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A rainbow, a blessing and a covenant to be peacemakers

Rabbi John A. Linder | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 9:55 am

Recently, in the late afternoon, after a classic Arizona monsoon, the sun broke through the clouds just long enough for me to see a stunning double rainbow above Temple Solel. It was simply breathtaking.

Judaism offers us blessings to recite so that we never take for granted the beauty and abundance that surrounds us. There is even a special blessing upon seeing a rainbow: “Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam zokher hab’rit v’ne’eman bivrito v’kayam b’ma’amaro — Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who remembers the covenant, and is faithful to God’s covenant, and keeps God’s promise.”

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