Excerpts from the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Sichos about Noahide

Excerpts from the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Sichos about Noachid

The main avodah (service) of this generation is to go out to the final
war
of the golus, to conquer and to purify all the gentile countries (such
that
"and kingship will be Hashem's," Ovadiah 1:21).

--Shabbos Parshas VaYelech, 5746.

The unique innovation in the Previous Rebbe's service is the
dissemination
of Torah and Judaism and the wellsprings of Chasidus outward to the
entire
world, including the effect on the non-Jews.

--Hisvaduyos 5750 4:418, cites in "The Deed is the Main Thing," Kol Boi
Ha'olam, p. 370.

Our efforts must be geared to the "final days" in purifying and
clarifying
ourselves and in influencing the Noachides to accept their G-d-given
destiny
which will cause the nations of the world to come before G-d and give
honor
to His Name, with the true and complete redemption through our
righteous
Moshiach, speedily and truly in our days. 
--Shabbos Parshas Tsav, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 76.

With regard to the Seven Mitzvos: The time has come to prepare the
world for
Moshiach. This includes making it a "settled place" through spreading
the
Seven Mitzvos.
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 25, p. 7.

Influencing non-Jews to keep their mitzvos, the Seven Noachide Laws...
will
assist our task of making the world into a dwelling place for G-d, and
help
bring about the arrival of Moshiach.
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 3.

"He did not create it (to be) a waste land, He formed it to be
inhabited
(and civilized)" (Yeshayahu 45:18). This can only be when all humanity
lives
justly and righteously. This of course is the theme of the Seven
Noachide
Commandments with their accompanying laws and ramifications.
Consequently,
it is obvious and self-evident that in modern times we must carry out
the
Divine Command we received through Moshe: "To compel all human beings
to
accept the commandments enjoined upon the descendants of Noach."
--Shabbos Parshas Tsav, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 75.

In order that the entire world should be orderly, it is essential that
each
and every one of the "seventy nations" should be influenced so that
they
will work on settling the world. It is insufficient for only one nation
to
be acting properly.
--Hisvaduyos 5750 1:395, cited in "The Deed is the Main Thing," Kol Boi
Ha'olam, p. 388.

It is decades after these proclamations, and nevertheless, Moshiach
still
has not come. I have searched and searched for an explanation for this,
and
the only answer I've found is the following. In previous generations,
since
haNassi hu hakol ("the Nassi is everything") it was possible to rely on
the
Nassi's efforts. However, after so long, when even the Previous Rebbe's
proclamation has passed and Moshiach still hasn't come, the only
possibility
is that every single Jew must be involved in bringing the
redemption....
This is also the other reason for the stress on the Seven Mitzvos.
Since the
world has changed, and Moshiach has nevertheless not come, every
individual
must do everything possible to hasten his coming.
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol.35, p.6.

The speeding of the true and complete redemption depends on this [the
dissemination of the Seven Noachide Laws].
--Hisvaduyos 5750 2:18, cited in "The Deed is the Main Thing," Kol Boi
Ha'olam, p. 385.

In these critical times, when nations are challenging one another and
violence is increasing in an unbelievable manner, the Jews have the
power to
bring about peace in the entire world.... Ideally, a Jew should stand
proudly before the gentiles and explain to them the Seven Noachide
Laws,
emphasizing that they should be carried out not because they appear to
be
logically sound, but because G-d commanded them.... When a Jew carries
out
mitzvos with pride, a non-Jew stands in awe of him and, hence, will not
consider war.
--Yud Tes Kislev, 5743, Sichos in English, vol. 13, p.19, 33.

There is, of course, no need to emphasize to you the importance of
promoting
these Seven Noachide Commandments among gentiles. In our day and age,
it
does not require much imagination to realize that, by way of example,
had
these Divine Commandments been observed and adhered to by all "Children
of
Noach," namely the nations of the world, individually and collectively,
there would not have been any possibility, in the natural order of
things,
for such a thing as a Holocaust.
--"Letter to Chaplain Brig. Gen. Israel Drazin," Erev Shabbos Kodesh
Bereshis, 5747, Hal Boi HaOlam, p.395.

