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The Trekkie

On the famed starship are a mixed crew from many different nationalities and a half-breed alien. All of the different people are working together to accomplish the same goal…


I am a Trekkie. The famous saying that came from the original TV show was “To boldly go...” As a Trekkie and one who has taken on the Seven Commandments of the Creator, the old slogan has become a very personal charge.


Most do not know there is a philosophy behind the TV show Star Trek. It has been in front of us the whole time. On the bridge of the famed starship there is a mixed crew from many different nationalities and a half-breed alien. All of the different people are working together to accomplish the same goal.


The Seven Commandments from our Creator, were also designed to fit any nation and culture. When kept, every nation will be aiming and working toward the same goal.


For many, leaving the religions of the world and coming to the commandments of the Creator, takes a lot of boldness; especially if one does not live in an area where there are others who have done the same thing. Sometimes to boldly go is means you are treading on new territory. We are about to embark on a new journey and will run into enemies we never knew existed.


One of my many favorite scriptures of the Hebrew Scriptures is found in Genesis.


Genesis 12:1


“Hashem said to Abram, “Go for yourself...” Artscroll Chumash


As a Noahide or any other name you use to those keeping the Seven Commandments of the Creator, there is a level of boldness to be able to, “Go for yourself”.


The life chosen to follow the Divine edicts for those of the nations at this time can bring on an element of loneliness. We do not have commandments that separate us from our fellow brothers and sisters of humanity. With the commandments of the Creator, we have to go on living in our perspective communities and sometimes this can have a lonely effect.


In choosing a life that involves the Creator, you have to at first, “Lech Lecha - go for yourself”. You will need to boldly go for yourself and learn what the Creator has for you as an individual to do. It took boldness to reject the idolatry of the world and to accept the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Once Abram had rejected the idolatry of his father, the Creator came to him telling him to go for himself. This means to go for your own good and benefit.


Once we have turned back toward the Creator, we need to go for ourselves and learn the Divine edicts for ourselves.


Make the Creator your God


The nation of Israel in the Hebrew Scriptures is our example of returning back to the Creator. A group of men called The Great Assembly put together a set of prayers that are still said today. The first prayer called Avos or Fathers, has in it a good lesson. It is partly taken form a verse in Exodus 3.


Exodus 3:15


“Hashem the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob...” Artscroll Chumash


The lesson we can learn from this is that the forefathers of Israel made God their own personal God. Each one had their own personal relationship with the Creator. As said by Rabbi Avroham Chaim Feuer in his book, Shemoneh Esre on page 55: “The Patriarchs are listed in this blessing separately to emphasize each one represents a unique approach to Divine service.”


Every nation has been given by the Creator the same rules to play by. But each different culture and individual can bring a uniqueness in their Divine service to the Creator.


Again, like our famed starship, the bridge of humanity is made up of many different nations and cultures. With the Seven Commandments of our Creator we can boldly go and take not only ourselves but all of humanity on a trip where we have not gone before.

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