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The Rainbow Covenant: Torah and the Seven Universal Laws
     

The Rainbow Covenant: Torah and the Seven Universal Laws

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by Michael Elias Dallen
 

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The book discusses the Seven Universal Laws (known as the Noahide Laws) that are all of mankind's basic rules, instructions, ethical values and principles for living a moral, fully human life-- regardless of religious preferences.

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The book discusses the Seven Universal Laws (known as the Noahide Laws) that are all of mankind's basic rules, instructions, ethical values and principles for living a moral, fully human life-- regardless of religious preferences.

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ISBN-13:
9780971938823
Publisher:
Lightcatcher Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.06(d)

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Rainbow Covenant: Torah and the Seven Universal Laws 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RBuxbaum More than 1 year ago
Michael Dallen has written one of the best Jewish law books for an author who is still on this side of the sod. His book, The Rainbow Covenent is readable, and enjoyable. This is a remarkable achievement because, in the end, this is a law book and a religious book. Its purpose is to tell and explain the one positive requirement that G-d expects of all people, according to the Bible (live in a place with courts of justice) and to teach against the six things that no human is allowed to do under ordinary circumstances (defame G-d, kill, steal, woship idols, eat flesh torn from living animals, and commit gross sexual immorality). It is worthwhile to point out, that while the 10 commandments get a lot more press, they are not the subject of this book as they are not required by all people, but only by Jews. No gentile is forbidden to covet the donkey of his fellow according to Jewish tradition. This book covers only the seven commandments given to Noah before and after he left the ark. Since these commandments are more easily do-able than the 10 commandments, at least according to Jewish tradition, the book becomes a lot less burdensome to read and digest. Still, this is not to say that everyone will find he already knows all that is in here. Most of these 7 commandments, though rarely violated, are also rarely thought about. As a result, it is likely that the reader will learn something on most-every page. If nothing else, the references are an impressive resource covering a wide array of biblical, talmudic and secular sources. Speaking of impressive, I was very impressed with two other things: the pictures, and the writing. The cartoon pictures illustrate, far more clearly than any set of words could, the difference between correct action and tartuffe. As one example, there is a wonderful picture on p. 66 illustrating the idea that no-one is virtuous unless he goes so far as to do the very opposite of what the Noahide laws forbid. No set of words could do as well. Also, while this book deals with that which is required and that which is forbidden, the writer avoids the heavy handed approach of many holy books in that it does not divide the world into actions prohibited and actions required, with nothing in-between. Instead, Mr. Dallen shows there is a healthy space in-between where a person to be Godly and himself. This is a good read, and that is not something you can say of most other books on things of this sort.
noahideBG More than 1 year ago
"The Rainbow Covenant" is a helpful weapon in the most important war - the war with ourselves. If you are in quest of the meaning of life, you need this book. Dimitar Kosev Kazanlak, Bulgaria
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading this book, my understanding of Noachism (the First Covenant Religion) has been based on mystical sources. Michael's open-mindedness and balance in writing about the Nations really came as a shock to me initially. This is partly due to me not knowing that Mainstream Jewish Orthodoxy (from which Michael draws his views) actually thinks quite differently from the Chasidim. If your exposure to Noachism has always been from Chasidic sources, you owe it to yourself to check out this book to hear what Jewish Orthodoxy has to say regarding the Universal Laws. For those who are genuinely interested/passionate about Tikkun Olam (perfecting the world under the rule of God) and bringing about the Messianic Age, this book is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Jewish people are to be a light to the nations to guide mankind to the covenant. However, at this time in our history, it seems the non-Jew who has come out of false or idolatrous religions in pursuit of the True Path are finding no one to illuminate the path. Where are those who care to bear the Torah and be a light? They are among us, but are not easily found. There are few who have a true light with sure directions. Michael Dallen is one orthodox Jewish man who has the kindness in his heart to address the masses coming from diverse backgrounds seeking the way to live before God and with their fellowman. Like a lighthouse that shows the way among rocky shoals, The Rainbow Covenant stands tall on the shoreline beaming a trusted light for all to approach the shores of Covenant and find the path that the Creator most favors. We find this a must-read for those seeking a sensible approach to eternal truths.