[T]here was a time when we did not reach out to the gentiles to
encourage
them to observe the Seven Noachide Laws.... In our generation things
are
different. There is no danger involved in this activity, and to the
contrary, such activity will increase the respect that the nations show
us,
for they will realize that Jews care not only about their own welfare
but
also about the good of all humanity and the whole world.
--Shabbos Parshas Tsav, 5747, Sichos in English, vol.35, p.75.

This phenomenon adds much momentum to the efforts of convincing the
citizens
of the world to observe the Seven Noachide Laws. When the President
proclaims its importance it is easier to encourage average people to
accept
it and so the opportunity must not be lost. It also provides us with a
clear
sign from Above that there is no time to lose in teaching the gentiles
of
the world about G-d.
--Shabbos Parshas Tsav, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 76.

[T]he Rambam uses the expression, "lakuf ("to forcefully influence")
all
inhabitants of the world to accept the Noachide commands." Although
obviously one must do this in a pleasant, gentle, and peaceful way, it
still
must be done with persistence. If you have already tried several times,
try
again nevertheless. We frequently see that although people are
sometimes
spoken to five times, they do not change until they hear it a sixth
time!
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 4.

Sorry to say, it appears necessary to protest against those who have
the
attitude and are voicing the opinion that they simply could not be
bothered
and that they have no time for [convincing the citizens of the world to
observe the Seven Noachide Laws]. Remember, the Rambam rules that this
was
commanded by G-d through Moshe--can anyone gainsay (contradict) this
command?!
--Shabbos Parshas Tsav, 5747, Sichos in English, vol.35, p.76.

Many thanks for the good news [your letter] contained, particularly
about
our talks and lectures on the Seven Noachide Commandments on a number
of
occasions, and that these were well received, even enthusiastically. I
am
certainly gratified that you intend to continue doing so.
--Letter to Chaplain Brig. Gen. Israel Drazin, Erev Shabbos Kodesh
Bereshis,
5747, Kol Boi Ha'olam, p. 395.

"All the gentile nations will flock to [the Beis Hamikdash], and many
peoples will go...." And similarly, also during the end of golus, "Beis
Rabbeinu Shebe'Bavel" [770] "will be called [a house of prayer] for all
peoples."
--Kuntres Beis Rabeinu Sheb'BaveI," Sefer HaSichos 5752 2:475.

Someone might wish to complain: "and is this [the Noachide Campaign]
all
that we're lacking? There are so many things which need our attention!
Obviously, this complaint cannot be taken seriously. By the same
reasoning,
you could do away with all 613 mitzvos, G-d forbid! Ask someone to do a
mitzvah, and he can reply, "But there's something else important that
I'm
attending to!" And this is not just a theoretical answer--it's
something we
see on a daily basis. People claim that they don't need to do mitzvos
because they give charity! True, charity is great; but does that exempt
one
from doing the others? With this reasoning, a person could even say,
"But
I'm doing mitzvos by helping other Jews--I have no time to ever think
about
G-d!" Therefore we must be concerned with all the mitzvos--in this
case,
spreading the Noachide commandments.
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol.35. pp. 4-5

Through the shluchim [in addition to their work with Jews], it is also
essential to spread goodness, righteousness, justice, and uprightness
among
the nations of the world through the fulfillment of the Seven Noachide
Laws.
--Hisvadayos 5752 2:364, cited in "The Deed is the Main Thing," Kol Bio
Ha'Olam, p. 385.

We must therefore deduce that this is an auspicious time to conquer the
world with Torah and Yiddishkeit in a pleasant and peaceful way: "All
the
land is before you." (Bereshis 13:9).
--"Conquer the World with Torah: A Message to the Shluchim Convention,"
5747, Sichos in English, vol. 33, p.270.

When the gentiles see how the Jews, despite all difficulties, follow
the
path which they were commanded by G-d, they will grant greater
assistance to
the Jews in order to facilitate the completion of their mission.
Similarly,
when the gentiles see the Jews making efforts to teach gentiles the
Seven
Noachide Laws, they will grant the Jews greater respect. The efforts of
the
Jews in such activities, without any thought of recompense, only
because
this is one of the commandments they were given by G-d, will motivate
their
neighbors to such feelings. Even though the respect given by the
gentiles
will facilitate the service of the Jews, the Jews must realize how
their
service comes as a response to G-d's command.
--"Address to N'Shei Ubnos Chabad," 26th day of Elul, 5746, Sichos in
English, vol. 32, p 207.

