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Come, Listen to the Words of Torah

For September 28, 2022

Deuteronomy 31:12

הַקְהֵ֣ל אֶת־הָעָ֗ם הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֤ים וְהַנָּשִׁים֙ וְהַטַּ֔ף וְגֵרְךָ֖ אֲשֶׁ֣ר בִּשְׁעָרֶ֑יךָ לְמַ֨עַן יִשְׁמְע֜וּ וּלְמַ֣עַן יִלְמְד֗וּ וְיָֽרְאוּ֙ אֶת־יְ"הֹוָ֣ה אֱ"לֹהֵיכֶ֔ם וְשָֽׁמְר֣וּ לַעֲשׂ֔וֹת אֶת־כׇּל־דִּבְרֵ֖י הַתּוֹרָ֥ה הַזֹּֽאת׃

"Gather the people—men, women, children, and the strangers in your communities—that they may hear and so learn to revere your G-d and to observe faithfully every word of this Teaching."

Ibn Ezra points out that the foreigners must also come to hear. When they hear the words, then they can learn from them. He points out that when they hear they will perhaps convert to Judaism.

It says in the text that these foreigners live in the city, that can only be so if they have taken on the 7 Noahidean Laws.

So when once in 7 years the king reads the whole Torah publicly, the Noahides must also be there, so that we can hear the Holy Words of the Torah and so that we can learn from them.

(Note that it is not necessary or obligatory for a Noahid to convert to Judaism, only when his soul calls him to it).

Brought By Angelique Sijbolts


Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.



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