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world where a radio host can be fired for uttering words that musicians are praised for using, in a world where advances in science occur faster than we can absorb them, in a world where it appears that we have lost our basic connection to our fellow humans, comes a book that tries to point us back to the proper way to live. The 'Rainbow Covenant' by Michael Dallen introduces us to the covenant that God made with all mankind. This covenant was first given to Adam, and later restated to Noah after the flood. Just seven basic principles cover everything from our relationship to God to our relationship with our fellow man to our relationship with this earth its animals and even to our relationship with science. One may wonder how a covenant established thousands of years ago could show us what our attitudes should be toward gene splicing or even toward the food we eat, but the covenant does cover these things. To say this is a life changing book is an understatement. Even the author says that certain of his core beliefs were changed while researching this book. Mr. Dallen, a lawyer by profession, presents a case for righteous behaviour that would sway any jury. The book is very well written, and easy to read and understand. The multitude of references that Mr. Dallen provides would easily take a lifetime to study. This book is not a call to change a person's faith, nor a call to convert to any specific religion, but is instead a book calling us to come back to the minimum requirements that God has given for proper living. Be forewarned, this book will change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'The Rainbow Covenant,' author Michael Dallen shows that in addition to the well-known ten commandments directed at the Jewish people, under biblical law there are seven universal commandments which should govern the conduct of the rest of mankind. Employing extensive research from the Torah and other sources, Dallen, himself Jewish, presents a compelling case that non-Jews can be righteous 'as Israel's highest priest' in the eyes of the Lord. The seven universal laws are sometimes known as the Code of Noah or the Noahide Code, and their history is thoroughly explored. Dallen painstakingly goes back to the ancient sources and shows how these laws continue to be highly relevant to life in today's society. This book answers many questions about universal law and morality which many great thinkers have struggled with through the centuries. One cannot write seriously on religious topics without stepping on someone's toes, and Dallen is never afraid to do so. Contrary to one published criticism, Dallen does not advocate worship of Jesus. He simply observes that a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices by non-Jews will not be condemned by God provided that certain basic rules are followed. The author does not attack or endorse Christianity for non-Jews, though he expressly opposes it for Jews, whose duties go far beyond those of the seven commandments. In showing the potential compatibility of other religious traditions with the Noahide Code, Dallen cites Christian and Muslim authorities for their support of monotheism, a fundamental principle that is the bedrock of Jewish and much non-Jewish religious thought. Dallen's detailed analysis discusses practical situations involving diet, property rights, gender roles, sex practices, murder, justice, idolatry, etc., and provides surprisingly clear answers to many thorny questions. Once again, toes are stepped on, as various groups may find that the word of God as recounted by the author from the sacred scriptures does not accord with their political views or their personal preferences in life. To Dallen, it is the word of God that controls, and other factors must take a back seat. But, Dallen also shows how the rules established in the biblical scriptures are positive rules that enhance the value of life on earth as well as one's spiritual well-being. To Dallen, even if God had not communicated these seven Noahide commandments, logic would inevitably lead mankind to the same principles anyway. Although the author rarely expresses doubt over anything on which he has expressed an opinion, he modestly advises the reader not to consider this work as dispositive, and expresses a hope that others will continue the study and research and develop further understandings. If you were to find this book on a bookstore shelf, you might be fooled by the brightly colored cover into thinking this is a frivolous book, or book for children. To the contrary, Dallen tackles difficult religious and philosophical issues in a mature and pensive way, with scholarly attention to source material 'one chapter has over 200 footnotes'. Although some of his conclusions are controversial, intelligent people who approach religious thought with seriousness will find a great deal to study and to challenge them here, whether they end up agreeing with all of Dallen's conclusions or not. Religious thinkers of various stripes will enjoy an intellectual feast as they make their way through ancient and contemporary concepts ultimately rooted in the fundamental words of the Torah and the experience of thousands of years of history. James S. Lawrence
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written by Mr. Michael Dallen, who is a part of the First Covenant Foundation, an organization which is dedicated to spreading the 'good news' of the Noahide Laws to Jews and non-Jews alike. This book is important for Jews, who may know little about the Bible's Noahide Law system, and for Christians, who may be searching for something more than an unquestioning faith in Jesus. 'The Rainbow Covenant' is a simple, law-by-law introduction to the Noahide Covenant. Each of the seven laws is explained in detail, and the author goes to great lengths to get his point across in the easiest way possible. These sense of urgency in this book is obvious, and Mr. Dallen has done a very good job in stressing why the world needs to learn about the Noahide system. The role of Judaism in the world, he says, is to bring these God-given laws to the rest of mankind. It might be asked why the world needs a new religious understanding of the God of the Bible, but, according to ancient rabbinic sages, the Noahide Laws are the oldest system of faith on Earth, predating the Mosaic revelation of Mount Sinai. The Noahide Laws, although named after the patriarch of the flood, were actually first given to Adam at the time of the world's creation. If anyone wishes to delve further into this most ancient of religious beliefs, then, definitely, read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What this book does is give you a comprehensive understanding of the beauty of the Torah and its inclussion of humanity in general. God's