רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר הַמּוֹדָעִי אוֹמֵר, הַמְחַלֵּל אֶת הַקָּדָשִׁים, וְהַמְבַזֶּה אֶת הַמּוֹעֲדוֹת, וְהַמַּלְבִּין פְּנֵי חֲבֵרוֹ בָרַבִּים, וְהַמֵּפֵר בְּרִיתוֹ שֶׁל אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ עָלָיו הַשָּׁלוֹם, וְהַמְגַלֶּה פָנִים בַּתּוֹרָה שֶׁלֹּא כַהֲלָכָה, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיֵּשׁ בְּיָדוֹ תוֹרָה וּמַעֲשִׂים טוֹבִים, אֵין לוֹ חֵלֶק לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא
Rabbi Elazar of Modiin said: one who profanes sacred things, and one who despises the festivals, and one who causes his fellow’s face to blush in public, and one who annuls the covenant of our father Abraham, may he rest in peace, and he who is contemptuous towards the Torah, even though he has to his credit [knowledge of the] Torah and good deeds, he has not a share in the world to come.
A Noahide has a share in the world to come if he follows the 7 Noahide Commandments and their details, which G-d confirmed through Moses at Mount Sinai.
Noahide should respect sacred objects such as holy books.
Advice on dealing with holy books:
- Place them in the bookcase upright.
- Place them apart from everyday literature.
- When you finish reading and go do something else, don’t leave the book open.
- Place no other object or book on top of it.
- If you must carry many books, place the most holy book on top.
When you have holy objects in your hands, such as a piece of parchment for a mezuzah with Biblical verses written on it, you cannot simply throw them away. There are special boxes for this purpose in synagogues. All texts containing G-d’s name are not to be destroyed or erased. These can also be taken to the synagogue’s designated box or buried in the garden.
Someone who causes another person to change color, whether pale or red, has killed the individual.
A person who rejects the Torah, also known as the Tree of Life, rejects life.
By Angelique Sijbolts