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The 7 Noahide laws that were commanded to non-Jews: no murder, no adultery, no worshipping idols, no cursing God, no stealing, do establish courts of justice, no eating flesh from a live animal.

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Are noahides prohibited from necromancy

In Halacha, are Bnei Noach prohibited from Doresh El Hametim? The 7 Noahide mitzvoth are categories of commandments (as An example the law against theft includes using honest measurements), and as ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to study the laws that pertain to them? [duplicate]

Non-Jews are prohibited from Torah study. However, I would be inclined to think that they are allowed, if not encouraged, to study the 7 Commandments for the Descendants of Noach. Is this true? If yes,...
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May one eat limb of a living Ben pekuah

According to Halacha, Jews and non-Jews alike are prohibited from eating the limb of a living animal as one the noahide laws, known as Ever Min Hachai. My question is, is there no prohibition of Ever ...
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How To Remember The שבע מצוות בני נח?

I once heard an easy way to remember the שבע מצוות בני נח: א = אבר מו החי ב = ברכת השם ג = גזל ד = דינים ה = הרג ו = גילוי עריות ז = עבודה זרה I am not sure if I am remembering ג ו & ז right - I ...
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May one chemically castrate animals

According to Halacha, Jews are not supposed to castrate animals, and many poskim say this is a noahide law as well. My question is whether this prohibition on castration of animals is just a ...
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Are Noahides obligated in the commandment of Yibum?

Regarding the subject of Yibum (Levirate marriage), what is the source, if any, that this is also an obligation on a Noahide? Many of the discussions on this Q&A site concerning Yibum connect to ...
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Is a pre-convert considered a Noahide?

If a non-Jew [ex-Muslim] is working with the Beit Din for an Orthodox Conversion to Judaism, is he still considered to be a Noahide as he does not yet have a status of being Jewish?
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Should gentiles follow more than just seven Noahide laws?

I know that gentiles must follow the 7 Noahide laws. But are there any other moral principles branching out from these that are highly recommended for everyone to follow? In totality, when completely ...
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Can a Noahide persuade a non-Jew not to convert to Judaism? [closed]

Can a Noahide rebuke and strongly and repeatedly persuade a non-Jew [a complete stranger] who is in the process of converting to Judaism, not to covert and rather remain a Noahide and keep the seven ...
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How can born Jews be bound by more than universal moral laws?

I get that God can hold one to account for whatever He'd like to regardless of if a person accepted to abide by certain behavior or not however I don't believe that He would as it does not seem to be ...
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Commandments for gentiles

Would everyone (Jew and gentile alike) benefit by following these commanments? To know there is a G‑d—Exodus 20:2 Not to entertain thoughts of other gods besides Him—Exodus 20:3 To know that He is ...
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To what extent is homosexuality forbidden among non-Jews?

All homosexual behavior is forbidden among Jews, but some actions are clearly Torah prohibitions (e.g. mishkav zachar), while some might be Rabbinic in nature (e.g. lesbian relations). Are all of ...
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Is a non-Jew attending a Jewish school allowed to wear a Tallit during the school morning prayers?

If no, then would that be sufficient reason to tell Jewish students not to wear a Tallis gadol so that the school don’t “discriminate” against him? The Rambam clearly says in Hilchot Melachim 10:10 a ...
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Does halacha specify all that non-Jews should or should not do?

I see many questions here about what non-Jews in general, and Noahides in particular, may or may not do according to halacha. Does halacha have an answer to every question about what non-Jews should ...
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Is lesbianism prohibited for gentiles [duplicate]

According to Halacha, Jews are prohibited from gay female (lesbian) relationships. My question is, does this prohibition apply to Bnei Noach, or merely the prohibition against male homosexual ...
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Is it permissible for a Noahide to become transgender?

In Judaism, there seem to be several prohibitions regarding transgenderism: The removal of genital organs is forbidden on the basis of the prohibition against "anything which is mauled, crushed, ...
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Is the obligation for Gentiles to establish a system of courts communal or individual?

