WHERE DO WE COME FROM:
A person hearing the term Noahide for the first time has no idea Who or What a Noahide is. This is very understandable, as Noahides have only started to reemerge from obscurity since the early 1950's. So are Noahides some kind of "New" religion?
Quite the contrary! Noahides are prohibited from calling themselves a religion. However, our origins date back to the time of Noah and the Flood. The family of Noah was the first Noahides. Hence our name, Noahides, or in the Hebrew Language, B'nai Noach, "Sons of Noah".
The 7 Universals Laws comprise a system of Moral Standards and Justice for all mankind. They represent a moral code of conduct through which a relationship with God can be established and an ethical code of conduct in dealing with your fellow man. These were the very First Laws God gave to mankind.
When G-d revealed Himself at Mount Sinai, He gave Moses and the Jewish people the duty to convey these commandments to the rest of the people of the world. G-d also gave the Jewish people additional commandments to fulfill.
For a more in-depth description of the 7 Universal Laws go to the Link on the Navigation Bar - The 7 Universal Laws.
God has ALWAYS had a Plan and a Guide for all of mankind to follow whereby we could come to know the One God, Hashem.
FIND YOURSELF A TEACHER:
As a Noahide, we look to the Jewish Community as our guide and for direction. Specifically, we look to the Orthodox Rabbis for our direction. These men are skilled scholars of Torah. Their wisdom and teaching can be trusted without fear of misintrepretation.
Finding a Rabbi, for some, may prove to be a difficult task as there may not be an Orthodox Jewish Community in your area. However, through the magic of the Internet persons wishing to contact to a Rabbi can now do so. Links to web sites are posted on our Links Page.
For those who wish to gain a better understanding of Judaism and its teachings Links are also provided. A word of caution for the prospective Noahide! Be prepared to be OVERWHELMED by the sheer volume of information you will find at these web sites. There is much to learn and benifit from.
What Does it Mean to Be A Noahide?:
To be a Noahide is to love the Torah, both Written and Oral for this is the study in God's Word to the best of our ability.
To be a Noahide is to be a person who asks questions, a person that brings all of his mental abilities to bare in order to find answers.
To be a Noahide does not require"faith". Noahides are a people of "Belief" just as are our Jewish teachers. With "faith" there is always an implied assumption of truth coupled with cognative recognition of doubt. In otherwords, the facts are "assumed" to be true but the logic and evidence say otherwise. Therefore, to have "faith" is to deny both logic and reason, both of which are the only two qualities God has bestowed upon mankind of which we can use in order to know Him. As a Noahide we we take NOTHING simply on faith without fully understanding the principles of Our Beliefs.
Belief is the absence of faith. For one to "believe" one must first know with great certainity that all the available evidence supports the truth. If the evidence does not support the so-called "truth", then it is incumbent upon the Jew and the Noahide to reject it as false.
Noahides and Jews believe in Mircales for what they are; things beyond our understanding. Are they "proof" of anything? No! Even Phraoh's Priests used mircales to show that their gods were equal to the Hashem, we don't know how they did it, but they did. The net result was they were able to do something that was beyond our understanding and in the end it proved nothing.
Judaism is not based upon the performance of miracles. Maimonides writes (Mishna Torah, Yesodei Torah, Chapter 8) that Moshe did not perform miracles in order to prove the truth of his prophecy. He (as a messenger of God) took water out a stone because the Jews were thirsty. He brought manna from heaven because they were hungry, etc. We believe in the Torah's truth only because God appeared Himself at Mount Sinai and told us that it is true.