The G-dly radiance also illuminates the gentile nations of the world,
who
become acquainted with Torah, when it is translated into the 70
languages.
These efforts should start with information directed to the nations of
the
world to teach them to observe the Seven Noachide Laws, which will
serve as
a preparation for the promise of the future. "So that all the nations
of the
earth shall know the L-rd is G-d, there is none else."
--Simchas Torah, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 33, p.178.

Practically speaking, many Shluchim have found success in certain
activities
from which others may learn. This should also include activities which
promote righteousness and uprightness among the nations of the world by
observing the Seven Noachide Principles (commandments). There should be
discussion as to how to increase and expand activities in this area.
--"Conquer the World with Torah: A Message to the Shluchim Convention,"
5747, Sichos in English, vol.33, p. 266.

The Mishna states that "Any person who says a [Torah] idea in the name
of
its author [including a non-Jew] brings Redemption to the world." This
is
because non-Jews are also enjoined in the mitzvah of Torah study (in
the
areas in which they are obligated).
--Hisvaduyos 5748 4:39, cited in "The Deed is the Main Thing," Kol Boi
Ha'olam, p. 388.

The effect on the gentile nations is especially seen through
translations of
Torah--including the inner, mystical aspects of Torah, which are
revealed in
Chasidic thought--in the "seventy" languages of the non-Jews. Such
translations were also carried out specifically for non-Jews, so that
they
can study the concepts of belief in G-d, Divine Providence, etc.
--Hisvaduyos 5750 1:148; Hisvaduyos 5748 4:267, fn. 54 cited in Kol Boi
Ha'olam, p. 374.

Our Nassi's Shluchim follow a different route. Since he was sent to do
a job
in a particular place, he must begin by speaking individually with the
inhabitants of that place, and he informs them that he is there to work
with
them and for them. He wants to help them improve their Yiddishkeit,
justice
and righteousness. His help is extended to them, their spouses,
children,
friends, etc., even to the non-Jewish inhabitants of the area.
Therefore, he
approaches them to help establish an educational facility which will
benefit
them and their community and which will be part of, and which they must
help
along.
--"Conquer the World with Torah: A Message to the Shluchim Convention,"
5147, Sichos in English, vol.33, pp. 266-267.

[T]he Jews have been given a special mission to teach the gentiles the
Seven
Noachide Laws which are intended to spread peace and equilibrium
throughout
the world. Furthermore, a Jew is always conscious of the existence of
G-d,
Who controls every aspect of the world and watches each deed performed
by a
Jewish person. Therefore, before he does anything to benefit from the
world,
he recites a blessing that can be heard by all those around him, even
gentiles. When a gentile hears a Jew make a blessing this makes an
impression on him as well; for example, it will prevent him from
stealing
for he will always remember that there is a G-d watching every aspect
of his
behavior. In this manner, our acts can add to the proliferation of
peace and
justice in the world.
--"Address to N'shei Ubnos Chabad," 26th day of Elul, 5746, Sichos in
English, vol. 32, p. 205.

Chanukah - At such a propitious time we should not forget our
non-Jewish
compatriots. Since a public menorah has a message for all members of
society, we should utilize the opportunity to encourage all people to
learn
and observe the Seven Noachide Laws. The light of the Menorah
illuminates
the public domain and neutralizes the "rebellious footsteps." It also
provides an opportunity to urge humanity to fulfill the Seven Noachide
Laws
because they are G-d's commandments for mankind. Life according to the
Seven
Noachide Principles will be free of any rebelliousness against social
laws,
congruous with the message of the Menorah.
--"Compilation of talks from week of Chanukah," 5747, Sichos in
English,
vol. 34, p. 45.

