27 They destroyed the pillar of Baal, and they tore down the temple of Baal and turned it into latrines, as is still the case.
va-yi-t’-TZU AYT ma-tz’-VAT ha-BA-al va-yi-t’-TZU et BAYT ha-BA-al vai-si-MU-hu l’-mo-tza-OT ad ha-YOM
כז וַיִּתְּצוּ אֵת מַצְּבַת הַבָּעַל וַיִּתְּצוּ אֶת־בֵּית הַבַּעַל וַיְשִׂמֻהוּ למחראות [לְמוֹצָאוֹת] עַד־הַיּוֹם׃
10:27 They destroyed the pillar of Baal
While Hashem requires only the Jewish people to keep the Torah’s many commandments, there are seven laws that, according to Jewish tradition, are universal and incumbent upon all of mankind (Sanhedrin 56a). These seven “Noahide laws” ensure that society functions with a basic level of morality and religious values. Maimonides writes that anyone who keeps these laws properly is considered “righteous among the nations” and earns a share in the world to come. These seven universal commandments are:
- Establish courts of justice
- Do not curse God
- Do not engage in idol worship
- Do not engage in acts of sexual immorality such as adultery and incest
- Do not murder
- Do not steal
- Do not eat the limb of a live animal
The requirement to renounce idolatry and serve the Lord exclusively is included in these laws. Hashem has no tolerance for idolatry, which brings with it sins such as human sacrifice, especially in the Land of Israel. In fact, engaging in idol worship results in exile from the land (see Deuteronomy 29:23-27). Furthermore, there is a commandment to destroy places of idol worship found in the Holy Land. God has made clear that there can be no tolerance for idolatry in the “palace of the King,” particularly when it ensnares the hearts of the Children of Israel.