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What to Learn From the Libations?

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

Divine Code for August 21, 2022

Today: Page 128

Topic 3:16 -- 3:19

It is forbidden to sacrifice to idols. It is a capital sin if one sacrifices to idols in a manner as it was brought into Temple. This includes wine and water offerings (or other liquids).

There were specific openings in the altar at Temple in which wine was used at various sacrifices and water was used at Sukkot.

Wine and water also symbolize two ways we can serve G-d.

The 7 Mitzvot for Noahides can be compared to wine. For doing these mitzvot are pleasant, they give a "pleasant taste". This is because they have a logical reason, such as having respect for your neighbor's property. It is morally logical and makes you feel good when you observe it.

Water represents mitzvot that have no logical reason and that a person does for G-d without understanding why he must do it. These are particularly the mitzvot that apply to Jews such as separating meat from milk.

It is good if people keep the 7 mitzvot and observe them, or if however one does them only because they are logical, or themselves linked to an idol, then people only receive the reward of the mitzvah itself and not a share in the World to Come.

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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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