Of Arks and Rainbows

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  1. Arie Folger says:

    Beautiful.

    Alternatively, the reason against gazing at a rainbow is unrelated to the notion of watching other peopleś being accused or punished. Ramban suggests, based on the haftara we just read, on Shavuot, that the beauty of the luminous rainbow evokes the revelation of the Chariot in Ye´hezqel´s prophecy, and that is why we should not gaze at it, because, as a symbol of Divine Revelation, it ought to remain an exalted, respected symbol.

  2. micha says:

    You implicitly raise the issue of latitude in parshanus… Does the Ramban have the “right” to take something Chazal describe as a warning of anger and turning it into something more cheery?

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