Today is February 23, 2019 -
God promises not to destroy humanity with another flood at the end of the story of Noah’s ark in this week’s Torah portion. “When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and every living creature…so that waters will never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” (Genesis 9:14-15) What does the rainbow symbolize? The colors are different but combine to create a harmonious whole. Each color with its unique characteristics and clear boundaries exists at peace with those on either side to create a beautiful sight. Rabbi Zelig Pliskin in Growth Through Torah (pp. 34-35) reminds us that, “Whenever you see a rainbow or a picture of a rainbow let it be a reminder to work towards harmony with other people even if there are major differences between you. While differences in interests and personality might make it difficult for you to become close friends with a specific person, you can still have a harmonious and peaceful relationship with him.” That is good advice both in our personal lives and for the leaders of our country who often encourage conflict. Even when the sun is shining we should recall the rainbow and its message of harmony.