Chassidus for Noahides

Chassidus for Noahides

A prime purpose of the moral code of the Seven Universal Commandments is to teach Noahides about the Oneness of G-d, and therefore those parts of Torah that pertain to this knowledge are entirely permissible for Noahides to study.

Rabbi Eliyahu Touger, in his commentary to Maimonides Mishneh Torah (Laws of Kings 10:9), writes regarding this:

“In order to observe the prohibition against the worship of false gods correctly, one must become aware of G-d’s unity. Accordingly, a number of contemporary Sages have suggested the translation of certain basic Chassidic and Kabbalistic texts into English with the intent that they be studied by gentiles.”

In his book “Turning Judaism Outwards,” Rabbi Chaim Miller writes, on page 44, “Rayatz [Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the 6th Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidus] penned an interesting memo [written to a non-Jewish Russian scholar called Alexander Vasilyevich Barchenko] of what he felt were universal “foundational ideas” of Chasidic wisdom for non-Jews.” In the notes on page 440, Rabbi Miller writes that, “Rayatz proposed a six-point system for non-Jewish, Torah-based spirituality:

  1. “Avoid evil,” which includes minimizing worldly pleasures.
  2. Expand the mind through intellectual contemplation.
  3. Observe the Torah’s commandments (i.e. Noahide Laws) with utter dedication, disregarding all obstacles.
  4. Pray to G-d with sincerity and still devotion, that G-d should have mercy and expand the worshipper’s mind.
  5. Set aside specific times for self-evaluation, to determine if one’s thoughts are pure or impure; if one’s talk is devoid of lies and slander; if one’s actions are unquestioningly in accordance with Torah law.
  6. One’s thoughts should be, as much as possible, bound with the living G-d with simple faith and without thoughts of reward.”

In his book “Compassion for Humanity in the Jewish Tradition,” Rabbi David Sears, writes on page 105, under the heading ‘Chasidic Teachings for Non-Jews:’

“The “spreading of the wellsprings” of Chasidic teachings should not be limited to Jews alone, but should be extended outwards to non-Jews as well. As [Maimonides] states, the purpose of giving the Torah was to bring peace to the world (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Chanukah 4:14). Similarly, he writes that every Jew is obligated to try and influence those who are not Jewish to fulfill the Seven Laws of Noah. Maimonides also states that one of the achievements of the Messiah will be to spiritually refine and elevate the nations of the world until they, too, become aware of G-d, to the point where G-dliness will be revealed “to all flesh,” [a term which denotes both Jews and] non-Jews.

Since the rewards of Torah come “measure for measure,” it follows that among the efforts to bring the Messianic age must be the effort to spread the Seven Laws of Noah, as well as the wellsprings of Chasidic teachings associated with them, outward to non-Jews. Indeed, the Prophets tell us, “Nations shall walk in the your light.” Although the Torah was given to the people of Israel, it will also serve as a light to the nations (Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of Lubavitch, Likkutei Sichos, 19 Kislev 5743 [1982]).

 

Books and Websites

Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh – www.inner.org/nonjews/intro.htm. Available to purchase on Amazon.

What You Need To Know About Kabbalah by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh of www.inner.org. Available to purchase on Amazon.

Inward Bound: A guide to understanding kabbalah, by Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov of RabbiDubov.org

Baad Kodesh, A Judgment of Truth and Mercy, by The Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber. Published by Sichos in English (online for free on this link).

There Is One by Gutman Locks – ThereIsOne.com

TorahVisuals.com – An animated exploration of Kabbalah & Chassidus.

Tanya

(We recommend that Noachides should only study the second book of the Tanya, namely ‘Shaar HaYichud VehaEmunah’).
The Gate of Unity and Faith (Shaar HaYichud VeHaEmunah) (asknoah.org)

The Gate of Unity & Faith: Shaar HaYichud VeHaEmunah

Lessons In Tanya (Volume III) – Shaar HaYichud VeHaEmunah by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Complete online book for free!).

Sparks of Tanya Vol. 2 Shaar Hayichud Vehaemunah

Videos and audio: TanyaClass.com with Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasnianski.

Video: Chabad.org – Rabbi Gordon’s classes on Shaar HaYichud VehaEmunah

Audio: Chabad.org – Tanya with Rabbi Manis Friedman

Audio CD: Nothing Besides Him – based upon the second part of Tanya ‘Shaar Yichud v’HaEmunah’. 7 CD set – by Rabbi Manis Friedman. Nothing Besides Him – a profound appreciation of Creator and creation from the teachings of Chassidic masters, especially for Noahides. Understanding G-d is everyone’s duty. Now every one can study the oneness of G-d in a clear, understandable way.

The Gate of Unity & Faith Videos by Rabbi Assi Harel:

From the book: Kabbalah and Meditation for the Nations

by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh – www.inner.org/nonjews/intro.htm
 

The Seven Principals of Faith for Bnei Noach

 

 

Universal Instructions

Principal of Faith

Colour

1

Blasphemy

Faith in the Existence of G-d the Creator

Orange

2

Idolatry

Faith in the Oneness of G-d.

Violet

3

Theft

We should worship only G-d.

Yellow

4

Murder

The Verity/Truth of Prophecy.

Red

5

Adultery

The Eternal truth of the Torah.

Blue

6

Establish courts of law

The belief in G-d’s reward and punishment.

Indigo

7

Eating a limb from a living animal

The ultimately good destiny of creation.

Green

 

Meditations for Bnei Noach:

 

Commandments

Colour

Sefirah

Inner Dimension (External Power of the Soul)

Meditation

1

Adultery

Blue

Loving-kindness – Chesed

Love

Experiencing Continual Re-creation of Reality

2

Murder

Red

Might – Gevurah

Fear

Standing in Awe before G-d

3

Theft

Yellow

Beauty – Tiferet

Mercy

Recognizing G-d’s Miracles

4

Idolatry

Violet

Victory – Netzach

Trust & Confidence

Committing to Self transformation

5

Blasphemy

Orange

Acknowledgement – Hod

Sincerity

Becoming a Servant of G-d

6

Limb of a living animal

Green

Foundation – Yesod

Truth / fulfillment

Experiencing Divine Providence

7

Establish a Just legal system

Indigo

Kingdom – Malchut

Humility

Making a Home for G-d on Earth