Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Judaism cultivates an
appreciation for the beauty of nature, and teaches us to make special blessings
when we encounter impressive natural wonders such as stunning mountain heights,
the ocean and a rainbow. It is not
surprising that we have a blessing for a rainbow, as it is one of the most
beautiful sights in nature. However, this blessing is
different then most blessing we recite; it doesn't focus on God's role as the
Creator of the world and the rainbow’s beauty, but rather on the unique
covenant with Noah, which was sealed by the special sign of the rainbow (as we
find in Genesis, Chapter 9).
The blessing that we
recite is as follows:
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh
zokher hab'rit v'ne'eman bivrito v'kayam b'ma'amaro.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler
of the Universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to God's covenant,
and keeps God's promise
This past Friday night
just before Shabbat was coming in we had a small rainstorm, the result of which
was magnificent! A rare double rainbow formed over the Agam (lake).
I have attached a few
pictures for you to enjoy.