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"Rainbow -Beautiful or a Curse?" - Comments

1 Rabbi Daniel Levy on 2007 10 11

This is a really beautifull piece. I have an auf ruff this Shabat so it ties in so nicely to the theme of individuality of chatan and kallah but also their unity in marriage.
Shabbat Shalom,
Leeds UK

2 Mark on 2007 10 12

This is a beautiful piece. The only difficulty is defining unity. Unity unfortunately for many people is defined as everyone else agreeing with me. How do we embrace difference in Judaism? What are the borders of difference that we would still “allow” someone to be part of the unified whole? Even unity has its limits--it is an often stated principle yet rarely explained in depth. Would the Lubavitcher Rebbe or Rav Soloveitchik (if they were alive) be allowed to give a shiur in Lakewood or in the Mir? not likely. Does that mean that Lakewood and the Mir are contributing to disunity? I don’t know. Parameters and definitions are essential. So I ask you, what does unity mean?

3 Tzvi on 2007 10 12

Specific scenarios aside (because this is not a perfect world) wouldn’t halacha be a good guide to who’s to be included? I guess then you would have to decide what’s halacha, but it’s a good starting point.

4 Mark on 2007 10 12

You anticipated my response! Halacha is and the parameters of it is interpreted differently within the Orthodox world.

5 Menachem Carroll on 2007 10 14

Beautiful piece.  It makes me think of the mitzvah of the 4 species which we recently performed. As the four species all come together to perform a beautifal mitzvah, so too the different bands of color all need to come together to produce a beautiful rainbow.

Menachem Carroll
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

6 David Kunkel on 2007 10 15

I believe you may wish to substitute a word in the sentence “Light starts out as a single monocular ray.”

“Monocular” refers to “one eye”. I think the word you want is “monochromatic”, which means “one color”.

Thank you for an insightful drosh!

7 Brocha on 2018 08 15

Mark, the way I look at it is that we must differentiate between individuals and ideologies. You can disagree with a particular ideology, yet still respect the Jews who hold of that ideology.

Additionally, even if you think that someone’s ideology is wrong, as long as the person is Orthodox, you can respect the fact he is dedicated to serving Hashem and trying to keep Torah and Mitzvos to the best of his ability, even if you think that some of his hashkafos (ideas) are mistaken.

I am only discussing Orthodox Jews here, because that was the basis of your question. But of course, we must love non-Orthodox Jews as well.

8 jb on 2018 09 29

it is said that we may “gaze” but not “stare” at the rainbow.  upon leaving temple on yom kippur, a few person mentioned seeing a large rainbow arch over the person was nervous about it and researched it further.  the two words ---gaze and stare .  Staring is just wide eyed open, but gaze is defined as this: “ gaze-
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.”
So, instead of being scared or wishing for the rainbow to not show that “hashem is angry” the word encourages wonder about Hashem and our world.

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