Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi

Portrait of Hacham Shimon Agassi
Portrait of Hacham Agassi painted by Mrs Ruth Gila, Beit Meir , Israel

Monday, July 21, 2014

Covenant of the Rainbow

17.’And G-d said to Noah, ’This is the Sign of the Covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth- וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל נֹחַ זֹאת אוֹת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר הֲקִמֹתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵין כָּל בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאָרֶץ (4509=17=8).

Rashi comments here that Hashem actually showed Noah the Rainbow.

The joint gematria of the words:
·         Rainbow-           קֶּשֶׁת = 800
·         Covenant-          בְּרִית =612

Rainbow in the cloud

 קֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן 


Why a Rainbow?

A Rainbow is usually a semi circle-half a circle.

The gematria of the word “half”-חצי is 108.

The gematria of the word “the circle” –הַעִגל (“HaIgul”) is 108.

Half the Circle
Hetzi HaIgul

חצי הַעִגל

There are 216 letters in the Explicit Name of Hashem.





Half of 800 = 400

The gematria of the word “Two”-שנים is 400.

The gematria of the words “Two-Two”-שנים שנים is 800.

Thus “half the circle” reminds us that the animals entered the Ark as I explained above in groups of 8 –four males and four females- which is 400+400 -  שנים שנים = 800=Rainbow- קשת =8.

The Colors of the Rainbow

It is generally acknowledged that that there are seven colors of the Rainbow:
1.       Red-אדום                                        =611
2.       Orange-     כתום                            =1026
3.       Yellow-   צהוב                                 =103
4.       Green-                               ירוק=316
5.       Blue-                                 כחול =64
6.       Indigo-                        אינדיגו   =84
7.       Purple-                           סגול    =99
2303=8 (Final Letters)



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