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Look to the Rainbow

After Noah gets off the ark, a vow is made and the rainbow is the sign. Never will the Divine be the one to decimate the earth again. The rainbow is a covenant with the Divine.  This month, the rainbow takes on new meaning as we enter Pride Month.

I invite you to take a moment and look at a rainbow, whether real or not, and see all of its many colors. We are enjoined to recite a blessing when we see a rainbow:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֶלוֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם זוֹכֵר הַבְּרִית וְנֶאֱמָן בִּבְרִיתוֹ וְקַיָם בְּמַאֲמָרוֹ
Baruch ata Ado-nai Elo-heinu melech ha'olam zocher ha'brit v'ne'eman bivrito v'kayam b'ma'amaro.

Blessed are You, Adonai our G‑d, Sovereign of the universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to the covenant and keeper of the promise.  May we recite this blessing when we see not only the rainbow above, but the rainbow that is each of us as we strive to keep our part of the bargain and not bring harm to one another.

Fri, August 19 2022 22 Av 5782