To Perfect the World: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Call to Teach the Noahide Code to All Mankind

 
9780898956733: To Perfect the World: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Call to Teach the Noahide Code to All Mankind

As a foremost global spiritual leader, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, emphasized that G-d commanded the Jewish people, through Moses at Mount Sinai, to influence the people of the world to observe the Torah's Seven Noahide Commandments. This mandate was transmitted through the generations and codified by Maimonides. Despite the key importance of this mission, Jews were unable to fulfill it during most of their difficult history. The Rebbe explained that by Divine Providence, the freedoms of religion and speech in our modern societies make it possible and thus obligatory for Jews to now be involved in spreading out this much-needed universal message. But was any guidance provided for how to pursue this? In fact, the Rebbe directly addressed the following questions, and more: What is the basis in Torah for this outreach? What is the pious path for Gentiles in G-d's eyes, and what parts of Torah should they learn? Who should be involved in this outreach? This book presents a systematic compilation of the Rebbe's many teachings and directives for Jews, and Gentiles as well, about how to widely promote belief in G-d, observance of the Noahide Code, and acts of goodness and kindness.

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I was happy to see this book that has been prepared for printing, which is a compilation and referencing of the main holy talks and comments by our Rebbe, light to the world, on the topic of the special obligation of our generation 'to compel all the inhabitants of the world to accept the commandments given to Noah's descendants,' according to Rambam's ruling as a matter of Torah Law (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 8:10). Our Rebbe launched and revolutionized this effort, and encouraged the Jewish people to be involved in this area. He spoke expansively about the essence of the precepts that are included within the Seven Noahide Commandments, and the special obligation of this generation to be involved in G-d's commandment about this, through Moses our teacher, which is explained in the above-cited ruling from Rambam [Maimonides]. It is clear from the Torah teachings of our Rebbe that in our generation, we have merited and become more able and have the means to influence, in a pleasant way, all the people of the world, and, therefore, the obligation is in our hands to teach them G-d's instructions for fulfilling the Seven Noahide Commandments that He commanded to them. Many of these issues were clarified by the words of our Rebbe that are presented in this book. A great merit is in your hands that you are publicizing the teachings of our Rebbe in this area, and the merit of the Rebbe assists you. May this lead to increasing numbers of our faithful brethren and sincere people of action helping in this wondrous effort, 'to perfect the world under the sovereignty of the Almighty.' It is certain that just as for all the other holy mitzvah campaigns of our Rebbe, 'nasi doreinu,' so it is true for this endeavor as well: These are special instructions for our times, which are especially fitting for our generation, and their purpose is to make it possible for our generation to fulfill our main destiny to bring the entire world to merit the imminent Redemption through our righteous Mashiach. May G-d grant us the merit to experience this very soon. I will conclude with the following blessing: May it be G-d's desire that the work of your hands will be successful in publicizing these Torah teachings of our Rebbe, and may G-d grant all of us the merit to be emissaries involved in this holy work, to publicize to all people what G-d has commanded to them. --Letter from Rabbi Moshe Weiner, author of 'Sheva Mitzvot HaShem' and 'The Divine Code,' Jerusalem, Israel, Nov. 29, 2015.

Our local Noahide study group was priviledged to read the book, 'To Perfect the World.' I was greatly inspired by the clarity that your team offered on the Rebbe's blessed exhortations that he rendered on the Noahide Code. Several of us found that the 'common sense' expressed by the Noahide Commandments is identified with our inner (and now informed) belief in G-d. The connection corresponds to my inner desire to study and observe G-d's Noahide Code that has been specially preserved for us and all mankind, from Noah to Moses, to Rambam and the Rebbe. We also read with admiration how G-d has used the wise efforts of Rabbi Schneerson to impart to us (all mankind) that the true reality of the world is G-dliness, and that all flesh will eventually see the glory of G-d. This was evidenced by the miraculous liberation of the Alter Rebbe (the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman) on the 19th of Kislev in 1798, which revitalized the way for the immanent redemption by the true Messiah. We, as repentant descendants of Noah, are fortunate to have our teshuvah / repentance (present and future) counted within the scope and purpose of Rambam's rulings. --Letter from the Noahide Study Group of Moberly, MO, May 2, 2016

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