plan, for all humanity, is to recognize His authority. In the text of the Torah (for you Christians- the first five books of the OT)we find God's words speaking to us in a way, that, when we study them, we gain knowledge, understanding thus, yielding wisdom. The Seven Laws of Noah or Seven Universal Laws are seen within the context of the text and you get to know that after getting familiar with them. This book does just that it gets you familiar with them. You see, even though these are not listed as the Ten Words are, they are a part of the context of the text of the Torah. The beauty is that, if all religions were to apply these, in the context of the Torah, we would all be on the same page. The Children of Israel have been able to give us the guideline that was to be the drive for humanity from the conception of time. That is their mission in life, even though some have forgotten. This book caters to the Noahide Laws and their part in God's plan for all humanity. This would include Christians, but it DOES NOT include, IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM, the worshiping of a dead man. For anyone to say that it does, it is to 'speak falsely'. Anyone who agrees that the God of the Torah is the Creator, then, do yourself a favor and read this book. It is a 'shinning light' in a time of darkness. Then, you can decide if it is a good book or not... Be well and may Hashem, the God of Creation, bless and keep you in your life journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I needed a practical guide on the Noahide Laws. I heard about Michael Dallen's book, and ordered it. I couldn't wait to get it....but I was really afraid it would be like some of the other books on the subject. Well, I was more than re-paid for the wait. Dr. Dallen explains that, according to ancient Hebrew Tradition, God gave humans seven commandments at the very dawn of history. Those laws, in outline, were 1) don't commit idolatry, 2) don't profane God's name, 3) don't murder, 4) don't steal, 5) don't commit sexual immorality, 6) don't be cruel to animals, and 7) establish courts of justice. Over the millenia, those laws became obscure, and were all but forgotten. Recently, people have begun rediscovering them, and are searching for information. But where to turn? Dallen says, ¿The Jews have their covenant of Sinai-- the vast majority of humanity, the rest of the Children of Noah, have the Rainbow Covenant, yet ultimately man¿s obligations are the same¿obey God¿s laws. It should go without saying that people must study these laws if they wish to know how to keep them.¿ This book is the clearest, easiest to understand of all the books on the subject....and I've read several. Dr. Dallen writes with humor, warmth, and a deep reverence for God's Laws. Thanks, Dr. Dallen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Addressed to the young as well as the old, one may use this book which is packed with ancient wisdom as an excellent source for the classroom or prompt for further studies. Given the dearth of research on the subject matter it is a pioneer¿s work which, though occasionally controversial, is extremely well documented and written. When reading just a few chapters of it, one can¿t help but fall in love with Judaism and the First Commandment, the ultimate root of the 7 Universal Laws and the very backbone of justice, freedom, and human dignity. G. Klein
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Dallen's 'The Rainbow Covenant' truly is a roadmap to a better world -- a peaceful, dynamic, wholesome world. There are laws, it explains, that apply to all people regardless of their faith or creed. And then in beautifully simple terms, The Rainbow Covenant lays out those laws. This is truly a revolutionary, life-changing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What does our Creator require of the Children of Noah? 'The Rainbow Covenant' speaks to the heart of every human being. As an observant Jew, I thought I knew this subject, but I was amazed at the complexity of the details of these seven essential universal principals. Presented in a very readable, engaging book, there is a flow from one to the other, bringing a richness of the scope of each one. For instance, the author brings a concept that the negative commandments cannot be truly fulfilled without doing the opposite--the positive: the opposite of blaspheming Gd, is to sanctify His Name. With the numerous pages of references notes, this book can be studied time and again, on ever deeper levels. Of the books on this subject, this is the best I have read. Every so often a book comes into our world from Heaven; 'The Rainbow Covenant' is one of the these.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probing the The Rainbow Covenant , One will find all Gods Law has been crefully expalined in plain words by Mr Dallen in so simple and practical manner, which makes an easy understanding for all. This book by Mr Dallen is a must for all irespective of age ( I am insiiting for the Youth- if they follwo the seven Rules they not only become Lover of God but Beloved children of God), it should be read and understood by every one to make their Soul refined and the Key to this future lies in the study and understanding and acceptance of the Code of Seven Universal Commandments. A book well written taking so many considerations and facts, with understanding and frankness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was feeling lost during my search for a spiritual home a few years ago, an acquaintance told me about Noahism, the Bible's God-given Universal Law for all people. I began searching for books on the subject and ultimately read quite a few. The Rainbow Covenant is the best. Mr. Dallen writes on a holy subject with reverence, intelligence, logic, clear analysis, and humor. The book is a warm and loving introduction to God's universal moral law. It is an education in itself, and is thoroughly researched. Readers will take pleasure in learning how to get directly to classic sources and will enjoy receiving accurate information on God's universal moral absolutes. No one should be without this book. (It also feels good in the hands; readers know what I mean.)