One of the seven laws of Noah for gentiles is to set up a system of courts. Is the obligation to set up a system of courts a communal obligation on Gentile communities, or does every single Gentile ...
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Does the prohibition of bestiality apply to fish

Does the Halacha’s prohibition of bestiality apply to fish? The reason I ask is because Halacha distinguishes between fish and non fish animals for other aspects of Halacha, such as the need for ...
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Are Jews subject to the Noahide Laws while they traveling through or residing in Noahide-governed nations the same as everyone else?

A nation may adopt the Noahide Laws at any time. Most nations include forms of most the of the laws, but none are yet to become an outright Noahide nation. When that happens, whether in the messianic ...
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What exactly do Noahides do?

There is a modern "Noahide" movement(I believe propagated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe), where people join together to be b'nei noah and not part of another religion. From some googling, I've seen that ...
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May gentiles acquire other gentiles as slaves

According to Halacha, is a gentile allowed to acquire another gentile as a slave? Jews are allowed to have other Jews be slaves, so does the Same principle apply here? Say that the law allows for it ...
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Does brain death count as death for animals and ever min hachai

According to Halacha, is Brain death in animals considered death for the purposes of Ever Min hachai? So could a brain dead animal have its limb removed and eaten for noahides? Obviously Jews have to ...
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Do Noahide mitzvot apply in outer space

From previous questions and answers I’ve seen on this site, there are some (albeit a minority) of halachic opinions that mitzvot don’t apply off of earth and so Jews can’t leave earth to remove their ...
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Do Noahides have to accept the minhag/local custom of a particular Jewish community if they join their synagogue and move in there?

Generally, we know that if a Jew were to move into a new Jewish community, they would take on the local customs of the community as told. I am curious as to whether Noahides have the same obligation, ...
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Against Gentile causing others to sin

Are there prohibitions for gentiles inciting other gentiles to sin? What is the proper way for gentiles with respect to these matters?
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Directions for a Canaanite

Can a member of the Canaanites expect to be among the righteous? What must he do to stand in such a position?
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Do all mitzvot Ben Adam lechavero apply to bnei noach

When it comes to noahide Halacha, there aren’t necessarily “7” mitzvot, but rather categories of commandments. My question is, do all mitzvot which are “Ben Adam lechavero” count under the category of ...
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Do gentiles have the obligation of giving charity to help the needy?

The only source I found that relates to charity and gentiles is that Jews are expected to give charity to help the non-Jews in their environment for the sake of "darkei shalom". Given that ...
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Does Habad view Noahidism differently than other streams of Orthodox Judaism?

Do the views of Habad differ from other streams of Orthodox Judaism as regards Noahidism? For example, how to apply to Noahide halacha? I wonder if the views on Noahides are different (ideologically/...
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Why do Jews have more commandments than Noahides?

Out of curiosity. Why are there 613 laws for Jews and only 7 laws for Gentiles, and both Jews and Gentiles will get the same reward for obeying those laws?
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Are B'nei Noach prohibited from learning Torah? Why/why not? [duplicate]

I am compelled to ask this because from personal observation, more and more Noahides are studying the Torah WITH the supervision of some Orthodox and non-Orthodox rabbis, although it is also the case ...
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How does the olam haba of a Noahide differ from that of a Jew?

In other words, what precise reasons would motivate a gentile to convert rather than be a Noahide? I have heard that a Jew's olam haba is “better” but in what sense? What exactly is the difference?
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Ger Toshav and Chukot hagoyim

If somebody is a Ger Toshav (so an observant noahide who accepts and follows the 7 mitzvot, and gets recognized as such by a Beit din), is there any obligation on them within Chukot Hagoyim (...
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Proselytizing the covenant?

https://youtube.com/shorts/RuNO7R0885c?si=Fwc-02_yqnv-LfDi in this, rabbi Asher Meza of “Torah Judaism international” seems to claim that proselytization is not only allowed, but even a good thing to ...
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Adultery and Penalty of the Noahide Laws

Adultery today in modern societies has little practical consequence, it is not entirely free of personal consequences but there doesn't seem to be a mechanism that makes you think twice. One of the 7 ...
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How to reconcile Rashi's view/logic with Rabbi Ulla's three Noahide commandments? Who is correct?

