What are the Seven Universal Laws?

History proves that laws are needed to protect all peoples. The Seven Universal laws separated humanity from the lawless violence which brought God to the point of destroying the world. They are a sacred inheritance given to all of mankind after the flood. Detailed, in-depth aspects are included within each basic law, making them a firm, reliable and comprehensive moral-code. At Mount Sinai, G-d commanded the Children of Israel to serve as His “Light unto the nations” by bringing all of humanity to a recognition of their Creator and to an adherence of His laws. What’s so beautiful about these laws is the breathing room they provide. This spiritual inheritance is equally usefull in a hut in Africa or a suburban home in America. Every person on the face of the earth can use these laws as the basis of his or her spiritual, moral and practical life.


Acknowledge that there is only one G-d who is Infinite and Supreme above all things. Do not replace that Supreme Being with finite idols, be it yourself, or other beings. This command includes such acts as prayer, study and meditation.

Respect the Creator. As frustrated and angry as you may be, do not vent it by cursing your Maker.

Respect human life. Every human being is an entire world. To save a life is to save that entire world. To destroy a life is to destroy an entire world. To help others live is a corollary of this principle.

Respect the institution of marriage. Marriage is a most Divine act. The marriage of a man and a woman is a reflection of the oneness of G-d and His creation. Disloyalty in marriage is an assault on that oneness.

Respect the rights and property of others. Be honest in all your business dealings. By relying on G-d rather than on our own conniving, we express our trust in Him as the Provider of Life.

Respect G-d’s creatures. At first, Man was forbidden to consume meat. After the Great Flood, he was permitted – but with a warning: Do not cause unnecessary suffering to any creature.

Maintain justice. Justice is G-d’s business, but we are given the charge to lay down necessary laws and enforce them whenever we can. When we right the wrongs of society, we are acting as partners in the act of sustaining the creation.