Purim - It is also an auspicious time to make other resolutions
regarding
increasing in Torah and mitzvos. This also includes influencing
non-Jews to
keep their mitzvos, the Seven Noachide Laws. This also has a special
connection with Purim, since the miracle of Purim also affected
non-Jews, to
the extent that, as said in the Megillah, "many from the non-Jewish
nations
decided to become Jews."
--Purim, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 35, p. 3.

Rambam's Birthday - In light of the Rambam's extraordinary devotion to
teaching the Seven Commandments to non-Jews and assisting them with
their
spiritual and physical needs, non-Jews should be encouraged to
celebrate his
birthday (the 14th of Nissan). We must exert every effort to organize
meetings and celebration throughout the world, and even very minor
ideas
should not be overlooked, such as printing a commemorative stamp of the
Rambam. These activities should include teaching all relevant portions
of
the Rambam's writings to non-Jews, including Guide for the Perplexed
and
various sections of Mishneh Torah.
--Paraphrased from 11th Nissan, 5745, on video.

Rosh Hashanah - May our prayer of Rosh Hashanah be answered: "Reveal
Yourself in the majesty of Your glorious might over all the inhabitants
of
Your terrestrial world." Rosh Hashanah Machzor. This is the ultimate
realization of the purpose of creation to make the world a dwelling
place
for G-d. This will actually take place at the close of the diaspora
period
when we will enjoy the light of G-dliness in the darkness of the golus.
--Rosh Hash., 5757, Sichos in Engl., vol. 33, p. 7.

The "new light" drawn down on Rosh Hashanah and the happiness of the
holiday
of Sukkos-are not confined to Jews alone, but rather are related to the
entire world. Indeed, the complete expression of G-d's Kingship is when
G-d
is accepted as King; not only over the Jewish people, but over the
entire
world. We see a parallel to this on the very first Rosh Hashanah. After
Adam
was created, he proclaimed: "G-d is King, He has garbed Himself with
grandeur," accepting G-d as King over himself. Afterwards, he called to
the
entire creation, "Come, let us prostrate ourselves and bow down; let us
bend
the knee before the L-rd, our Maker," crowning His as King of the world
at
large.
--1st Night of Sukkos, 5757, Sichos in English, vol. 33, pp. 75-76.

"All that HaShem created in this world, He created only for His own
glory,"
(to proclaim His glory in the world). "To make the world an abode for
HaShem" is the duty of every Jew, and as we say at the beginning of the
prayers: "Offer praise to the L-rd, proclaim His Name; make His deeds
known
among the Nations." So Rosh Hashanah teaches us that we must, first of
all,
make Him King over us, King of the Jews, but it must be followed by
prayer
and effort to make his Kingship known in all the world, and pray to
HaShem:
"Reign over the entire world in Your Glory." The end purpose of
Creation is
that (not only we Jews, but also) the whole world, all mankind, all
children
of Adam, the first man, indeed, the whole of Creation, nature itself,
should
acknowledge that the Creator of the world is the "King of all the
earth."
--"Letter to B'nai Yisrael," Chai Elul, 5746, Sichos in English, vol.
32,
pp. 154-155.

Sukkos - [T]he seventy bulls offered as mussaf sacrifices throughout
the
holiday of Sukkos correspond to the seventy nations of the world. Each
day
the number of bulls sacrificed decreased indicating how the "goyishe"
tendencies of the gentiles must always decrease and how it is necessary
for
them to take on a different identity, one associated with the
fulfillment of
the seven commandments given to Noach and offering aid and assistance
to the
Jewish people.... Also, this is associated with the Haftorah read this
morning which mentions the Messianic prophecy describing how the
holiday of
Sukkos will be celebrated by all the nations. Similarly, our
celebration of
Simchas Bais Hashoevah will also have an effect on the gentiles. Not
only
will they not disturb the celebrations, they will assist in preparing
the
celebrations. Furthermore, they will be inspired to participate by
standing
on the side and clapping and the like.
--2nd night of Sukkos, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 33, pp. 88-89.

This also implies involving others (even gentiles) in the celebration.
Not
only must they witness the rejoicing, but they must also take part in
the
celebrations and attain the unique level of joy appropriate for the
present
evening.
--6th night of Sukkos, 5747, Sichos in English, vol. 33, p. 139.