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Shavuot-Sweetness of the Torah

Shavuot will be celebrated this week on Thursday and it is the time that G‑d gave the Torah at Mount Sinai. This holiday is primarily relevant to the Jewish people who inherited the Torah. However, the seven Noahide laws were given at this formative event and have relevance and significance for Noahides as well.

While the Noahide laws were initially given to Noah and his descendants after the flood, their observance was not actively enforced until the time of Moses. Moses received a divine command to propagate the observance of the Noahide laws among all the nations.

The difference between the order given to Noah as an individual and the order given to Moses lies in the nature and scope of the responsibility. When the Noahide laws were originally given to Noah, they were meant to serve as a moral code for him and his environment. It was a personal obligation for Noah and those who were directly connected to him.

However, when Moses was commanded by G-d to compel the nations to observe the Noahide laws, it extended the responsibility to a global scale. It signified a collective obligation for the Jewish people, to actively promote the observance of these 7 universal laws among all nations. The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai serves as a significant event for Noahides seeking to lead righteous lives in accordance with G-d's will.

One of the first commandments given at Mount Sinai states, "You shall have no other gods before me." This commandment emphasizes the worship of G-d and prohibits the worship of any other deities or idols. The first Noahide law forbids the worship of idols. The first principle of faith is to know that G-d is the master of the universe and the entire creation. He created everything and the entire creation and being is dependent upon him Blessed Be He.

It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. One explanation is that the Torah is compared to milk and honey, and dairy foods symbolize the sweetness and richness of the Torah. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah. in the Messianic era a deeper level of the Torah that was not known so far, will be revealed by Moshiach.


Rabbi Moshe Bernstein is a writer and a Community Rabbi in Netanya, Israel. He believes in making connections between the Jewish People and the Noahides worldwide in order to share and enhance the knowledge of the Torah's Universal Code for Humanity and fulfill Isaiah's Prophecy 11:9 " And the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans".


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Thank you so much Rabbi, for the clarity and Chesed in your articles and all that you do. If my stomach doesn't sit well with dairy, may I skip eating dairy food on Shavuot?

Rabbi Moshe Bernestein
Rabbi Moshe Bernestein
May 25, 2023
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Thank you. If dairy food causes you inconvenience don't eat it. You can eat whatever you feel comfortable with.


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