Do Universal Laws for Mankind Concern the Ten Tribes?
Duration 13.38 minutes
Before the Israelites received the Torah there were different Laws governing mankind. It was forbidden to murderÂ (Genesis 4:8-10), forbidden to take the wife of another man (Genesis 12:18-20), and forbidden to steal, etc. Standards of behavior were required. When mankind failed to abide by these requirements the Deluge was sent to destroy mankind, apart from Noah and his family (Genesis chapters 6,7). The Laws that then obtained are termed the Noachide Laws. Sometimes they are referred to as the Seven Noachide Laws though they number much more than seven unless one assumes that the seven refers to seven major principles.
Recently we received a message from Rabbi Yirmeyahu Bindman who has written a book on this matter.
Rabbi Yirmeyahu Bindman pointed out that Noachide Principles have influenced Dutch and US legal thought and general outlook.
The Seven Noahide Laws, Rabbi Yirmeyahu Bindman
The major headings for the Noachide Laws concern:
Cursing the Name
Eating the limb of a living animal
System of justice
The Seven Noahide Laws are in principle Laws that apply to all non-Jews. The Noachide Laws are either expressly mentioned in the Bible or are implied by Biblical passages. The Noachide Laws are mentioned in the Talmud. Maimonides discussed them at length and all subsequent discussion has been based on Maimonides. Â Some Rabbinical Commentators however have expressed reservationsÂ concerning the Noachide Laws in general or details about them.
We have, for instance, in our possession a copy of the work, "Torat Ben Noach" by Rabbi Ephraim HaLevi Belitser. This book was published recently but it derives from a manuscript possessed by the family of the author who was killed in the Holocaust. Rabbi Ephraim HaLevi Belitser lived in Hungary. He was an advocate of the Noachide Laws. Nevertheless in his discussion of each individual law, he quotes numerous Rabbinical authorities who were reserved about the practical application of these rulings in our time.
We are not about to get involved in this matter.
TheÂ Noachide Laws in our opinion are not entirely applicable to the Lost Ten Tribes who should be governed by additional considerations.
The Lost Ten Tribes have the task of civilizing the rest of the world and eventually reuniting withÂ Judah.Â They have rights and duties beyond those of other "Gentiles".
TheÂ Noachide Laws may be good for the Messianic Age when applied to non-Israelite nations and non-Christians such as those of Asia and Africa.Â
In addition non-Israelite Christian European nations may be identified with Edom. Various sources say that Esau/Edom is destined to repent in the End Times. Those amongst them who survive may also be given an Israelite-type status of their own?
We do not have to have the answers to every question.
Each one of us should do what they can, understand as well as they can, and wait and see concerning the rest.