but many don’t view it that way. See for example the introduction of the author to Chovot HaLevavot. Commented May 19, 2023 at 17:11

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