by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Israel has had a wonderful cold rainy winter. Wonderful cold rainy? Yes, in a place with seasonal only rains, those rains were life and death for the people. While it’s not literally life and death today, it is major economic and environmental impact. A cold rainy winter means good water supply, a flourishing land, and a good situation for the farmers in spring.
This past Thursday afternoon was alternating sunny and rainy, which gets…rainbows! Jewish tradition from the Torah itself associates the rainbow with Noach and the flood, and therefore considers a rainbow a negative sign (with an associated blessing on sighting of G-d who remembers His covenant not to destroy the world again).
I explained to my children that the rainbow as immediately caused by the prism effect of the sun hitting the rain, spitting the white light into the colors of the rainbow.
I also explained the setting up of these circumstances over Beit Shemesh seemed appropriate per Jewish tradition that a rainbow is a sign of Hashem’s anger and Him invoking His covenant not to act on it, given the Jew against Jew actions happening in Beit Shemesh. Hopefully both the Jewish traditionalists and the anti-religious saw this sign, noted it’s understood Jewish meaning, and can use it as a Heavenly sign to move in a positive direction and what our Father in Heaven thinks of the current path.
Full rainbow over Beit Shemesh, January 19, 2012, panorama view.