Condolences on the passing of Miriam Shapiro mother of Annette Stoler    Condolences on the passing of Hymie Gordon husband of Myra Gordon    Mazeltov to Evan son of Gavin and Janine Rubin, and grandson of Mike and Mary Cohen, on the occasion of his engagement to Cassie daughter of Larry and Meliissa Gewer    Mazeltov to Denis and Inez Sandler on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Errol and Tali Sandler    Condolences on the passing of Meryn Greenstein husband of Inez Greenstein, father of Howard, Graeme, Brian and Penny.

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Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

This week, we are introduced to the Rainbow. It is the symbol of the first covenant that G d entered into with Mankind. The Ramban explains that the Rainbow is like an inverted bow-and -arrow representing the opposite of a weapon pointing directly at the earth, pointing at us. It points away, upward. It is a sign that Hashem will never destroy the entire earth again. I once saw a comment of Rabbi Riskin some years ago, in which he explained why G d’s symbol that He would not destroy the entire world again as He did in Noah’s time was just a half symbol, a full symbol would have been a whole circle. He read into the words of Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch that the half circle was Hashem’s promise that He would not ever again destroy the entire world but he could not guarantee that we would not do it ourselves. G-d gives us such responsibility – to look after one another, to look after the world.  To do what is right and thereby to prosper.

Beyedidut.

Rabbi David Shaw

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