In Sanhedrin 59a, Rashi writes (s.v. לזה ולזה נאמרה): כי יהיב קודשא בריך הוא תורה לישראל לא שקלינהו להנך מבני נח וכדקיימי להו קיימי When Hakadosh Baruch Hu gave the Torah to Yisroel, he did not take ...
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Why is the ger toshav only accepted during the times of the Jubilee?

Why is the ger toshav only accepted during the times of the Jubilee? "A person who accepts these seven mitzvot is a ger toshav. A ger toshav may be accepted only in the era when the [laws of the] ...
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B'nei Noach Permitted to bring Korbanos?

B''H Many months ago I came across the acknowledgement that Gentiles/B'nei Noach are permitted to bring Korbanot. I broached the subject with my Orthodox Jewish friend and he pointed out that Temple ...
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Noahide & Zera Yisrael? [closed]

Is there any prohibition (Torah or rabbinical) against a Noahide man having relations or even marrying a Zera Yisrael woman who is not halachically Jewish? For the hypothetical case here, the woman ...
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There were foreigners living in the Holy Land during the times of the Monarchy. Were they Noahides? If not, why didn't Israelites convert them?

Often throughout the Tanakh, you will see references to foreigners living the Holy Land, e.g. in Leviticus 19 I think. Were these foreigners Noahides, and if not, why didn't they convert them so that ...
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Adultery in Gentile Marriage

Rambam says that gentile woman are liable for adultery ONLY when they are married and commit sex with another man in a NATURAL WAY (vaginal). So if a gentile husband allows his wife to have sex in a ...
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Why are gentiles forbidden from keeping Shabbat if Adam and Even are considered to have lit the first Havdalah candles?

Judaism forbids gentiles from keeping Shabbat. It's one of the activities which is unique to Jews and their relationship to Hashem. To contrast this, we have the Noahide laws which were given to the ...
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Are Muslims fit to be Noahides?

If I'm not mistaken, to be a Noahide you must accept that the Torah is unchanged and from G-d. (I am not arguing that this is one of the 7 Noahide Laws by the way, I'm merely saying that this could be ...
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Is there a difference between Chassidei and Tzadikei Umot HaOlam in goyim? [duplicate]

I have seen the Rambam Zt"l explain in Mishneh Torah Melakhim uMilchamot 8:11 that in order for one who is not Jewish to be considered as "Pious" (Chassidim) they have to abide by the ...
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Is encouraging Islam amongst the gentiles considered a positive act or a negative act? [closed]

Islam is considered a pure monotheism according to Judaism. It's famously the only religion a Jew can convert to in the name of their survival because it doesn't require idolatry to do so. Contrast ...
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Belief-with worship only towards HaShem - in the real existence of intermediaries between the Almighty and the Gentile Nations

I am an Italian Noahide. There are several discussions in this forum about shituf, understood as associating other entities with HaShem. Unless I am mistaken, it is generally held that on the halachic ...
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Does Judaism believe that observant Christians follow the 7 mitzvot? [duplicate]

My understanding is that Judaism considers the Noahide Laws to be binding on all humans. While Christians believe themselves to be observant of the Noahide Laws, I'm curious whether there are ...
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What laws prior to Torah taught Noach (in Bereshit 8:20) that birds [Zevachim 116a:2] or bulls [Avot D'Rabbi Natan 1:8] or sheep were kosher?

Although Shmuel b. Nachmani [Sanhedrin 108b:6] claimed Noach distinguished טְּהוֹרָה ‘clean’ animals (referenced in Bereshit 7:2) based only on their status as אִישׁ וְאִשְׁתּוֹ ‘husband & wife’, ...
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Can Noahides work as criminal prosecutors?

A Noahide named John Adams once said that, due to his religious beliefs, "I almost had to change my career" due to being a criminal attorney. One problem Adams would face as a prosecutor is ...
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Did Adam establish a justice system?

One of the mitzvot given to Adam was to establish laws and courts. Was Adam successful in setting up a working justice system, and if so, do we know any practical details of how it operated and/or for ...

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