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Unread 01-04-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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If anything, non-Jews should be more careful in such matters than Jews, based on the principle of the following sicha:

Gentiles Should Practice Abstinence

The main concept of the nazirite state in the Torah is said in connection with the nazirite’s holiness, and this concept is only applicable for the Jewish people. Nevertheless, since the Hebrew word nazir also means separation, this principle applies to gentiles as well, as there is also reason for them to practice abstinence from worldly pleasures.

On the contrary, abstinence is primarily necessary for gentiles [more so than for Jews], for since they are occupied solely with worldly matters, they become immersed in worldly matters and pleasures, as it is written, “The inclination of man’s heart is wicked from his youth.” This causes harm both to them and to the surrounding world [thus necessitating extra abstinence]. In contrast, of the Jewish people it was stated, “Let that which the Torah forbade you be enough for you,” and his divine service should involve drawing holiness down into himself and the world.

Likutei Sichos, Vol. 38, pp. 30-31.
Non-Jews are more susceptible to fall into immorality than Jews, and thus needs extra boundaries to prevent that. The sicha is speaking about involvement with the physical in general, but the same principle surely applies to interaction between the genders.
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