«Brit Shalom» – a guide to practical Noahide daily life, brief version

Chapter Ten. Law of the Land

1. The state is obligated to introduce laws and regulations for the betterment of society at large.331 The establishment of fair laws is included in the Noahide law which mandates a court system.332

2. It is an obligation to obey laws of the state that do not contradict the seven Noahide laws.333

3. The government has the authority to impose punishments on those who violate the law.334

4. Any law that discriminates between one citizen and another has no legal standing,335 and it is prohibited to punish anyone who violates such a law.

5. In this context, the state is any government, accepted by the people, that has control over currency (money) and military force. However, if the government is not accepted by all and does not issue legitimate currency, its laws are illegitimate and it is like a band of robbers that seize control by force whereupon the public is not obligated to obey its laws.336

6. Defensive war is permissible.337 War to save another nation under attack is also permissible.338 Offensive war requires the approval of a prominent moral figure.339

7. States are obligated to uphold international agreements that govern the rules of war.340

8. The state has the authority to endanger the lives of its citizens by means of a military action that promotes national security or by a war.341

Wartime Behavioral Guidelines

9. Before resorting to war, there must first be a call for peace.342

10. In a military camp, modesty and guarded speech (without gossip or insult) are to be practiced.343

11. The enemy is to be allowed avenues of escape for those who do not wish to fight.344

12. Anyone in the first year of marriage is exempt from military service.345

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