Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Sign of the Rainbow

And it shall come to pass, when I cause clouds to come upon the earth, that the rainbow will appear in the cloud. [Noach 9:14]

When does God show a rainbow?  

Rashi: When it arises in His mind to bring darkness and destruction to the world.  

Bachaye: The rainbow does not appear on every cloudy day or on any occasion that it rains, but only when the generation deserves destruction, to indicate that God is guarding His promise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When one sees a rainbow and makes the fitting bracha upon seeing it, he/she will be wise enough to know that it is a timely reminder from Above to do Teshuva.

The translation the bracha-
blessing upon seeing a rainbow is ('loosely'):

Baruch ata Hashem Elo-h-einu: Blessed are You Hashem, Elokeinu: Melech ha'olam - Who is the King of the Univers, Zocher ha'Bris - Who remembers the The Covenant [that He made with Noah], v'neeman bivriso - And He remains faithful to His covenant: ve'kayem b'ma'amoro - and keeps His word! [not to annihilate the world by flood...