Erev Shabbos Kodesh Noach Inspiration 5776

One of the more esoteric portions of the Torah appears in this week’s parasha. The Torah records HaShem informing Noach that if the people of the world reaches a point of depravation that they are deserving of destruction, HaShem will display a rainbow as a sign that He desires to destroy the world but refrains from doing so.  The basic question regarding this is, why a rainbow? Can HaShem not just send an earthquake and at the last minute remove the danger or something similar? Why the necessity for a (sound – we’ll get to that momentarily) light show?

The answer to this question can be found in the Hebrew word for rainbow, which is קשת. When we rearrange the letters, they form an acrostic for the words קול תקיעת שופר, the sound of the blowing of the Shofar. Furthermore, the letters that precede the letters קשת are צרש, which equal in gematria the word התקיעה, the blowing. What does a Shofar have to do with a rainbow?  Blowing the Shofar is the audio call to Teshuva, whereas the appearance of the rainbow is the visual call to Teshuva. Thus, Hashem, in His Infinite Wisdom and Mercy, offers us various methods to return to him. Whether we “hear” the Shofar, “see” the rainbow, “smell” the coffee, or use any of the other senses that HaShem has graciously provided us, we should use our “senses” to come to our “senses” and merit doing complete Teshuva, and then we will merit the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.

Have a “Sensible” Shabbos

Rabbi Adler

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