The Talmud writes, one should not be shy to ask questions while learning, because the shy one doesn’t learn.
Below are questions that were brought up, if you would like further details, or have any comments or questions, please feel free to email the Rabbi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Why is it important for me to give charity?
In Judaism it is taught that when you give charity, you are doing justice. Since G-d has given you so many blessings, it is only right to give to G-d’s creations who are in need.
In Hebrew the word for charity is Tzedaka. The correct translation for Tzedaka is not charity but Justice. When one gives tzedaka, G-d always repays much more. In the Talmud it is written that charity is like a shield that protects the person who gives from all harm. Also it says that when one gives charity it saves him/her from death.
Q. Why is it so important to have many children?
The first commandment in the Bible is to be fruitful and multiply. The basis of civilization is to have children, who will follow in the right path, and be the future generation. Every child is a whole world, since one person is the beginning of endless people.
Q. What is so terrible in doing an abortion?
A fetus in a mother’s womb is considered a living person. He/she has a heartbeat, lives, grows and develops. The moment this life is stopped, it is considered murder. There is no difference between killing a fetus, or a 7 year old child, or an old man one day before his death.
Q. Why is belief in one G-d the first and basis for all the other Noahide laws?
The fundamental belief that there is a G-d that sees everything we do, and that we are accountable to Him, is the only guarantee that the other laws will be kept regardless of circumstances and understanding. If our child asks us, why shouldn’t I steal? The only true answer is because G-d is watching and He sees. If we answer, because a policeman will catch you, the child might respond, but I can hide from a policeman.
Educators and law-enforcement agents very clearly understand, that neither intimidation nor threat of punishment can foster a deep sense of moral obligation. This feeling can only come from knowledge, through education that there is a G-d to whom we are all accountable to. As it is stated in the Talmud :’’There is an Eye that sees and an Ear that hears’’.
Q. I do not want to be religious, is the 7 Noahide laws a religion?
If you were saved by someone, you would be eternally grateful to that person, for saving your life, and giving you the chance to continue living. You would want to do anything for him/her. Would it be considered a religion to be grateful to that person? It would be considered to be human. A human person appreciates good that one does for him/her, and feels obligated to the person.
G-d who created the world, and all that is in, gave us and gives us life every instant, and provides us with all our necessities. It is only right to appreciate what G-d does for us, and to follow his commandments. It is the basis of humanity.
Q.Why is it so important to keep the 7 Noahide laws? Why isn’t it enough for me to live by my own personal values and morals?
The Seven Noahide laws are the laws that G-d gave to the world, in order for the world to be a civilized and peaceful place. If every person would make his own laws, according to his own intelligence, they would change according to the person’s maturity and changes in circumstances. The world would be a jungle, each person living according to his/her changing values. G-d created the world and wrote a manual by which we need to live. Just as any electronic device company writes a manual for every device it sells.
G-d gave a manual for Jews and for non-Jews. G-d gave the Bible to Moses on Mount Sinai. In it there are 613 laws for Jews. On Mount Sinai G-d commanded Moses to tell the Jews, to teach the 7 Noahide laws, to all the nations of the world. This is the code that never changes, since it is a G-dly one.
Q. Do I have to convert and become Jewish in order to do the will of
Judasim believes that G-d created every person exactly how he/she needs to be in order to fulfill his mission in this world. There is a reason why G-d made some people Asian, African, Am erican or Jewish. It is not necessary and it is against G-d’s plan to change to another religion. Just as G-d created women and men for different purposes, each one is good in his/her own right. That is why to convert to Judaism is extremely difficult, and is greatly discouraged, by the Torah law.