20.10.2012 04.Cheschwan. 5773 Noach
Parshat Noah: The semi-symbolism of the rainbow
"I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth" (Genesis 9:13).
‘Of the fowl after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive’ (Noah; Genesis 6:20)
The rainbow is the symbol of the very first covenant entered into by God. It is the sign of God’s covenant with the earth and with all of humanity. Noah, after all, was the second Adam, from whom all of humanity would now emerge. And God’s covenant is His guarantee “that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh”….