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Day: June 6, 2024

Accepting the Torah with Renewed Vitality

Accepting the Torah with Renewed Vitality

Shavuot is a specifically Jewish holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Preparing for the giving of the Torah also relates to the seven Noahide laws that were given on Mount Sinai. The giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai is a central event in Judaism, and, as such, this one-time event holds meaning for other nations. While the Torah itself outlines the 613 commandments specifically for the Jewish people, the Matan Torah connects all mankind to the Seven Noahide Laws.

When G-d spoke the Ten Commandments at Sinai, the divine voice split into 70 languages, representing the 70 nations descended from Noah. This emphasizes that the ethical principles embodied in the Torah have a universal application. The Seven Noahide Laws were given at that transformative event to Moses and aimed at all of humanity.

Noahides are not obligated to celebrate Shavuot in the same halachic way that Jews do; actually, it is forbidden for them to do so. However, the giving of the Torah does hold significance for Noahides. The establishment of the Seven Noahide Laws as a foundation for a divine universal morality and justice is an important part of this holiday.

As the world is going through many revolutions these days, which might cause some people to lack relaxation, the only way to get relaxation and tranquility is by connecting ourselves to the divine wisdom of the Torah as explained within the 7 Noahide laws. Strengthening our trust in divine providence is very important nowadays. This will surely help to get some relief as the world approaches the verge of complete redemption.

*This is from a series of articles by Rabbi Bernstein Moshe.