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The Rainbow and The Covenant

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Oct 26, 2022
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The first ברית made in the Tanakh is between God and...? (People? Animals? The Earth?) in the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic flood. The rainbow is presented as the "sign of the Berit", which is there so that God will "remember" His commitment to never again destroy the world or its inhabitants. Besides the obvious theological challenges inherent in this presentation, it is also unclear waht the role of this covenant is and who the two "sides" of the agreement are and what obligations they have towards each other. We propose that this original Berit be seen through the eyes of the "original audience" of Sefer Beresheet, the nation standing at Sinai, who are entering an eternal covenant with HaKadosh Barukh Hu.

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the tenth yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by the Rotblat, Frohlich, and Dworken families to commemorate the 20th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Dr. Steven M Dworken, Harav Yisrael Mordechai ben Avraham Dovid