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Torah Portion: Noach
We know how they’re formed.
A. Water fills the earth’s streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.
B. The sun’s rays evaporate some of the water,
C. Droplets rise to form clouds (which eventually yield rain back to the earth).
Now, let’s phrase it differently: Clouds represent the Earth’s ‘feedback’ to the skies, bringing welcome precipitation to our environment, creating overcast days, and sometimes bringing storms to shake our world.
A little deeper:
The ‘heavens’ – the sky for the purpose of this conversation – represents G-d, while the Earth represents Humanity. And the clouds, hovering between Heaven and Earth, represent our behavior; our behavior is our feedback to G-d, our response to His gift of life.
G-d created us for a purpose: To make this a better [Holy] world. We can either acknowledge – and try to live by – that mission, or we can ignore it and live in misalignment with our core selves. Either way, we’re sending up clouds.
So what do we do when we feel that life is overcast?
We look for a rainbow, and they only occur when the clouds aren’t too thick and opaque. When our lives are heavily centered on self-focus, we leave no space for the rainbows. Living a good life means thinking about purpose. When we stop asking ourselves “what do I want out of life?” and begin asking “what does life want out of me?” we allow a bright ray of G-dliness to shine through.
When you stand at the right attitudinal angle, looking at your day with the right perspective, you can catch the majesty of the Rainbow. And it has a message from G-d: “Let Me shine through; I’ll show you the beauty that can be found in the diverse challenges I give you. Just let your life’s droplets refract My light.”
Position yourself wisely. And look for that rainbow.
Rabbi Yanky and Rivky Klein
This email is In Loving memory of my dear father
R’ Yerachmiel Binyamin Halevi ben R, Menachem Klein OBM