The Torah prohibits all forms of sexuality between same-sex individuals. You are right that the term "homosexuality" is not helpful. Why would we encourage two individuals to pursue a relationship that they could never satisfactorily consummate, even if supposedly lesser activities are permitted (which they are not)?
This has nothing to do with love. There are many people who love each other who do not express this love sexually, as that is inappropriate. Sexual love is appropriate between marriage partners, not between friends or relatives, e.g. On the other hand, the desire for sexual gratification can extend also to people one does not necessarily love. When the Torah (G-d) tells us that something is forbidden, it is because it is harmful for the individual involved. True love would therefore dictate that one not pursue a relationship that is harmful to the person they love.
Rabbi Shmary Brownstein For Chabad.org
September 8, 2014
Homosexuality is not expressly forbidden
What about love? Sometimes it happens that two males find themselves attracted to one another and want to express their love sexually. Correct me if I'm wrong (with genuine sources) but isn't the most acceptable view that the pertinent Noahic law here only forbids sodomy? There is a minority of opinion that forbids other acts. Maimonides defines what's forbidden as sodomy, not homosexuality, which is a modern term needing careful definition when applied historically. The Talmud also forbids only sodomy. So, there is no reason that two males can't express love sexually except for that one thing. Orthodox Jews under greater restrictions than non-Jews, trained from childhood to put fences around same-sex relationships, might find even hugging repugnant. But considering NON-Jews and their laws, wouldn't it be better to be as easy on the people as possible, just as chazal are easy on Jews? Let people love each other anyway they want as long as it is not expressly forbidden.
Gerry Kent usa
February 8, 2014
The Noahide Laws
The Noahide Laws are Torah ... Lite! Very lite! And so fundamental that without the belief in them, it almost disqualifies one from being considered a functioning human life form.
Imagine believing that ones own prejudices were sufficient to determine what is right and what is wrong. As my Aunt once pointed out to me when I was an AgnoTheist. "What if the whole world ran according to your understanding?" Didn't take me very long to change into a Theist Judeo/Christian. I am at least honest enough to admit that running the world according to my lights would be a horror movie.
The Torah with it's wisdom, knowledge and understanding and the Messianic revelation of the love, mercy and grace of Heshem is just the beginning of the skill set required to heal the world.
Susan Browne USA
February 4, 2014
I had no idea about these 7 laws until now. However, it's amazing as a child of God, that I would already have these principles instilled upon me. I am so glad to read this. I will share this with friends.
Clarice South Africa
December 2, 2013
Yes, you can find the Seven Noahide Laws in English at this link
Chabad.org Staff mychabad.org
November 30, 2013
The Seven Noahide Laws. Have a English text?
Ernesto Benfilh Brazil
October 24, 2012
When EVERY Jew takes his/her role of being a priest unto the world seriously then I think the Messianic age will have arrived, at the moment it is unclear.
October 21, 2012
In 2007 the Chief Rabbi of Israel declared, of Hinduism and Judaism
"1. Their respective Traditions teach that there is One Supreme Being who is the Ultimate Reality, who has created this world in its blessed diversity and who has communicated Divine ways of action for humanity, for different peoples in different times and places."
With this and the rest of the statements of the "Declaration of Mutual Understanding and Cooperation from the First Jewish-Hindu Leadership Summit" between Rabbi Yona Metzger, Chief Rabbi of Israel, and Swami Dayanand Saraswati, of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, it was established that the Hindus are indeed observant Noachides!
Shruti New York
September 9, 2012
To the Rabbi, thank you for this informative discussion! Speaking as a Hindu this was very interesting to me. Much of what you shared with regard to these Noachide Laws, including these laws themselves, is very much in line with our beliefs!
To the commenters, Hinduism IS a monotheistic faith. The rumour that our faith is not is a myth that was spread, and at times even wrongly taught in Western schools, both by those who innocently misunderstood us and lying missionaries of other religions (especially Christianity).
True faith of the books (which actually follows our scriptures) is purely monotheistic and we don't believe that all "gods" are one God either. That is a concocted non-scriptural belief.
January 26, 2012
Ack! This is so exciting! Surely the Messiah can't be far off?!?!