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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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Will A Non Jew who did not keep the Noachide Laws be Held Accountable?

Will A Non Jew who did not keep the Noachide Laws be Held Accountable on yom hadin? After all, he can claim he didn't know anything about them. Maybe there is a difference between a gentile in ...
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Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?

Avoda zarah is one of the things prohibited by the Seven Noachide Laws. But what about atheism? I know that the 7 Laws are often taken to include a larger number of halachot from the Torah, so would ...
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Gentile keeping shabbos

While I do not know the source, I have heard many times that Gentiles are forbidden from keeping Shabbos and must make sure to violate at least one law of the Shabbos every Shabbos. If this is the ...
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Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?

Inspired by this interesting question, I wonder if the principle of תינוק שנשבה (a child taken captive) can be applied to non-Jews who grew up in cultures antithetical to those that the mitzvot bnei ...
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How can pigs and shellfish be kosher for bnei Noach?

As a ben Noach, I watch what meat I eat. I eat kosher or halal cut meat only. However, I think that bnei Noach aren't forbidden from eating pig meat or shellfish. How would I make sure that such meat ...
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What are the 30 Mitzvot for Bnei Noach?

What are the 30 Mitzvot (Commandments) that Bnei Noach have accepted (based on Hullin 92a)? שלשים מצות שקבלו עליהם בני נח.‏ Thirty commandments which Bnei Noach accepted upon themselves.
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To what extent must we try to convince non-Jews to follow the 7 mitzvot?

It is common to see Jews referring non-Jews who are interested in Judaism but not prepared to commit to following halakha to Noahidism or simply to follow the 7 laws; however, it seems to me to be ...
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What God must gentiles believe in?

In the Rambam's Mishne Tora, the end of chapter 8 of M'lachim reads: Any [gentile] who accepts seven commands and is careful to fulfill them is among the pious of the nations of the world and has a ...
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What was the sin of the builders of the tower of Bavel?

God seems very angry with, and punishes the builders of the tower of Bavel, but it is not clear exactly what their sin was. Did they violate one of the 7 mitzvos b'nei Noach? What exactly was their ...
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Difference between eiver min hachai for Jews and Noahides

Both Jews and Noahides are forbidden to eat aiver min hachai (a limb torn from a live animal). Is there any difference between the prohibitions for Jews and non-Jews?
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Who do B'nei Noach turn to for psak?

My understanding is that there are a few organized groups of non-Jews who strive to follow the Noahide laws. Just like Jews, B'nei Noach might have situations where the correct action to take is ...
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Does G-d approve or merely permit human consumption of meat?

Many vegetarians and vegans argue that G-d gave humans permission to eat meat only because of a human failing in abstaining anyway. My takeaway from that argument is that, in light of a more ...
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Is there a halachic difference between the "tzadikei" ("righteous") and the "chasidei" ("pious") umot ha Olam?

I am an Italian Noahide. Rambam, in his Mishneh Torah, says that the "pious among the Nations" ("chasidei umot ha Olam") have part in the World to Come (Hilchot Teshuvah 3:5; ...
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Korbonos of Bnei Noach

The gemara in Zevachim 116b says that non-Jews may offer sacrifices even in our days, anywhere. Jews may not assist them but may advise them: לפיכך כל אחד ואחד בונה לו במה לעצמו ומקריב עליה כל מה ...
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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 it possible to be a Noahide and a Christian at the same time?

Rambam states that for gentiles who wish to have a place in the world to come, they don't need to convert to Judaism. All they need to do is keep the 7 laws of Noah because they were mandated by ...
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Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?

Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach? Or any restaurants that offer such food? If not, how do observant B'nei Noach ensure that the meat that they eat was definitely not ...
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How could Avraham feed his guests milk?

According to the gemarah (Sanhedrin 21 I think) milk was considered the limb of a living being - eiver min ha'chai - until matan torah. If so, how could Avraham serve it to his guests if a ben Noach ...
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Why isn't Peru URvu one of the 7 Noahide Laws?

The commandment to "Be fruitful and multiply" was given to Adam HaRishon. Why, then, is this not included in the Sheva' Mitzvoth Bnei Noaḥ?
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Are sex change operations prohibited for non-Jews?

In very specific situations some halachic decisors have permitted sex change operations, such as for infants born with some types of genital anomalies. However, the consensus seems to be that they ...
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Can meat grown from living cells be kosher? Is it eiver min hachai?

Earlier questions such as In vitro meat — further questions dealt with meat grown from stem cells of slaughtered animals. This question is specifically about meat grown from stem cells taken from live ...
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Can a non-Jew eat living ants?

My pizza has some ants in it. I thought, who cares. Just eat them alive. Does that break Noahide laws? Must all of our food must be really sterile (i.e., dead)?
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Rabbinic prohibitions among Noachide laws

Are there Rabbinic prohibitions on non-Jews in the context of the 7 Noachide laws? e.g., would they have gezeirot like yichud or negia in order to prevent ariyot?
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Halachic status of Sikhism as Avoda Zara

Are there any sources that explicitly discuss the halachic status of Sikhism regarding to what extent it follows the Noahide laws, and if it is considered avoda zara or shittuf?
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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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Yocheved is the daughter of who?

