Daily Study of the Noahide Code of Laws
By Sarah Bakker
The Divine Code for January 9, 2023
Today: Pages 408 - 409
Topic Chapter 1:13 - 1:14
It has been explained that a minor child is exempt from liability for violations of the Noahide Commandments. Therefore, if two Gentiles had forbidden relations and one was of mature age and the other was a minor child, the one of mature age is liable, and the child is not. Heterosexual relations with an under-age child are only considered within Torah Law to be true intercourse with a boy if he is at least nine years old, and with a girl if she is at least three years old. If a child is younger than this age, the act is considered to be in a different category of sin than sexual intercourse. Therefore, liability for a capital sin within the types of forbidden relations does not take effect for heterosexual relations wit children below those aged (three years for a girl and nine years for a boy), and even if the other partner is above the age of majority, he or she is not liable for a capital sin for forbidden relations.
Such an act is definitely forbidden, because it is a licentious fornication; see topic 3:7. If physical or mental harm to the child is included, that is also obviously forbidden (see Part V). A society should enact laws to punish those who inflict sexual molestation on children, and to restrain them from having acces to children if they are not rehabilitated.
By Sarah Bakker
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Sources: The Divine Code (4th edition) by Rabbi Moshe Weiner
Sarah Bakker is a blog writer and illustrator for the Noahide Academy. After a difficult time, she found Judaism. She has been a Noahide for many years and uses her experiences and knowledge combined with her creative talents to help others.
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