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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began on the evening of Sept. 6 and goes until the evening of Sept. 8 this year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days that will continue throughout the month.

Gentiles are not commanded to observe Rosh Hashanah. However, since it is traditionally the day on which God judges all humanity, Gentiles may participate by reading Psalms, saying special prayers and repenting for past misdeeds.

A list of Psalms to recite between now and the end of the month can be found here: https://asknoah.org/wp-content/uploads/noahide-schedule-psalms-elul-tishrei.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2DFVZuhVuLvY4xJSYBN8tI7PKrO1iA-Su0XsrjzUt-7YudLoRGM50DXQI

Suggested prayers for Noahides for Rosh Hashanah can be found here: https://asknoah.org/essay/suggested-prayers-for-noahides-on-rosh-hashanah

Have a happy and sweet new year!

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The Seven Noahide Laws are laws that were given to Noah and his descendants after the Flood. Any Gentile who accepts and follows these laws because God commanded them in the Torah will merit a portion in the World To Come.

The Seven Noahide Laws are:

1. No Idolatry (Increasing One’s Knowledge of the One True God)

2. No Blasphemy (Respecting God’s Holy Name)

3. No Murder (Respecting the sanctity of human life)

4. No Forbidden Relations (Respecting the traditional family)

5. No Theft (Respecting the property of other people)

6. No Animal Cruelty (Respecting all creatures)

7. Establish Courts of Justice (Upholding righteousness in your judicial system)

These laws are detailed in “The Divine Code” by Rabbi Moshe Weiner, an explanation of the details of the Seven Noahide Laws and their sources in Torah and Talmud.

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Celebrating secular holidays is permitted for Noahides, as long as the holiday is not connected with idolatry or pagan celebrations.

In the case of Valentine’s Day, even though it originated as a minor Christian feast day it has become far more secularized in recent years, to the point where most people who celebrate it do not connect it to any religion or religious celebration. The tradition of giving gifts, cards, flowers and chocolates as an expression of romantic love originated in England in the 19th century and has spread worldwide today.

The general rule when celebrating secular holidays is that as long as there is no type of idolatrous service associated with the holiday, and no forbidden behavior during the celebration (illegal activities, destruction of property, etc.), then the activity is permitted.

The Noahide Blogger

The Noahide Blogger

I am a Noahide living in Chicago. This is a blog about how to live a Noahide life.