Adults set out a potluck in the kitchen while children ran around.
The man with neck tattoos showed everyone the Kabbalistic painting he made and auctioned it to the crowd.
In the Middle Ages, Maimonides urged their observance on non-Jews, writing, “Anyone who accepts upon himself and carefully observes the Seven Commandments is of the Righteous of the Nations of the World and has a portion in the World to Come.” But the idea never really caught on among non-Jews. I was here to study them., but then there are seven laws for children of Noah—everyone else in the world. Some wore head wraps and dresses suitable for a wedding, and others looked like they came in off the street. I was the only Jew in the room, but everyone else was here to study Torah. In front of him, an audience of about 20 sat in rows, listening attentively.They are: Do not deny God; do not blaspheme; do not murder; do not engage in incest, adultery, pederasty, or bestiality; do not steal; do not eat of a live animal; and establish courts.
They run Hebrew schools, community meetings, and even a national summit.The group I visited, called Netiv, is a bustling 40-person community located in Humble, Texas—in the United States, Texas is the center of Noahide life.Some members travel over two hours each way, two or three times a week, for classes.They obey the Noahide laws, but they also take the concept further, endeavoring to obey other and learn more from Judaism.But about 40 years ago, Chabad grand Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson launched a global “Noahide Campaign,” writing and speaking about the need for Righteous Noahide communities, believing Noahide laws would bring about peace and understanding and would hasten the coming of the Messiah. For example, in 1987, President Reagan signed a proclamation glorifying “the historical tradition of ethical values and principles, which have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization when they were known as the Seven Noahide Laws, transmitted through God to Moses on Mount Sinai.” Noahidism now encompasses communities around the world, especially in Great Britain, the Philippines, Latin America, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States.According to Rabbi Michael Schulman, who runs Noahide website Ask Noah.org, the Philippines may have the most developed community, with well over 1,000 adults and their children living in a collection of agricultural towns.