So Yocheved, as it is known, is the wife of Amram, mother of Moshe Rabbeinu, Aharon HaCohen, and Miriam the prophetess, peace be on them. And Yocheved, like Amram, is from the Tribe of Levi. Amram is ...
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May a ben-Noach ask a non-Jew for psak?

This question asks who b'nei Noach turn to for psak. The answer to that question was that there are a few rabbis who are involved in the b'nei Noach movement who rule on the law for non-Jews. Now I ...
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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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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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Did Yitzchak not Fulfill the Mitzvah of "Be Fruitful and Multiply"?

According to the understanding of many commentators "pru u'revu" (be fruitful and multiply) is a positive commandment which is not fulfilled unless a man has both a son and daughter as offspring. ...
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Apart from not murdering and not eating meat from a live animal, where are the Noachide laws derived from? [duplicate]

Apart from not murdering and not eating meat from a live animal, where are the Noachide laws derived from? Those aforementioned are mentioned in Genesis 9:6, but where (outside the laws of Moses) is ...
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Ben Noah and his obligations regarding vows

A hypothetical case (based on a somewhat similar real one): Ben Noah in the process of giyur. Stood before the Beis Din and was asked question 'Will you follow the mitzvot as fully as a goy can up ...
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Is a chicken egg considered "Aver min Hachai"?

The question of Chicken eggs and why they are Pareve and not Meat has already been addressed. My question is why are they not considered "part of a live animal" and therefore prohibited to eat to Jews ...
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For the Noahide laws, what should Noahides, who are unaware of the biblical God, do? [duplicate]

Being a Noahide Gentile seems to be harder than it looks. Noahides must follow the seven commandments. I wonder what happens to those innocent peoples who practice polytheistic, traditional folk ...
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Are Bnei Noach allowed to produce any images as long as it isn't pagan imagery?

From what I gather the prohibition on the production of images is a Mosaic law, so are Bnei Noach exempt from this?
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What is the halachic point of view on homosexual intercourses between Gentiles males different from anal coitus?

I am an Italian son of Noah. The prohibition of the homosexual intercourses between Gentiles males is an integral part of the Noachide Precepts (see Mishneh Torah-Melacim uMilchamot 9: 5; it does ...
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Can non-Jews utilize the princple of bittul berov?

The concept of bittul berov means that in certain cases, if some non-kosher food gets mixed up in as much kosher food of the same type such that nobody knows which piece is the non-kosher part, the ...
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Is there an aversion to having Gentiles in the synagoge and why?

I've noticed that in some communities being a non-Jew in the synagogue seems to be discouraged. In response to a request to visit I've heard responses as direct as "we don't have a conversion program ...
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Seven Mitzvot of Benei Noach without Na'aseh veNishma

Why are Benei Noach obligated in their Seven Mitzvot if they never said Na'aseh veNishma?
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Can a Ben-Noach practice another religion? [duplicate]

Could a Ben-Noach actively practice a religion other than Judaism as long as it isn't considered avoda zara? Suppose, for example, he was born Muslim. Could he continue to actively follow Islam and ...
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At what age is a Ben Noach responsible to perform his "mitzvot"? [duplicate]

Jews are responsible for mitzvah performance at age 12 - girls and 13 for boys. (There is, as I understand, Rabbinical discussion regarding some specific mitzvot that they may be responsible when they ...
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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 the "Sefer Sheva Mitzvot HaShem" by Rabbi Moshe Weiner an authoritative legal code for the Noahides?

I am an Italian gentile believer in HaShem, who engages in the observance of the Noahide Precepts, as commanded by the Creator in the Torah. Unfortunately, there is no Halachic study in the Italian ...
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Where can a gentile seek guidance? [duplicate]

Jews have rabbanim to provide them with guidance. What about gentiles? Where can they go to seek guidance when they are unsure of how to conduct themselves? While one could argue that the Noachide ...
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Is a gentile nation allowed to go to war with another gentile nation?

With recent talks about Russia and Ukraine ongoing invasion of Russia to Ukraine, or China and Taiwan was wondering is there a source in the Torah that would allow or disallow a gentile nation to ...
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the Laws of Noah--how are the nations to know them

If the laws of Noah are the laws for the nations and they are handed down by Jewish oral tradition, how are the nations to know them?
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Can a Gentile Convert to Judaism AFTER the Coming of the Moshiach?

As a non-Jew, I have been wondering whether or not it would be better for me to convert to Judaism or to keep the seven mitzvot. This decision is a difficult one for me. On the one hand, I can remain ...
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Issues of lifnei iver with non-Jews

Is the prohibition against lifnei iver--causing someone to sin--applicable if one causes a non-Jew to violate the Noachide Laws? For example, suppose I (ch"v) give a Noachide something to eat that was ...
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Can a Non-Jew attain the highest levels of connectedness to G-d?

Can a Non-Jew who performs the Noahide laws attain the highest levels of connectedness to G-d as a Jew who performs mitzvot?
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Names with origins of avoda zara

I gave my daughter a second name after my father's, for which I came up with a female version. I saw that the name does exist, but I never bothered to see the origin for some reason. Now, after five ...
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